In this previous post, I showed you my learning process and today I’m sharing with you the sweet client’s home who let me learn on her. 😉 Here are some before pictures- with a cute little guy in one of them!
If you’ll remember, here’s the moodboard we landed on after a few attempts:
And now for the after photos!
This spot pictured below, is to the right of the back door, which you can see in the before pictures was just an empty wall. Her husband actually built this shelf himself! Isn’t it amazing? I feel like every family with little ones needs a tidy and stylish way to store toys and kids’ books and things in the main living area. It just isn’t feasible for everything to get put away into the kids’ rooms or a playroom at the end of each day. Since I’m in that same season of life at home with preschoolers, I totally get it and I think your home should work for you, not the other way around. Who says your living room has to be a place only for grown up things and all toys must be stored in a playroom? Who’s rules are those? This is your home, you get to decide how you use it.
I love the color and texture that it all adds as well. It keeps the room light and personable, and makes for great playdates!
This really wasn’t a major change. They did decide to do the wood floors but that was actually after I decorated the space for them (yes we had a rug over the carpet- you can and should consider doing that when you have wall to wall carpeting to define a space!). Just adding some new pillows, changing up the built ins, adding a small gallery wall, changing the lighting and colors made a huge difference. Oh and did you spot my favorite Ikea Ritva curtains hanging as high and wide as possible? They are making the most of that natural light and those windows look twice as big now!
Thanks for reading!
Monday, I shared with you the before pictures (see that post here if you missed it). Now, today, the finished product!
One side of that little entryway is now all chalkboard. Here’s the other side (all of this is sitting on a white Ikea Kallax):
Below is the little office area and you can see the piece we found to hold the TV equipment. It fits perfectly in that spot next to the fireplace. We added a small rug for some texture, and changed out the chair for something more neutral.
The big change in here, besides some rearranging and the new tables, is the new pillows and the gallery wall. If you’ll remember from before, she had several patterned pillows that were colorful, but every pillow had a similar shape, size, and the fabric itself had a similar shape and size to the pattern. When mixing patterns and pillows, its best to choose only a few colors and then change up the patterns and textures. You’ll see we have some larger patterns, a small stripe, a large stripe, that big black and white pattern, and then some solid pillows too, one of which has some big buttons and a chunky texture. To add back in color, I like to use things like magazines, books, and even photographs and maps which we put in the gallery wall. This helps to keep it from looking matchy-matchy.
I’m excited to say this client has invited me back and I’ll be working on another project for them soon. I love their home and their taste & style. Looking forward to it and of course I will share it with you all! As always, thank you so much for reading! ❤
This living room had all the bare bones, it just needed a little pulling together. As you can see, she already had a great rug, some great neutral couches, and a lovely color on the wall. They had experimented with some different patterns on the pillows and knew they wanted more pattern and a little bit of color. I felt like we just needed some more texture and varying/contrasting patterns to make it work.
I love that gray pouf she already had! And the little office nook area below is just lovely! That little blue piece below is housing all of the equipment for the TV which is above the fireplace, but not pictured. We needed a better solution that felt more to scale for that little tricky spot.
We also worked on this little foyer area just off the living room. Its not really a foyer, but just an entry into the living room. Below is the moodboard with a mix of ideas I had just for this little special spot…including my favorite little Ikea Kallax!
I’ll be back later this week with the after pictures!
Several weeks ago I shared with you the moodboard of a playroom I was working on. You can see that post here. Today I’m happy to share with you the finished room!
We created several different zones with words on the wall- Read, Play, and Create. It turned out to be a fun and functional space for her kids to hang out!
Pictured below: Yes that is totally a floor lamp, but I am LOVING it sitting on that Ikea Kallax. The scale is perfect and its just quirky and fun. Its something she already had and when we had it on the floor, it was in the way of those big beautiful windows and just looked wimpy. On the Kallax it went. Quirky and whimsical works in a playroom!
The Shel Silverstein pages framed in the “Read” area was all my client’s idea. How fun is that?? I have always loved Shel Silverstein. Such a great concept and goes so well in this little spot.
I want to point out to you the frame around the thermostat. That was another idea and find by my client. She’s so creative! Its so fun and makes the thermostat a piece of art on the gallery wall rather than an eyesore or just something to work around.
This is a little nook just off the playroom between her boys’ bedrooms. She finished it a while ago, but I thought I’d share pictures because it flows well now from the playroom and is just so cute.
This was a fun room to pull together. We used a lot of Ikea, Hobby Lobby, and some things she already had. The letters were from all over the place, and a few even from Round Top. She found that lego table at a yard sale and refinished it, glued a big flat lego piece to the top and it is just the most adorable thing. I think I could play all day in here!
Thanks for reading!!