home tour: living room

I am SO excited that we are finally sharing our photos of our entire home shoot with Coley & Co. (who did such a wonderful job and who I can't thank enough)! I can't tell you how hard we worked to get things in order for this. We have been working on our home pretty much non stop since we purchased it back in 2010.

In case you aren't familiar, we live in a 1918 Craftsman style bungalow in Clintonville (a neighborhood of Columbus, OH). When looking for a house, we wanted a place with great bones but a need for cosmetic updates. Our home was the only contender.

Our first big project was refinishing all of the hardwood floors and ripping our all of the carpets. Next we painted everything (again and again!). Our first BIG reno was the gut and remodel of our kitchen 2 years ago followed by our bathroom this summer. And we have done EVERYTHING ourselves!

So we will be sharing one room each week for the next 10 weeks! Before & afters and details about what we have done with each room!

This week is our living room. Check out how different the decor is and how far a little bit of paint can go to change up a room!

{all photos -except befores- courtesy of Coley & Co. Photography}

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Mantle: Refreshed with a coat of leftover paint

Blanket crate: Objects for the Home

MCM lounge chair: $5 at a garage sale, recovered with black & white herringbone

Side table: Kiel’s previous furniture company Modern Farm

Lamp: $13 second hand store, drum shade covered with fabric

Eames style Thonet chair: free from a friend’s college apartment

Ohio road side: Christmas gift from my mother

Vanguard Paints sign: $10 at Village Antiques in Ohio Amish Country

Roman shades: handmade by Kiel’s mother with fabric from Sew to Speak


Sofa: Ikea Karlstad

Coffee and side tables: handmade by Kiel

Toss pillows: handmade by me

Black mirror: second hand from Kiel's mother and repainted black

Shelf: handmade by Kiel

Vintage Cameras: collected over the years

Marquee M sign: handmade by us


And lastly our penny tile floor. When we first moved we refinished the hardwood floors but were left in a pinch when the area in front of the door was covered in glue that would not come off without seriously damaging the wood (someone though gluing a rug down as a good idea…). We wanted to tile the area as an entry way but realized quickly that the tile would interfere with the door closing. Kiel got the bright idea to use pennies while would provide a low profile and allow us to close the door but cover the area. And ended up being much cheaper (we used approximately 2,000 pennies or $20’s worth). After some long nights of penny laying, we ended up with a nice conversation piece that also symbolizes how we have literally but our house together for pennies!