Before and After: Lois and Ben’s Living Room

This tree reminds me of your father. Round in the middle, thinning up top and your hands get sticky when you touch him.

– Marge Simpson

Remember Ben (and sweetheart Lois) moved into a house this year? This was the front room as shown in the property listing:

house living room

Ben and Lois decided the striped wallpaper had to go. And the carpet. And the lighting. Well, it’s only a few months later, and check the progress!

Fireplace dark accent wall

I would never have been so brave with the accent wall, but it is gorgeous! Lois gets all the credit for color bravery, as she talked Ben into it. The color is “Tailored” by Crown Paint (UK), and depending on the light, it can be deep brown to smoky grey to deepest plum. I love how the wood stands out against it (as well as the Christmas decorations).

Christmas Mantel Lights

Aren’t the penguins cute? Here are a few in front of the telly.


The fireplace wall is the most striking change, but they also sanded and refinished the wood floor, and added a wall of bookshelves.

Christmas tree by bookshelves

That diorama-ed duck on the top shelf is a bit of a family legend. The animal theme is carried through to the ornaments.


Only three more sleeps ’til Christmas! But this room isn’t all about Christmas. Ben and Lois have added some great furniture. I love this green sofa, especially considering the accent wall.

Green Retro Sofa

This photo also shows a corner of their cool live-edge coffee table and sheepskin rug in front of the fire.

It’s such a cozy, stylish room — well done, Ben and Lois!

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