How We Turned This Formal Living Room Into a Space that Worked for Us

When we first toured this house, I knew there was a lot of potential, but it took me a little while to determine how we wanted to best use all of the space that came with the home.  I was unsure how I wanted to use the formal living room until I talked it over with a friend.  She said, if you watch TV, put a TV in here and put the kids down in the "family room". That simple comment made me realize that I really didn't want a formal living room, nor did I think my family would use it.  So that was it, we decide we would turn this front room into the "adult" living space.

I think one of the biggest turnoffs for buyers (and why it stayed on the market for so long) was the hodge podge flooring.  You walk into the space and have diagonal wood flooring, the living space is covered in carpet, and then the kitchen is a light laminate wood. It did not make the room cohesive and I think the set up of a formal living room made the home feel outdated.

When we moved in mid-April, our project goals prior to our babies due date in August were to complete the guest suite in the basement & update the bathrooms upstairs.  We finished those projects by mid-July and decided that it would be fabulous to get the floors finished prior to Evelyn's arrival. This meant that we would essentially need to move out for a week mid-August.  The thought of getting one more big project out of the way before the chaos of two children was too enticing not to take up.  So we booked the floor installation on August 10th (Wednesday), moved into our friends house for 5 days and worked our buns off moving everything out of the rooms to tear up the carpet and hardwood.

 Always our big helper...Thomas was there tearing up the floors every step of the way.

Always our big helper...Thomas was there tearing up the floors every step of the way.

My job was to pull the plastic off of the laminate wood boxes so they could breathe for a day...even this simple task was a struggle with my bowling ball attached to my belly.

 Hi baby Evie!

Hi baby Evie!

We pulled up the floors on a Sunday and all I kept thinking was, "if I don't paint that damn accent wall I am going to have that on my to do list during my maternity leave and I really just want to focus on my new baby!"  So I called my best gal pals and asked them to come over for a painting party on Monday and I we would have booze and chinese.  We had the entire room and hallway painted in a few hours!

The floors were finished on Friday and we moved our furniture back into our home on Saturday.  That night my water broke and Evelyn arrived at 2 am on Sunday.  Talk about cutting it close!

So here it is, our adult living room that I love so much.  We still have some projects to complete, but the accent walls were replaced with a soothing gray and the floors are consistent throughout the main floor, so I am happy.

I am in love with our big L shaped couch and TV console we got from Arhaus.

 I spy with my little eye, a sweet naked little babe in her swing.

I spy with my little eye, a sweet naked little babe in her swing.

When we bought the coffee table online from Target, I thought it was white washed.  It is actually just raw wood, so I would like to eventually paint it a blue similar to the blue pillow on the couch. The rug is also from Target.

 Pup corner...hi Lucy!

Pup corner...hi Lucy!

I would say that the style in my previous homes had a hint of shabby chic.  In this home I wanted to bring a more modern & retro (is that even possible?) look since it was built in the 70's.  I think the lamps on our music stand really help to achieve this look.

With the pony wall & accent wall gone, the front entrance is aready looking more modern.  We still need to update the light and swap out the yellow tinted windows for clear glass, but it is already much improved.

My babies relaxing in the updated space once we got home from the hospital.

What do you think? Do you have a certain type of room that you have updated to make it work for your family?