Hey there, friends! Are you like the rest of the world and love a good "before and after"? If so, then you are in the right place. Today I am going to be sharing my client's living room transformation with you, and I am so excited to finally do so. This reveal is a long time in the making, and is well worth the wait!
Sidenote: If you find yourself interested in any of the decor pieces seen in this post, then you are in luck. I have gathered all of these items and they are listed at the end of this post!
Now to the the fun part- the photos!
My Starting Point:
The End Result:
A little background- My client, Becki had just moved into her custom dream home and was starting with a fairly blank slate. When Becki contacted me, she only had her large navy sofa, white area rug, and cow hide but needed help filling the rest of the empty space and making it feel like home. I was eager to start on this project knowing that Becki had a similar style to my own and that she was open to my suggestions. My client, like myself, loves modern yet classic, neutral design with a touch of farmhouse and Scandinavian flare.
For reference, here are a few before photos of the space sent by my client:
Living Room Before:
I think I speak for all Interior Decorators/Designers when saying Becki's home is dream starting point. Brand new, beautiful, and SO much potential.
When I first received these photos, I immediately knew I wanted to add some shelving on each side of the fireplace, and needed to add some warmth to the space. Luckily for me, Becki had already purchased this transitional navy sofa from Basset Furniture (linked at the end of this post along with all other products) and this specific piece left us with many different floor plan options. As you can see in the before photos, the sofa can be arranged in a "U" shape, but it can also be turned into a traditional "L" shaped sectional, and even reassembled into 2 separate pieces. As you will see below, I decided to go ahead with the 2 facing couches in this design and I think it really opened the room up visually.
My Original Design Boards:
Living Room After:
Links to shop these bookshelves and more at the end of this blog post!
Sooo, what do you guys think? Does Becki's home feel complete and cozy? That was my goal after all. I wanted to create a stylish, but still livable space. Becki has 3 little girls and I wanted to be sure that it still felt like home to them, and not like they were living in a museum. The leather storage bins on the bottom bookshelf are home to dolls and toys, but allow for easy clean up when needed, and this gorgeous leather ottoman can always be pushed aside to make room for play. By the way- that ottoman is my favorite piece, like EVER.
You may have caught a glimpse of the unfinished stairway nook in one of the photos above... That area is still a work in progress, but I will most definitely share the finished result once we get there!
So far the only pieces in the stairway nook are:
Have your eye on any of the furniture or decor seen in Becki's home? Shop directly by clicking through the slideshows below!
(disclaimer: a few items are not exact, yet are similar options)
Shop The Entryway:
Shop the Bookshelves:
Shop the Living Room:
Large Ottoman: www.article.com/product/1939/tablet-charme-blonde-rectangular-ottoman
Thanks so much for checking out this blog post! Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this 'before and after'!
Hello there! Where are all my antique lovers at? Come on, raise your hand! If you're anything like me, you can't resist a piece with a little bit of wear and tear and some history behind it. Not only is most of the furniture in my home a repurposed piece, but being an antique lover is in my blood. When I was younger, my mom, sister, Aunt Barb and I would spend our Saturday afternoons driving around to find all of the local estate and garage sales- because what's better than rummaging through someone else's junk? HA! The old saying, "One person's trash is another person's treasure" still holds true in my mind.
Growing up with this love for vintage finds, is one reason why I was so excited when I was contacted by a company called Dalton Bain. Never heard of them? That's okay. I hadn't either until recently. But boy, I am glad I did.
Dalton Bain is an online boutique for antiques and fine furniture that was founded by a third generation antique dealer. Their online marketplace allows the consumer and the antique dealer to connect directly and has dissolved many of the barriers found in other antique websites. Their selection of vintage pieces dates back to the 17th century and is being updated by the hour. Unlike many other online antique stores, Dalton Bain is focused on high-end, quality pieces that you normally would have to spend hours to find. This platform allows designers and homeowners to shop at their convenience, and to communicate directly with dealers via instant messenger. Whether it is to negotiate prices, ask questions, or find specific pieces, Dalton Bain's interactive website and hands-on customer service team make the entire shopping experience a pleasant one. Oh, and did I mention they offer FREE RETURNS?! Yup.
