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The Curbly House: Our Living Room Styled by Emily Henderson

by Alicia Lacy
The Curbly House: Our Living Room Styled by Emily Henderson

We've told you all about the plans for our bedroom, and our dining room, and this week we're back to tell you a little bit about what Emily Henderson has in store for our living room. And P.S.: The notion that Emily Henderson has anything to do with our house will never get old. 

 

'Cause, I mean, look at her living room! Holy balls, if our living room ends up that awesome, I'm going to puke.

 

Before I get going, here's my favorite part of this post (for you scroll-hating-people); the mood board:

 

 

Last year Bruno (nearly single-handedly) gutted the living room. Here's the time-lapse:

"But, why would you gut it? It's perfectly nice!" Haven't you ever just wanted gut something?

Hello I am your plaster ceiling and I am tired of being up so I am falling dowwwwn!

New ceilings for a happy life.

Move-in day. Zev is a real slacker, as you can see.

Last year, right after moved in.

 

Whew! Pictures!

So. Our living room is a tricky, tricky room. Our main level is donut shaped, which makes it open and airy, but also hard to design around.

Add in a zillion windowed walls for a tag-team puzzle of furniture-arranging craziness (that's the technical term). There's exactly one windowless wall to work with, and that's the center of the donut, which happens to have a fireplace on it! Here's a visual to help you get the lay of our land:

 

For the living room, we chose to continue the soft gray (Sherwin-Williams Aloof Gray SW 6197) that goes throughout the main floor. This color beautifully graces most of the walls in our house. I'd paint my husband in it if that made any sense.

Initially, we'd considered using several colors to define the rooms, but after playing around with several possibilities, we decided this worked against the very open floor plan we worked so hard to create. In the end, we kept it consistent, and Emily promised to bring in a lot of deep, rich colors with smaller paint projects and decor. 

The paint swatch book has been our best friend as we've planned this room. The range of grays on our swatch card helped us choose furniture! The sofa we purchased (a BluDot warehouse sale steal!) is the same color as the darkest gray on our paint card (Sherwin-Williams Cast Iron SW 6202). And the custom cushions we ordered for our Danish chairs are the lightest color on the card (Sherwin-Williams Frosty White SW 6196).

Choosing furniture colors with a paint swatch card is certainly unconventional, but it's been so clever. Since everything in the room is neutral, we'll be able to dress it up with any colors we choose. This is a blessing for a person like me, who has a new favorite color every month. 

 

We're installing soft roman shades from Blinds.com (the Laura Ashley flat roman shade in Casualle Milk). They look so crisp and clean on the windows. In fact, our windows look downright preppy! We are absolutely thrilled with them.

So, since the wall color remains consistent from room to room, how are we defining the spaces? Rugs! We have the most beautiful rugs in the world from Loloi Rugs. Not only have they clearly defined our living and dining rooms, they have made these rooms come together. And they feel so nice on your feetsies.

Here's a detailed shot of the one we're using in the living room. It's the Sahara line.

Our house is over 100 years old, and somewhere along the line, the radiators were removed and replaced with forced-air heating. We are lucky that all of the heating registers and returns are decked out in decorative grates (they add a lot of character to the house). But they do make using rugs very difficult in some areas. 

For example, the moment you walk through our front door you encounter a giant cold air return grate. Since our house doesn't have a well-defined entryway, we like to have a rug there to collect boots and shoes. But you can't really cut a hole in an entry rug. So, for this tricky area, we're using FLOR tiles. They worked great (grate?) for the entry because we were able to cut them to fit snugly around the vent. 

 

No room is complete without lots of lighting. I once took a design class from a woman who recommended every room have at least 8-12 lighting sources. I don't know if we'll reach that number, but our recessed lighting is on Lutron dimmer switches, so we have fine-grained control on the amount of light in the room.

The beautiful floor and table lamps we're using from LampsPlus.com are just icing in the lighting cake. Take a look at some of the ones we chose from:

 

Emily will have all of the final room reveals on her site, stylebyemilyhenderson.com in a couple weeks. In the meantime, here's our working mood board (again!)

 

If you missed our previous posts, check 'em out now!

Our Dining Room Makeover with Emily Henderson

Designing Our Master Bedroom with Emily Henderson

 

 

This post was sponsored by Sherwin-Williams. All opinions are mine alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Curbly House: Our Dining Room Makeover with Emily Henderson

by Alicia Lacy
The Curbly House: Our Dining Room Makeover with Emily Henderson

Last week we told you all about the magic that's happening in our master bedroom, thanks to Ms. Emily Henderson and the lovely folks at Sherwin-Williams! This week, we're back to give you a little preview of what's in store for the dining room. 

But, before we get into the details of our new-and-much-improved dining space, let's take a little trip down memory lane, shall we?

When bought the house, the dining room looked like this...

