Hello again! Did you guys get a chance to check out my latest blog post? The beautiful and DRAMATIC kitchen remodel that I designed over at my client Abigail's house? If not, here is a refresher:
That kitchen might go down in history as one of my favorites ever, BUT if you read that blog post you might remember that I mentioned restyling her entryway and living room as well. Abi wanted a fresh look and some new accessories in both spaces, while keeping all of their existing furniture. Sometimes all it takes is for another set of eyes to get a fresh perspective on a space, and thats what I did. I incorporated all of Abigail's current furniture, while giving paint and DIY suggestions, along with helping her make some choices on their fireplace remodel. This scope of work fell perfectly into my "Enhancements" package that I offer on my website which can be viewed here.
Let's take a look at the living room BEFORE:
As you can see, Abi already had furniture that I could work with, and a large space filled with possibilities. As per usual, my first thought is paint. that. oak. If you have been following me for a while you are probably not surprised by that. I am a firm believer that a little paint goes a long way, and by "paint" I usually mean white. Brighter is better in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the look of ALL oak, and I do love the warmth of natural wood tones, but in Abigail's case there was just a bit too much of it. The beautiful beams on the ceiling, the hardwood floors, the built-in window seating, all of the trim work, and the fireplace mantle. It was a lot. We needed to brighten and modernize the space while bringing my client's funky and colorful personality in.
For the fireplace we decided to do something very similar to the kitchen island meaning we removed the river rock completely, and instead replaced it with shiplap. The only difference being that instead of the shiplap being "White Dove" by Benjamin Moore, I chose "Peppercorn" by Sherwin Williams in a matte finish. The shiplap brings in the farmhouse vibes but also adds a more modern feel with the darker paint color. The existing corbels were replaced by industrial bolts, and the hearth replaced by a black natural slab. Here is the finished result:
And a side by side BEFORE & AFTER:
* All items seen in this post will be linked at the end for you to shop!
Now for the rest of the living room! I should note that Abi had a decent budget for decor items but it really didn't take too much. I sourced new pillows, throws, rug, wall art and accessories. That, rearranging existing furniture and a little paint is all it took to restyle this space. Let's take a look at the initial design board that I sent Abi for the living room:
As you can see here, this design includes ALL of her furniture while adding new accessories and repainting the dark navy accent wall back to the light grey (Abalone by Benjamin Moore) to brighten things up. Lets take one more look at the BEFORE:
What do you guys think? Repainting the dark accent wall, window trim, and built-ins made a HUGE difference.
Now for the built-ins and window trim! It took a little convincing on my end to show my client that painting this window trim was extremely necessary and I don't blame her- it was a lot of work. I told her "Better you than me..." Ha! But I just knew how amazing the end result was going to be and trust me- IT IS. Here is a reminder of the BEFORE:
BRIGHT. AND. BEAUTIFUL! The trim work and seating are painted in "White Dove" by Benjamin Moore to match the kitchen, as well as the new shaker style cabinet fronts for a more modern look. Oh, and can we just take a second for those new brass sconces? I am still obsessed.
The final area in Abi's living room was a simple restyle using her existing furniture and decor pieces. Here is the Before and After:
Now, let's take a look at the Entryway Restyle!
Abi didn't need too much done in the entryway but I did source a few new accessories for her, and convince her to paint the trim work, ha! Here is a look at the BEFORE:
...and the AFTER:
As you can see, all that was done here was:
Well, I hope you enjoyed this long but *hopefully* worth it blog post! I would love to hear your thoughts on this two room restyle, so leave them below and be sure to follow me on Instagram for more photos and updates! @decorandmoredesigns
If any of the items in this blog post caught your eye, you are in luck! Everything is linked below for you to shop directly. Have a great week, friends!
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