These two rooms are where we spend all our time as a family. Comfy couches, distressed finishes on furniture (aka for perfect when you have 3 boys and 3 dogs) and an open layout were key for our lifestyle. It is not a huge space but it is extremely functional. I love having the kitchen open to the living room, it is perfect for our family and for entertaining.
When we moved in it was in need of a facelift. It's amazing what paint can do. :)
Since moving in we have painted the living room and kitchen (twice), rebuilt the mantle and bricked the fireplace, built a barn pantry door, refinished all our kitchen cabinets in an antiqued ivory, added beadboard to the cabinet sides and island, extended the fridge surround and added corbels, a new fan, light fixtures and trim on the column.
It's so crazy to see how much it has changed in the couple years we have lived here. It has been a lot of fun and a ton of work, but it is now the heart of our home.
What is your favorite room and why?