Creep Around My House: The Living Room

You guys are probably pretty familiar with this room cuz of all my holiday posts.

Now that the floors are done I can officially call this room done.



you get the idea.

Many of you, however, don’t know what this room looked like when we moved in.

Let me give you a clue: totally different, wouldn’t recognize it if it slapped you in the kisser.

(small disclaimer: these photos are unedited, which I almost NEVER post. but alas, my computer is a piece of toodle and its almost 11pm, so you guys are just gonna have to deal with straight out of the camera pics.)

This is the living room as it looked when we made our offer.  super de duper dark and, well, red. I’m all for red but the dining room was dark hunter green.  aka Christmas house.  to the max.

And how it looks today.  This is my petty, budgeted attempt to channel the living room from “Somethings Gotta Give”  That movie with Diane Keaton.  Check out that way more awesome house here.

Shot of the fireplace when we made our offer.  Needless to say I started priming this room the day we closed on the house.  It took me 2 days, 3 coats of primer and 3 coats of paint to cover the red.

I still see areas where I swear to jeebus I can see red shining through.

Husband thinks I’m nuts.

Blue curtains and couch with a yellow rug?  yes sir! (flutter flutter! anyone?)

Paint: Cake Stand Blue by Martha Stewart for Valspar (discontinued when she switched her paint line to Home Depot.  Word on the street is if you ask for the old Lowes colors, the HD people can mix them)
Couch, Chair, Ottoman and Curtains: Ikea, duh.
TV Armoire:  Walmart
Coffee Table, White End Table, and Both Lamps: Target.
Rug and 2 White Side Chairs that happen to be left over dining room chairs: Home Decorators Outlet Online.  (Rug is a Martha Stewart Rug, go figure)
Teal Side Table: World Market
Oars: Antique store in Osage, KS from our infamous road trip from TX to MN and back.
Shell Prints: Antique Store here in Houston.  Frames are from Target
Mirror Above Fireplace: Mirror is from Lowes, Frame is from a shop in Alexandria, MN (another find on the road trip from hell.)
Fireplace Screen: Garden Ridge. When I bought it on “please just take this off our hands” clearance it was olive green so I spray painted it navy blue.
* Yes, my rug is small for the room.  I didn’t want to cover too much of our wood floors.  Plus I didn’t want too much yellow either.  mmkay?
** The coffee table is too small too.  That I DO want to fix.  That pesky Husband and his “budget” are holding me back…. I’m working on it.
***These pictures are so hideous unedited.  I apologize for subjecting your eyes to these icky pics.
Rachel Golberg

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I'm a city girl adjusting to life in a small Minnesotan town. I'm so glad you stopped by.


  1. Julia @ Hooked on Houses on March 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Wow, it looks great! Love that rug and the oars are fun. I painted over a red bathroom that was similar to that color and it was a huge pain, so I can just imagine how much work a room this big would be! Like you, I swore I could still see a little red taunting me through the lighter paint. Maybe it was just seared into my eyeballs, though, because no one else saw it. Ha.

  2. Raych on March 31, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks Julia! I swear red paint is peeking through but it totally could be burned into my eyes! Love your blog so much! Keep up the good work. I’m so glad to hear your pup is doing well! ~Raych

  3. Elizabeth on April 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Very nice! I think you channeled Diane’s white interiors very well. Wasn’t that a beautiful house her character lived in?

  4. Elizabeth on August 24, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Very nice! I think you channeled Diane’s white interiors very well. Wasn’t that a beautiful house her character lived in?