Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Our Hearth Room: Before and Progress

Our hearth room is probably the room in the house I'm least happy with now visually, but the overall feeling is very cozy and homey. We spend quite a bit of time in here, and even though the accessories aren't quite where I want them to be, we're enjoying this room a lot.

Here is the real estate listing photo...

And after... We painted the walls the same color as the kitchen, Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore. Other than that the difference is only furniture/accessories.

I love the original stone fireplace and built ins. Just ignore the TV in the corner. Even though it's an eye sore we use it quite a bit, especially when I'm cooking so I can listen to HGTV and pop in for the reveals : ) I'm not really loving any of the accessories in here right now (except the arched window and urns) so I'm sure all that will change with time.

Here's the before of the other side of the room

We did use the idea of having a kitchen table in this corner near the built in hutch, and it has worked well. We tend to alternate eating at the bar, kitchen table and dining table, and it always surprises me how much we use all three eating spaces.

Before of the bar/kitchen pass-through...

And now with different paint and stools. I knew I wanted kubu wicker stools, and found some I loved with backs. However these were at TJ Maxx for $60 each, less than half the cost of the backed stools, so I went for it. I want to paint the stool legs gray, and also paint the bar trim white to match the rest of the house (it's the only unpainted trim and I'm not sure why they left it).

You'll recognize this little dining set from our last house, but I did dress her up with chair pads from World Market and a round sisal rug from TJ Maxx.

The built in hutch is very, very simple for now, displaying all my white ware. It's probably a bit sparse but I like it for now. 

This is the couch and coffee table from our old house, and the leather chair was a Craigslist find. I paid $125 for it, compared to its twin from Pottery Barn that is $800. It is super comfy and I tend to spend lots of time here.

My favorite spot!

{live beautifully}

Rug: Ikea
Stools: TJ Maxx
Striped Bench: TJ Maxx
Leather Chair: Craigslist
Round Rug: TJ Maxx
Paint Color: Coventry Gray


  1. It all looks very cozy. And I'm very jealous of all your built-ins. Great craigslist find on that chair!
    -Courtney @ A Dash of Coco

  2. Again, So much fun comparing the before and afters. It all looks so soft and pretty. Love that color.

  3. I love it, Courtney! Your Craigslist chair is an amazing find!

  4. Very pretty! Love it!

  5. Hey! I just found your blog through pinterest.. Where did you get your natural jute looking rug in your living room? I am looking for one for my sunroom. I had one once but it got destroyed :( I am over at www.theinspiringinvestment.com .. or we are on instagram as @theinspiringinvestment ... if you ever wanted to check us out! We flip houses and do some DIY stuff... I also love home decorating - and I love your style!

    1. Thanks! All the sources for our house can be found here: http://www.12thandwhite.com/p/paint-colors-resources.html


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