the living room was a bit tricky. when you walk into the house (the front door is to the left of this photo), you walk into this big room. there aren’t any closets downstairs and we very much needed some sort of entryway that could hold our coats, umbrellas, shoes, bags, etc. so we divided the room up into two different spaces. one for the entryway (on the left here) and one for the living room (on the right).
here’s the front view of the makeshift entryway (what you see when you walk in the front door). that’s an old church pew/bench that john’s parents gave us many years ago. and the quilt was made by his beloved grandmother when he was just a tot. the old wooden shutters are sandwiched between the bench and the couch to help provide definition to the division of the two spaces. and i tacked up a piece of ribbon to the shutters to act as an inspiration/welcoming line – a place to hang recent cards, photos, etc. i heart this little space.
here’s a bit of a better view of the whole area. the cabinet to the left used to be our tv cabinet but we converted it into a much needed coat closet. the canvas bin on the floor holds scarves, gloves, hats…..
we have another area for coats on the wall. and we’re using our old metal oregonian newspaper holder to hold umbrellas by the front door. the large old suitcase to the right belonged to my gr gr grandfather (maybe it was just one gr?). the box on top is used to store misc items (wallets, watches, ipods, etc) that we grab when we walk in/out of the front door. and that’s a vintage metal key holder above the suitcase on the wall. love that thing.
we put a couple of baskets underneath the bench to hold our most used shoes. and that’s the dining room in the background. we switched out the rug for a more vibrant yellow one. it suits us better i think :). here’s an updated photo of that room with the new rug.
the wicker chair was found on the side of the road by my mom years ago and you would not believe how cozy it is. and that’s an ikea floor lamp with an anthro shade. and the little monster snuggly was made by lk ludwig. it was my favorite purchase from artfest 2006. the old candle holder sits on top of our coffee table (old wicker trunk). it was in the dining room for awhile, but it’s happier in this room, i think 🙂
the fireplace holds our collection of old salvage posts along with a canvas reproduction of one of my pieces (more of these will be for sale very, very soon in the etsy shop – just waiting for their delivery) and another wooden frame. the fireplace also holds old rulers turned into photo holders (another great idea found in a magazine somewhere).