1/24/2010

Living Room...A Changed Room!

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It's Metamorphosis Monday!
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Hello my friends...I'm so happy that you came by today!
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It's time for Metamorphosis Monday...hosted by our very
own Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch.

Please go pay Susan a visit and see what she has for all of us today and while
 you are there you can check out all of the other Met Monday participants.
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There is alot of metamorphosis going on in Blogland today...you won't want to miss it! Thank you,
 Susan for hosting Metamorphosis Monday for us!
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My Living Room...A Changed Room!
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A metamorphosis has taken place in my living room and it's been
 a long time coming!
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 This past fall, we added a faux fireplace to our living room! I was so excited because
 it brought about the change that I had envisioned for our living room for many years!
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You see, my living room is a very odd shaped room...it's very long and narrow.
 This has always presented a problem when it came to a floor plan for furniture placement.
 Really the room is too long for just a singular seating arrangement...so I broke this
 long, narrow living room into two separate seating arrangements.
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Here is the "BEFORE"...
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*This photo was taken at the entrance to my living room. As you can see...it is
 a very long and narrow room and I have two separate seating areas.
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Seating Arrangement #1
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Informal Living Area
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On this end of the living room, we have the "informal" living area.
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 This is where honey and I spend most of our time while in the living room.
 There are two overstuffed leather chairs...very comfy for TV viewing! The TV
 entertainment center sits directly across from these chairs.
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*Seating Arrangement #2
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Formal Living Room...
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On the far end of the living room, you will find a more formal seating area.
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 We use this area very rarely...except when we have visitors or need the
 extra seating. I have a sofa with a matching love seat here.
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The problem...these two pieces of furniture are really too large for this area.
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 It's just too narrow for both of these pieces, however this is what I have
 lived with for several years! There is only one other furniture arrangement possible
 for this end of the room and I do change it once in awhile, nevertheless,
 it's still too crowded!
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A closer view of the two sofas. Not much room between the two!
 Hmmm...what's a gal to do?
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*My Grand Solution...A Faux Fireplace
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*I have always wanted a fireplace in our living room!
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A real fireplace, at the present time, just isn't feasible...so the next
 best thing...a faux fireplace!
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Even though my long time dream was coming true, I did stress a little
 because we would have to remove my "beloved" moulding from this wall to
 make room for the fireplace! As you can see in the photo above...it was looking
 a little rough! I wasn't sure at this point if I had made the right decision or not...
but I forged ahead. Painting the wall one solid color again really helped
 ease my fears!
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If you would like to read about the faux fireplace project...just click HERE.
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The faux fireplace finished...in all of it's glory!
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*New Furniture for a New Seating Area...
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I found two of these beauties on Craigslist for $80! I had been
 looking for two chairs just like this!
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New and Improved Formal Seating Area...
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My idea was to remove the larger sofa and keep the love seat. We
 moved the larger sofa upstairs to our guest room. Now...with just the love
 seat and these two chairs, I could make a proper seating area...one that fit
 more comfortably in this narrow part of the living room!
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Here is the "AFTER"...
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...and I love it!
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 The "informal" area is the same but just look at the "formal" side of the
 living room! I am so happy with this metamorphosis!!!
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Here is the metamorphosis again...
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*"BEFORE"
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"AFTER"
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So what do you think?
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 Between adding the faux fireplace and the new and improved seating
 arrangement for a "formal" living room...I think it's quite a metamorphosis!
 Stayed tuned...I'm sure that there will be more changes from time to time! I
 did find the prettiest yellow/gold fabric that I may cover those two
 chairs with!
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Well my friends, I'm so happy that you came by today and took a peek
at my living room metamorphosis! Thank you for coming!  Please leave me
 a comment and let me know that you were here. I'd love to visit with you!
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32 comments:

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG CHARI,
I was just thinking of you and then I read your sweet comments!!! Katie is beautiful, but boy can she still be a stinker sometimes! We have that Mother/Daughter pull on each other and she just loves to get me riled! hehe. I love her so much, of course! She skated and coached through high school and now she just skates for fun. Now, onto that gorgeous living room! I am amazed what you did with that narrow room! You gave it so much beauty and character and it's just gorgeous! I lived in a house once with a very narrow living room and I was so challenged by that room. I wish I had known you then because your ideas are amazing! The faux fireplace is so gorgeous!But , it's all the lovely details you have added that really make it special! Kudos to you on this amazing transformation! Dust bowl hey? We are having some really weird weather this year aren't we? I haven't seen the sun for so long I am turning into a mole. Well, I will quit rambling here! Hugs, Cindy

gail@myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

Chari... it's beautiful! I love the new look!
by the way... thanks for hosting sunday favs! I meant to leave a comment earlier today, but didn't get a chance!
I hope you had a great weekend.
gail

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

OMG Girl what a beautiful differ this made...it opens it up so much more and I love that you used the end table as a coffee table...Just beautiful my friend...You have that magic touch for sure...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a beautiful room, the faux fireplace is wonderful! Great job!

