While my mental stability may be disintegrating by the day (thanks to the nightmare of virtual schooling my six-year-old), I am proud to say that I now at least have a cohesive space to lose my sh*t in.
It has been a long time in the making, but the day has finally come.
At last…my organic, modern living room makeover is complete, and I am sharing all of the details with you today. At the bottom of this post, I will also be listing decor sources and product links, so be sure to stick around for the entire post.
But before I get to the “after” photos of this makeover, I need to give you a bit of perspective with a “before” shot- just so that you can fully appreciate just how far this space has come…
In the photo above, you can see what my living room looked like the day my family and I moved into our 1980’s fixer upper (over five years ago now).
One of the first improvements made to the space was the removal of the popcorn ceilings. We also brightened the room with a fresh coat of paint over the walls (Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace) and dark stained woodwork.
While I would have loved to refinish the wood stain on the original ceiling beams, such an endeavor was out of our budget at the time and so, painting the beams white proved to be the most economical solution.
Using a few clever DIY hacks, we also transformed our existing outdated brick fireplace (you can read the fireplace tutorials here).
It truly is amazing what some new light fixtures, paint and decor can do for a space….
While our DIY improvements did wonders for the space- given what limited means we had to work with- the one design element I was never happy with was the glossy, red-hued hardwoods.
After resenting my floors for years, I was elated when Shaw Floors reached out to me about collaborating with them on a new product line. Once we installed the new floating Oak hardwoods over the existing wood floors (yes you heard me right, no demo whatsoever!), I was inspired to amp up the modern aspect of my aesthetic- which takes us to the current state of my living room…
My DIY Living Room Transformation:
While I did keep a few furnishings (my grey Ikea couch and my wooden buffet cabinet), I decided to incorporate some white leather pieces into the mix.
Of course white linen furniture would have been my first choice, but I chose to be practical.
With a house full of boys (not to mention two dogs), I decided that white leather would be a better fit for my messy life.
The white color would provide the brightness I was looking for, while the leather material would be easy to wipe clean.
I also made the controversial decision to push my grey Ektorp sofa back against the wall, which allows for a more spacious seating arrangement (and better dance parties).
To break up the monotony of all of the “square-ness”, I decided to incorporate a round coffee table into the mix.
Not wanting the modern aspects of the design to overpower the space, I incorporated as much organic texture as I could with my textile selections. The earthy weave of the coffee table was an added bonus.
Blending elements of contemporary, farmhouse and boho style, this unique combination is what I am going to label as “Organic Modern”.
(Be sure to keep scrolling down for a list of decor sources!)
All in all, I wanted this space to feel elegant yet relaxed….
feminine yet rustic…
and minimal yet welcoming.
While I still don’t consider this room entirely “finished”, I can appreciate just how far it has come.
The new Oak hardwood floors truly did wonders for this room.
(Keep scrolling for the decor links list!)
Living Room Decor Sources with links:
*For your shopping convenience, I have included affiliate links directly below.*
Wall Paint- Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace in Satin finish
- Flooring- Floorté Hardwood Series by Shaw Floors. Color is Brightened Oak.
- Chandeliers- Wayfair
- Rug- Rugs USA
- Grey Couch- Ikea
- White Loveseat- Home Depot
- White Arm Chairs- Wayfair
- Coffee Table- Wayfair
- Wall Tapestry- Sofia Shu
- Floor Lamp- Target
- Side Table Task Lamp- similar one at Target
- Side Table- Target
- Art Work- Etsy
- Velvet Pillows- World Market
- Plant Stand- World Market
- Concrete Stool- World Market
- Buffet/Sideboard Cabinet – World Market
- Concrete Lamp- Homegoods
- Teal Pillow- Danielle Oakey
- Black and White Pillows- Homegoods
- Mirrors- Southeastern Salvage
Thank you guys so much for stopping by this week! Now let me get back to the sh*t show that is my life…
Yes…self-medicating with cheap beer has been one of my biggest coping mechanisms of 2020.
Now get out there and design some good vibes along with a fabulous life. Hang in there, mamas! We will somehow get thru this.
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