Skip to main content

Living Room Before and After

Because I'm always so inspired by other people's before and after's, I thought I would share some of our's. Since we're in a rental, we haven't done any major changes-painting, building or tearing down anything. Our design facelifts are mostly done with a few new furniture pieces and accessories. But if you ask me, there's still a world of a difference. Today, I'll share with you the transformation of the living room.

Before: When Jon first moved into this place over a year and a half ago, it looked pretty sparse with just his furniture. Luckily when I moved in a few months ago, that all changed. We have a pretty long living room with a huge opening on the wall leading into the dining room so the original furniture placement created a very undesirable empty space in the back of the room.

After: Enter my couch from Dallas. This couch has been in my family for nearly 20 years and still feels like new. The cushions have just as much volume to them as the day we got them thanks to La-Z-Boy and their cushion spring technology. While the couch construction was good as new, the fabric pattern was way out of date. The solution was an $80 2-piece slipcover from JC Penney. Goodbye wasted space; hello more seating.

The woven chest was used for storage in the bathroom of my old apartment. But now with a wooden tray on top, it functions great as a side table. Two new $15 frames from Kohl's and a sconce from my old place give the blank wall a little interest. Remington's cage was definitely not a part of the design plan, but the guy has to have a place somewhere, right?

Before: We decided to get rid of Jon's bulky leather couch and chair that he'd had since he graduated college.

After: We updated the space with a lighter color chaise couch we purchased in Dallas right before I moved up here. The new couch has sleek lines and a much more contemporary look.

Before: The old view from the living room into the nearly empty dining room.

After: Now, with the new furniture and accessories. Slightly different don't you think?


Before: Jon had his TV angled in the corner (a pet peeve of mine). So when I moved in in May, it got moved :)

After: Now the TV is centered on the wall with my bookshelf and new frames replacing its old spot. The curtains came with the house and actually ended up being a perfect match to our color scheme. All we did was update them with a new rod. The rug, bookcase and ottoman were all things in my old place that found new home here. Once again, excuse Remington's bed :)

Before: The matching leather chair and 80's side table also had to go. The chair was too large for the space and only offered seating for one person and the side table-well, do I really have to explain?

After: We updated the space with chairs from the living room of my apartment anchored on either side of my old side table (a $10 thrift store find that I refinished and have had since my apartment in college). The mirror was in my old bedroom but now helps to give the illusion that the room is much wider, which helps balance out its long length. All of the accessories you see were already owned or were given to us as wedding gifts (i.e. the silver dish on the ottoman, teal pitcher and silver clock on the side table). Due to the new furniture arrangement of the side table and TV, we now have extra artwork we need to find a place for.

Before: When you walked into the home, you saw really dark, solid furniture contrasting with really light walls.

After: Now there is a neutral color scheme and a mixture of textures, patterns and colors to give life to the space. The matching 80's coffee table also got replaced with a leather storage ottoman I owned.

Before: The space was bland, dark and empty.

After: The space is cozy and full of life.

What do you think?

P.S. Please don't hesitate to ask if you're wondering where we got all any of our purchases.

post signature

Comments

  1. That old coffee table is hideous. Simply no other word for it.

    Looks amazing Mal! You are a decorating/design wizard.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thank you for your comments. They brighten my day!

Popular posts from this blog

Southern Gentleman Baby Shower

Last month I helped throw my best friend (we met in 9th grade speech class :)) Lauren's baby shower for her soon-to-arrive baby boy, Gunner.  The shower had a "Southern gentleman" theme complete with bow ties, silhouettes and gingham print.  Personal touches and family items were used throughout, including baby Gunner's dad's bow ties :)


Gunner's daddy's "going home" outfit greeted guests at the sign in table, along with a framed "Southern gentleman in the making" print.


A variety of centerpieces graced the tables with groupings of baby mementos, flowers and photos.

An antique baby basket helped house the gifts.
The drink menu consisted of milk, apple juice (one of Lauren's cravings), fruit-infused water and coffee.
The menu was made of a variety of brunch goodies including fruit, doughnuts, muffins, shrimp and grits, breakfast casserole and a waffle bar. 
And of course no shower is complete without a little something sweet. These b…

Planes or Pearls? Gender Reveal Party

On Friday, June 28th, Jon and I headed out to see the gender of Baby Reutter.  Jon wanted to find out as soon as possible, and I wanted to wait to be surprised with everyone at the reveal party the next day. So we decided that he would find out and be the one set up the "big reveal."  Baby Reutter didn't want to cooperate on the first attempt but after some cold water, walking around and sweet patience from the ultrasound tech, we got the "money shot."  I'm not going to lie, it was a bit torturous at first to not be in the know with Jon, but after the first few hours, I was good to go and so excited about the surprise for the next day.  Here we are about to head out to the reveal appointment.
Now for the reveal party on Saturday...As mentioned before, I wanted a unique theme for the party.  Since Jon is a pilot, I thought planes would be a cute idea for a boy.  For the girl, I thought of pearls; they're sweet, feminine and also happen to be my birthsto…

Giraffe 1st Birthday

Over two months later, I'm finally getting around to posting on my nephew Cohen's first birthday!  Because he was born just six days before Christmas, it was important to my sister, Meredith, to have a party to make him feel special, separate of the normal seasonal celebrations.  And I'm always up for a planning a good party!

Since Cohen was little baby, he has loved giraffes.  First introduced with the paper mache bust hanging over the changing pad in his nursery(here), my sister says he's been a fan ever since.  Using that as the inspiration, the party planning began.  Meredith found an invitation she liked at Tiny Prints and thus the color palette of green, yellow and brown was established.


Cohen wore a monogrammed yellow chevron coverall on the big day, and the cheerful pattern was also used throughout the party.  To create a prominent backdrop on the fireplace mantel, we covered a remant piece of beadboard with chevron fabric.  It made a big statement with little…