I am taking break from our AH-MAZ-ING trip to Bermuda - more on that later! - to share with you some awesome ideas for living room makeovers on a budget. Our living room was the first room I decorated when we moved back into our house last December (see post on our living room here). It was so much fun to put together and I did NOT spend a lot of money. Yes there are some really expensive pieces in the space that I inherited from family (piano, artwork, etc.) but I was able to finish the room with gorgeous Kravet fabric drapes that I got on a discount fabric site and my mom sewed, a loveseat I got from Wayfair, a bench we picked up at HomeGoods, a table and rug from Overstock and some accessories from West Elm. The end result is a high-end looking space that didn't break the bank. And guess what? I am apparently not alone!
Have you heard of Hometalk? It is the largest home and garden social network on the web and millions of people use it to share their projects or to ask questions of each other. For those of you like me that want to see what others are creating, it is a dream come true. So when Hometalk asked me to curate a clip board on living room makeovers, I was thrilled to do it! Check out these 19 beautiful spaces I found and click on the picture to learn more about each project.
People always ask me how I come up with design ideas and I always tell them that I am inspired by others whether "real" designers or those of us just doing it on the "side". I am constantly finding inspiration from the creativity of fellow decorators. So check out these beauties and then become addicted to Hometalk like I am. And now I must get back to paradise. And just in case you think I may be exaggerating…here's where we are right now. #HeavenOnEarth
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I am excited to share the living room! As I said in a former post, I have to give credit where credit is due and say that I got my original inspiration for the board and batten wall (including the color) and the curtains….and, ok, I'll admit it, even the couch pillows from another blogger Life On Virginia Street. I don't normally copy things so closely but when we were in the middle of construction, I found a picture of her office and fell in love and then made it my own.
First up is the dark grey wall which is painted in Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze in semi-gloss. The wall in our existing living room was plaster and when they started demo, it literally started falling apart. Replacing it with drywall meant adding insulation and losing precious space - which in this small room was important to us. So I came up with the idea of adding wainscoting. I had always loved the board and batten look and we are so happy with how it turned out. Here is the wall pre-paint during reno.
Next up came the curtains. Again - stolen directly from Sarah Stewart at Life on Virginia Street. The fabric is Kravet Riad in Clove. More info here…Kravet It's pretty expensive normally but I found it on House of Fabric for less than $40 a yard. Pretty good deal. I immediately sent the fabric to my mother - who is a master sewer and she went to work. The final product is gorgeous and about half the price if I had ordered them at retail price and had them made. Score!
The piano was a ridiculously generous gift from my parents. It is a stunning Kawai baby grand that my dad gave my mom for her 40th birthday. They loved hearing their grandkids plunk away on it over the holidays and shortly after had it shipped here. I was a music major in college so I couldn't be more excited. And the thought of the kids learning how to play makes us all really happy.
All of the pillows in the room he came from Etsy. The floral ones are a Schumacher fabric. The throw is from West Elm and is ridiculously soft. I also picked up the ceramic vases on the table there as well. The little topiaries are from Restoration Hardware. They are the only fake plants in our house. I have a strong dislike of fake plants otherwise. They always just seem dusty to me.
The carpet is from Overstock and keeps the space from being too stuffy. The tables are from Lamps Plus which has some really great reasonably priced pieces. The couch is from Wayfair. I hated the pillows that came with it - so they went straight to the garbage and replaced with my much prettier ones. And the bench came from Homegoods.
Take a look at this shot of the room after initial demo.
The inspiration for the color scheme in this room came from a painting in inherited from my grandparents. I have no idea who it's by but I love it.
I am so happy with the way it turned out. I think it's elegant without being stuffy. Bright without being too obnoxious. No doubt there are some really expensive pieces in here (piano!) but most of the other pieces I found on sale or found a less expensive version of something I saw at a higher end store. And it matches the powder room - which is visible from the living room. I'll post pictures of that later.
OH! And of course…I can't forget about the gorgeous new stripes that I added on the stairway wall. I am not quite done with those yet - but I will post as soon as I do.
Just for fun…here are some pictures before. And before before…..This is when we bought the house in 2005. My little one was LITTLE!! One to be exact.
And here is the living room last year. Pre-reno.
What a difference a year makes!