Posts Tagged ‘Living Room Design’

Before & After: My Living Room

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I’m living the dream in my new living room! What started as a beautiful light gray color palette is embellished with bright cobalt, deep plum, and a little bit of leopard print. Seriously, everyone needs a bit of Leopard print.

We ditched the dark 70’s wood paneling and covered up the brick fireplace to wrap the room in a beautiful light gray and bring some life and light back into this space.

As you can see, 1970’s was alive and well in this “Before” space. The paneling was dark, the brick, while cozy, felt heavy with the dark beams and minimal lighting. Even the floors were dark! I covered the brick fireplace for a few reasons. First, I felt that adding a wood panels would help the space feel more modern. Second, this is the only place for the TV to live in this space, and the brick did not provide somewhere to hide all of the wiring needed. So all of that now lives neatly tucked away behind the panels! We added a beautiful surround and hearth top from Dekton by Cosentino to give it that little touch of glamour.

Now the floors are a lighter wood with a chic grey octagon rug in a David Hicks pattern from Prestigue Mills.

If you remember from my New House Diaries blog posts, my living room is long, and best suited for multiple seating arrangements. Here you can see a handsome area with the white sofa, newly upholstered tub chairs in my Duralee Spencer fabric, and someone can easily pull up one of my cobalt blue India ottomans from CR Laine to join the conversation! The floral drapery and ikat pillows bring the bright cobalt in without being too bold, and those custom, silk, plum-colored lampshades layer in my accent color on this end of the room.

You see that little pass-through to the wet bar with those charming shutter doors? Yes, I closed up that lovely hole in the wall and I’m not the least bit sad about it!

Now I have the perfect place to hang this original piece by Jane Booth that heavily inspired my color palette! My dogs and I love to sit on this gray velvet sofa which creates a second seating area where once again, you can pull up one of those great India ottomans to rest your feet and see the TV perfectly from here!

I removed those large open bookshelves and replaced them with smaller built-in units with octagonal detailed doors with antique mirror  to house all of the AV equipment on one side and provide great storage on the other side. Making those units a bit more narrow allowed for more space around the window so I could create yet another seating (and work) area!

These lounge chairs and ottomans are a great place to cozy up for a conversation, and during this time of year, to open Christmas presents!

And behind the chairs I tucked his great oval desk and pair of klismos chairs. Perfect for doing a little bit of work on my laptop in the morning with light streaming in from the window, and even better for putting together a puzzle or a mean game of scrabble on family game night!

I couldn’t be more thrilled with my new living room! And if you include the fun retro cushions I made for the hearth, I can seat at least 20 people comfortably in this room for holidays or entertaining friends. The color palette feels effortlessly chic and everyone can really spread out and take advantage of this large space. I’ll be walking you through more of my before and after reveals in my home soon so stay tuned!






Day 29: Giveaway – Featuring Designer Mailbag!!

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Who doesn’t love a giveaway?!? I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the final day of the 29 Days of Love series and Leap Day than helping a reader with a design dilemma and giving them a piece to get the room redo underway!

Thanks to all of you who submitted your design dilemmas! I love hearing from you and I wish I could choose every one of you for this month’s design sponsored by Oomph. Here’s the submission letter from this round’s winner:

Hi Tobi,

I would love your help! My dilemma is my living room. It is very traditional in style and I would like to freshen it with some more modern pieces that are also kid friendly.
I am also hoping that you can help me select a coffee table to make the room more entertaining friendly. Other items I have been thinking about are a desk lamp and art.
Again, I would be so thankful to have the benefit of your guidance. Looking at tables has been overwhelming and I just am not sure what would be right for this small space that we use often!

-Stacy; Washington, D.C. 

 Hi Stacy!

I am happy to help with this! It looks like you already have some good pieces in place, but just need the finishing touches you mentioned. Here’s what I envision for this area of the room.

Mixing vibrant shades of blue will give this room a friendly and welcoming feel that works for both children and adults. I definitely agree with you about a desk lamp and think this option from Mottega would be a perfect accent for the table and modern ghost chair you already own.

I also think swapping the existing mirror for a set of prints could give the room a bit more character. There are so many great prints available. I would suggest finding a set that speaks to you and coordinates with this palette to make the art more personal. To help you envision how this might look, here’s an example from one of my recent projects:


Introducing another color can also make the room feel more relaxed. Bring in a touch of green with these Signal Throw pillows from my home line.

Finally, this super chic, yet still kid friendly Fenwick coffee table (shown here in Navy with a Linen inlay) will pull the room together.

Oh yeah, and the best part…the coffee table is being given to you FREE of charge, courtesy of Oomph!! How’s that for jump-starting your room makeover?

Again, thanks so much to Oomph for sponsoring this Designer Mailbag! Please check out their website to see all the colorful options they have for tables, chairs and more at

 If you weren’t the lucky winner this time around, stay tuned… I’ll be announcing a new call for Designer Mailbag submissions soon!!