Home Tour: How to Create a Living Room you love

If you remember me sharing my stripes inspiration here you'll remember how much I used to loath my living room.......well, not at first when I designed it of course :) When my style started to evolve from dark, warm, mid-2000 colors like dark green, gold and burgundy to light, cooler colors, I felt asphyxiated everytime I walked throught that room!

No one should feel that way when walking through their home........if you do, it's time to change! Now! Rest assured, I didn't have a budget to make over this room......I just tried to sneak in a few things here and there using the current budget we have.

Here are the changes I made little by little:

Paint, paint, paint! We painted over the gold-green walls with a soothing blue-gray.




I bought two staple pieces from Craigslist (both under $200) to anchor the room and painted both of them white.









Read more here about how I transformed my ugly tree basket and here where I got inspiration for my gallery wall!


The green/gold curtains came down and up went my white/brown striped curtains {see before curtain pic above}




I moved the large sofa out! Since it's small room and we don't use it a whole lot I didn't think we needed a huge sofa in there. Instead I kept the green chair and found the white Country Living chair at Savers ($15 people.....in good condition!) It can be done! The bench (also a score from Savers) can be pulled in for more seating if needed.









These changes took me months........it didn't happen overnight. But as the room started to come together I felt like it was becoming more and more ME!

Of course I needed a few new accessories.......









You can read more here about how to create a tattered vintage book stack.





I love this room because it's ME........and the hubs likes it because I like it! Good man :) I brought in colors, furniture and accessories that I love because of the soft, light feeling they create.

So, do you have a room you loath? If so, I hope I've inspired you to start making the change to a space you love!

Make it a beautiful day!


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TDC Before and After

116 comments:

  1. It turned out beautiful! I need you to come to my house and rescue my living room. :)

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  2. It gorgeous! I love the bench.

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  3. Brooke, you're a woman after my own heart! I am just now trying to transition our style and some days it feels like I'm no closer because the tight budget means only little changes happen here & there. So your beautiful space gives me hope that slowly but surely I'll get there :~) You did a fab makeover!

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    1. Yes, you will get there! This transformation took almost a year so there is hope! :) Thanks

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  4. This looks great--and the pieces are perfectly scaled. Good show!

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    1. Thank you so much, that's nice to hear!

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    1. haha :) You're cute....thanks Nichole!

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  6. Looks beautiful! Love the craigslist finds and all the pretty accessories :)

    Found you on Keeping it Simple
    --Kelly

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  7. Stunning!! Love that bench and those drapes are awesome.Drop by and enter my current GIVEAWAY…you will have a chance to WIN a canvas print from your family pics.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  8. What a great redo/update. I love this curtains! They are a beautiful addition to the blue and white. Your basket update is fantastic too.

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comments....thanks for reading too :)

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  9. Wow, your blog is beautiful and I love your home! You have a great style. I'll definitely follow you and browse around. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  10. It looks so pretty! I love the soothing colors. You did a great job. :)

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  11. I keep looking over and over at the curtains. I don't know what it is about them, but I LOVE!! The rest of the space is great too! Awesome job!

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    1. I think the curtains were the finishing touch to the room for sure! Thanks for your comment Kathryn!

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  12. I soooooo WANT to move in your home!! GORGEOUS!! Love every detail!

    Thank you so very much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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    1. I love your blog Christine.....you are such an inspiration! Thanks for the nice comment!

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  13. I totally love the mixture of brown and grey! So gorgeous! Ive always had a hard time mixing the two, you did it perfectly!

    -Kylie
    absolutelyarkansas.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for the sweet compliment Kylie!

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  14. Brooke, this space is so pretty, just wanted to pop over and say hi. Thank you for sharing, you have a lovely home and family too :)

    xoxo, Tanya
    http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/

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  15. That is beautiful! I especially love the chevron fabric on the bench.

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    1. I love that chevron fabric! Thanks Elizabeth!

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  16. What a great transformation.. it truly is like a breath of fresh air!

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  17. I love your new space! It is fresh, inviting, and the colors are perfect. Did you make your curtains? Great job!

