For today’s Thirty Days of Gratitude, I’m grateful for our living room.
It’s the first room you enter when you walk in our home from the front porch.
Speaking of the front porch, let me show you that, too, because I’m grateful that I get to see this when I get home every day:
This stained glass window was rescued from a church in south Georgia. The previous owner thinks it’s from 1900. Swoon.
So, let me welcome you into our home and our first stop, the living room.
Come on, Hank. You can come in, too. (He loves sunning himself on the front porch.)
I’ve included a lot of my vintage and antique finds in the living room. On the table behind the sofa (the table came from my favorite furniture consignment store), I’ve got my vintage typewriters. The one on the left is from my father-in-law and was his mother’s. The date on it is 1910. The middle one is a Smith-Corona that I found at an estate sale. The last one is a Sears manual typewriter I found at a thrift store for $6!
The fireplace is painted brick. It doesn’t work, but it still makes the room feel cozy.
To see the DIY fireplace screen I built, click here.
The footstool came from an estate sale and was only $35. It’s old and I am fairly sure the fabric is original. I’ve considered reupholstering it, but I’m undecided so far. The bronze orb came from Marshalls.
Above the fireplace is one of my favorite things:
This banner was my grandmother’s. She won a National Forensics League tournament in college and this was what she received. My mom found it in her attic when she was cleaning one day. I just love it.
On either side of the fireplace are built-in shelves, and on the right I’ve added an old map (garage sale find), a drawing of “home” my son did when he was 3, and an antique dough bowl from a local antiques market.
I love the small windows above the shelves. They are original to the house.
The lamp came from an antiques market as well.
On the coffee table, an old Coke crate (different from the spice rack in the kitchen) holds magazines, coasters, and the remote control for the TV.
I found this crate at an estate sale for $18. This crate and the banner above the fireplace provide my signature pop of red in the room.
On the other side of the room is our piano.
The built-in shelves provide storage for our books and music, and I love my globes on the piano.
I love this living room because so many of my favorite things I’ve collected are in here.
It’s a quiet, sunny room where I love to write or read or just hang with the family. That’s why I’m grateful for this living room.