I really had a fun time working with my client, Laura. Turns out we go to the same church. She is a precious young mom with an adorable little boy and I so enjoyed helping make her home a more special and inviting place to be. She's a stay at home mom, so spends a lot of time at home and said she'd like for it to feel like more of a pretty haven for her and her young son. I think we accomplished that. With a total budget of $1000 (including my time), I stretched it about as far as I could have and gave Laura a lot of what she was looking for. She can add a few more things later on. The familyroom benefitted the most from this redesign.
Here's the before of the livingroom, their main area for lounging. It's right inside the front entrance and adjacent to the kitchen.
I added some mossy green chenille panels to the windows, but we ran into a problem with the rods she already had not being long enough, so she is going to look for another rod, so that the panel will fill in the wall between those windows.
We first changed the furniture arrangement which totally made the room more cozy immediately. The sofa was moved next to the fireplace, where before the sofa was all the way against another side wall and there was a huge space in the middle of the room. Adding a new rug further cozies up the space and brings the seating area into a conversational feel. The new rug adds some needed color in the room too.
Fireplace wall: BEFORE
When I first arrived, the sofa was against this small wall directly in the path coming in the front door.
So, I moved the side chair and table over to this area where the sofa was for a cozy seating nook. Added a new lamp, pillow, and basket of greenery to hide the plugs here. She loved all the artwork I picked out and it really complements the room a lot.
BEFORE: Wall coming in the front door with the single chair. You can see a little one lives here!
AFTER: Sofa is moved adjacent to the fireplace for a better feel to the room. New pillows were added, along with a throw and another art piece on the wall behind. Tags still have to be cut off the pillows since they are staying.
New shade added to her floor lamp and a side table (from Hobby Lobby) added to the chair.
BEFORE: Coming in the foyer AFTER: Large black mirror added, accessories are tweaked for a more pleasing arrangement.
BEFORE: Pretty oil painting on foyer wall.
AFTER: Black frame added and picture lowered for more impact.
BEFORE: Diningroom. Current picture was a little too high, so I lowered that.
AFTER: And added another flower print to the other wall. I also suggested that she might want to change the wall color in the diningroom to a pretty olive green. She has a swag treatment on the windows that would really look pretty with a color change and it would look great with her black table and chairs.
Hope you enjoyed the redesign! It was a lot of fun working with Laura and I really hope she and her family enjoy the changes. It's so rewarding to have a plan all come together after seeing it in my head! Most of the shopping was done at Homegoods (love that store!), with some other things found at Steinmart, TJ Maxx and Tuesday AM.