I've been holding off on doing this before and after post because I still have a couple things to do in this room. However, I'd say it's about 99% finished so I figured I should just do the post because I may never add the last few touches.
This was the space I was most looking forward to. The kitchen and bathroom were super exciting because of the severity of their changes, but I knew I would be spending a majority of my time in this room. My last apartment (here and here) had a tiny living room, all I could fit was a love seat. There, I had a table and chairs but never used them, so I figured I would forget about sit down eating and focus on comfort. Plus, this new kitchen has the little breakfast bar so I didn't feel the need for a big dining set.
I must say, I thought I would enjoy living alone, but this room made me realize just how much I LOVE having my own space. It's always the way I want it - clean, organized and there's always a space on the couch. I know exactly what I am entering into each time I come home, and it is a great room for Reagan since he has enough space to do his loops when he gets crazy!
There was so much natural light and the room had such a great layout that it was an obvious choice when we were looking at places.
The majority of the work in this room was adding details and character. MB is a molding freak, so that was added everywhere and we did a great built in wall...I love a good built in. The biggest change was the interior wall, it had a huge closet and storage space, but the door was a bit of a hindrance if you wanted to use the corner, which I did, so I was pretty impressed when I thought of adding a pocket door! It made all the difference!! We also closed up the storage space above the closet. This may seem like a cardinal sin in Beacon Hill, but trust me when I say you didn't need the space! Plus the look of it severely bothered Bill and it was the one thing he really wanted gone. He was right too, the wall looks much better without it, and it no longer seems like the place is so small that you need that extra space. The closet itself had a hanging bar and an upper shelf, but we added shelving on both sides in the dead space since the closet is the length of the wall but the doors are only half of it! I have so much storage I almost don't know what to do with it!
The closet is deceivingly huge!
Built in drawing that I designed
We added an overhead light, so that lighting was a bit more even. The shades that we got are so nice, they can open from any way so that I can have privacy, or let them up so Reagan can sit and people watch. I love when they are like this so I can still get a lot of light while not feeling as though I'm on display for the whole corner to watch!
We went with a new gray. The old color was a purple/pink gray and well, it was terrible. I put my grandmother's bar cart here to act as a transition between the living space and the kitchen.
My other Grandmother suggested putting a nice mirror in-between the two windows behind the couch, this is one of those details that I'm not sure when I get it done!
This is the corner I was worried about given the old closet door. Now I have more space there then I thought I would. It is such a perfect cozy little work space.
Ta-da!! The new closet wall is a favorite of mine. The pocket door looks perfect and I think without the old storage the wall looks much larger and the ceilings show off their height. (I still need to get new photos for the frames as you can see!)
The built in wall!! Again, so much storage and adds so much to the room!
The entryway! We moved the heat and intercom over to this wall to make room for the built in, plus it makes way more sense to have it by the door! Standley (my umbrella stand from Hong Kong who we lovely named as we carried it throughout Asia in June) made it safely to it's new home.
I love my entrance space, there is just enough room for all the nic-nacs without losing valuable space in the room!
Up next is the bedroom!