So it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted any updates here, but I’m incredibly excited to share the latest progress on our home front! After some unexpected delays involving our tradesmen which began last spring and unfortunately stretched into late autumn, we only managed to sort out the utilities and insulation in the addition by the end of 2017. But as soon as the drywall went up and my husband, Brian, and I were finally free to work on our own without being hampered by the presence of crews (since we always do the interior finish work ourselves, crazy people that we are), we’ve been on an absolute rampage to get things done around here. We work on our house in our downtime, and admittedly, every spare moment we’ve had since 2018 kicked in has been obsessively dedicated to making headway in the addition. And headway has been made! The downstairs level of the addition is essentially an open-plan “grand room” of sorts, with a dining room and living room. Today I’ll be showing you the living room, and a visual story of how this space evolved!
Here is the space during the drywall phase. We had already framed out the fireplace and were waiting (im)patiently for the drywallers to mud up the walls and be done.
Once the crews left, we got down to business. First step, finalizing the fireplace.
Once the fireplace was finished, we started with the built-ins. And the moldings.
Just a little unadulterated peek at the daily reality of construction chaos. There is nothing remotely glamorous or peaceful about living in a construction site, let me tell you…haha!
But then, suddenly there is an almost epiphanal shift in the mayhem. When the finish carpentry is done, when the walls are freshly painted and you can finally install those beloved lights you’ve had stored away for an obscenely long time, you can finally see the once disastrously unsightly space looking more polished and coming together.
And let us not forget the drama of actually installing the floors!
I had the pleasure of partnering with my friends at Raymour & Flanigan again to choose some furnishings for our new living room, and as always, was beyond impressed with their spectacular array of inventory and always professional delivery; I truly cannot say enough positive things about this company! Aesthetically, I wanted to create a very serene and elegant living room which had subtle undercurrents of the ethnic touches I adore. All I could envision during the endless trauma of sawdust and soul-piercing sounds of compressors was a chic and cozy space which would organically evolve over time. And so once all of the furniture was sourced, once I pulled decorative accents, tables and a long-cherished rug from my own personal horde, and finally began to style up our newly completed space, our living room finally came to life…
I chose the u-shaped Penelope Sectional (which I actually broke up, as you can see above) because it has such gorgeous lines and is a perfect solution for amplified seating options for living rooms which aren’t too large in scale, like ours. It is such a stunning, statement-making piece and yet doesn’t dominate the footprint of a room…it really is perfect in so many ways!
It’s the magical kind of sectional which even looks good naked…haha!
For an accent chair, I chose the Fitz Accent Chair because I appreciate its clean, mid-century lines and thought it would be a beautiful, low-slung seat to position between the fireplace and the built-in shelving.
And last but not least, there’s a little foyer/vestibule area when you enter the addition which I thought would benefit from a little love in the form of this sexy, leather beast which my husband has already claimed as his. I honestly doubt there is a more comfortable chair on the planet! It’s called the Magna Accent Chair and it is truly magnificent. And already causing slight familial unrest…haha!
And there’s a quick look at our new living room in the addition. Next week I’ll be revealing the dining room area which adjoins this space! Stay tuned!
- I have partnered with Raymour & Flanigan and received product in exchange for this post. All expressed opinions are 100% my own.
*Images and text by Astrid Insieme