Living Room Makeover

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Welcome to my formal living room. The many windows and open entries into the room made it a challenge to arrange and decorate, but I love a challenge.

Hover your mouse over the first photo to see the before picture.
It took me 2 years of living in my new house before I could figure out what to do with this room. Once I dedicated some time and money, it came together pretty quickly, and now it is my favorite room of the house.
Hover your mouse over the photo for a before picture.
Click on photo for post about spray painting the piano. 
I started by choosing a color scheme of navy and lime green. The first thing I bought was the rug from (They are not sponsoring this post and all opinions here are my own.) I got my 8x10 foot wool rug for $288 (reg. price $1,152).
My next big purchase was the couch. I had tried every couch I owned in this room and none of them worked. This room needed a large customizable couch which I found at Costco for $1,000. I had fun playing around with tons of different arrangements before finding one that worked for my room.
My next purchase was the curtains. I love this Waverly print that I found at Lowes. I also bought wood corner curtain rods for my 2 corner windows.
For the tall window, I bought some plain, cheap curtains at Ikea and I hot glued ribbon around the edges. Here are the curtains before the ribbon was added.
 I also hot glued ribbon on the lamp shades (I purchased the lamps from Costco).
I had a lot of fun buying different fabric and sewing envelope pillow covers (I bought the pillows at IKEA). I also bought 2 Lack sofa tables from IKEA for my extra long couch.
I love my Pottery Barn station clock that I put between the living and dining rooms.
I took some frames I already had and some from the thrift store and sprayed them with primer. Then I brushed them with simple craft store acrylic paint and sprayed a clear gloss over them.

They look great on my new IKEA bookcase.
Here is the living room when we first bought our house.
Here is the finished living room.


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