So here are a couple of before photos - everything in our house was painted the same ugly beige color, trim and all (unless it was wood paneling). The first thing we have worked on is painting the trim white and the walls a nice neutral color - Tattered Sail by Olympic (now one of my favorite colors). One of the things we really like about this room is the chair rail molding and wide window trim. It really adds so much character to a pretty boring room.
We also have added new bamboo roman shades, still waiting to add some soft billowy curtains though. All of our furniture are things we already owned.
Under all of the carpet lies hardwood floors, one day down the road we will be pulling up all the carpet to refinish the floors. Right now, it's kind of nice having carpet while Silas is crawling.
We also want to purchase a rug and throw pillows for the sofas to brighten them up. I'm always a fan of those beautiful white couches you see in all of the magazines but that just wasn't practical with a baby, a black furry dog and teenagers visiting often, so we went for sturdy leather ones that would last a while. They might not be as shabby chic as white ones but we like them and they are holding up well.
Everyone always thinks these glass cup holders are ashtrays - I want to replace them too since I'm tired of answering that question every time someone comes over. We also don't have any kind of console for our TV and things, we are using this antique piece right now and we actually kind of like it. We may or may not change that in the future, I happen to really like antiques so I will push for it.
Well, that's it, our living/family room. I love how it is wide open to the kitchen and how cozy it feels. We will continue to post updates as we work on little things here and there. Have a great weekend!