Formal Living Room

Formal Living Room

I feel like this room has taken me 4,821,934 years to complete. I might be off by a year or two though.

You ever have a project that just seems to drag on and on and on and on!? This was THAT project. It became the house “catch all” while it was under improvement. And. It. Drove. Me. Crazy. SO, I’m beyond thrilled to finally have it done!

This new formal living space was once my living room….my only living room. This room is so awkward and weird. The fireplace is in the dead center of the room – with our protruding wood stove that sticks out into the middle of the room. The rest of the room is nothing but windows and doorways. It made it impossible to arrange the furniture!

Here’s the living room before:


So much awkward space. Awkward spaces make me itchy and uncomfortable.

About a month ago, I came up with the idea of swapping my living room and dining room. See that post here. This left me with this GIANT room to fill. I put my farm table on one side of the room and decided the other side would make a perfect formal sitting area!!!! I don’t know about y’all….but I love coffee. And I REALLY love my morning coffee……ALONE. And this room is the most PERFECT spot for that. It’s right next to the wood stove so it’s cozy and warm and just lovely.

Basically, the room is split in two now. This is the new formal side of “the room”. That’s what we call it. We’re all so confused. “Go put that in the living room. The new living room. Not the new new living room. The room off the kitchen. Not the room with the farm table”. That’s how a typical conversation with my 5 year old goes right now. I need room labels.


This is the Dining side of the room now:


The awkward space isn’t nearly as awkward anymore.

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I scored that huge wardrobe armoire at a flea market and gave it a facelift with some white paint! I absolutely LOVE it! I built some shelves inside it and am currently using as my office storage.

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The barn door is from my basement. Remember that day I nearly killed myself with the sawzall trying to get it detached from the hinges? No? Well look here to see more of that day! We added an industrial sconce to it for the perfect lighting solution for this side of the room!!

I made the coffee table myself so I could customize the size I wanted! It turned out pretty great!


I finished this room a few days ago and have spent SO much time in there since! This is my first ever “formal no tv” room and I just am totally completely in love with it!

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7 thoughts on “Formal Living Room”

  • 1
    Sally Kelly on March 2, 2015 Reply

    Hi Jennifer! I followed you on Instagram first, and now follow you here. I stopped by to see your new living room-dining room arrangement, and I love it!! The way you’ve divided the space is perfect. Sometimes getting it “just right” takes a while. Following you now on my reader –> from Akron! =)

    • 2
      thewillowfarmhouse on March 3, 2015 Reply

      Thanks so much Sally!!!

  • 3
    jennie on March 2, 2015 Reply

    What paint color(s) did you use on the armoire?

    • 4
      thewillowfarmhouse on March 3, 2015 Reply

      I had some leftover gray and some leftover white and mixed them together. Sorry! I don’t have an exact color for you!

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    ggjamiller8824 on March 3, 2015 Reply

    So pretty and peaceful! Love it!

  • 6
    Megan on March 29, 2015 Reply

    I just found your blog this morning and am going through all of your posts…can’t tell you how much I my enjoying reading them! This one especially cracked me up because we have the same exact conversation all the time in our house, after making a new “family room” my son and husband are constantly confused when I ask them to get something or put something in the living room or family room. I absolutely love what you did with this room, you have such a great style and eye for things! Can’t wait to read on. ~Megan

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      thewillowfarmhouse on March 30, 2015 Reply

      Awwww thanks!!! I exhaust my family with my constant changing things around! Glad you understand! 🙂 I checked out your blog as well and LOVE LOVE LOVE your style! Your home is gorgeous!!


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