Living Room / Den

The carpet was removed, the old paneling taken down, the carpet mastic removed revealing a stained concrete floor, the walls were insulated where needed, the rooms were re-wired, and everything re-stained, re-painted and the amazing concrete sealed.  GO GREEN!  It still remains a work in progress with plenty more to do.  I’ll add pictures as we complete our projects.

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8 thoughts on “Living Room / Den

    1. Stacey Post author

      We have a soft spot for art and have collected for many years. It’s been a while since I’ve purchased a new piece but I’m always on the hunt. Are you an art lover? It’s hard to not love pretty things, isn’t it. I realize abstract and modern art isn’t everyone’s favorite… but it fits our style.
      Thank you for the nice comment.

  1. Brandi G

    I just found your blog this morning. Love your house and all the work y’all have done. My husband and I live nearby in Lake Charles, LA and are in the process of renovating our 1950’s ranch. Doesn’t have some of the cool features yours does, but it works well for us. Can’t wait to follow your blog; good luck with all your projects!

    1. Stacey Post author

      Hey Brandi! So happy you found me and it’s great to meet you. Love that you’re so close! I’ve lived in Texas most of my life but for a brief period (way back when) I lived in the small town of Crowley, LA. But that was 40 years ago so I really have no business saying that I lived in LA. Strangely I remember everything about it. (I’m rambling)

      So wonderful that you have a 50’s ranch to make your own. I bet it’s fabulous. Would love to see what you’re doing if you ever want to share some pictures. :-)

      Thanks again for visiting. Our projects have really slowed down lately but I’m hoping to get my second wind here and get another one going. Glad you’re along for the insanity.

  2. Ashley Petsch

    Hi Stacy!
    I have read your blog from cover to cover and I just love your house! It is beautiful and such a great source of inspiration for my own MCM home-owning adventure. I am curious about all the wonderful lighting you have throughout the house, how did you do your wiring? In some photos it looks like there are channels that run along the middle of the beams, and in others it looks like they might even be wired from the side. I am curious because we have vaulted ceilings with exposed beams like yours, and we have no electrical running anywhere above 6ft. Our whole house is lit by sconces, and although we get a lot of beautiful light during the day (and who doesn’t love buying a million lamps) it would be so great to install overhead lighting.
    Do you have any advice?
    I look forward to seeing your newest projects!
    Ashley Petsch

    1. Stacey Post author

      Hi Ashley,

      So nice to have you here. Thanks for taking some time to look through our craziness. I see you’re renovating too! It’s so HARD but so worth it, right? Congrats on your home.
      I’m so late replying to comments. I help other bloggers with their sites and I’ve been swamped with projects. FINALLY some time to work on my own space. Thanks for your patience!

      Oh I feel your pain with the lighting. (if indeed you feel yours is sometimes a pain) I know mine was. Since there’s no attic space wiring “above” is a challenge. We actually have a channel that runs through the center of the house located in the hallway. It’s sort of like a drop ceiling effect with all the electrical, cable, ductwork, etc running down the hall and then reaching out to each room on either side.
      You can get the idea from these pictures >>

      So yes, you’re correct, most of the ceiling electrical is fed from that hallway through a notch in beams. This post >> shows the beams up close. You can see the wire comes out of the center hallway, is fed through the notch in the beam, a box installed, and then we capped the beams. We don’t have very many actual walls, as most of our rooms have windows on the outside walls so the wires come through the channel once again and down into the walls. It’s pretty crazy, but it works. Having a house like this is such a challenge. If you’re hiring an electrician you may be able to get some advice from them. We rewired the back of the house ourselves (my husband totally understands electrical and how it all works) but hired a company to do the front part. It wasn’t cheap but it makes you feel at ease to have professionals do it and then you learn so much from them.

      That may or may not help you (sorry) but if its any consolation I understand what you guys are going through and dealing with. Hang in there and get creative with it. Houses like ours demand creative thinking.
      Good luck and thank you so much for stopping by. I’ll add you to my blog list and keep up with your progress. So exciting!!!



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