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    1. Hi Jennifer, I did make my curtains! You can read about that process here: http://www.designstashblog.com/2012/07/inspiration-stripesand-how-i-changed.html

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  18. Stunning job on everything! The furniture re-dos are awesome! Great job!

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    1. Thank you so much.....that was a fun part of making this room come together.....finally! :)

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  19. So pretty!!! I think your room looks wonderful. My living room needs some more personality and attention at the moment. It's just the room we walk past to get to the rest of the house and not a place we sit and spend time in. I'd like that to change and your design will inspire me!
    Found you through DIY Dreamer's link up.
    Holly

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    1. Hi Holly! This is a room I have to walk through to get to other parts of my house too and it was becoming unbearable :) Glad I could inspire! Now if I could only tackle my family room this way!

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  20. i love your little gallery wall and that chevron bench!

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  21. so amazing! Still trying to decide my fave part. The chevron bench, the striped curtains, the white dresser with blue knobs.... can't do it! Too hard! Well done girl!

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    1. Thank you so much Stacia! What a sweet comment :)

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  22. It looks wonderful, what a change! I love the blue accents! Stopping by from HoH!

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  23. that little buffet is so unique- i love it! you made it so pretty, too!

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  24. Came out beautifully! I have been craving a re-do in these colors. They are a favorite.

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    1. Ah, love blue, right?!? Thanks so much Gina!

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  25. You did a lovely job transforming your room. I really like your color choices.
    Mary Alice

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  26. I loved seeing all the details you incorporated in your new room. The blue knobs on the dresser and the decorative panel inserts are two of my favorites. Lovely room!

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    1. They really did make it unique! Thanks Sonya!

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  27. Gorgeous. Love all the details and the colors. The curtains are fabulous.

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  28. Your room redo is simply stunning! I love the brightness of the white furniture and the blue grey walls! Great taste!

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  29. Such a pretty room you created.

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  30. I LOVE it! Each and every part of your living room is so familish (if only that were a word)and simply designed. :) Thanks for linking up at Friday Fun Party. Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Thanks so much Hani! And sure, 'familish' can be a word :)

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  31. This is lovely! I love the stripe drapes and the reclaimed pieces from craigslist are fantastic!

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  32. I enjoyed the home tour, Brooke! You have created a lovely and thoughtful space. The drapes are really pretty and you the reclaimed pieces you found are terrific! Thank you for sharing you home and your wreath hanger project at Potpourri Friday!

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    1. Of course :) Love your party and thanks for the nice comment!

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  33. No matter how long it took you, it looks beautiful. The wall color you choose is really pretty. And it can be paired with so many other colors when you want to change it up. {but i am sure that won't be for awhile lol} The curtains really anchor the room, great job on those!

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    1. I agree completely! It did take time but I'm really happy with the results :) Thanks so much!

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  34. Your living room is fabulous! Looks like we share the same design taste... I could decorate every room in blue and white and tan! I can't wait to take a look around. I'm your newest fan! Please stop by bellanest.blogspot.com any time!

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    1. Thanks Holly! Love your blog.....you have super creative projects! Thanks for visiting :)

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  35. Absolutely beautiful! I love the color choices and your little bench is fabulous! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I'll be featuring this tomorrow. Hope you are having a great weekend!
    Jenn :0

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  36. Wow! Fabulous... I'd love for you to share at my party...it just opened! XO, Aimee

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  37. Fantastic change! Love the curtains. They fit perfectly to the blue walls and the brown stairs.

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  38. It looks like you have been very busy! I love everything you have done and the little touches make everything look so stylish. Well done!

    If you have a minute to spare I'd be thrilled if you could link this post to my weekly Say G'day Saturday Party-this post is wonderful!

    Best wishes and happy weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

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  39. I love what you did with your space! I'm trying to change the style in a few rooms in our house, and I think the only way is to just pull it ALL out and start from scratch!

    Thanks for linking up this week! I've featured your post in my wrap up! http://tidymom.net/2012/12-creative-ideas/ Have a great rest of the weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much for the feature! Starting from scratch never hurt anyone, right? :)

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  40. It really is so pretty! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  41. I love the transformation! Especially the curtains. Did you make them or buy them? If you bought them could you share where you purchased them? They are exactly what I am looking for, for my living room. I appreciate it!! Great work!

