our living room with the finished shingled fireplace

The best way for us to decorate our home is in phases – not always well-planned out, carefully calculated steps – more of a fluid figure-it-out-as-we-go type of decorating. Like you, we’re constrained by budget and thoughts of resale value and functionality for our young family.  We like a neutral space with lots of texture and a mix of traditional and country, eclectic and industrial, but you can’t really get that by ordering everything out of one catalog. It has taken us seven years of living in this home to get our living room to this point – a place where the room really feels collected and layered and like us. There are still a few things we’d like to do in here: wide-plank wood floors would look amazing, and a giant chandelier would be dreamy, maybe some more art on the walls and a larger rug. But those things will come. Or maybe they won’t. Either way, we have enjoyed the process of creating a space that’s personal and pretty, comfortable and welcoming, even if has taken a few years.

So, while this room will undoubtedly go through more changes, I’m so pleased with this current phase and excited to welcome you into our living room.


The fireplace really became the focal point with the new shingled/stone surround {you can see the before here and the step-by-steps of the shingles and stone work here and here}.


Like I mentioned last time, I created a custom stain for the shingles to give it a slightly faded, naturally weathered look. I was nervous about covering the natural beauty of the cedar shakes, but it was the right decision for the space as it tones down the wood color and lets the stone be the star. There’s a lot of texture happening on that fireplace and it’s not a look for everyone. Thankfully, we love it and it gives our living room the dose of creativity and personality it needed.


The chesterfield sofa is amazing – so comfortable and a very durable oatmeal-colored fabric.


This room is right off of the kitchen and so it is our everyday living and entertaining space.

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We’re just about ready to tear up that carpet – it is showing it’s age. And I’d like to replace the tile and extend the hearth to span the entire fireplace surround.  Non-essentials that may or may not make our to-do list.



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sofa: andella home
tufted chairs: ethan allen
coffee table: wisteria
mirrored side tables: target {similar}
metal side table: urban outfitters
glass lamps & shades: target {no longer available}
pharmacy floor lamp: target
jute rug: ikea
stag head: restoration hardware
floral & black & white made by me
yellow trellis: zgallerie {no longer available}
linen and blue on chairs: target
striped throw: ikea
curtains: ikea
paint color: wind’s breath by behr paint


47 Responses to our living room with the finished shingled fireplace

  1. jennifer November 8, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    ok i want everything on this fireplace…can u tell me about the stone and where u got it and what u stained the shingles with??

  2. Jenn November 1, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    Can u tell me your stain colors? I want this soooo posted bad! Also what did u use for the slate?

  3. Meagan October 23, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    This looks fantastic! What kind of stain/treatment did you use on your cedar shingles? Thanks :)

  4. Jodi March 15, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    Your living room looks great–but I found the site from a pin on Pinerest when it was darker gray on the bottom! I am kind of bummed because I’ve decided to do a very similar contrast in my own two-story family room and entry way. The crown moulding idea was genius! But why did you switch so much a lighter color on the bottom?
    I’ve got Zinc by Martha Stewart for the bottom and Wood Smoke by Glidden for the top.

    • emily March 16, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

      We were just ready for a change and brighter walls. We loved the old color and especially the contrast of the dark walls and lighter top. Hope you love the results in your home as well.

  5. Jena @ Involving Color July 9, 2013 at 6:50 am #

    Emily, your fireplace looks SO good! The shingles really look amazing. The Behr Wind’s Breath was a perfect color choice for in here! I’d love to feature this on my paint color blog, Involving Color. Let me know if you’re interested!

  6. Sue Reed July 7, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Beautiful job Emily!! Love, love it!!

  7. Jessica Pickett June 29, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Beautiful! And I love your couch and pillows. Very comfy.

  8. Puttin' On The GRITS June 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    Gorgeous! I love the shingles…so original and it adds so much texture to the room!

  9. Lindsay June 24, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    How beautiful! I love the different textures all throughout the room, and those pink flowers on the table give just the right pop of color! Excellent work!

  10. Audrey June 24, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Love the finished product! I have to admit I was a bit concerned with the shingles at first but I never should have doubted you…it is amazing!

  11. Bethany June 22, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    Oh I just LOVE the stained shingles!!!

    I need to know your concoction! lol We have a play house in our home business and have shingled roofs on it. THAT color is the exact look I need!!

    I will patiently stalk your blog for all the info!


  12. Amy June 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Emily your room is amazing! You and your husband are so so talented!! Were the curtains tab top and you fixed them differently? It looked like the ikea ones were tab top that you linked too but I wondered if you had a secret… :)

  13. Emily June 22, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    This is just lovely! What an eye you have.

  14. Mindy June 22, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Your room looks great Emily! Everything is pulled together so wonderfully. I especially like your pillow combination that YOU sewed yourself – looks so good.

  15. Jordan June 22, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    Ive been looking forward to this room reveal and I LOVE how it turned out. I was thinking about getting that same IKEA rug but was wondering if its super scratchy?? My kids love to wrestle around and even though I love the look Im not sure it would work with nothing but our hardwoods under it.

  16. Wendy June 22, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    Love the whole room, the fireplace is amazing. I could sit in this room all day,stunning. Keep up the good work :-)

  17. Kelly June 22, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    That looks great! The whole room looks so calm and inviting! And that sofa…drooling!! Great job!

  18. Sheila June 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    It’s gorgeous, I just love it!!

  19. aimee June 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    It’s really beautiful – congrats on a job well done!

