The Lettered Cottage Living Room – “Before” Photos

This is the first room we walked into the first time we walked through the house.

Lovely, isn’t it?

It came complete with heavily-laquered pine paneling, tacky little lanterns above the fireplace mantel, super bumpy brick on the fireplace facade, a cast iron stove, and a bunch of stretched-out carpeting, chock full o’ dog pee.


Our friend Jason had to actually excuse himself from the room after taking in about 5 minutes worth of fumes. Nonchalantly said he was gonna “go outside and get some air”.


Since these photos were taken, the carpet has been removed, the walls have been primed, primed, painted, painted and painted. The mantle has been changed to a bigger, distressed, espresso-stained chunky beam. The lanterns have been removed and the fireplace looks exactly the same. Oh yeah, we took down the ceiling fan and installed recessed lighting around the room too.

One day, I dream of covering every bit of ceiling with tongue and groove planks, painted white.

One day….*sigh*

Stayed tuned for photos of the living room in it’s current state. They’re less laquered-looking.


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  1. One Woman's Cottage Life says

    What great bones! Before I read that you painted the paneled walls, I was so hoping that that’s what you did…I love that look! So cottagey…

    So funny about your friend that needed to get some air after 5 minutes, hehe.

  2. Katy Lin :) says

    i know the “what have we gotten ourselves into” feeling, but everything’s looking great there! i just found you thru kim’s blog, but i’ll definitely be back!

  3. ashlee c says

    lol layla, i decided to go back to the very beginning of your blog and start reading. my god, that living room! it is AMAZING that you accomplished creating such a drop dead gorgeous home, given the original decor scheme. you are such an inspiration. keep up the good (fantastic) work.

  4. Lynelle says

    I’ve loved following your blog over the last few years and get inspired by the little touches you add to your design through your fun flea market/thrift store finds. Gives me hope that I’ll find some treasures too! I am actually commenting because our living room is laid out very similarly to your old one (although mirrored) in Prattville and I was curious of its dimensions – I haven’t been able to find it listed anywhere in your archives. I recently inherited a baby grand and am not sure it will squeeze into our space (our room is 12′ by 22′). Would love to hear back, thanks!