You know that feeling you get when you walk into a cottage built in the early 1900's? Well, that's what I wanted when you walked through the front door of our 1980's ranch. There's a mix of old, new, repurposed and painted.
One of the things I love most about cottage-style homes is the abundant use of crisp white and architectural details like wainscoting. I got both when I installed this picture-height board and batten around the entire room for less than $150.00.
One of my favorite finds is this carpenter's tool chest that we've repurposed into a side table by having a welder make the base.
Vintage pieces are mixed with more modern furniture like the bookcases that flank both sides of the fireplace.
The bookshelves were once dark brown laminate, but they now have a more built-in look with the help of white paint and grasscloth wallpaper. You see the before pictures and details on how I did it by clicking this link.
I bridged the bookcases by building our mantle out of 2 x 6's. I love how the warm, rich tones of the wood add a hint of rustic charm to the room. The once brassy fireplace screen was updated with black paint.
There's plenty of texture in the room from the bamboo roman shades and baskets.
Does anyone else share my addiction to baskets?
The most dramatic change we made was opening the living room up to the adjacent kitchen. My top priority was making the room lighter and brighter while adding a place for our three boys to sit and do homework at the bar. Mr. Simplicity's top priority was having a large screen TV that could be seen from both rooms.
Either way, I'm glad we were both on the same page about knocking a big hole through that wall. I have all the before pictures and nitty gritty details in this post.
Thank you, Kim for letting me drop in today to share my favorite room with your readers!
Thanks so much, Tricia for sharing your beautiful and cozy living room.
Y'all know you want to see more of Tricia's home so hop on over to Simplicity in the South and look around and tell her you came by.