Update On My Parent's Living Room Makeover

My parent’s living room makeover is so close to being complete! I went over this past weekend with my box of styling accessories to try out some different console table styling. I really just need to finalize the styling, pick some wall art, and find a side table for between the two chairs.

You can catch up on my first two posts about it here & here.

AFTER

AFTER

BEFORE

BEFORE

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We’re all very happy with how it’s all coming together! It feels comfortable and like the whole room is being utilized now, versus just the far side of it. Wall decor is definitely something that’s always been a challenge to me, but I have a couple ideas for this room that I’ve been mulling over.

The first idea I have is a grid of black and white photos on either side of the big window, with sconces above on each side:

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My second idea is a more random, eclectic style gallery wall on both sides with two sconces. I’d keep it to 4-5 pieces of medium to large sized art so that it fills the space without feeling too busy:

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We’re going to hopefully go check out a vintage store near me that has a ton of gorgeous mid-century modern paintings, so maybe we’ll find the perfect pieces there! I’ve been taking my time with this room, really trying to make sure I pick the right pieces. Hopefully the next update I post will be the completed room!

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Parent's Living Room Makeover - Modern, Traditional, COZY Update

HAPPY 2019! I am so excited that this is my first post of the new year! I’m helping my parents update their living room and it is SO fun to get all the thrills of shopping and decorating without spending any of my own money! It’s also fun for me to help create a comfortable space that I know my family will enjoy! A few years ago, I helped them update their family room and it made a HUGE difference. They had always bought matching furniture sets when furnishing their rooms- which meant all brown and not a lot of interest or depth.

This time we’re tackling the living room and I’m so pumped. It’s a huge room with a ton of natural light. Since this room is so big, I’d love to try “floating” the furniture in the room- as opposed to having it all pushed up against the walls. Here is the furniture layout I’d like to try, as well as the measurements of the room:

As you can see from the measurements, this is a pretty large space. The way they had their old furniture laid out made the room look smaller, and also had some wasted space. As of right now, they donated their old couch, big chair, and coffee table. My mom would like to keep the buffet/credenza they already have, and we’re also keeping the same rug. They bought a new sofa (which will be delivered in 6-9 weeks) as well as two chairs and a new coffee table. Here is the main plan I put together for them:

If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know I’m a huge fan of keeping things NEUTRAL! I think it’s super important to think of longevity when buying your more expensive pieces. The sofa, chairs, and coffee table are all neutral and nothing is crazy trendy about them. You can easily switch out pillows and throw blankets when you’re in the mood for more color. The pillows I have in my plan are all from Amber Lewis’ Shoppe— they’re gorgeous but also super expensive, so I’m just using them as inspiration for when we go to HomeGoods!

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I love the idea of a simple bench along this wall- it fills the space while also providing additional seating for when they do need to host a big family party. Plus- it’s always a good idea to have a mirror near your front door! (The buffet in the photo above is the piece that my mom would like to keep in the room).

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Every house needs a good SHELFIE spot (or three)! I would love to put shelves on this wall to add some height in this room, as well as visual interest. My dad has a TON of beautiful books that will be great to use as decor, and I’d also love to find some unique, thrifted decor to add in.

In my layout plan, I have the buffet/credenza in the back corner behind the sofa. I’m not entirely positive that it will work out there, but if I need to shuffle some things around- that’s ok! I also need to think of some spots to add in more lighting- I really want to add some plug in wall sconces! Some of the furniture will be delivered in a couple weeks, so be sure to check back for an update!


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Upstairs Hallway (mini) Makeover - Part 1 of 3

I have a problem with staying focused on just one thing… in pretty much every area of my life, but especially with home projects! That’s why (in the midst of my One Room Challenge) I’ve already started planning little makeovers for our guest room, guest bathroom, playroom, dining room, and upstairs hallway. They’re all just in the design board/ ‘dream of ideas’ phases though, except for the hallway. I already had a gallon of “Agreeable Gray” by Sherwin Williams, so I decided to paint a swatch on one of the walls to see what it would look like… of course the “swatch” turned into painting almost an entire section (whoops)!

Here is a “BEFORE” shot, taken from inside our master bedroom.  You can see the large “swatch” of Agreeable Gray on the wall to the left!

Here is a “BEFORE” shot, taken from inside our master bedroom. You can see the large “swatch” of Agreeable Gray on the wall to the left!

Another “BEFORE” shot, this time with Nathan’s door closed.  The open door to the left is the guest bathroom. The closed door on that same wall is a linen closet, then straight ahead is Nathan’s room, then one guestroom, in that little cutout is another guestroom, and the closed door to the right is another closet with access to the attic.

Another “BEFORE” shot, this time with Nathan’s door closed. The open door to the left is the guest bathroom. The closed door on that same wall is a linen closet, then straight ahead is Nathan’s room, then one guestroom, in that little cutout is another guestroom, and the closed door to the right is another closet with access to the attic.

Nathan’s room and the two guestrooms.  You can kind of tell that the hallway was sprayed with white paint pretty quickly when we first moved in.  For some reason, the upstairs hallway walls are the only walls in the house that are super textured.  The stairs and hallway are also the only areas (except the playroom) that have wall to wall carpeting.

Nathan’s room and the two guestrooms. You can kind of tell that the hallway was sprayed with white paint pretty quickly when we first moved in. For some reason, the upstairs hallway walls are the only walls in the house that are super textured. The stairs and hallway are also the only areas (except the playroom) that have wall to wall carpeting.

