Wow. I'm going to start off by saying that our living room is officially the most grown-up room I've ever had. It still feels a little weird to have such a nice room. Weird, but awesome.
We have come a long way. You can check out this old post to see a glimpse of what the room looked like when we moved in. Or this old post to see what it looked like after we painted it but were still using it as a family/TV room.
After last summer's big renovation, we were able to move the more casual couch and chair into the new family room. That left this room completely empty, except the rug. We've spent the last six months turning it into a really nice place to sit and have a conversation, listen to records, play board games, or play the piano. I have always said that I hate formal living rooms - you know, the ones that nobody ever uses? We made sure that this is a room where we will want to spend time.
It still needs the finishing touches, of course. It feels like it could be at home on a showroom floor, especially when entering from the dining room (the view below). We will eventually add some art to the walls, books or other items to the coffee table, maybe a plant. You know, the personal items that make it feel like my home and not just a pretty room. I have to keep reminding myself that these things take time. I don't want to buy things to put on display just because I want the room to be "done". It will happen organically, over time. We'll fall in love with a painting or print and put it up, we'll get coasters, and our book collection will grow. We'll get presents from family, and we'll bring home items from our travels.
In the meantime, I'm pretty excited to get to hang out here.