When people visit the Liberty House for the first time, I have a hard time describing just how, ah, different the living room used to be.
It’s hard to believe this is the same room.
Since I’m revisiting some of the rooms inside my actual house this week, it felt fitting to take you guys on a tour of what is simultaneously the most finished and least used room in this house. (Let’s take a wild guess as to whether or not those things are related.)
Over the weekend I finally, finally, got the last two sets of curtains hung on the wall with the bookshelf. You’d think a task like that would take a few minutes, but the exterior walls of this house are plaster skimmed over two layers of brick, so the simple act of anchoring sometime to the wall becomes an epic battle against forces of evil and gravity.
Don’t worry, I only almost fell of the ladder once.
While I love the other rooms in the house sans-window-dressing, the curtains in this room feel exactly right.
While I’d like to take credit for that bit of design brilliance, let’s not fool ourselves here. I build shit, I don’t decorate it. However, one of my very favorite design-bloggers is Jen from Rambling Renovators, and since I trust her style advice implicitly, I emailed her when I was on the brink of curtain-related insanity, and she put together this pinterest board for me. Because she’s amazing.
Technically the curtains would look better floor length, but my ceilings and windows are super tall, so if I go that route I’ll need to have custom curtains made down the line. These work well for now and stay off the baseboard heaters.
I know this room looks so clean you’re actually wondering if this really is my house, but oh wait, look…
A ladder right in the middle of the doorway. Definitely my house.
While I’m planning to get a new couch and some chairs down the road, the bookcase and that cabinet (one of my favorite pieces, salvaged from a friend) are definitely staying. The glass block windoor is definitely going, but I didn’t get to it this summer so it will have to wait until Spring at least.
New art for a new room…
My chalkboards speak the truth.
Here’s my list to finish up this room:
- Remove glass-block windoor and replace with faux 6-panel glass door.
- Change hardware on door to tool-room
- New couch/chairs
- New light fixture
- Build wood scrap mirror for behind couch
And then maybe I’ll actually sit down in here and relax for a few minutes…