In my opinion, our living room is the crown jewel of this house.
The first time we saw our house, back in July, and I caught sight of the living room, I gasped and my heart honestly skipped a beat. The majestic fireplace, the expansive bay window, the gleaming hardwood floors. I immediately imagined placing our Christmas tree in that beautiful window and hanging our stockings on that sturdy mantle. Very clearly, I could see our family sitting in front of a crackling fire while singing Christmas carols and drinking egg nog.
(It's on our "To-Do" list to paint the inside of the fireplace with high temperature black paint.)
A few weeks ago, I wrote that this house had very good "bones" and this room is proof of that.
For instance, the lines in this room are perfect and exact. The spacing on either side of the fireplace are precisely equal. When I place our 8 x 10 rug in front of the couch, it is evenly spaced between the windows and perfectly spaced in front of the fireplace and within the room.
Symmetry makes me extraordinarily happy.
There were THREE tracks worth of curtains hanging in this room, that we removed the first weekend we were in the house. As for right now, we don't have any curtains up and are debating what to do with this window. Sheer? Plantation shutters?
Who has any suggestions for how to dress up a 5 x 12 bay window?
We are planning to paint this room "Basketry" by Behr. Basketry also happens to be the same color that we are planning to paint beneath Cherry Tart in the adjoining dining room (which is actually more "red" than the tester shown online). We're going to pull the basketry color out of the dining room and through the living room. We're also planning to paint the mantle, crown moulding and baseboards semi-gloss white.
Although, now that I look at the intricacies of the mantle - and envision how challenging that will be to properly sand - maybe we'll just leave it pink.