A clean slate

Where were we? Oh, right, the living room was in ruins. Let’s take a step back and look at the space before the project started. Awful red, awful tan, half-painted duct work on the ceiling, a lovely green border at the base of the wall, negligible lighting… basically nothing good going on.


Ba Bam!


It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do. The space is so different, so much cleaner. I usually photograph this room without the lights on. The single bulbs stuck between the duct work didn’t do much for the space. For the sake of comparison, here’s the room with the lights out.

But you probably noticed that we added a lot more bulbs and a cool fixture to the space.


It literally floods this room with light, which is a very dramatic (and welcome) change, especially in the evening.


Everything is looking a bit more fresh. Before:


Lovely, lovely after:






Oh! Did you notice the rug? Can we stop and talk about how amazing this rug is?

Once this room was in progress, we started to think about what we wanted to make it a bit more liveable. A rug was high on the list. Initially, we were leaning toward something with a pop of color, but those plans were derailed when we realized the non-white couch would have to go! We have some fun plans to inject color with a new-to-us sofa (We JUST picked out fabric and I’m so excited! More to come!)


We casually kept an eye out for a neutral rug and found this one (Tahoe Sunset by Loloi) on Gilt. We fell, and we fell hard. We love that it runs from dark to light and back again. It also gives us a chance to inject some brown into the space, which can be hard with a black and white palette. We even like that it makes the floor feel a bit more intentional.

It’s a nice natural element in the space thanks to the cowhide material. We even love the rectangular blocks and the stitching that becomes more evident in the lighter squares. I’ve never loved a rug more.



Overall, we are in love with the space. (Ugh. I need to stop saying “love.”) This may be one of those times where pictures don’t do it justice. What used to be a slightly depressing cave is now a light-filled sanctuary.



Now that the bones are good, we’re already planning more changes. The tan couch (could it look any worse in this space?) and coffee table (Ditto. The green in the glass, the fact that it’s blocking THE RUG! Boo!) are definitely on the chopping block. The media unit might not be safe either…

We’re also looking for art to add some interest to the walls. We definitely want to bring in some color and use the space to print some of our photographs. The stairwell is still in progress.

In the meantime, I’ll be back with a tutorial for the light fixture and more details on the new couch.