Cypress Cottage Living Room Finished!

For those of you landing here on the bayou for the first time: Family, friends, and I have been totally renovating an 80-year-old cypress house since March of this year. If you would like to catch up on the journey, just find “cypress cottage” over in the right-hand menu and you can see our progress.

For those of you who’ve been keeping up, I think you will find this report as rewarding as I. I realize I’ve already posted photos of the living room, but those were before the furniture arrived. So, are you ready?

This is the living room BEFORE new curtains, new baseboards, new mouldings, and new paint, as seen from the front door.

And this is the view from the dining room of the front door, which also got several coats of paint.

Add curtains, a rug, furniture, lamps, and VOILA!

A living room that any fisherwoman (ok, or fisherman) would be glad to relax in, I think.

As seen from the dining room. What do you think?

Many of you are so observant and like to find things “wrong” with my pictures, so I left a few things for you. Remember those “Highlights” magazines when we were kids? I loved doing the “What’s Wrong With this Picture” games. And I know a bunch of y’all did. So, while you’re enjoying the living room pictures and singing my praises for doing such a great job (with the help of numerous others) go ahead and have some fun finding what’s missing and noticing what should not be there!!!

And then, I think I might turn this into a contest!


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  1. I will get this started if it is ok…………first of all, this looks wonderful!

    1)no lamp shades
    2)can’t put much on that coffee table as it is now
    3)what is that on the sofa front (closest to the dining room)

    Again….I just love the room!

    You’re almost 100% correct DS! I can’t tell number three. Have to let someone else guess! Glad you love it! I do, too!

  2. Wow! Talk about making a silk purse from a sow’s ear! Looks very, very comfy although those lamps could use some shades and perhaps a piece of glass on the coffee table would keep things from falling through. Is that wood molding up near the ceiling? Looks like rope molding. Great job, BW.

    Thanks, Patricia! Oh, “rope” molding would look great, but that’s just a flaw in the photo! It’s just plain wood.

  3. Wow! I’m quite impressed! Shows how busy I’ve been with The Sound of Music. I didn’t even know you’d ordered furniture! I haven’t been down in so long… Good work, Bayou Mommer!

    I thought I told you I bit the bullet and did the furniture thing one day a couple weeks ago? Sorry, dear! And thanks!

  4. OK, everything Deloutre said… additions of a steaming cup of coffee (on the coffee table with no top), a fisherwoman on the couch, and I don’t see a rod rack to store my rods!

    Heather Here and I will be enjoying a cup of Mello Joy in the morning right there!

  5. All I can say is WOW!!! You did an excellent job with this place! I don’t see any glass on the doffee table?

    Thanks, Kim, and everyone is right about the glass, which somehow did not make it onto the truck. The driver made a quick trip BACK to Houma to get the glass and was back in about an hour with it. I just couldn’t wait to take the photos–everything looked so good!

  6. ….uh flaws? what flaws? All I saw was that comfy sofa and my mind went straight to it and laid myself down for a snooze. Great job. I know it’s been a lot of hard work.
    (My feral kitties are growing like weeds. One thinks she’s a bird and spends most of her time up in the big willow. I hope to be putting some pics up this weekend.)

    Snooze? Sounds good! I’ll be looking for those pics later!

  7. Just beautiful…GREAT job. Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks for the compliments, Sher, and for stopping by! Come back soon, ok?

  8. The third thing….on the sofa…………..the “take one” tag to give to the sales person?

    No, it’s not a “take one” tag but close!

  9. You’re a great writer and it looks like artist! I’m just getting started with blogging. I was very surprised to see so many blogs about Bayou living. I moved out here about a year ago. Concodrie Bayou about 2 hours north of Alexandria. If the fish aren’t biting I’m about to go insane. There are no jobs around here so I have to do something. Where is your house located? Please tell me something positive about living on a Bayou.