December 7, 2016

Living Room Reveal

The living room at the #Staggreno is the first room that greets you when you walk in the house.  I’m happy to report it’s undergone a major transformation and today I’m sharing the living room reveal!

As is tradition around here I like to gross you out before I wow you, so let’s begin at the beginning.  I give you the before video and photos:

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This room is deceptively large.  In fact, it eats furniture.  It felt so closed off from the rest of the house and had a pretty small entrance.  As it was, we would have never spent any time in there.  I had the idea to knock down the wall leading into the room and it completely transformed it.

Other changes: we put in the hardwoods, new window, and kept that amazing Art Deco granite fireplace which is original to the house.  I know you’re disappointed, but the curtains didn’t make the cut.

I so love how it came together.  And so friends, I present to you the new living room!

video/editing: Romero Media



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Just a minor improvement, eh?  My favorite part of these photos is a little Anna playing in the playroom nearby.  Now this is a room everyone in our home enjoys– both our family and our guests.  It flows openly with the rest of our home and just feels so bright and airy.

Here are a few sources for you:

chairs | side table | accent table | coffee table: custom | sofa: vintage | daybed: vintage | mirror | rug | floor lamp  | artwork

Up tomorrow I’m sharing this space, and a few others in our home, all holiday decked out.  It’s time for the holiday home tour!  Can’t wait to share it with you!


  1. karen w.

    December 7th, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    WOW! amazing job!

  2. Jen

    December 8th, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Thank you so much!

  3. Paola Arletty

    December 8th, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Looks so beautiful! Love your home so much. The bones just speak for themselves

  4. Jen

    December 9th, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you so much, Paola!

  5. Sue

    December 12th, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    To say you have great style and taste is an understatement. This room is so good. I love your house.

  6. Jen

    December 22nd, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Thank you so much!!

  7. Website

    January 5th, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Happy New Year Jen! I was truly amazed by your work! You did great. Your room is absolutely beautiful. It looks so cozy and inviting. Thanks for the inspiration. Thumbs up!

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    May 24th, 2017 at 9:12 am

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  9. A Drywall Pro

    December 2nd, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Award for most drastic before and after transformation goes to….!
    But really, from poorly lit, dark and lonely, to bright, gorgeous, welcoming and homey 🙂 You have skill!

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