Saturday, December 14, 2013

The formal living room- my sanctuary!

Now, y'all must understand that I use the term "formal" quite loosely anymore. 

After all, I do have 5 active, rowdy, silly, BOYS.

What is it they say?

The definition of a boy is a noise with dirt on it?

Yep. That's our house.
Pee on the floor, stinky socks 
in the hamper
 stinky socks stuffed into the tennis shoes
 stinky socks under the beds… 
yeah, you get the idea.

So, when I say we have a "formal" living room, that simply means that of all the rooms in the house, this one IS NOT for them.

It is my special room.
It is as "girlie" as this girl's house gets to be.

Upon first glance, this was a well lit room with 3 large windows and plenty of sunlight. 
(A real plus in my book!) 

But, like so many rental houses of old… it was cream. Can I even begin to tell you how sick I am of cream walls? 

So, we knew that this was the first step in its transformation.

We desperately needed some color!

What truly surprised me was that when choosing a color, I kept finding myself being drawn to purple.

This is way out in left field for me. A little "out of the box" for sure. I have nothing against purple, per se, but it hasn't exactly been my favorite color or anything and the last thing I wanted was for my living room to look like an 8 year old girl's bedroom.  But there you have it. Purple was my color.

I began with the cutting in a few weeks before Thanksgiving and Tom finished it off for me the following week.

We both absolutely LOVE it!  
It is a smoky shade, not little girl pastel-ish at all.

Once the walls were complete, we waited for our new furniture. It has been about 13 years since we've gotten a piece of furniture that didn't come from someone's yard sale, so to say that I was excited about a new sofa and chairs may be understating things a little bit.

Our hope was to get them delivered before Thanksgiving and we just made it with a week to spare!

Even though we were unable to get the room totally finished before our company arrived for the Thanksgiving holiday, we were very glad to have the painting and furniture in place.

Once we finally got around to unpacking the Christmas decorations, the room began to take shape.  So, throw in a little Christmas cheer and viola'! 

Our finished Living Room!

Merry Christmas everyone!


Carmi said...

Love your smokey purple living room, you did an awesome job! We have been in our house for 19 years and there are some rooms that really, really need a redo. I am inspired now!

Tonya said...

It looks great! I love the colors and the big wreath!:)