The Living Room

Our condo featured on open living room – dining room – kitchen space, but I treated each of the areas as its own zone. Click to check out the dining room and kitchen.

Here is what the living room looked like when I moved in- builder beige walls but amazing, thick crown molding.

Living Room Before - Charleston Crafted

Living Room Before - Charleston Crafted

I was very lucky that my condo’s carpet was in such great shape when I first moved in. We wanted to add flooring, but that never happened.

The first thing I did was paint! I chose Olympic One’s Summer Breeze from Lowe’s. I think it is gorgeous and makes the white molding just pop.

Painting a Room - Charleston Crafted

Next I filled it with my old furniture. It was a lot of accumulated furniture that I moved from apartment to apartment since college.

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Next, I rearranged the furniture for a more open floor plan:

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I rearranged and was SO much happier with it, though there was much to be done:

Living Room April 2013- Charleston Crafted

We had a bad couch situation for a while after we moved in together, but eventually we got it figured out.

Living Room April 2013- Charleston Crafted

Here’s the current look. Bleh, I know. I want a deep blue or grey L shaped sectional to go in the corner.

Living Room April 2013- Charleston Crafted

This piece was beside the couch and was one of the few things in the living room that I actually liked at that point. The drawers all worked and I got it at the Habitat for Humanity store in Cary, NC. The lamp was a thrifted brass lamp that I spray painted and the weird genie lamp is from Lowes and holds pet treats. The framed picture is my sister and creeps people out (don’t you think it looks like a funeral pic? It’s from her sorority and she is very much alive, no worries.)

Living Room April 2013- Charleston Crafted

This was our “entertainment” set up for a while. It was rough bachelor/bachelorette status for a while.

I color coded the bookshelf while watching househunters one night while Sean was out of town but was too lazy to do the other one…. typical.

This TV stand was from Walmart and is coincidentally how Sean & I met. & that’s not the same lamp- I had 2.

Sean built this custom drift wood coffee table and I am ga-ga over it!

Driftwood Coffee Table - Charleston Crafted

Driftwood Coffee Table - Charleston Crafted

Living Room Progress - Charleston Crafted

Living Room Progress - Charleston Crafted

Living Room Progress - Charleston Crafted

Living Room Progress - Charleston Crafted

Living Room Progress - Charleston Crafted

Living Room Progress - Charleston Crafted

Living Room Progress - Charleston Crafted

Living Room Progress - Charleston Crafted

Living Room Progress - Charleston Crafted

Then, Sean surprised me with a new entertainment center! The look is much more polished!

Living Room - Charleston Crafted

Living Room - Charleston Crafted

Entertainment Center - Chrleston Crafted

We wanted a new couch then, but didn’t have it in the budget, so we got a chair at World Market and covered the sofa with a cover from Bed Bath and Beyond.

Covering a Couch - Charleston Crafted

Covering a Couch - Charleston Crafted

Covering a Couch - Charleston Crafted

And we added a huge blue rug from Target!

A New Living Room Rug - Charleston Crafted

Then, we updated the gallery wall, lamps, and it was Christmas again.

Living Room Update - Charleston Crafted

Living Room Update - Charleston Crafted

Living Room Update - Charleston Crafted

Then we got a new couch! hurray!

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Here’s some of what we completed in the living room:

As an added bonus, here’s an inspirational collage I whipped up here:

Living Room Inspiration - Charleston Crafted

5 thoughts on “The Living Room

  1. Just found your blog! How is that World Market chair holding up? I’m thinking of buying one, but can’t decide… Thanks!

    • We now have the chair & matching couch. It has held up great except a few notes: 1) it shows tons of light pet hair 2) our cat totally ripped up the underside, which is just really really thin fabric over air and springs 3) the fabric can pick easily. Threads are trimmed off and it looks fine, but to be fully transparent, it does pick if it gets caught on a nail or something sharp.

      If you buy it, definitely find a big coupon online. They always have them & can combine with sales!

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