Before & After: The Living Room

Hi all! I know I’ve shared a good bit of our family home over the past 2 years on my Instagram feed, but I'm excited to start sharing before and after photos here on the blog!

Over the two years that we have owned and lived in this home, we have done a lot of work- both ourselves and with various contractors. There is still SO MUCH that we would love to do, but I couldn’t be happier with what we have accomplished so far!

I want to start by sharing the work we did on the main living space. This is truly the heart of our home, and the biggest reason why we decided to purchase this house in the first place. This room is the first room that you see when you walk through the front doors. The sunken living space and the vaulted ceilings had us completely star-y eyed from the very beginning. The house was built in 1979 and definitely had a lot of updates that needed to be done. Overall, the things that were most important to us such as layout, natural light and space, were all already there just waiting to be brought back to life! 

Ultimately, the thing that led us to start the search for a new home was the need for more space. Sunwoven was growing and I needed a place for my looms other than our living room. My husband is a touring musician who plays drums, and was also in need for more space to work and practice. We were pregnant with our now two year old, Bowie, and knew my parents would be visiting more than ever. Space for them was also on the top of our list. When my husband found the listing online, he sent it to me and we both knew almost immediately that this was the home for our family. Another big selling point was the neighborhood. Less than 10 minute drive to downtown Charleston, a quiet more established neighborhood, and the best backyard for the kids.

Fun fact: When we bought the house, they were using it the film the first season of the HBO show Vice Principals. We purchased the home in June of 2015, but couldn’t move in until that August once they filming had wrapped up! 

A lot of what we did to this room was purely cosmetic. Lightening it up and adding a fresh modern vibe by painting the walls white and lightening up the floor. The distressed wood look on the walls called “Pecky Cypress” was already there. We just slapped a coat of white paint on it- which totally made it pop!  One of the more non cosmetic renovations we had to make was ripping out all of the drywall and insulation on the ceiling and replacing it with new drywall, spray foam insulation and new lighting. We also took out the railing that outlined the room, and replaced it with a wrap around step. Now the space is even more open and you can come and go as you please!  



Rug: I purchased this rug from HomeGoods, but I found a similar one on Amazon!

Gold Hand Print: This print is from a local Charleston shop, Celadon.

Work Hard and Be Nice To People Print: School House Electric

Swiss Cross Plant Holder: Jennifer Helene Home on Etsy.

Mud Cloth Pillows: Maewoven

Gold Side Table: From Target, but I don't see it on their site anymore. Here is a similar one in copper!

Coffee Table: Gus Modern

Chartreuse Sofa: West Elm

Grey Chaise Sofa: Gus Modern

Mustard Throw: HomeGoods.

Planter in front of the grey couch: My husband made this! 

Hanging Chair: I got this chair from a local Charleston shop but here is a similar one!

Dining Room Table and Seating: I got this set from World Market. I don't see this one on their site anymore, but they sell similar ones!

Light Fixture: Overstock

Yes Banner: Secret Holiday Co.

Fireplace screen: I got this one from Kirkland’s. They no longer sell it but here is a similar one from Crate and Barrel

Paint color: Ultra White Base A by Valspar

Flooring: Natural birch engineered hardwood. 

I hope you enjoy the before and after photos! Please leave any questions you may have in the comments. I love to hear from you all!