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    1. Thanks Lori! I made the curtains.....you can read about that process here: http://www.designstashblog.com/2012/07/inspiration-stripesand-how-i-changed.html

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  42. SO GORGEOUS! I love everything, the colors and all. Fantastic job. Thanks for linking it up. winks, jen

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  43. Liked you on FB too! Going to share this there as well. jen

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    1. You are the best Jennie! Thanks so much :)

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  44. Your living room is beautiful. I love all the little details. Thanks for linking to the Home Decor and Organizing Link Party. I'm featuring your living room today and I add it to my link party pin board.

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    1. Thank you so much for featuring me Leanne!

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  45. Stunning - love it so! The room looks completely different. Love the chevron curtains and you really scored some great pieces on Craigslist. I love the color of your walls - could you tell me the color. It's what I've been looking for our bedroom! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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  47. Sorry I put up the wrong link but this is amazing and I know you are so proud! I would love for you to come and share at I Freakin did it Friday
    http://www.missinformationblog.com/2012/08/i-freakin-did-it-friday-2-and-features.html

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    1. I linked up Kelley.....thanks for the invite :)

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  48. Beautiful! The curtains steal the show!

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  49. The curtains make such a great bold statement. I think they look fabulous!

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    1. Thank you so much Susan....off to check out your site :)

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  50. Beautiful! I love everything about this!!!!

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  51. Your living room is darling! I actually just posted my own living room update today too! Your before and afters are great and you can tell how much hard work you put into the room! You blog is adorable and I am so glad I found it. I am your newest follower! If you ever have time come checkout mine!

    -Peggy

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    1. Hi Peggy! Thank you so much for the nice comment :) Love your blog and all of your furniture re-do's....you're a busy girl!

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  52. Love the room makeover! I love all the finishing touches you added! We are in the process of updating our house and it sometimes feels like I need to get it all done now. So glad to hear that you did this over time and just "let it happen". That helps me to not stress out about my home and just let it come together over time. Visiting from It's Overflowing. :)

    Allison

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    1. Thanks Allison for the nice comment :) Just let it happen, it will get there! Thanks for visiting!

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  53. This is absolutely gorgeous! I would love to have those curtains in my living room. I am also eager to read about your "tree in a basket" revamp. I have a similar tree that my mother purchased and my fiance hates. Hopefully, I can jazz it up to look as nice as yours.

    Excellent job on your room!

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah! Loved touring your blog....you have fantastic style!

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  54. I love the changes you've made! We are currently in the process of making some similar ones in our home (dark colors desperately needing to be replaced by bright, crisp ones). Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you! Doing the same thing, room-by-room! :))

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  55. Gorgeous room! I will be featuring this tomorrow during What I Whipped Up Wednesday! xo

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  56. Absolutely beautiful! I love love love the curtains :) Thanks so much for linking this up to our weekend Wonders party. Hope to see you back on Thursday :)

    http://thethriftinessmiss.blogspot.com

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  57. What a sweet redo! Great job!
    Your newest follower!
    -Kennesha @ www.restorationhouseinteriors.blogspot.com

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  58. So pretty!! I love every detail. I've shared on pinterest!

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing Emily.....you're great!!

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  59. Hi there.. just stopping by to let you know that this is being featured from the weekend wonders party :) Come grab a button if you'd like. Have a great day!

    http://thethriftinessmiss.blogspot.com

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  60. Totally PERFECT! I love every single bit of your living room! Thanks for sharing at my party...excited to see what you share this week! XO, Aimee

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    1. Thanks Aimee.....love linking to your party :)

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  61. The room looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing this on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you’ll be back again this week with some more great ideas!
    -Mackenzie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

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  62. I love your beautiful room makeover! I'm very inspired to something in my living room now! :-) What brand and color name is the beautiful blue-gray paint you used?
    Thanks - Kristen

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    1. Thank you so much Kristen! The color is Uncertain Gray by Sherwin-Williams. Good luck with your project :)

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  63. Perfect! Such a gorgeous place, more beautiful - love the bench, the decors, the view... everything! :)

    That bench is perfect for my makati condominiums too. :)

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