One of our 2014 home goals (perhaps the primary one) involves our formal living room. In its current state, it's pretty okay. Tolerable even. But, we've made plans to start improving the existing charm of the space starting next weekend, and it all starts with 3 much-needed carpentry improvements.
Let's chat about them, shall we?
Sorry if you've seen pictures of our mismatched, woefully-undecorated living room for awhile now...that's all about to change! Ignore the various upholstery in the room--it will all be redone. We met with Rich--the talented carpenter who artfully installed crown moulding in our den and master bedroom--this week to discuss 3 main projects:
1) install substantial crown moulding fitting for a formal space;
2) replace the adjustable shelving in the built-in with permanent shelving; and
3) build out our flat fireplace surround.
The picture above also shows the built-ins in the corner of the living room. Changing the open upper shelving is our second carpentry project; currently, the shelves are adjustable and the visible pegs the shelves sit on look cheap and temporary. Additionally, that fussy trim at the top is going! I can't wait!
(all via Meet Me in Philadelphia)We don't have a mantel, but I was inspired by a few images with similarly trimmed fireplaces.
(via Little Green Notebook)
(via Pinterest)Get what I'm going for? I'm not 100% sure if we'll add that mantel piece or just go with a simple, flat top. I have to see how much character the added dimension brings to the fireplace before proceeding. We're also planning to cover the exposed brick fireplace facade with slate to match the hearth. It should be a big improvement!
Once these 3 carpentry projects are complete, I'll feel much more confident about the direction of the room. The bones of the space will be that much more special.
At that point, we'll tackle paint. White, most likely. What's your favorite white paints for walls and trim? I've already settled on fabric for the tufted sofa (camel velvet) and other aspects of the room will follow.
Okay, so I know I've rambled on, but I'd love your insights. Are there any special considerations I should be aware of with the crown moulding/built-ins/fireplace surround work? What do you think of the projects? Any white paint recommendations?
Progress--or the promise of it--feels so good! Happy weekend, friends.