Living Room Redo: Part 2

Part 2 of Living Room Redo 2K16! When we left off, we we had redesigned the layout of the space and opened up the room a TON.

We went from this:  IMG_3782.jpg


To this:


Next step: couches and the gallery wall. The recliner and his recliner couch counterparts just had to go. My friend had pinned some inspiration photos on her pin board and from one of them, I was able to track down the couch in the photo. Below is the screenshot of the sofa from Macy’s:

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We looked at several options at The Dump, but none of them really had the right feel that we were going for. One was very close, but had a funky shape that wouldn’t have allowed us to use the coffee table. When the Macy’s couch went on sale randomly on Monday, they jumped at the chance. Below are photos of the couch in it’s new home:



Kitty approved AND Kali approved!

I went up just this past Saturday to help my friend get the gallery wall up and running. In order to vibe with our new theme, we needed some new, rustic art work for the wall. So of course, we went to Hobby Lobby. We left the shelves where they were and worked around them. I would hold up a piece, get her to hold it, step back, adjust, nail, hang, rinse, and repeat. It was a tedious process and thankfully we make a good team. This was the finished product:


She still has to fill some of the frames with photos, but I think it turned out pretty darn good!

In addition to Hobby Lobby, we had the chance to hit up a really killer place called Bobo’s Intriguing Objects. It just so happened that that weekend was their annual warehouse sale. All I can say? KILLER. Check out these screenshots from their Instagram:



AWESOME. If ever you get the chance to check this place out, make sure you do! We found several awesome items for even more awesome prices. I even bought a few things for me including this awesome, huge, bottle-jar-doo-dad for $20!



We were able to score some awesome pieces for the living room including a giant HEAVY white platter, a gorgeous pitcher, a piece of metal wall art, and an absolutely beautiful solid wood lamp (all for around $100!).

The rest of the day was spent doing some more rearranging to incorporate our new finds. I also had an inspiration moment where I decided to try out layering the aztec rug over the jute one in the living. Below are the after shots from Phase 2:



(Unintentional puppy hiney photo bomb).





I am EXTREMELY happy with how it’s progressing. We have ordered a new rug for the dining area and the hallway which will debut with Phase 3. We are also working on a black and white photo collage to go over the small sofa next to the TV. The mirror that is currently hanging in that space is going to be transferred to the wall above the buffet after we paint it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue.

Stay tuned for the final reveal with Phase 3!



Living Room Redo: Part 1

One of my oldest and best friends recently enlisted me to help redo her living room. Needless to say, I was THRILLED. They own a really cute house near the city. It was built in 1969 and has been updated with some really cool features including a killer kitchen and awesome spa bathroom. The living room is a really unique space and honestly, quite a design challenge. There is a load-bearing pole right next to the front door which I had to work around. The room is also separated into 2 different spaces. There’s the main living area, and then there is a large-ish alcove area. Below are some before shots of the room:



My original idea was to block off the alcove area using the pole as the beginning of the wall. However, after taking some measurements and walking through the space, I realized this just wasn’t going to be an option. You can see that to create some separation in the area, they set their TV up at the front of the alcove with two bookcases flanking it. This did bring their TV closer to the couches, but it literally made the space behind the TV unusable. The only way to get back there was to physically push a bookcase out of the way.

Besides the general layout of the room, my friend also wanted to freshen up the decor in the space. The first thing I knew had to go were the couches and recliner. As my friend can attest, I thoroughly loathe recliners. The couches also reclined which made the seating situation doubly bad in my eyes. Also, their sweet kitty had done a number on them with her claws. It was time for the couches to move on. My friend really had her heart set on a sectional, so that’s what we set our sights on. She really digs light, cool colors and was wanting to go for a coastal vintagy theme. I kept envisioning a light tan canvas material, something squishy and comfy but that had a tougher fabric for kitty. We eventually found a winner from Macy’s which they were able to score on sale (pictures to come in a following blog post!).

The great thing about my friends is that they already had a lot of really cool stuff. Through the years, they had accumulated a lot of different knick knacks and art. Most of the work I did the first day was just from ‘shopping’ in their house. You can see in the below photos, I had a lot of stuff to choose from.



