A Fresh + Modern Living Room Makeover

Hey guys, 

It's been a long three weeks since I've posted here so I apologize for the radio silence! Instead of rattling off all of my annoying excuses that really aren't that good, I'm going to dive right into today's post. 

I finished an uber fun living room makeover back in the spring and last minute had it photographed by the talented WE Studio who also photographed this living room makeover, also from this past spring! After getting the photos back and loving how light, bright and (I think) pretty darn beautiful the space looked I decided to submit the project to Apartment Therapy in hopes of getting published and guess what? IT DID! I found out the great news when I had just got back from a big European adventure a couple of weeks ago. I knew I wanted to fill all of you in because for this small timer, the news was kind of a big deal! But then I read the comments...

I'm not going to spend much time talking about the comments because I don't want to be negative and at this point they don't bother me, but the not so nice comments really stung. This is my second time being published on a design site and I definitely understood that anyone can comment but I guess I didn't even think twice about "the bad comments". The internet trolls were definitely out and decided to pick apart almost every piece of the makeover. While a few liked the makeover, more folks thought it was boring and bland, others were confused as to why the room lacked additional seating, some were flabbergasted that I didn't include the doggy stairs in the shoot and were concerned that I made my clients get rid of their dog. I mean, really? 

All I'm going to say is, design and style is so personal and unfortunately what one person likes and wants for a space might not be what another person would choose. There's probably a pretty good reason for every design decision that was unfortunately negatively commented on but the only thing that matters is that my clients were happy, grateful and satisfied with the end result. So without further ado, let's dive into the befores!

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As you can see, the room is not huge but has a good, straightforward shape to it. My clients were open to replacing just about everything with the exception of the coffee table which was completely fine because she was a keeper in my eyes from the start. 

We knew that we were going to keep the layout the same because it worked well, and the TV was already mounted on the wall opposite the couch.

One of my clients often works from home so she initially thought about including a small desk and chair so that when she did have to WFH, it would be comfortable. After piecing together the design plan, that idea was nixed because it ended up not being a huge priority and she was cool with sitting at the kitchen (peninsula) countertop if need be. When we thought a desk and chair were going to be incorporated, we planned to tuck the workspace into the area where the cable box is currently sitting (above).

My clients wanted to remove the bulky side chair and ultimately hoped to incorporate a sectional or sofa with a chaise.

In that corner, you'll see what looks like an old TV and yup, it is. My client had DIY'd this piece and turned it into a liquor "cabinet". She was okay with not reusing it in the new design plan but I thought it was unique so I took his side and we kept it. 

Once we realized that the desk area wasn't in the cards, we needed something to fill the otherwise empty space where the cable box was living. Luckily the "bar" fit perfectly so we decided to move it over there!

And now it's time to reveal the afters...let's go!

We opted for the West Elm Andes Terminal Chaise Sectional in the Twill, Stone color. We then added a larger 8x10 area rug which instantly made the space feel bigger and more pulled together. This rug shown is actually a filler from HomeGoods because the rug we really settled on was on backorder and homegirl needed a rug for the shoot. So this rug is all lies but that's what sometimes happens in the design world. ; ). The rug my clients were waiting for is this colorful beauty, which is on sale in the 6x9 and 5x8 sizes! $239 for a West Elm 5x8 is nooooooot bad. 

Also, those dreamy white curtain panels are the same Ikea Ritva panels that I used in this office makeover. They are just so damn good! And we used these matte black rods from World Market.

The floor lamp in the far corner is also from West Elm because well when a client wants clean modern furniture, West Elm is the best for just that. Oh and it's also on sale for $199 from $249!

We also kept the side table but just added some decorative accents on top to create some interest and add life to the space. All throw pillows were HomeGoods finds! HomeGoods is by far my favorite store to shop for pillows at. It can be totally hit or miss but they carry some great finds. 

And that stunner of a painting is from Minted. I love the copper frame which plays off the wood tones and adds a nice touch of warmth to the otherwise cool and neutral color palette. Side note - Minted also has great throw pillow covers that are excellent quality!

Lastly the "bar". Definitely not for everyone, but I thought it was fun and unique! We added World Market shelves above so the couple could display photos and other decorative accents that help bring the space to life. These are great shelves for anyone interested in that rustic meets industrial look. They definitely look and feel more expensive than what they really are. The shelves and brackets are also on sale right now!

And that's it! What do you think?! 

As always, thanks for reading and I'll be back next week! Not sure what next week's post will be chattin' about. Do you have any ideas? Any design or organization related topics that you'd like to read about?

Candace : )