Sunday, February 14, 2010

The "Formal" Living Room ~Before and After~

Here is another Before and After post.  This is the "Formal" living room. 

BEFORE
This room was painted the darkest color in the house when we bought it. 
And here is the AFTER
As you can see, we are NOT "formal" people.  So keeping this small room just for company didn't make any sense.  So we turned it into a TV room.  It is usually just Mr. Comforts of Home and me watching TV.  But if we have another couple, we can always move the two red chairs around.  The ottomans are on rollers, so they can be moved out of the way, or turned into a coffee table with a tray on top if needed.
The room is quite small and has openings of some sort on three sides, so furniture arrangement is difficult.  In the view above I am standing in front of the TV.  You can see how close the room is to the front door and dining room.
In the picture above I am standing by the front door.  See the great room to the very right of the picture?  These rooms are right next to each other and there are two openings into the great room.
The front wall has a bay area with windows that go right to the floor.  So the arrangement we have is probably the best we can do.  We are planning on possibly hanging the TV on the wall to free up some space.  We can then set a table between the two red chairs.  The TV equipment would go into a closet.

We have only put one painting up.  We are waiting to decide whether the TV gets hung on the wall or not.  And eventually we will get an area rug to cozy up the space.  Right now the rooms have just the bare bones....nothing personal, yet....As time goes on I am looking forward to adding the layers that will make this house a home.

Welcome Home,
Penny

36 comments:

Natasha Burns said...

Well it looks like an amazing and cosy home to me already! Penny your home is wonderful! I definitely love the light walls, must more than those dark ones!! :)

Cindy said...

Easily one of the most gorgeous homes I've ever seen! It is so inviting. Can't wait to watch the layers appear :) I can just imagine how much it's going to 'cozy up'!

Treasia Stepp said...

I love the new paint color and it's a very pretty room. Adore those bay windows as well.

Kathleen Grace said...

I think it is much better to use the space than to have a formal room that never gets used. It would be a difficult roomt o arrange with all those doorways but you have done a great job. I am struck buy how open and sunny your home is looking into the entry and dining room. How beautiful!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your house is just gorgeous. I love how bright and cheery it is. Beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Penny!

Your new home is looking so wonderful and cozy! Today the name of the game is Comfortable. It's been great visiting you!

Happy Valentines Day! hugs, Sherry

Crystal said...

I have really enjoyed finding your blog! I love the simplicity of the way you decorate and I have gotten MANY ideas!! What is the container your umbrellas are in?

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Penny, I like the room with the 4 chairs. It looks nice and serves it's purpose as a TV room. Plus, I bet it makes a nice "talking" room too, since it is close to your great room and front door area. Love your red color. Your home has such great windows and lots of light. Love & blessings from NC!

mary'smom said...

This room is beautiful, so is your house.

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Your house is really coming together, this room looks so pretty. I am a big fan of yellow and red together. So much natural light and I can see a bit of snow out there!
denise

Mary said...

I remember you talking about this space when I visited - wow, it looks so different now, cozy, comfy and perfect as the TV room. You and K have continued to make the house a home, it's gorgeous Penny.

Lee Laurie said...

It looks so cozy Penny. I love it. I love the paint color that you chose. It made it appear so much bigger. That dark brown was way too dark. I love it.
Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Pondside said...

Hi Penny - great way to use that room! I agree that hanging the TV will be a good move, and perhaps building a bit of a bookcase/china cabinet around and under it might work too. Have fun!

Kim said...

Beautiful room Penny - and practical too! I love the picture on the wall. Red and yellow is one of my favorite color combos too.
Kim

Anonymous said...

Penny, I have so enjoyed watching the rooms come alive!!! and the sunshine!!! WOW!! it is just so inviting ... so I sit a spell and drink it all in!!! and it gives me such great ideas!! thank you!!! and Happy Valentine's Day to you Mr. Comforts.

Pink Hugs,
Dee

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Penny, it is absolutely gorgeous. It's bright and happy. You did well!

Dropped by to wish you and your hubby a very Happy Valentine's Day!

XO,

Sheila :-)

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Penny, I just love your house! I love your entry and the colours you picked to paint it. We are not very 'formal' people either and even though I will have a formal lounge it will get used everyday! Your TV room is looking great and I would never have thought the red could look so good with those colours! Your'e doing a wonderful job, truly inspiring. take care, Maryann

Dena said...

Hi Penny,

Your home is so full of sunshine! I love the transformation and cannot wait to see more!

XOXO,
Dena

Vee said...

Love the color combinations and those windows are great. It looks bright and cheerful and ever so much more like you!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

The lighter color is definitely better! I love the chairs!

Mimi Sue said...

It's amazing what paint can do. Looks lovely. Mimi

LW said...

Everything looks so pretty....

Louise

Judi said...

Hi Penny
I hope you had a nice Valentine's Day!
Your pictures are great. I love the colour of your walls...now what colour is that?

The reds are my favourite colour too. I have that in my home too. It brightens and adds that special punch.

have a lovely day
Judi

dobco said...

I love the red chairs. I think it looks cozy and very inviting. I know you will have fun putting the personal touches to make it even more cozy!

Donna said...

The room looks great so far, Penny, so sunny and cheery and homey. I like the arrangement. I'm looking forward to seeing all the beautiful layers from here on!

Hugs,
Donna

My Vintage Modern Farmhouse said...

Hi Penny,

Your new home looks gorgeous! I love all the red!

LeAnn

Jill said...

Hi Miss Penny,
So glad you stopped by to say hi! I had taken a blogging break and I am just now getting back into the swing of things.

Your new home is coming along beautifully. Your furniture placement is great in the formal living room! You and I have such similar taste. I am shopping for a chair to go beside my firplace, I have looked at one very similar to your red ones!

So excited to see all your updates and all your great French Country accessories!

~Jill
Hickory Hollow

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Ahhh..those colors! Be still my heart! Lovely! :)
Ok..NOW I'm off to the studio!

Rhondi said...

Hi Penny
Your home is looking very comfortable and inviting. I love al the windows too.
Hugs, Rhondi

Daisy Cottage said...

oooh love your furniture choices and how your rooms are coming along so beautifully! Everything is cozy and welcoming. You must be having SO much fun! And I'm thrilled for you.


xo,
Kim

Sue said...

Love those paisley chairs and ottomans....so comfy looking

Heidi said...

What a beautiful home you have. I just came across your blog from BNOTP and admire your style. I was wondering what the paint color is in your "new" living room and entry. It looks like a pale yellow.
Heidi
hlaperle@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Your home is BEAUTIFUL and I,m lovin those red chairs!!! Martina

Meredith said...

Hi Penny, I just found your blog, and I love your taste! Could you tell me the color yellow that you used in your rooms?

Comeca Jones said...

Love all the red!

Sabrina said...

Love your place. I am super jealous! I love your color schemes. Great job on the extra wow factor with the pieces you repurposed.