August 9, 2012

Living Room Make-Over! {Tan, White, Blue}

I am SO excited to share this make-over with you guys – it’s been months in the making and it’s finally finished!!  As you should all know by now, we’re living in an apartment attached to my parent’s house.  It’s a pretty small space, and we’ve run out of things to make over in our space – so I’ve invaded my mom’s! Of course her & my dad are super supportive of this and we’re all having fun giving some areas of the house some updates.

Here’s what my parent’s living room looked like a few months ago:

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Nothing too offensive in here, but it was dark and the colors needed some updating.  The drapes were also pretty old-school:

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Haha sorry for the pug photo bomb in  both pictures Smile

Ready to see what it looks like now?!

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I had some trouble taking pictures of this room – the paint looks a lot more “green” than it does in real life…it’s a solid tan color in person!

One of the major things that made the biggest transformation in this room was removing furniture.  We took out two big pieces of furniture (the leather armchair and that big table that was in front of the window).  Once we took the table away, we were amazed at how much more light the room received.  My mom found a spot for them somewhere else in her house, and I think that was a key for making this room fresh and open!  We also took out the rug, and it’s amazing how much of a difference that has made!

Of course, that hunter green fireplace had to get painted over (even though my husband disagreed – he loves hunter green and I have to convince him that means he’s stuck in the 90’s).

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LOVE the white paint of the fireplace against the tan walls!

We found this plate/bowl at Ross and used it to pull some new colors into the room:

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So our color palette was tans, browns, white and a hint of that pretty light blue. Of course we threw in some greenery too – my mom loves her plants!

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Do you recognize that flower trough?!  It’s from the bridal shower, and now it’s found a permanent home in this room! Smile

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I had a lot of fun playing with the mantel – nothing was bought specifically for the mantel, but we “shopped the house” (hers and mine) for objects that would fit with the scale and color scheme.

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I love the “mixed” feel of all of it (if you’re interested in knowing where we got these items, I’m sharing at the end of the post).

Here’s what the room looks like from the hallway (right when you walk in the front door):

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So fresh and bright!

Here’s the details on where everything’s from:


1 Mirror: Pier 1
2 Candlesticks: close-out sale from a furniture store
3 Vase: Ross
4 Vase: Michael’s Craft Store
5 Blue mason jar: barn sale
6 Pitcher: Marshalls
7 Mortar & Pestle: old (my mom’s had it since pharmacy school!)
8 Flower candle holder: Michael’s Craft Store
9 Small pitcher: local country store
10 Curtain Rod: Restoration Hardware Outlet
11 Sheers: Restoration Hardware Outlet
12 Flower Trough: DIY project
13 Lampshade: Restoration Hardware Outlet
14 Lamp Base: old (originally from Pier 1)
15 Small table: old (originally from Pier 1)
16 Wooden shoes: from Holland (so is my mom!)– hand-painted by my mom’s aunt
17 Plant pot: Target


18 Wall hanging: Ross
19 Sticks: Target
20 Chair: old (originally from Ethan Allen)
21 Rattan vase: Target
22 Urn: local book store
23 Bowl: Ross
24 Lamp: old (originally from Furlong lighting)
25 Couch: old (originally from Hendrickson’s furniture – outlet close-out sale)
26 Mirror: old (originally from Hendrickson’s furniture – outlet close-out sale)
27 White pillows: Target
28 Light switch plate: local jewelry store


We’re loving the fresh and clean feel of the new room!  What’s your favorite part of the new look?  Do you like the colors we chose?

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  1. OK! WOW! I am loving the bright new colors in here! What a transformation, so very fresh! Perfect touches of a little bit of everything! I really like the sheer curtains, allows so much light into the room. You did a fantastic job on this girl!

  2. Love love love. Lovely job.

  3. Christina! That’s so amazing 🙂 And you didn’t say so, but I’m guessing it was a pretty cost-effective makeover. So pretty and fresh now. And that white mantle really brings out the bricks! Love it.

  4. i love the make over!! the colors are really nice and warm and I just LOVE that white fireplace!

  5. C-
    You wanna’ pop on over to PT Rd one day soon and help me get some Ideas for my fall makeover? I’m redoing it all–taking out old gray tile and adding wood floors, repainting AND I’d love to DIY some projects. You can show it all on your site if you want…AND I’d be glad to PAY YOU some kind of collaboration fee to help me get it done well (it’s hard with time on a teacher’s sched as you know…so I’d be glad to treasure your ideas!) THIS would be fun for me. Think about it!

  6. It looks great! I love the new white mantle and wall color! They look so good together. I love the detailed resource list too. I have the same flower candle holder (#8) except mine’s blue!

  7. The makeover is awesome. It really updates and lightens the space so it’s not dark and heavy. You did a fantastic job.

  8. This looks beautiful! Love the natural colors, and that fireplace looks fantastic in white. Your Mom must love the new look!

  9. Just love it- it looks so much fresher- great job!

  10. Wow that is beautiful. Just losing those outdated drapes knocks 30 years off the room.. plus your wall color makes the trim pop. So very pretty.. nice transformation.

  11. It looks beautiful! Love the paint color and the newly white fireplace. And obviously all the accessories are fabulous 🙂 GREAT job!


  12. You got some talent girl! That is an incredible transformation! Do they just love you so much more now? My fave part is the fireplace I think- Tell your husband! (wink!)

  13. Love the fresh new look of this room! Amazing how just a few changes made it seem so much brighter and welcoming!

  14. I think the curtain change was the perfect touch!

  15. Gorgeous!! What color is the tan paint? I love that you listed sources for everything. (I’ve got the same white ribbed pitcher). #1 fave…fireplace!!

  16. Rhiannon-Baked In The South says:

    love this! would love to have you share over at our party!

  17. Those tones together are a favorite of mine! Came out beautifully!

  18. It is definitely brighter in there! Great job! 😉

  19. Really pretty! I’m featuring you this week at the Power of Paint Party Spotlight. Thanks for joining the party!

  20. Beautiful job! The space looks so much brighter and bigger. The fireplace looks amazing – it’s no longer hidden/blending and the focus of the room now. I bet they love the transformation!

  21. Your room looks great. Could you please tell me the name of the paint on the walls. I thank you

  22. FineHouse says:

    Looks fantastic! The white mantel makes the room!

  23. You did a great job lightening and brightening the space! I love that your sources are affordable and accessible to everyone.

  24. What a beautiful makeover! I love the color pallet that you chose.
    I would love to know the paint color/brand that you used on the walls also. Thanks a bunch!

  25. Can you tell me the name and brand of the wall color?


  26. The carpet looks beautiful and the classic living accessories is perfect in your living room. Thank you for sharing your makeover it is amazing.


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