I suppose technically we live in all the rooms of the new house, but we call this one the Living Room for a reason.  This is where the majority of our time is spent.  It is the largest room of the house, and I firmly believe that when presented with the biggest room in a house, one should live in it.  Of course, living in a room these days likely means that the television inhabits the room too.  In the case of this Living Room, the t.v. is front and center.  Mounted over the original fireplace, which has been decked out to accept such an important element of a room, such as the t.v.image The original fireplace was simple, but of course not clad with enough trim for my taste.  I wanted a wall of picture frame moldings, framing not only the television, but two sconces flanking it.  The t.v. surround was created in such a way that the screen was flush with either side.  The mantle was beefed up, crowns were placed over each cased opening leading into the den, and appliques were applied in the center, under the mantle.  The original brick was covered with a beautiful honey onyx medley mosaic tile, which I chose because it reminded me of a honeycomb.  This tile from The Tile Shop is accented nicely with the honey onyx large tiles on the hearth.  Angie Lane did a lovely job mitering the corners and spreading the slightly grey tiles throughout.  It is warm and cheerful, and dresses up the fireplace in a very elegant way.

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It made sense to preserve the crown molding chosen originally for this house.  Since we did not have to take any walls in the Living  to the studs, I wanted to add to, rather than re-do.  The result is a chunky horizontal line that defines this space.  We added one opening leading to the back hall and basement staircase to the North, and opened up an existing opening to the den.  Along with those cased openings, we squared off the arches leading to the foyer and the sitting room, creating a great deal more light and a height that we could not have achieved had we kept the arches.

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The original hardwoods were finished by The Great Indoors, and Brian Depp and I went out on a limb here.  I wanted a look that was not pristine, rather a more casual but refined and forward finish for the floors.  He told me that he had been playing around with some grey-brown finishes and when he put it down, I knew it was what I was looking for.  I have had the high gloss, heavily laquered floors before, and for this house, it just didn’t feel right.  While these look more matte, they should age nicely with the house, serve as a neutral base for all around them, and be very forgiving as we live here.

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Under the front window is a sweet loveseat which I purchased from an estate sale in our neighborhood.  It has french lines and is comfortable.  I had it covered in a simple check with a hint of blue on a neutral base.  Blue is the accent color in this room and gold, beige and grey serve as the neutrals.  A  special Thank You to Heritage Fabrics and Design Center, Steve Burroughs Upholstery and my dear friend Janey Toone for all the upholstery and pillow fabrication.

image  Every room has to have a hint of my favorite neutral which is green, and the living room is no exception.  The various stained wood pieces and the leather sofa warm this room up and make it a place where people want to kick their shoes off and stay a while. In a big room like this, lighting is extremely important.  I have the belief that a room this size needs at least three types of lighting.  I chose an antique pineapple chandelier in the center of the room, the sconces on the fireplace surround (bought off the shelf at a big box store), various lamps, and of course the light of the roaring fire when we choose to enjoy it.

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From a spot on the sofa, there is a panoramic view of the entire South side of the house.  You can see Washington Boulevard out of the large front window, all along the side yard out of the  den windows, and into the back yard and patio through the leaded glass sitting room windows.  It is an unexpected view, but one we are enjoying a great deal.

I know you all love to see the “before” shots too, so here you are. What the Living room looked like a few months ago.
4820 LRLiving Room Fireplace Before

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