Dwell: The Living Room!

Sorry for the late post ya"ll! For some reason our (very expensive, very slow) internet is out at our house so I schlepped it up to Starbucks (my old stomping grounds) just to throw a little post together....listen, I know that sometimes a new blog post from your favorite blogger (wink!) is all that keeps you hanging on between 8am coffee and the noon lunch break. Just doing my public duty, ya'll, no need for applause! 

So, the house is dunzo. For now. We still have one rogue guest room that is currently serving as storage, but until our finished attic is transformed from Mark's Bach Pad to Stephie's Storage Space, that room will remain rogue. I've accepted it, only because Mark is my favorite. Anyone else may have been evicted due to my OCD tendencies. 

The Living Room got a pretty serious makeover. The walls were painted Ben Moore's Palladian Blue, which in our house, looks much more sky blue than I imagined, but I'm ok with it. We also tackled all of that DE-pressing dark trim and the dirty fireplace brick...and, per uze (this is how I'm spelling the abbreviation to usual...go with it) we tried to maintain the historical integrity of the (worth saving) original details. The Rug is the only new purchase for the room and I will say that it sadly has been a classic example of you get what you pay for. We grabbed it off of Overstock for a deal and seeing as we had zero rugs and a house of wall to wall hardwoods, we needed a deal...but it sheds like a husky.
Seriously, not good. But for now, I am choosing to LOVE it! (Mostly so I don't throw Justin into cardiac arrest by telling him we need a new rug.) 

Oh! and just this week our new sconces arrived in the mail from my BFFs at Pottery Barn. They were on sale and we happened to have a wedding gift card or two to burn so they were free to us! The sconces are the only permanent lighting in the room, the rest of the ambiance comes from floor lamps and side table lamps (cue depressing winter). 

Hope ya'll like it! (If not, compliment me anyway because I live with boys who say supportive things like, "well, it's definitely better than before!)

Here she is before, during the Homeowner's Inspection, full of the old owners stuff (Sadtown, USA)
Note the sconces, this is the only before pic I snapped of them (I liked to pretend that they didn't exist)

And here she is now

I painted that "Masterpiece" so don't mock it.

I swear I did not call the dog into the room or anything! She literally can.not.stand. to miss being the center of attention....cue Husband saying, "I wonder where she gets that from!?" Idiot.

JK, I found a pic of the fireplace/sconces before I swapped them out

UPDATE: Real pics of the new sconces! 

We decided on Edison Bulbs to keep thins spicy

A little decor to style the place up (and hide those ugly wires)

Almost done with the New House Decor Posts....happy to hear it?!

Have a fab day ya'll!


  1. I love that wall color and the room! You guys have done such a great job keeping the charm of the place. The white trim really lightens it up too, did you guys paint that by yourself? That's so much work! You can't even tell in the photos that the rug sheds but if you get another rug, check out Rugs USA. My 5x8 rug was $115 and is really good quality!

    1. Oh no, we called in the pros to handle the painting...the trim had to be sanded and like triple coated....and after I cried and complained and strong armed the painters into giving us a good deal, Justin relented and let me pay the pros to paint the walls as well. Soooo worth it! xo

  2. I love the white trim and the wall color! Great choice! And your furniture is very crisp and Maine-y. I love it a lot! Also your modern art painting you did yourself is awesome! I'm going to attempt something like that myself. If you have any tips, please let me know! :)

  3. haha, it was kind of Sadtown before :) I love how you brightened everything up! I'm so envious of those large windows and wide trim, it's gorgeous!

  4. I love it. The blue and the additions of white make it look so much brighter and more cheerful! I also really like that you did keep some of the darker wood because of the historic nature. I think with every room you post, I'm going to re-request that you come do my house. Or maybe I should just use it as motivation!

  5. I love all the little blue touches you added, it's such a happy, calming colour.

  6. I love it!!! It is super cute!! Very nice colors.

  7. It looks so great! I love how it all turned out, it's very chic while still being Maine-y :) You need to come help me decorate my apartment...I'll buy you brunch! LOL :)

  8. This looks amazing! I love the blue and the trim might just be my favorite! Great job!

  9. I like that you didn't go for a very dramatic change in colors. The blue really makes the room look bright and it matches well with the white of the windows and the dark wood of the entryway and fireplace. The room looks great overall. Fantastic job! -Leeanne @ Master My List

  10. Oh my goodness! I love your home! It is so charming and beautiful! I love the way you decorated! Can't wait to see more!


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