The living room in our house never really felt 100% finished. (I also realized I never shared a reveal of the space aside from featuring it in holiday decor posts or from when we babyproofed it!) We had a credenza that was a bit too small for the space, and the wall behind the sofa has been a rotation of various DIY projects and props from other projects. But finally… we have a living space that feels like us.
To recap, we are turning our family room/playroom (which is through the open passthrough from the living room, as shown above), into the new nursery. The family room is where we had the TV and the more comfortable sofa and this living room space was more of a formal seating area. So now that this will be the main hang out area for the family we needed to make it more comfortable and much more us.
To convert the room, first on our list was to hang some sliding barn doors to be able to close off the nursery during nap times and nighttime etc. We got both the hardware and the doors from Rejuvenation. The shaker style of the doors matches our shaker kitchen cabinets perfectly which is just on the other side of the room so it was a no brainer. We installed them ourselves (you might have caught my dad and rupe literally throwing wrenches around while putting them up on my Instagram story) which went surprisingly very quick! Just the addition of the doors already made the room feel so much more finished and now I can’t imagine them not being there.
Next up we swapped out the small credenza for a longer one that fits the space. We mounted this Ikea Besta unit to the wall to create one long one and added a piece of birch plywood to the top.
We also got the frame tv which is probably the best thing to happen to televisions and living rooms ever. The tv is mounted flat to the wall and we bought the optional wood frame, so it looks just like a piece of art instead of a giant black box. It also comes pre-loaded with beautiful art (you can also upload your own) so when it isn’t on it displays the art of your choosing. Bringing in this tv makes the transition from not having a tv in this room to the only tv room in the house not a bummer.
Next on the list was a comfortable sofa. We don’t have a lot of space, which makes finding a comfortable sofa even more difficult. I feel like the wider and deeper a couch the more comfortable they are. So finding a petite one, that you can also snuggle up on, and is high in style was a tall order. Yet somehow magically I found it and fell in love with it and it also happened to be a great price. Urban outfitters comes out with some shockingly good furniture sometimes (like remember these green chairs from the a-frame?! they are on a roll).
We swapped out the butterfly chair for something that swivels so you can easily move from conversations on the sofa or angle it up for tv watching.
On the wall, I finally hung some art that myself and archie made (can you guess which one Archie made?) and had Framebridge print and frame. I love hanging art from friends, or artists I know, because it makes a space feel unique to you and one step even more personal is making your own art (stay tuned for my next post on how we did it!).
The last photo is some wire art that I made for Rupert and my Anniversary. We have a tradition to make our anniversary presents and to follow whatever the traditional gift is. For the 8th anniversary it is bronze so I used bronze wire to create sculptural portraits based off of photos from our wedding day. And no Rupert did not have that crazy mustache but I was married in 2009 so it was the year of the mustache photo booth props. eek.
Also, please ignore the fact that I have no mouth yet, I ran out of wire and keep forgetting to get more to finish it off. This is not intended to be anti-feminist art, I promise, haha. I pulled this portrait idea from The House That Lars built, see her tutorial here. I basically sketched out our portraits on a large piece of paper and manipulated the wire to match.
And finally, another DIY project is the center ottoman/coffee table. When we baby proofed the house we took out a wood slat table that was top heavy with sharp corners and temporarily traded it for an inexpensive round soft one I found on Amazon. The size wasn’t ideal for the space as it is a long and skinny room but it worked for a baby friendly space. Now that we have another baby on the way and we will need a family friendly option for even more years to come, I decided to make one that is perfect for the space. I knew I wanted a simple upholstered ottoman that kids could climb on, that we can put our feet up on for extra sofa comfort, but still feels modern and isn’t of the tufted variety (surprisingly hard to find). Amber Interiors clearly saw the giant gap in the marketplace and designed the perfect gorgeous oversized coffee table/ottomans made with vintage rugs in her shop but none were the size I needed, so I used it as inspiration to make a version of my own. I didn’t use a vintage rug to keep the cost down, I used mud cloth, so it has a slightly different look, but I love how it turned out.
And now here’s a peek back down memory lane with the evolution of this space.