The first day, we mainly focused on reorganizing the items they had, removing pieces that didn’t fit in with our design plan, and refocusing the room with a better layout. After consulting with my godmother who is a professional designer, I decided that really the only way I could make this work was the push the TV all the way back to the back wall and bring the furniture forward. This would make the unusable space usable again and also make the space feel much more open and airy. This was the first change we made when I got there and boy did it make a difference! I chose to say bye-bye to the blue curtains on the windows in exchange for something white to brighten up the room (my friend conveniently already had some white curtains in her closet! Score!). She wasn’t happy with her current rug so I decided to remove it completely from the room. I switched it out with the rug in their dining area as it was really too large for the space it was living. While ‘shopping’ in her house, I found an absolutely GORGEOUS painting done by her mother of a seascape. It was framed in a chippy white frame which was perfect for our coastal vintage theme. I also found a killer geometric aztec rug hiding behind a bookcase. It doesn’t get much better than that. We made a quick trip to Target and picked up a few things. However, like I said, we really didn’t need too much. We already had a lot to work with. I removed most of the art on the walls, laid everything out, and basically started from scratch. The only thing I left up were the shelves above the couch as per her husband, “they were a bitch to hang,”. I was envisioning a gallery wall behind the couch and figured I could work the shelving into my design plan. I also moved the bookcases that were flanking the TV to different areas of the room. I rearranged the knick knacks on the bookcases and on the shelves above the couch as well. Below are the ‘afters’ of the first day. Keep in mind, all of this was only step 1 of the redesign. IMG_3566.jpg


Ignore all the stuff in the floor, these were taken at about 10pm as I was walking out the door 🙂 I was quite pleased with stage 1. The room felt SO much more opened up and everything had a much nicer flow.

Stay tuned for stage 2: COUCHES!



Plates Plates Plates

This is a project that developed over a couple of years. I had been dreaming of a plate wall for forever and started collecting after I found a gorgeous plate an Anthropologie on clearance:


Obsessed. So far, I have five plates on my wall:


It looked amazing in my apartment, but in our new house, it looks a little sad. I’m thinking a few more would fill it out quite nicely. Below are close ups of the others:


This last one is my favorite. My good friend’s mom gave it to me when I moved to Michigan to always remind me of my roots.

As with everything in my home, it remains an ongoing project. But that’s half the fun, right?


Wreath Wreck?

I have a problem. And his name is Humongo.


Humongo is what I call that large mirror above my mantle. The mirror itself is pretty dull and boring, but apparently the prior owners loved him so much they put a sticking curse on the damn thing. It is on that wall and it refuses to budge. So, sadly, I’m making due with what I have. It’s not a terrible mirror, but it’s so huge, I feel like I need something to break it up (no pun intended).

I had mentioned in my last post that I was planning on making a wreath to go over the mirror. Well, inspiration struck and I scurried off to dear old Hobby Lobby. I dusted off my cheap pink glue gun and whipped up this bad boy:


I mean, it’s not terrible. It’s kind of a little cute. Actually, I think that may be the problem. It’s a little too cute. My taste tends to be a little edgier and while I initially thought this idea would be great, after I finished, I’m not sure it fits with my theme. The flowers were fun to make though thanks to some handy tutorials I found on The tutorials were great and the flowers were fairly easy to cobble together. I especially liked the way these turned out:


I’m thinking of hanging it on my front door, but haven’t completely decided. Ah well, onward!


Mantle Love

This is the first place we’ve had that’s had an actual fireplace. And I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been having a blast styling this mantle. I am sorely lacking in the do-dad department, so I’ve basically been scavenging around the house trying to find stuff that will work. Christmas was fantastic because while I don’t have a lot of decor yet, I do have a TON of Christmas decorations passed down from my grandmother. IMG_3278 (1).jpg

No stockings yet, pitiful.


Sadly, after Christmas, I had to pack away my trees. It left the mantle feeling so lonely and space. It had no flow and it was bugging the heck out of me. Last night, I decided I had had enough. I found a champagne bottle from our wedding and an old print that I’ve been saving for a rainy day and went to work. It’s not super different, I basically just stole some other items that I had in my living room. I’m still not totally digging it, but it’s definitely an improvement:

IMG_3643.jpgIMG_3642.jpgIMG_3641.jpgI’m eventually going to switch out the branches for some tall cotton stems. But I feel like I need more height. The mirror above the fireplace is GINORMOUS, so I’m thinking of making a wreath to hang right in the middle. But for now, it’s definitely an improvement.


On a completely unrelated note, time changes this weekend and that makes me so darn happy. Yay for spring!