Finally finished - Living Room

cooki1268August 17, 2014

We finally finished completely re-doing the living room. Still need some greenery and accessories. Any suggestions? Thanks for all the input and answers to my questions.
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barbie08075

Simply gorgeous!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 9:27PM
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kswl2

It's absolutely beautiful! Love the gray and yellow/gold color scheme, the rugs, furniture, boxed beams on the ceiling, the new fireplace--- everything!! It's a total change and is very put together and stylish! Congratulations on a job VERY well done!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 9:28PM
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anitamo

It looks beautiful and sophisticated! Looks completed, too, but if you think it still needs something, I'm sure you'll find the perfect item.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 9:37PM
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Holly- Kay

What a beautiful room. I wouldn't change a thing, it looks sophisticated yet totally comfy.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 9:43PM
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Sueb20

Wow, it doesn't look like the same room! Beautiful job.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 9:46PM
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roarah

Lovely, enjoy your perfect space!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 9:53PM
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bethpen

Very nice! Congratulations.

Beth

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 10:00PM
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teacats

Really elegant -- very charming!

Very well done indeed! :)

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 10:04PM
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Olychick

So pretty! I especially like how you've decorated the fireplace (and how the new facade looks, too). It's really perfect.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 10:10PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Such a beautiful room. Great job!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 10:18PM
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sis2two

Beautiful room!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 10:20PM
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cat_mom

Beautiful!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 11:12PM
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Pipdog

how lovely! In terms of accessories, I might add a plant here or there and maybe something more substantial on the coffee table, but I don't think you need much more. It is a beautiful, serene space. congrats!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 11:17PM
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Gooster

Just beautiful. It looks pretty complete to me as well.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 11:19PM
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justgotabme

Beautifully done.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 11:30PM
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aputernut

Lovely! your deserve a reward hope you have a loved one to help you out with one? LOL

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 11:33PM
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Mags438

Wow, the FP change and addition of those box beams in the ceiling make a stunning transformation. What a difference, really nice.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 12:25AM
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badgergal

Wow what a great transformation. Classy, elegant, sophisticated etc. you nailed it.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 12:30AM
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blfenton

What a transformation - it is absolutely beautiful. It's like the room grew up. You did such a stunningly cohesive job of tying all the elements together - fireplace, furniture, window treatments, area rug, artwork, lighting (the chandelier is gorgeous in the room).

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 1:12AM
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aktillery9

I love it! So elegant. What a super transformation!!!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 7:09AM
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cooki1268

Thanks for all the kind words. It really means a lot. This was a complete DIY project with me and DH. We love the way it turned out. Now to make the rest of the house look as good.....

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 7:24AM
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nosoccermom

Just wow!!!
Other than adding a few plants, I wouldn't know what else to suggest other than take the time to relax in that beautiful space.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 7:47AM
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WMA89

Wow, stunning--you should be very proud indeed! I agree that you should not feel rushed to add accessories--live with for a bit and the right things will come along. Congratulations!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 7:48AM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

Lovely! So pleasing to the eye now.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 8:28AM
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suzieque

It's beautiful! What color did you use for the walls?

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 8:58AM
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joaniepoanie

Very pretty....well done!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 9:03AM
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texanjana

Love it, great job!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 9:22AM
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Boopadaboo

Gorgeous!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 9:48AM
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rhomy

What a wonderful transformation! Strikingly beautiful and very chic!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 11:15AM
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dirtyshoes

Wow, absolutely beautiful. What a transformation! I love everything about your new look. I just keep looking at the pictures, it looks so peaceful. You must be proud and loving it.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 11:17AM
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marti8a

Simply gorgeous. I had to scroll back and forth several times to see that it really was the same room. It needs to be in a magazine now. Great job on it.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 11:53AM
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susanlynn2012

I love the neutral changes that you made that give the rooms elegance and feeling at peace. The colors all go together beautiful and are serene. Your rooms now need to be in a magazine!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 11:56AM
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Errant_gw

Very nice!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 2:40PM
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ediej1209

What a beautiful job. I'm glad to see you kept that gorgeous floor.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 2:42PM
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violetwest

Much improved -- love the chairs!

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 3:30PM
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msrose

Wow, wow, wow! I love everything about it. Can you tell me what the paint color is?

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 5:48PM
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bonnieann925

WOW! What a transformation! Your DH must be quite handy with a skill saw. The detailed mantel and ceiling beam mouldings really take the room from good to great! Please tell me more about the print above the FP.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 5:54PM
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ctlane

Love everything about it especially the ceiling! In the before pic your living room ceiling runs right into other rooms and I was wondering how far the box beams extend?

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 8:06AM
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ttodd

Absolutely lovely!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 8:34AM
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pinkpaula

DIY? FANTASTIC JOB!!!! You took a bland and tired room and transformed it into a fresh, multi-layered, lovely place in which to live. Congratulations.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 11:43AM
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likewhatyoudo

Very nicely done! I love the rug it looks like the one I just bought. Gorgeous chairs too. Maybe add a nice tray and some books on the coffee table and that would finish it off. I like the simplicity of the fireplace as is. Nice job. Amazing transformation.

http://www.ourlakelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/HowtoDecorateaCoffeeTa_thumb.jpg

Edit: I have looked all summer for a yellow throw for my living room and finally found one at Target a really cute yellow throw that would look great to pull the yellow in the room from your throw pillows. Small lumbar pillows in yellow on the chairs too. Such a nice serene space.

This post was edited by rtwilliams on Tue, Aug 19, 14 at 12:34

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 12:24PM
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cooki1268

Thanks again, all. The color is Behr's Sandstone Cove. I truly think it is the perfect greige -- DH calls it beige, and I see more gray.

The beams end in the kitchen, and the kitchen is unfinished right this second, so at this point they just stop.

I am looking at the Restoration Hardware linen pillows for the chairs:
Wentworth Crest Vintage-Washed Belgian Linen Pillows.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 7:11PM
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glad2b

It is just perfect! The two of you did a fabulous job - and I LOVE the picture above your fireplace. You made the room cozy yet sophisticated.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 12:19AM
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cooki1268

Someone asked, and I forgot to mention -- the picture above the fireplace is from Restoration Hardware. It is the Elevation of the Louvre.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 6:06AM
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aries61

cooki1268, love the coffered ceiling. Curious, how hard was it to build?

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 6:18AM
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mdrive

cooki, considering this is a total DYI, i am SO impressed! this room is just perfect....absolutely beautiful, serene....love everything about it...

i would also love to hear more on how you did the coffered ceiling (also your ceiling height) and more on the gorgeous chandy...

clipping this post for future reference!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 12:25PM
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cooki1268

Our ceilings are 9 feet. The ceiling was hard to build. DH did such a great job. We first removed all the drywall. It was popcorn ceilings (we have just scraped them in the past), but we also wanted to add all of the pot lights and he totally re-wired the room.

We then hung the drywall, ensuring all of the seams were going to run under the beams:

He then added some bracing. There was actually another layer of 2 x 4s placed on the bracing:


He then built the actual beams on the ground. They were quite heavy, but between the two of us, we were able to get them in place.

This post was edited by cooki1268 on Wed, Aug 20, 14 at 18:24

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 6:07PM
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