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the d*s apt project: episode four [the living room]

Aaron's Books are IN

ah, the living room [click here for full slide show]. let me start by saying ac hates this color so, so much. we didn't pick it, it was already there (sort of a weird purpely grey). my favorite part about the living room is that when we moved in there were huge, heavy shelves already built into the wall. these were a godsend. ac is one of the biggest readers i know so we had tons and tons of books to store (after the 10th or 12th box of books being dragged upstairs by our movers they declared, "you guys sure do like to read!")- so these were perfect. two bookcases and who knows how many stacks of books disappeared into all four shelves, it was genius.

Weird Little Living Room WindowDirtiest Living Room Closet Ever

now we're stuck with a very narrow room in which we hope to store a new couch (i won't even show our couch, it's pathetic), new entertainment center, our tv and hopefully some small end tables with lamps. we might need to store our guitars in here, too. not sure yet. basically we don't have a color choice for in here yet, but figured we might be inspired by fabric choices for the shade that will go on the random tiny window in here (anyone know how to find a shade that small? or am i destined to have one made custom for it?). i want the room to be comfy and cozy, but not too cozy that it looks sloppy. i also plan to totally rehaul the horrible closet we have and either wallpaper the inside (i know that's a no no in the rental world, but i figure they won't care about the closets considering the shape they rented it to us in...it's a risk, i know) and paint everything and get a new knob from anthropologie. any thoughts for the living room? great fabric ideas? color themes? we're trying to keep everything streamlined, so no crazy primary colors, but any great hues you're hooked on that you'd love to share?

Looking into Living room from Bedroom

Living Room (Aaron's least favorite color of all time)



Anonymous kristian said...

pick a wall color aftger u pick a sofa.... wall colors are cheap sofas are expensive. and deffinately paint those shelves out.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

I'm with Kristian, but once you're ready for paint colors, try the Restoration Hardware paints. They go on so satiny (and in one coat!) and the colors are neutral even in their colorfulness.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous iad2la said...

Solutions for books is the bane of my life. I don't want anything too bookshelvy (aka blocky units) and I love my books too much to stack them or hide them away. Any original ideas are welcome. I like your method of getting them off the floor, although my stucco walls would collapse if I tried it.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out www.osborneandlittle.com for the most brilliant textile/wallpaper design out there! Their designs are so luxe and sophisiticated without feeling too uppity or pretentious. It is expensive, but I saw a great idea once: a designer bought a beautiful roll of wallpaper and covered four tall rectangular pieces of plywood with it, hinged them together to create a beautiful screen/backdrop. It's a great way to display wallpaper without the comittment. The screen also makes a glamourous headboard!

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pratt and Lambert Feather Grey is a great neutral and really changes depending on the light/time of day. We picked Pratt and lambert colors and had our hardware store mix it in Muralo, much cheaper and still the right color.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recommend Martha Stewart's "milk pail" which can be purchased at Sherwin Williams. It's a beautiful muted color of green/blue/grey. I have it on my walls. I'm not sure, but I think in one of your posts you said you had a blue color that was too juvenile looking. That happened to me too (mine was more like Smurf blue) and we painted over it with "milk pail," and the color turned out so beautiful. It's in the grey family, but I hardly think it looks grey and the description on the SW website doesn't do it justice.

Also, I recommend making a little curtain for that odd window (or even shower curtain) with "no sew" iron on hem (I can't remember the name). They should have it at any fabric store. I do it all the time and it looks great. Just buy some cool fabric and sew hems all around. You could use ribbon at the top to tie to a curtain rod, or use curtain clips so you won't have to make holes, or anything like that.

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know you said that you didn't want to go too crazy in the room with color, but I couldn't pass up the chance to show you what my roomate and I did with our books too add some life to our living room. I never thought it'd work to be honest.

Book Spectrum

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's a thought for the window if you want to DIY - two links to a girl who made hers from rice paper and dowel rods... if you don't ever plan on opening the windows and/or they have no view to speak of, rice paper makes a beautiful filter for light.

link 1


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