  20. Rebecca June 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure about the shingles when I saw them in your first post about the fireplace, BUT they look AMAZING!!!! What a complete transformation of the room! I LOVE IT!!! Kudos to y’all for your creativity and hard work. It’s absolutely GORGEOUS! :)

  21. Julie D. June 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    Oh Emily. I love it. So much!!! Gorgeous work. Our fireplace is one of my LEAST favorite parts of our house. (we have millions of projects since it was built in 1988) ;) but the fireplace probably tops the list, a long with the kitchen….I’ve sent your link on to Ryan with a ‘pretty please’ attached. Do you think he will oblige?! ;)

  22. Kay June 21, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    Just simply an inviting place to be in. I love how it’s a place for everyone, not too feminine or masculine and kid friendly. Great job Emily & Ryan!

  23. Janet Hurta June 21, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Who says neutrals are boring? Certainly not me and I can see you agree! Love the counterpoint of warm and cool shades of gray and taupe, brightly accented with the warm white woodwork in generous swaths. This room will look warm and inviting no matter the weather and season. Can’t wait to see what bent the Christmas decor will take this year.

  24. LoisAnn June 21, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    It seems you own the perfect backdrop for that gorgeous stag head – amazing room – I could live there quite happily.

  25. Tracey June 21, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    Emily, it’s just stunning. Have looked at it for 10 minutes! Your colors, styling, everything is so pulled together – a true talent. Didn’t I see those side table lamps in your master bedroom – ha, and you think we don’t study your rooms :). As always, thanks for sharing.

  26. Rachel June 21, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    Emily, I love your new look! I just have to ask, where did you end up putting your t.v.? I would love to make the fireplace the focal point of our family room as well, but the t.v. always makes that challenging.

  27. Jessica June 21, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    I appreciate the care you’ve taken to curate a space so it’s a perfect extension of your family personality. It’s true – pulling strictly from catalogs or showrooms gives a space a bland feel, but I love how you’ve mixed and matched and bought and created. You’ve inspired me!

  28. Tamara June 21, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    It came out beautiful! I love the combination of rugged and sophisticated.

    I’m curious, where do you keep your kids toys? I might have missed it if you posted already, but I noticed you said this was your main living space. Do you have a separate play room or storage? I need serious help in this department, lol!

  29. Lisa June 21, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Wow, it looks amazing Emily! I love what you did with the fireplace, it is so warm and cozy and beautiful!!

  30. Lemonade Makin' Mama June 21, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    I can honestly say that it’s about the most fabulous fireplace makeover I’ve ever seen. It totally makes the whole room. (MIND… BLOWN.) :)

  31. Clementine June 21, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Oh WOW! It looks incredible! Absolutely perfect. I have to say I had this whole conflict about the fireplace: loved the shingles, then I didn’t like the shingles with the stone, and then I was mildly freaked out about staining the shingles. But you totally pulled it off and now it looks amazing. Well done!

  32. Elise June 21, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    I had my doubts about the shingles, but this turned out lovely! Love it!

  33. Marla June 21, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    This room turned out lovely. I love the pop of fun and how warm and inviting the room feels. Great job!

  34. Lisa June 21, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    Your home looks so inviting and warm – just love it! AND that stone you have on the fireplace is sooooo gorgeous. LOVE the look :-)

  35. Sarah Barksdale Design June 21, 2013 at 7:47 am #

    I LOVE how the gray wash on the shingles turned out. It looks naturally weathered and much softer than before. Great job! WHere did you put your TV? Is it hidden now?

    • emily June 21, 2013 at 9:08 am #

      We go back and forth between wanting a tv in here and not. Currently, our big tv is in the upstairs bonus room. During football season I’ll probably want a tv back in this room to make it easy for entertaining {and because I love watching football}. We may mount one to the wall behind the taupe chairs, but that will entail rewiring things so I’m not sure it’s worth it.

  36. Shannon {Our Home Notebook} June 21, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    What a beautiful space you have. I think all the work on the fireplace with all the new textures going on give it that perfect combination of cozy and grand. I love being able to make a space that fits your family…enjoy it!

  37. Elisa Clark June 21, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    I LOVE those shakes! What a beautiful idea. The room looks amazing!

  38. Gayla June 21, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    It is beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I have a stone fireplace similar to yours and it is the focal point as well. I enjoy your blog and I really like your style…..love the layered look of a home that doesn’t look like it came out of a big box store.

  39. Elise June 21, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    It turned out beautifully! Job well done to you and your crew, and thanks for sharing with us. :)

  40. Jill June 21, 2013 at 5:57 am #

    Can I tell you how excited I’ve been for today to come – to see your completed fireplace reveal! It is absoultely beautiful!!! The stain is perfect and everything comes together so well!!! It’s cozy, put together, pretty, and perfect for a darling family like yours!! Thank you for sharing with the world :)

  41. paige June 21, 2013 at 5:13 am #

    i LOVE what you’ve done with this space!!! from the sofa to the antlers to the fireplace …oh & the pillows. perfection!

  42. Kelly - Talk of the House June 21, 2013 at 4:17 am #

    Looks wonderful! I do think the stain on the shingles made a great difference. I have felt that homes should not only reflect the interests of the people who live there, but also the setting where the home is located. (In other words, don’t make your house a beach house if you live in the middle of farmland…) So your room is a perfect blend of your tastes and the location of the Pacific NW. Beautiful job!

    • asia@ itsanorganizedchaos.com June 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

      LOL, we live in NC. Our new neighbors down the street came from Alaska, and out on their porch is a HUGE wood Carved wooden black bear. When I first saw it, I was like “what the hell!”

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