After months of sharing my design plans, the design plans of others, and many other thoughts on my living room I can finally share the reveal with y’all today! No “after” would be complete without the grizzly before so let’s take a stroll down memory lane….
There have been so many versions of this room: wonky furniture layouts, bad curtains, too much brown, over-sized furniture, beige paint, ill-fitting rugs, and so much bad! To my defense I was just stepping into the whole world of design and I was presented with a horribly long and narrow room with only so many layout options. Also, I was pregnant during many of these transitions and that caused some hormone-driven decisions (hence, the huge brown couch…it was great for snuggling a newborn!) Here’s a medley of the ugly:
This poor little corner couldn’t catch a break…
Just absolutely humiliating. If I never get another design job I will know this picture is why.
NOTE: This picture is circa 2008!!
I’m not even sure what’s happening here. Were we turning the room into a make-shift hospital? Just sad. And scary. I am going to assume we were, uh, “in transition” here.
Aw, look at me. I thought if I threw a couple of starfish up there it would appear that we lived in a charming beach cottage. Keep an eye out for those paper trees because they do make a reappearance!
So many changes to the mantle, pillows, coffee table, console table, art….
Until it finally started to take shape and reflect more of my actual style…
This is still in the peak of “white box” syndrome. The size of that art over the couch is all wrong and the room is lacking so much personality. After I repainted the room white I was too gun-shy to put holes in the wall.
This was just last year and I really liked the room at this point for the most-part but, I got sick of the black and white really quickly. And the size and shape of the coffee table irked me.
Slowly I was able to flesh out what worked and all the really hideous things that didn’t. I could hide all those ugly parts from you but I think it’s only right to show you how much work and time it has taken to get this room right in my eyes. And I know there are still changes to come but it is finally a room I am really proud of…
The major game-changer for this room was adding a much larger rug. RugsUSA provided me with this awesome 10×14 jute rug as a base layer, as well as, my choice of any rug from their site. As you know, it took me weeks to decide on one from their huge selection but I am so happy I chose this solid navy one. It has just the right amount of color variation, giving it a great vintage-like appearance. I loved so many of their patterned rugs but at the end of the day I had to take into account how much I love swapping out accessories. I knew if I committed to a pattern I would be limited on how much I could change on a whim. With this solid base I can add pattern through pillows and art. It’s also really soft and holding up well to a room that gets a lot of abuse!
I also added a new dimension to the former layout. I decided to make the couch more of a separate seating area by adding a chair. The pouf serves as a side table/extra seat.
And this little corner has it’s own seating, perfect for curling up with a book.
This layout feels so much better and more natural for the way we use the space.
I waivered my times about what to do with this console. I debated painting it, replacing it, and adding fancy hardware but, at the end of the day the dark wood didn’t bother me so much. Once I added in this woven stool and some of the other wooden accents in the room I kind of liked the contrast. It is definitely not a forever piece but it works for now.
I did decided to swap out the coffee table and it was a great decision! Switching to a round table gave us breathing room around the couch and any spare inches are a hot commodity around here!
Ignore that wrinkly slipcover back there 😉
Washing it is a breeze but it will be a cold day…before I iron it!
I love styling this new little table with flowers and greenery and, of course my urchins!
Adding in some new art was my favorite part of this makeover. I wanted pieces that added soft color, a sense of personality, and that had meaning. I found my happy place between this DIY leather hanging and a group of paintings I had in my personal stash. I love the worldly-moodiness the paintings add to the room.
And my favorite piece, BY FAR, in the whole room is my new wood beaded chandelier!
I am so so happy with this room! So happy, that I declared to my family that I could not touch another thing and be totally fine. I know it’s a lie but I was just trying to stress to them how much I love the changes. Not ones to let me off that easy, my 8-year-old issued a bet…I have to not touch ANYTHING in the living or dining room until March 14th. If I do then I owe him a Skylander for his Wii. Mom of boys, you know what I’m talking about. Usually I would just go ahead and pay up on this bet, but I really think I can win. If I do, he has to take me to dinner at IHOP 🙂
This post has turned into a novel, albeit a beautifully illustrated one, thanks largely to the talented photographer, who captured all of these shots, Ariana! (Make sure to check out her blog!) She also got some of my dining room since the changes overflowed into there as well but, I will save those for another post. Instead I will leave you with a pretty sneak peak…
Thanks again to RugsUSA for the beautiful rugs!
And I promise to share the rest of the details/sources of this room soon!
Make sure to come back tomorrow for a really exciting announcement!
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