Living room with large window with green velvet drapes, beige sectional, upholstered striped ottoman, vintage style rug, black fireplace with antique mantel, vintage chair

Living Room Reveal!

It has been a long process but I’m happy to report that we officially have TWO totally complete rooms in the house.  I’ve been working hard on the finishing details (curtains, art, styling!) for the past couple of weeks and I’m finally ready to call the living room done!

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Before Photos

Before we get into the after photos, let’s take a walk down memory lane and see how far we’ve come, shall we?  Here are a few before shots – the listing photos, and then a few of how it looked right after we moved in and just dropped furniture in here. (And removed the shutters, I took those off almost right away!)

living room with angled three sided fireplace, brownish red walls, large window with shutters and wood floors
Before photo from real estate listing
living room with large window, modern furniture on one wall, brown walls and wood floor
Photo from real estate listing
Living room with brown walls and large winow, random furntiure
Living room shortly after we moved in

So what have we done?  Well, the biggest and most obvious change is the fireplace.  We removed the old angled three-sided fireplace that previously jutted out between the living room and the dining room (and made a good living room floor plan impossible!) and added a new electric fireplace on the opposite wall.  You can read all about that project in THIS post.

Electric fireplace with black antique mantel and black marble surround, with a Samsung Frame TV above displaying an abstract landscape
Completed Fireplace!

We also added box moulding all throughout the house to give the space some character and to accentuate the high ceilings.  Once that was done the whole main floor was painted Valspar Swiss Coffee, with Benjamin Moore Edgecomb grey as the trim colour.  You can read more about that in this post.

Living room with white walls, large bare window, fireplace partially constructed and a large sectional, box moulding
View of the living room after painting – you can see the hole on the floor where the old fireplace was, and the new fireplace location taking shape!

The windows in this house are all nice and big, and we love that about them.  However, there really was a huge expanse of glass that felt very modern to me. I wanted to add something to make them feel a little more traditional… but I couldn’t put my finger on what, until one day I came across a company called “New Panes”.  They make faux window panes for glass, and once I saw them I knew that was one way to add instant character.  I added them to the top parts of the window only and I love how it looks! It makes the layout of the window glass, with the big window at the top, look intentional.

Corner of a room with large windown with green velvet curtains, corner of sectional with black lamp and pleated shade on a side table

The living room was feeling a little neutral and white right after painting, so I knew I needed to bring in some contrast with colour and some darker elements.   The fireplace and art helped with that, but one thing that really helped the room feel finished is the curtains! I always always always include curtains in my designs, if possible! They are a must to add some colour, pattern, interest, softness, texture – it’s a no-brainer for me.

I love the look of custom curtains but I don’t love the price.  So I decided to give some Ikea curtains a little upgrade.  The first thing I did is buy three sets (6 panels!) so that my curtains would be nice and full and be fully operational since these are the only window coverings we will have on the window.  Then I sewed them together (3 per side) added triple pinch pleat hooks, a little stitch to pinch pleat them, and WOW do they look fabulous.  So full and rich!  

I needed an extra-long rod for my big window and really wanted something solid that wouldn’t sag under the weight of my curtains or have telescoping bits that the rings would get stuck on when we opened or closed them.  I found some solid wood curtain poles on clearance at my local Fabricland and I DIY’ed a wood curtain rod out using them along with some hardware from Amazon, that I spray painted gold. 

I hung a gallery wall using frames and art I already had and a few new downloads (see this post for more on that.) Other than that, the rest of what went into this space were things we already had, for the most part.  I always try as much as possible to work with what I have if I can and in this case, I think it turned out alright!

So without further ado…. The living room!

Living room with large window with green velvet drapes, beige sectional, upholstered striped ottoman, vintage style rug, black fireplace with antique mantel, vintage chair
Living room with beige sectional, gallery wall of vintage art, green velvet curtains, striped upholstered ottoman, wicker tray on ottoman
Portrait image of plant on a black tray with living room in back ground
Modern traditional living room with black antique mantel, Black marble surround, white walls with contrasting beige trim, green velvet curtains and a large window
corner of living room with vintage oak chair, modern blue stool, vintage style rug, white and brass ceramic sconce, black antique fireplace, vintage style art and green velvet curtains
gallery wall of vintage art, sectional couch with pillows, side table with lamp and accessories
Living room with black antique mantel fireplace with marble surround, green velvet ikea curtains, vintage style loloi rug, striped ottoman, vintage oak chair, brass and ceramic sconce and vintage art

And because I know we all love a before and after shot, here you go!

image showing the before and after and a graphic of the living room transformation



Fireplace Insert

Fireplace Tile

Green Curtains

Curtain Hardware Brackets

Curtain Hardware End Caps

Curtain Poles (similar)

Curtain Rings

Window Panes


Ottoman (mine was a DIY – but modelled after this one)

Pillows (similar, most are from this shop)

Chair (Vintage)


Black end table (similar) or this one

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One Comment

  1. I love this Erin. I also love how you hung the photos over the moulding. I always feel like you get stuck in those boxes but I’ll think of this the next time I’m doing a gallery wall over box trim. Sooo soo beautiful. Also, the curtains rims seem just slightly larger in diameter to your rods, have you noticed that it’s a little hard to manipulate or does it just look that way in photos?

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