The Living Room Makeover :: BEFORE and AFTER!

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Suburban Living Room Makeover:: House of Valentina We've been working hard to transform our living room.  It is the center point of the entire house and more like a gigantic hallway than a room, so it just felt like it needed attention.  A living room makeover is always fun because it really doesn't take a lot to make a huge impact.  Hosting my neighborhood book club recently in the transformed space was such a treat.  The space is certainly not where I hope it will be one day, but I think one of the biggest challenges facing home DIYers is the feeling that it must be completed overnight, HGTV style.  Don't get me wrong.  I LOVE those shows (and have been making up for more than 10 years spent abroad without it!)  BUT!  Our homes are ever-evolving.

Start with the basics.  Paint first.  Furnishings that are necessary next.  Flooring when possible.  (Or would you place your priorities differently?)  We didn't want to have beautiful floors but sitting on cardboard boxes.  That's why we chose a couch first... plus that was waaaay cheaper.  We are still trying to finish the bathroom!  (more on that very soon!!)

So, here is our living room makeover: Before, in between, after, and one day the "final" room!

BEFORE PAINT::

Suburban Living Room Makeover:: House of Valentina

The In between::

Suburban Living Room Makeover:: House of Valentina

Suburban Living Room Makeover:: House of Valentina

The moment right before we hung up the artwork and I painted the marble surround... black!

Suburban Living Room Makeover:: House of Valentina

Artwork was hung on the previous homeowner's hooks, which didn't work.  We had to raise it (per my mom and BFF):

Suburban Living Room Makeover:: House of Valentina

You can really see from above how badly we need hardwood floors, but at least the carpet isn't filthy (yet.  3 kids, a husband, and a Valentina?  How long will this pearly white carpet last?)

Suburban Living Room Makeover:: House of Valentina

I brought metal shelving up from the basement, and started styling...

Suburban Living Room Makeover:: House of Valentina

A few more plants and books, a favorite pillow, mixed with H&M pillows...

The sofa is from CB2, rug from wayfair.

Suburban Living Room Makeover:: House of Valentina

The banister and stairs will be stained to match the floors we will eventually put in.  Walnut, is what I am dreaming of!

Suburban Living Room Makeover:: House of Valentina

In the meantime, we need to switch out the hallway light, finishes changing all the knobs to brushed bronze and put back the light switch plates.  The list is ongoing!

Suburban Living Room Makeover:: House of Valentina

But sometimes, it's good to sit back, enjoy the little moments, and celebrate what is rather than what isn't!

Suburban Living Room Makeover:: House of Valentina

All styling and iPhone photography: Valentina Fussell