Living Room Updates & the First Baby Purchase

OK, back to the house updates!

In December I told you that Jay and I were working on improvements to the living room. Jay added crown molding and painted the ceiling white, while I decided to neutralize the walls by painting over the accent wall and making the entire living room Edgecomb Grey.

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From a decor stand point, we switched out the Ikat curtains (similar here) in favor of bamboo roman shades for a more natural approach. Introducing a bleached wood element is sort of new to me - but so far - I'm loving it.  I bought two Threshold Wooden Circle Wall Mirror from Target to hang in the insets (buh-bye sunbursts! I knew you wouldn't last long). I also purchased a pipe side table with a solid mango wood top for additional surface space by the couch.

I've been on the look out for new chairs to replace the hand-me-down swivel chairs that currently flank the fireplace. Now that there's baby on the way, I thought it would be nice to have a rocker on the main floor. The problem was, rockers are insanely expensive! All chairs for that matter, even occasional chairs are typically over the $500 mark. I was having a hard time making that sort of commitment until I found the Tufted Nailhead Wingback Rocker in Ivory from Target. Chic, affordable, and returnable (although I doubt I will - I like the option). I love that the rocker will balance out the modern and rustic elements I already have going on in the room.

As soon as it arrives this week, I'll be sure to update the picture.

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But in the meantime, I'm loving how much brighter the room feels. Painting the ceiling white made a HUGE difference and surprisingly, taking down the curtains and adding light filtering shades did the trick too. Not to mention, check out Jay's crown molding handy work. Not too shabby!

I'm feeling like we have all the right puzzle pieces put together in this room and that it can finally be finished. Have you ever heard of the 5-pieces rule to creating a great room? I think she's on to something.

You know how I like a good before and after so as a final living room farewell, here is the crazy evolution over the past two years.

If you really want to take down memory lane, check out the original state of this room in before and afters.