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Today I am finally sharing our living room since we renovated the fireplace and added the new rustic beam mantel. I wanted to show you how to create a rustic modern living room with high ceilings as it took me weeks to figure out how to style it. I have never had such an open space with incredibly high ceilings to style before so it was a challenge.
Keep reading I am going to share an update on my grandfather too at the end of the post. Even though he is still with us, I really miss my old gramp.
Here is the living room before.
This was a joint project with Homegoods and Homesense! For those of you who are not familiar with Homesense, they are are the sister store to Homegoods and are known for their large furniture pieces, lighting and rugs all while offering the same affordable prices as Homegoods. This was such a fun project!!
Mantel Mirror | Chair | Mantel and Hearth accessories – Homegoods | Similar Accent Chair
One of the biggest challenges was figuring out how to create warmth in such a large space. I decided to go with a neutral wall color (Westhighland by Sherwin Williams), a neutral rug with basic brown, white and gray tones and mix in a collection of wood tones and greenery.
Rug | Coffee Table – HomeSense
Fireplace Candle Holders | Coffee Table basket Tray | Faux tree – HomeGoods
How to Create a Rustic Modern Living Room with 50 foot ceilings
Removing the old granite mantel was by far, the game changer in the space. The chocolate brown stained beam, that is a 100 years old by the way, add the amount of warmth needed to create a cozy space around the fireplace.
Another challenge that caused me a little anxiety was the windows. The ceilings are 50 feet high and while I didn’t want to cover the windows, I felt like they needed drapes. I started with the two smaller long windows on either side of the fireplace and then moved to the larger windows on the other side of the room.
The 40′ high window overlooking the backyard literally dumb founded me for weeks. I couldn’t figure out if I wanted drapes or not. In the end, I decided to try them regardless so I could see the difference with and without. Needless to say, the drapes are now a permanent fixture and the room looks so much better with them.
blue + brown + geometric pillows + throws – Homegoods
Shop This Room (click images below)
I am learning to love the stained wood trim and the wrought iron stair balusters. At first, I wasn’t loving them when we moved in but I have to be honest, they are growing on me! I read an article about a month ago and how stained trim is making a comeback. Now wouldn’t that be something!
Updated April 2019, my grandfather passed away.
Before I sign off, I wanted to give you all an update on my grandfather. I haven’t shared much because honestly, he has failed a lot this year and it’s hard to write about him. He is not mobile at all anymore and can’t even get out of bed or his special chair without a lift. His brain is so mixed up that he most of the time, is living in the past and often times, confuses his family members with family members from the past.
The other day, he looked right at me and asked, “where did Jessie go?” He was talking about me “to” me which was so strange. I must say though, he is still in there as I get his funny side often and his silly sense of humor. Just when I think he is lost forever, he comes out with the funniest remarks that remind me, he is still around ;).
This was a task indeed, this room. How to Create a Rustic Modern Living Room with 50 foot ceilings caused me several idea changes and a lot of shifting furniture and decor around. -ha. The TV is coming back to the room this week as football season is here! I think I am going to move the mirror into the dining room (that is the current project we have going on) and will see how the TV looks above the mantel.
I am not loving the idea of the tv above the mantel but am willing to try it , to keep the peace with the husband ;).
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What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.