Welcome to our living room! This room changed a lot over the five years we have lived here. I think it is because it is the first room most people walk into (besides the foyer) when they enter our home and I want it to be just right. The first room gives the first impression and can tell you a lot about a family. Below you can see the stairs visitors climb when entering our home.
When we first bought our house, we purchased a cheap brown sectional and I did my best with furniture arrangement.
Soon after we moved in, we got new white windows, which made a big difference in the room! After about a year of changing things, I ended on this design for a while:
The beige carpet and beige walls were originally here when we moved in. Boring, right? We were given these beige couches for free from relatives. Beige on beige on beige just doesn’t work for me, so I added lots of color in accessories, curtains, and the showpiece, the coffee table. I am an artist and everything on walls of my house was done by me. The large piece above the couch is very close to my heart. It is about 3 ft by 5 ft and on it I painted an abstract interpretation of our family’s beginning story with the W monogram for Woods. The first time I put it up, it breathed life into the room.
Our living room flows into the dining room and then to the kitchen. It’s a great gathering space.
Then, in 2016, I spent a great deal of time revamping the whole space! We finally switched out the beige couches with something more my taste.
I bought old lamps and revamped them: spray painting the base as well as creating new lamp shades from embroidery hoops & posterboard.
I hung up this spider plant with a diy macramé hanger. I upcycled this adorable little bench into an ottoman by painting and upholstering it.
These shelves were a huge improvement that only cost $25!
I also tackled the stair railing and ripped out the old oak in favor of modern and a sleek, black and white design.
You can watch the video of how I did it on my YouTube channel! I designed and built it myself.
The only thing original in the room is the wall color…this room has been through a LOT of changes!
Over the years and through all the changes this room has endured, I have loved designing it. The before and after from 6 years of changes is really amazing!
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