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The Curbly House: Designing Our Master Bedroom with Emily Henderson

by Alicia Lacy

 

The Curbly House: Designing Our Master Bedroom with Emily Henderson

Welcome to our master bedroom ... almost.

Two weeks ago we announced that Emily Henderson is coming to the Curbly House to make it beautiful. Just reading that last sentence makes me want to do a Shannon Miller floor routine circa 1992. The chance to work with Emily is amazing, and we feel like the luckiest home-owners on the block (I think we are)! You will not believe the cool things we have planned for the bedroom. Read on...

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The Curbly House: A Big Announcement + A Big Giveaway!

by Alicia Lacy

Win a $100 Sherwin-Williams gift card and follow along as Emily Henderson helps make over the Curbly House

I have some incredibly exciting news to share with you today! 

It's the home stretch of the Curbly House addition/renovation parade, and I'm thrilled to tell you we've hooked up with Sherwin-Williams and designer extraordinaire Emily Henderson to makeover four rooms in our house! Can you believe it? Emily Henderson! She's amazing and we can't wait to show you all the brilliance she's planning for our dining room, living and sun room, and master bedroom. Read on to learn more and find out how to win a $100 Sherwin-Williams gift card!

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A Quick Curbly House Update: How We Spent Our Summer Vacation

by Alicia Lacy

Things have been cah-ray-zhee at the Curbly House these past several weeks. Sheetrock rocked us, taking a lot longer than expected due to a delivery truck that arrived to our house and then broke, twice ... delaying the start to this step by 5 days. After all was said and hung, our master mudder Marco had to spend additional time working with all the seams, delaying the process by another 5 days. But the results were stunning:

A Quick Curbly House Update: How We Spent Our Summer Vacation

Then came...

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Removing Debris in a Tight Spot with the Bagster Bag

by Bruno Bornsztein

The Bagster is a simple alternative to rigid construction waste containers. It's perfect if you're doing a small remodel, or just don't have space for a large Dumpster. 

Construction debris removal with Bagster portable dumpster bag

As you might have seen yesterday, our Curbly House project is starting to generate a lot of construction debris. We're ripping out all the ceilings throughout the house, so we're ending up with generous portions of ceiling tiles, plaster, lathe, and even a few deceased...

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Our New Curbly House Cabinets: To White, or Not To White?

by Bruno Bornsztein

Aristokraft [http://www.aristokraft.com/get-started/find-your-style/find-by-room?laundry%20room]

Sheesh. Apologies to Mr. Shakespeare. Anyway, as you might know, our family is in the middle of a very exciting house addition (you can follow along in the Curbly House section of this site). A big part of keeping a large-scale project like this moving forward is the ability to make decisions (hopefully good ones) quickly without second-guessing yourself. Second-guessing means design changes, and that means delays.

One of the big decisions...

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The Curbly House: A New Kitchen and Master Bedroom in Progress

by Alicia Lacy

The Curbly House: A New Kitchen and Master Bedroom in Progress

Our last Curbly House update was a while ago, so I wanted to check in and let you know how it's all going. If there were one sentence to summarize phase two of our home renovation, it would be: Damn you, winter.

Weather has not been on our side this time around. In fact, weather has been our nemesis. We had (too optimistically?) hoped to dig the foundation for our addition in January. But it was freezing, so we thought February would be the...

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The Curbly House: Ayla's Cozy Room Reveal

by Alicia Lacy

Ayla's bedroom reveal

Last year was full of changes for our family, and in particular for my daughter. A new house, a new brother, and a new pre-school. That's why, when I started thinking about how to design her new room in the Curbly House, I wanted it to be perfect, inspiring, cozy, and hers. The day we moved in, Ayla's room was the most done room in the house, and to date, it's the only done room in the house. This room was my baby, and it's for my baby, so today I'm going to show you more pictures than a proud grandma stores in her wallet. Let's go!

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The Curbly House: Where Are They Now?

by Alicia Lacy

Curbly House status update!

The Curbly House has been on a blogging hiatus, because, well... we had a baby and moved into an "under construction" house two weeks later. Then, we proceeded to lose our minds.

But as the baby grew bigger and we finally started being able to distinguish between night and day, things started to happen around the house. So here's a long-overdue update on where things stand with the Curbly House, and what's coming up next. Here we go!

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DIY Lessons Learned: Testing for Lead

by Bruno Bornsztein

Lessons Learned: Lead Testing

The Project: 
Finishing up some leftover painting jobs in the Curbly House. After two months living in the house, we decided it was finally time to get the fireplace and stairs painted.

The Story: While the Curbly house was under construction, we had free reign to make a mess, paint whatever and whenever we wanted, and generally run wild. That's because no one was living in the house, and we knew we'd be doing a thorough (i.e. obsessive) clean...

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