This photo was taken standing at the other end (near Nathan’s room) to show the tiny little light fixture.

This photo was taken standing at the other end (near Nathan’s room) to show the tiny little light fixture.

The hallway has always just felt very “blah”. The white paint on these textured walls really wasn’t doing anything for me. It felt very unfinished. Here is my idea for the space:

1.) Use the paint we already have (Agreeable Gray) for the walls, and also give the baseboards and trim a fresh coat of shiny white paint!
2.) I’m not 100% sure what wall decor I’ll end up with - but I thought it might be a good place for my thrifted wicker wall planter!
3.) I’d also love to find a vintage oil painting or a print of an oil painting. Nothing too loud, something with earthy colors. There is only one decent sized wall up here and I definitely don’t want it to feel crowded.
4.) I really want to replace the small light fixture with this one from IKEA. It’s only $19.99 and would really give the area an updated, more modern feel.
5.) This rug is one I found on Google, and most definitely not one that I could afford! I’m hoping to be able to either find a new runner with a vintage look or one that has the neutral, relaxed vibe I’m going for. The wall to wall carpeting that came with the house is in really good condition, so it would be a huge waste to rip it up or try to have it replaced anytime soon. I really am not a fan of the brown color though- so anything to help brighten it up would be ideal!
6.) I still have some paint left in the Cyberspace color that I used on all of our first floor interior doors, as well as our nightstands. Every time I painted one of our doors downstairs, I always regretted not doing it sooner! I’m hoping that I’ll feel the same way about the upstairs doors!

So those are my plans right now and I think it’s a pretty good starting point! There are a lot of doors up there, so there isn’t much wall space. Hoping I’ll be able to get the painting finished pretty quickly because of that.

I think these changes will help the hallway feel cohesive with the rest of our house! Plus with our master bedroom being updated- I can’t have the hallway leading up to it looking ugly!

I definitely won’t be finished with this space before my One Room Challenge reveal because I won’t have time to get to IKEA this weekend for the light. But I should be able to put up a pretty decent progress post by next week- so be sure to check back! And don’t forget that my Master Bedroom One Room Challenge REVEAL will be posted next Wednesday!!

One Room Challenge Week 5: LAST Post Before The Reveal!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
It’s Wednesday, so that means another progress post on my One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover! It’s also week 5, so the next post will be the reveal… and since I need to take the “reveal” photos this weekend, I really only have the next few days to finish!

(If you need to catch up: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4)

I honestly didn’t get as much accomplished last weekend as I had hoped. I didn’t finish painting our walls - but I’ll be able to do that pretty quickly. I also didn’t decide on what I want to hang above our bed- I have a couple ideas, but I need to try them out! I did find that black metal plant stand in the photo above at Goodwill. It didn’t have a top to it though, so I had to come up with a creative solution. I had a spool of macrame cord leftover from an older project, so I used that and started wrapping it around the top - I had no clue what I was doing so I didn’t bother to take any tutorial type photos!

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Kind of an awkward angle here- but I wanted to show what the top looks like!

Kind of an awkward angle here- but I wanted to show what the top looks like!

I love how it turned out! It ended up being the perfect little side table to this chair, and can’t beat only spending $6! I also started using hemp cord to weave a bottom shelf on my nightstand. I was inspired a table that Amber Lewis sells in her shoppe. I don’t have any photos of my progress on that, so you’ll have to wait until next week!

Here is a good view of our new rug. It ended up being absolutely perfect, and it was under $100! I’m still playing around the styling and placement of art, so this view could be a lot different next week! Let me remind you of the “before” view of this angle…

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I’m so glad I signed up for this challenge - it was the push I needed to tackle this space! I’ll be working super hard the next couple days to get all the last minute details taken care of. Can’t wait to show off the finished design, and even more excited to have a master bedroom that we love! Don’t forget to check back next week for the final post of the challenge!! You can also head over to the official One Room Challenge site to check on everyone else’s progress!

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE | Spring 2018

The Spring 2018 One Room Challenge began last week!  If you haven’t heard of this, it’s an event that takes place twice a year (in the Spring and Fall) where 20 featured bloggers + numerous guest participants transform a space in just six weeks.  Once a week, they post about the progress of their project and then on the sixth week the big reveal is posted.


Seeing all of these projects on their website and all over Instagram is so fun, it’s definitely interesting to get a behind the scenes look at the entire process of planning and then bringing a design to life!  Follow @OneRoomChallenge on Instagram or visit their website—One Room Challenge—to make sure you don’t miss out!!  Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to take on this challenge!

Here are some of my favorite makeovers from featured + guest designers of the past...

This dining room will   always   be one of my favorites!! (via  Suburban Bees )

This dining room will always be one of my favorites!! (via Suburban Bees)

Chaney (a fellow Philly girl!!) created this bright & beautiful home office! (via  Mix & Match Design )

Chaney (a fellow Philly girl!!) created this bright & beautiful home office! (via Mix & Match Design)

This powder room was created totally from scratch!! (via  Laura Design Co )

This powder room was created totally from scratch!! (via Laura Design Co)

This laundry room is what dreams are made of!! (via  BrePurporsed )

This laundry room is what dreams are made of!! (via BrePurporsed)

Definitely go check out all of these awesome accounts, and go to One Room Challenge to see more projects of the past + keep up on what's going on this season!