After painting the walls, trim, and ceiling white, painting the gold fireplace vents and door matte black, painting the faux stone and sauna wood a
deep charcoal grey, and adding a chic new ceiling fan, the living room became a
beautiful blank canvas. Now it boasts furniture and artwork!
I’ve been keeping a secret: before we left Ottawa – I’m talking literally right before – I bought a mid-century sectional sofa. We actually picked it up with our U-Haul an hour before we began loading our stuff. I checked its measurements against our floor plan and it should fit nicely but I’d like the opportunity to actually haul it in here and see, before I invest time and money in having it professionally reupholstered. It’s in rough shape, but at its core it’s a beauty. I’ll show you photos soon but it’s currently in pieces, each perched on their side, in the garage.
In the meantime, every piece here is from the townhouse. The teal velvet garbage chair, refusing to photograph true to life as always, is a welcome burst of colour below Hubby’s grandpa’s painting. We’re still using our handy Ikea Besta wall unit for our television and my McCoy pottery collection.
Our second-hand cream leather sofa made the 1500km journey unscathed, thanks to our plastic wrapping prowess. It’s looking a little bland, so I’m planning to rook my Mom into helping me sew some teal velvet cushions, and maybe even add a bold pattern. As planned, Hubby’s desk chair has been re-purposed as an occasional chair in the living room. I still think black was a practical choice, but I can’t help but wish I’d picked something a little less “safe” because this living room, with it’s large windows and tons of natural light, can pull off bold colours with ease.
Hubby & I hung the hundred year old Lake Superior postcards (they were hung in the stairwell in the townhouse) on either side of the fireplace. It’s incredibly lucky I found a couple more at the Ottawa Antique Show to round out my set so I had an even eight. Placement was tricky because of the paneling behind – I wanted the panels spaced evenly behind the floating frames. It was do-able, but it dictated the spacing between the frames.
I acquired some large rocks from a family member and set them haphazardly on the fireplace mantle awhile ago, just so they were out of the way. In the unpacking process I added some rocks from my collection so they’d all be together while I figured out where to put them. They are still there and, with most of my decorative wares still packed, I’m happy for a little sparkle. We’ll call this “decorating the mantle” for now.
The living room has come a long way, but it’s still got a long way to go. In the immediate future I’d love to add a much-needed lamp, more decor pieces, maybe a DIY sofa table, brighter cushions, plus a stylish DIY dog bed for Szuka. Then I’d love to makeover that vintage sectional, build a new ottoman, and, eventually, totally re-do the fireplace and rearrange the floor plans. Anything in the living room is subject to change, but for now it’s nice to have an area of the house that beckons us to put up our feet after a long day.
Here’s a quick reminder of how it looked before, with photos taken during our showing and also snagged from the real estate listing (the previous owners swapped out and shuffled some furniture):