our living room: before and after
This is our living room. It's not our lay-around-and-watch-tv room, but it's the room we use when we have visitors pop by for a chat. It's also my escape on lazy weekend mornings. I love to cuddle up on that sofa with a warm cup of coffee and a book. Or my iPad with the Pinterest app loaded, if I'm being real. So ya know, it's a pretty important room. It's also the first thing you see when you walk into the house.
I think it's only fair to share a few before photos first. I grabbed them from this post, which I put up about a month after we moved into this "new old house." That was about 13 months ago. You know, sometimes I forget where our house started off, but then I look at pictures from the day we moved in. Little improvements here and there might feel slow and not impactful, but lots of small changes add up to big results!
Refreshing this room was a process over the last year. Let's face it, we had bigger fish to fry in the house, so we made little changes here and there when we had the time. We added a couple rugs and changed out the pillows for a fresher look for the time being.
Later on, we painted the walls with our custom mix from Sherwin Williams and scraped the ceilings. Added curtain panels and rods, too. Better? Yes, but the room still lacked texture, weight, contrast, and a cozy feel...all while remaining crisp and airy. (Got all that?) I knew I needed a few new pieces of furniture to achieve that. Something heavy-looking to go in the spot where the tall gold shelf was and we also needed a new coffee table. Ours was a craigslist score my parents got me on my 19th birthday for my college apartment! Since then, it has seen two condo living rooms, one townhouse, two storage units, and the two homes we've owned. It has seen some days, let me tell you. Safe to say my parents got their $100 worth! (It also came with two side tables!)
Fast forward to a couple weeks ago....
Remember how I posted recently about my shopping trip at Lyndon Leigh and Candelabra? (These are sister stores that are both located in Mount Pleasant, SC, but they share a website that you can shop here!) Well I was able to find a coffee table that I love inside Candelabra, as well as something else you'll see a few photos down from the Lyndon Leigh store.
The coffee table is available on Candelabra's website here. I love the narrow design—it works really well for this space. The gold gives a little bit of pizazz to our neutral color palette and I also love the gorgeous marble surface.
So here's your first peak at the other piece we added to the room. I found this black chest at Lyndon Leigh, took about 10 seconds worth of stares at it, and boom! Done.
I think my favorite thing about it might be the acrylic and brass handles.
I think it's the perfect piece for that corner that used to feel forgotten. It will also give us some storage space inside the drawers... so double win! Always a perk when you live in a house with minuscule 1940s closets.
Below is our favorite wedding picture and a box we got on our honeymoon in St. Lucia. I also have a little bowl of shells that I've collected from beach trips over the years. I just bring one shell home at a time so that the collection doesn't get crazy.
I made a collage with various old photos from my family and Brandon's. This one here with my memie and poppop has to be my favorite. They look so beautiful and handsome. I'm told that it was taken on the beach in North Myrtle Beach, although it's guaranteed that my Poppop would tell you the exact section of North Myrtle. The man has a memory.
You didn't think I could forget Winston, did you? This is his favorite room.
I think the new coffee table and chest from Candelabra really pulled it all together. I'd highly recommend checking them out. It's easy to spend hours on their website, but if you're local or have plans to be in Charleston anytime soon, definitely check out their stores! Lyndon Leigh and Candelabra are both in Mount Pleasant.
furniture: chest coffee table jute pouf cane club chairs: estate sale find sofa white chair
rugs linens: diamond sisal rug faux cowhide rug blue pillows printed sofa pillows cream sofa pillows white drapes curtain rods
decorative accents: fiddle leaf fig tree (purchased at Hyam's Garden Center) bird of paradise plant baskets leaning floor mirror white ballard designs atoll mirror straw basket tote white coral chunk coffee table books lamps on dresser gold floor lamp fish tray tall branches and driftwood pieces