A few months ago, M+C graciously handed me their entryway and living room to redesign. They had lots of things going for them…seriously cool heirlooms, great architecture, and a willingness to give the entire creative process to me! Armed with a small budget (there is no challenge too great!) I gave them exactly what they wanted…a space that met the needs of their growing family, incorporated the valuable objects passed down from M’s grandmother, and made them both feel happy and relaxed.
First up was the floor plan. The room is long and narrow with little wall space, so I arranged the sofa’s in an L shape with the longest sofa running the length of the room. The tv is directly across from that sofa, which was C’s biggest concern (men, ha!). Both sofas and the gold lamps belonged to M’s grandmother. I purchased the leather tufted ottoman from craigslist for $50 (ask me the story on how I got it home with my kids in the car if you want a good laugh!). It works double duty as a coffee table and additional seating. I wish I hadn’t draped the blanket like I did for the shoot so you could see the detail better. Lesson learned. The rug was $140 at Target and has a very subtle chevron pattern.
The side tables were a thrifty find at $50 for the pair. I loved the curvy details but the tops were a peach colored marble…not pretty. So I flipped the marble over and painted the rough side with primer and silver paint. I LOVE the gold lamps in all their vintage glory. I stole them from her dining room because they belong in this space. Or my house. Wait…did I say that out loud?
The gallery wall is a collection of art, typography and photographs. The landscape painting was a family heirloom and I commissioned my friend Kari to draw the bird to fit the $2 thrift store frame. I have 100 or more thrifted frames lying around my house just begging for art. Crazy, I know. But then when I find the perfect project for them, it’s worth the entire closet they consume in my house. Take for instance the frame with the blue mat. Loved the frame (also $2) but the mat was painted on and badly peeling. I liked the idea of painting a mat on (why did I not think of this before?) and decided to recreate the look with the same spray paint I used on the ottoman tray. Genius. And so easy!
The black and white striped pillows are from Home Goods ($15 for both), the coral pillow was on clearance at Target, and I made the mint pillow covers with fabric I already had. I saw a similar gold dot pillow in a magazine (if I can find it again I will give credit), but decided to make my own version with white linen and gold fabric paint. Seriously easy folks. And super cute!
Moving the couches away from the fireplace opened up the perfect spot for a reading nook. The green chair also belonged to M’s grandmother (I’m seriously jealous of her hand-me-downs). I took M thrifting on a couple of occasions and she scored both times…this gorgeous antique baroque mirror for $50 and the side table for $12. The throw pillow was on clearance at Target and the lamp base came from Goodwill. Ginger jar lamps are classic in my opinion and look great in any room. M absolutely loves this nook and has declared it her favorite spot in the room!
One of my favorite additions to the room is this tv credenza. Their enormous tv was on a tiny stand that was neither functional nor attractive. So we replaced it with this beauty (read my before and after post for all the juicy details). The lines and weight of this piece are super masculine and help ground the feminine curves and colors found throughout the room. It also added much needed storage to this old house. An all around win!
And that brings us to the bookcases. M fell in love with a bookcase display in a local eatery and actually got to work styling these on her own! We arranged the books in groups with similar colors. Of the pretty objects, some were heirlooms while others were thrifty finds. The pouf was yet another Target find for $50. Is it just me or is that the lucky number in this space?
Thank you M+C for inviting me into your home. Wishing you lots of happy moments in your new space!
All Photos by Kari Crowe Photography.