Home Tour: Our living room reno reveal

September 23, 2018

Welcome to our Lake Home living room!

I am beyond excited to finally share with you our living room makeover that we have been working on for the past few months! We bought our sweet little lakeside fixer-upper home five years ago, with big plans and goals in mind. As first-time homeowners, the projects were/are endless and expensive. Each year we would pick away at our plans, one by one. This year we decided to tackle our living room!

While designing this long and narrow space, we wanted to make sure this area would be practical, functional and also act as a focal point on our main level. Keeping our budget in mind, we decided to do an IKEA built-in hack! YES!! IKEA!! We designed a built-in bookcase wall using all BILLY Bookcases from Ikea. This was so affordable! ($50 each). We then raised each bookcase up, using proper framing. Each bookcase was separated by 2-3″ dividers and then finished off with finish moulding and trim to create the illusion of a built-in wall. We decided to use the Billy bookcase doors as well to create extra storage in our living room. These doors are leveled with the mantel height to create a grid-like structure, using clean and simple lines within the space (my OCD may have kicked in!)

Follow along to see our before and after space!!

We added simple swing arm light fixtures (from Home Depot) to highlight our shelving units on dimmers. We decided to take an arm off each of the light fixtures to achieve the size we were looking for ($59 each).

Incorporating both my white romantic cottage style and Craig’s bold masculine modern style, we felt that the living room needed some contrast by adding texture to the fireplace with matte black (Benjamin Moore – Black Panther) paint, on tongue and groove shiplap. The soft black was an excellent choice to help camouflage the television and old wood stove (I said it was gonna be practical! lol)

To finish off this the room we wanted to style our bookshelves with special trinkets and vintage treasures we have collected over the years. From my grandparent’s favourite novels to antique vases, favourite candles and shedded antlers found in our apple tree at our family cottage. We are so excited (by “we”, I really mean “I”) to get to style this large space according to every season! Keeping a minimalist look helps showcase each item and keeps the space feeling unique and personal rather than cluttered. Simple is always best.

Adding in antiques such as old vintage books and mixed metals such as this sweet brass dog bookend adds warmth, texture, and character into the space.

We love to mix neutral colours, by mixing up different patterns, materials and textures, to create a warm and inviting cozy space.

Here is quick look of the room before we started our makeover. 

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