I'm having a Blogaversary giveaway! Come on over!

Katherine

Jeanette said...

It looks wonderful. I never thought about putting a wreath on the back on the front door. Duhhh! What a missed opportunity! No matter what, when looking through blogs, I always find the neatest ideas.

Allie and Pattie said...

PERFECT solution! You must be thrilled. Don't you just love CL?

mishebe said...

Love the fireplace, so elegant. Room looks Fab! mishelle

mbkatc230 said...

This is beautiful Chari. What a huge difference this made. And I can't believe those chairs - what a bargain and they look like they were made for this space. Beautiful job, I know you must be thrilled with the results. Kathy

Tootsie said...

girl....I am giving you a standing ovation!!! it was wonderful before...but now.....holy cow... it is outstanding!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Chari, your room is just beautiful! Love that fireplace...it's a beauty. The room looks so cozy and inviting...great job!! Kristen

susan said...

Chari-This looks like a completely different room. Of course, I have been watching as it has evolved. This arrangement is just a warmer cozier look and the faux fireplace is the icing on the cake. You really got a good buy on those chairs. I have been looking and haven't seen anything that nice for that price. I know you are enjoying this beautiful room!

Melissa Miller said...

Chari all it looks gorgeous!

The fireplace is really stunning. Great furniture placement. I love it! *Smiles*

Treasia Stepp said...

It looks fabulous. What a difference it made by adding the fireplace. Just gorgeous.

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

That fireplace made all the difference! What a fabulous focal point. I also have a narrow living room. It really is hard to figure out what to do with it. I love your solution. Beautiful pictures too!

diamondgirl said...

I love your new look! Could you show us a close up of your mantelscape?

Kathy said...

Fantabulous Chari...
What a wonderful difference...I love my faux fireplace.
I put flowers with twinky lights where the logs should be..Charming in the evening..
Your home is beautiful...great met.
xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Becca said...

What a beautiful transformation !! I love the addition of a fireplace ... you've decorated it so beautifully !! I'm sure your visitors don't want to leave. As always, thank you for leaving such sweet comments on my blog. Take care, Becca (Adventures in Decorating)

Maggie B said...

Hi Chari,
Totally transformed, the room looks much bigger even with a large fireplace.
Great job!
~Maggie~

Kimberly said...

I am new to your blog! You did a great job. I never thought to put a wreath on the inside of my front door. Lots of great ideas. I hope you post more decorating tips!

Anita said...

What a differance your changes made...love those chairs and of course the faux fireplace is just lovely. I really like your after much better...gorgeous.

Ticking and Toile said...

looks beautiful Chari!
I am really wanting a faux fireplace too! You did a great job! Don't you just love Craigslist???
Thanks so much for coming by today!!
Shellagh

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

WHAT a wonderful difference it made in the entire feeling of the area. It's really lovely! I think I recall visiting when you bought the fireplace and told about it and showed the details.
I thought it was a gorgeous fireplace at the time and was anxious to see the completion.
I remember it was a GREAT post!
I was telling a blogger yesterday, how amazed I was at what the women in this blogging community are capable of. This is a prime example! :)
Hugs and smiles,
Mona

The Stylish House said...

Hi Chari,
You know how much I've admired your fireplace! You did such a beautiful job designing it. I also like the paint color on your walls! You're living room looks wonderful. and it's a place I would like to curl up with a good read.
Cathy

delainegabriel said...

VERY Pretty..and I love the colors!!

paperbutterfly said...

Chari,
What a magnificent arrangement!
Everythinglooks so warm and inviting. The before was great but the NOW is a WOW!

Blessings,
Pam

Patriotic Mom said...

I love the after! It even looks larger and so much more intimate and cozy even though it is the formal area. Thanks for sharing!

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Hi Chari!

You know that I love your faux f/p! I am still in the planning stages of placing my faux f/p in the living room. Of course your my inspiration! Your living room looks wonderful. You did a great job! Take care!! Hugs!

The Muse said...

...I can hear music playing in your redesign...oh...it sings, Ms Chari, simply sings!

Attention to detail~superb!

Bravo, many times over!!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Chari, your living room is lovely! You know I think your design is graceful above everything. You have such a touch for elegant and refined decorating. The table by the window makes me drool.....just delicious! I love it all.....save me a seat!

Thank you, dear lady, for posting my giveaway button. This is so thoughtful of you!

Sending hugs and blessings,
Barb ♥

xinex said...

Very pretty and very inviting, Chari. I love the new arrangement. It's perfect, really!...Christine

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