apartment tour – living room

What can you say about a living room? Ours is pretty awesome – it is roomy, with a big south-facing window, old scarred-up hardwood floors, arched doorways and and high coved ceilings. We also have a big double closet and a little office nook off of the living room. The landlord painted for us, but we got to pick the color, so of course I chose gray. It is Behr “Ashes”. Let’s do this in pairs of “before” and “now” photos:

living room

shelving unit styled

This is what you see when you first walk in – you can see the dining room off to the left. Daniel and I built the giant shelving unit, and it totally deserves its own post. I am not really happy with the way the shelves are styled yet, and of course we need to do something about all those cords. We’re trying to live with the cords for a few weeks to make sure we have them exactly like we want them, and then we’re going to tack them neatly along the wall.

living room

living room

To the right of the shelf thing is the doorway to the (messy) office and then the closet is on the adjacent wall. Walter’s crate and all his shit is in the corner off to the right, but as much as I love that little guy, his gear isn’t cute.

living room

living room

And here is the other side of the room and the big wonderful windows. Seriously, this apartment has a lot of awesome qualities, but it was the windows that really sold me. I was so sick of cave living. The wall above the couch is another unfinished space; obviously we need some art there, but I don’t want to rush it. Also, that floor lamp has gotta go.

The living room is definitely a mix of pieces we already had, plus some important new additions. Obviously the shelving unit is new, and we also swapped out our old coffee table. The couch and purple chairs are old.

living room

And ten there’s the hutch. We gotta talk about that awesome mid-century hutch. I am gonna do a whole separate post on all the new vintage stuff in our place, but you can obviously tell right now that the hutch is badass.

living room

Things that still need to happen in the living room:
1). Corral the cord mess – seriously, look at that photo.
2). Replace the floor lamp with something better-looking
3). Hang some art above the couch
4). Re-style the shelving unit
5). Organize the office, since it is completely open to the living room.
6). Long term, I want to get a rug. Maybe by winter, depending on how cold the hardwood floors feel on our feet.

Only the little spaces left – hallway, kitchen, bathroom, and office!

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2 responses to “apartment tour – living room

  1. kathleen

    Hi! I ran across your blog somehow (I’ve forgotten now) and I love the shelving unit you made for your living room. Any chance you’re going to be posting the details on how you made it?

    Thanks, and keep up the great work!
    Kathleen

  2. Hi Kathleen! I FINALLY did post how we made our shelving unit! Thanks for your comment on my blog, and I’m so sorry I never responded.

    https://seattlesarah.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/awesome-shelving-unit/

    -Sarah

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