Just to get an idea of some of the items this company offers, check out these GORGEOUS hand carved, Italian candlesticks that I got my hands on. These beauties date back to the 1700's and are even more beautiful in person!
I mean, just look at all the detail...
I think it's safe to say that you aren't going to find anything quite like these in your local mom and pop antique shop, which is why Dalton Bain is so great. Anddd, guess what!? They are offering all of my followers a coupon code for 10% off their entire website! All you have to do is register for a 'New User' account at www.DaltonBain.com using my Referral Code DD10, and you will receive 10% off your first purchase! It's that easy!
Wishing you all a great Wednesday, and of course, happy shopping!
Hello friends and happy Friday! If you are anything like me this may come as a big surprise to you- but H&M is killing it in the home decor game. We've all shopped their clothing for years but who knew they had such a great decor selection on their website!? (Affordable too!) I personally have never seen any of these items in store, so when I was browsing their site and came across their "Home" section I was beaming with excitement- which is why I have pulled all of my favorites together for you! I am sharing everything from kitchenware to bedding and hope that you share in my enthusiasm. Click through the scrollbar under each photo to shop directly!
Bedding and Throw Blankets
Towels and Curtains
Pillow Covers and Seat Cushions
Rugs and Kitchen Linens
If you are thinking about building or renovating your home, be sure to watch this video to see what I wish we would have done differently!
In this video:
White Euro Pillow Shams: http://amzn.to/2zoOk44
Euro Pillow Cushions: http://amzn.to/2A7sIGn
White King Pillow Cases: http://rstyle.me/n/cts37vcc7zx
Curtains: IKEA “Lenda”
Throw Pillows: IKEA
Bed Frame in Queen: http://rstyle.me/n/cts4becc7zx
Bed Frame in King: http://rstyle.me/n/cts4cqcc7zx
DIY Wreath Display- Step by Step!
Want to learn how to make this festive and transitional wooden display board? Then you're in the right place! Not only is this super easy to make, but it is extremely affordable as well. My husband and I made this for under $25 and in less than 25 minutes- painting and all!
What you will need:
1- Wooden Board: 60" Long x 3.5" Wide x .75" Thick
6- Wooden Boards: 48" Long x 5.5" Wide x .75" Thick
12- 1.25" Nails
1- 2" Nail
Saw (we used a compound miter saw)
A straight edge of some sort
Paint or wood stain of choice
Rag (if staining)
Paintbrush (if painting)
*We used pine boards
*The length of your boards will depend on how tall and wide you want the finished display to be. The above measurements are what we used.
Step 1: We started by laying four of the larger 5.5" wide boards down side by side to get an idea of how tall we wanted the display to be, and to make sure it was the correct size for the wreath we wanted to use. This made our display 22" tall.
We then took the remaining two 5.5" boards and laid them on the sides to see how wide we wanted the display to be. (I think it helps if you play around with the boards a bit before cutting to see the exact size you want.)
Once we decided 40.5" wide was the perfect size width for our mantel, we then used a laser leveler to draw a straight line with a pencil, that way we would know where to trim each board.
Step 2: Next, we cut the 4 boards down from 48" long to 40".5 long to get the width we desired.
Step 3: We then trimmed the two extra 5.5" side boards down to 22" to match the height of the other 4 boards, and the one smaller 3.5" board at a 30 degree angle on both ends to fit seamlessly on the side boards.
Achieving the perfect 30 degree angle was very simple using our miter saw because it comes equipped with a bevel and laser to set your degrees. If you don't have a miter saw, you could just use a straight edge to draw a line where the cut needs to be.
Step 4: The next step is to secure the boards together. We used 1.25" nails and hammered them about 5"-6" apart. We used 12 nails all together- 4 on each side board and 4 on the middle angled board. The extra 2" nail can be placed in the center of your display to hang the wreath.
Step 5: Last but not least, it's time to paint or stain your new display! We initially stained our boards with one of my favorites, Minwax's "Classic Gray" but later decided to go over it with a basic white paint for more contrast against our stone fireplace. Below is a photo of how it looked with just the grey stain.
AND THE FINISHED PRODUCT...
For more inspiration, be sure to follow along on Instagram and tag me in your wreath display photos! Happy Holidays, friends!