August 10th, 2013
So here’s the deal, Rachel and Jeremy (and their hot-dog, Frankie) bought their home a few years ago. They bought it totally furnished. Having the home furnished was a ‘plus’ at the time because they had spent all of their savings on the house and were way too house-poor to buy new furniture for their place. But now, several years later, they were way tired of the generic look of the home (major ‘minus’) and were ready to make their home a little more fun, funky and fitting of their personalities–but needed to do it on a pretty tight budget–enter moi.
Jeremy loves the color teal, and Rachel is really into neons at the moment–so I was excited to incorporate some of these elements into their living room revamp that we were lucky enough to work on with World Market. The one ‘cool’ piece that the space had in the ‘before’ was the portrait done by one of Rachel’s uncles back in the 1960′s. We liked the idea of using the portrait as a jumping-off-place for color and feel.
Some issues they had with the way their place looked before were:
1. They felt like there wasn’t enough seating when they had guests
2. It bugged Rachel (and me too) the way one of the (ugly) couches covered part of the window
3. There was a lack of color and all of the furniture was a just kinda blehhhh.
I incorporated a ton of DIY elements–and believe it or not–I did the entire makeover in one day. That’s right. One day. I felt like I was on one of those HGTV design shows. It was kinda bananas (and really, really fun). I started with this sectional sofa. I picked the sectional because it would allow for the most seating for when Jeremy and Rachel entertain. It’s in a dark charcoal grey microsuede–so it’s practical for hairy-ass Frankie, too. But you know I love color, so I added a ton of pillows in different shades, shapes and patterns to get that eclectic vibe I love.
I also wanted the sofa to POP, so I spray-painted the legs on the sofa neon yellow–along with the papasan stools that I also sewed custom covers for (such a cheap and fun way to create extra seating for entertaining). The made-over papasan stools added the perfect pop of color and pattern without taking up too much visual space OR blocking the TV which is mounted on the wall opposite the couch.
Next it was time to figure out the art work. Original art is soooo expensive, and I didn’t wanna go all poster art on these guys, nor did I want the art to bring us over budget…so I did something a little crazy…I painted floating shelves, and matching painted ‘frames’ on the walls. Then I mounted the shelves. This idea was kinda brills (if I do say so myself) because it’s SUCH an easy and quick DIY with SUCH strong results—and the second you tire of it or want to change the color of it, it is so simple to do.
I also hung the pendant lamp I made a few weeks ago in the corner.
I then added some side tables, like this carved wood side table , that I love…
And this table that I made from a wooden pedestal cake stand that I hand-painted and placed on top of a ceramic stool.
Next I added the necessary textiles–the Avira flat-woven wool rugs and curtains. I used four curtain panels on this window to make the drape feel rich and abundant.. I painted the legs to the bench with a fun teal and put it in front of the window. The sizing worked out so that it fit perfectly and created that ‘built-in’ window seat effect I was hoping for. Sweet!
Now I needed to accessorize the space and so, me being me, I added lots of plants (yeeesh I’m so predictable!). This hanging planter was at one time, a pretty lantern. And this elephant bowl became a planter too because, well, anything that can hold soil become a planter in my book.
I know what your thinking…’I want to redo my living room!’ right?! And here’s the best part…You can! Yep. You read that correctly. You can.
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What do you think of the makeover? Any ideas here that you’d incorporate into your own space??
Here are the are resources of all of the stuff I used in the makeover–most of which comes from the new collections–Maison des Artistes and Urban Dwellings: Sectional Sofa, Taylor Bench with Bolsters, Avira Flat-Woven Wool Rug ,Cast Iron Jack ,Gold Tray, Victoria Stripe Throw Pillow, Teal Velvet Throw Pillow, Amber Art Nouveau Throw Pillow, Green and Grey Stripes Lumbar pillow , Conical Cloche, Trio of Vases, Metal Hand, Hobnail Glasses, Teal throw, Cake wooden pedestal stand, Carved wood side table, Elephant Bowl, Curtain
Design, photography and styling by J. Blakeney, assisted by Danielle Stearns. Thanks Danielle! This post was created in partnership with World Market. Thank you for your continued support of the brands that hook me up, so I can hook you all up with content that hopefully doesn’t make you keel over in boredom. Also, all thoughts, designs, experiences, words, and kickassness are my own.