It was white when we moved in, then black (I went through a weird phase), back to white again, and now its final color. I hope.
You may have peeked at the botanical wall, but I’ll discuss that on a blog post soon!
For now – please, oh please, can we stop and appreciate how far this living room has come:
I wrote forever ago about painting and removing that giant mirror.
When the brick was white, the fireplace seemed dinky and overlooked, especially being sandwiched between the built-in (a former window) and a doorway. It certainly was not a focal point. White was probably chosen originally so the house would sell better, but I wanted to bring back the charm and older-home-feel I believed this house was meant to have.
I selected a few samples from Sherwin Williams – Studio Clay, Anonymous, Warm Stone, and Adaptive Shade. I ended up on Studio Clay (the first one). The others were a little too dark.
Blame it on my watching Downton Abbey (the servants’ quarters are the prettiest) and Anne with an E, but I just had to paint it something other than white. If the trim in our house wasn’t worthy of being painted dusty green, the fireplace had to be.
I’m an autumn girl all the way, and I love how an attention-grabbing fireplace alludes to the warmth a fire gives off. I’ve found even summer nights feel cozier. A yummy pasta being made to share with friends, jazz playing in the background, ahh.
We aren’t planning on staying here for more than a few years, so in the back of my mind I’m thinking about resale. Unfortunately, the bright and trendy style that works for resale is not what I’m into. I’m keen on maintaining a semblance of minimalism when it comes to the function of my life (clothing, cleaning + beauty products, housewares, etc.) but I don’t care for it so much design-wise in my home. Our house is traditional, and I deeply love traditional homes dressed up in collections of weird stuff and art. AKA what might creep potential buyers out (lol!)
So, right now I’m balancing what works for resale with what I really love. This is the first house we’ve owned, so I’m totally fine with that! I have the rest of my life to make more and more creative risks. For now my inviting little living room is making me oh so happy, and I’m learning to be content with the present.