Living Room & Guest Room Makeover Plans…

It’s 3:00 a.m. and I can’t sleep, so I thought I’d share some things I’ve been working on! I love following along with bloggers on decor projects, so I’m hoping you will enjoy this too. I just realized it has been a long while since I’ve done anything home decor related on the blog – my Master Bedroom and my Basement Refresh were over two years ago. So its no wonder why I’ve had the itch to decorate!

Side note: We are planning on moving and for years I kept putting off projects in order to save all of my ideas (and money) for the next place, but we keep pushing back our move date and in the meantime my current home isn’t bringing me the Marie Kondo joy that it should be.

I’m focusing on two major rooms in my home that could use some help. First off, the Guest Room. We have guests stay with us often, especially my parents and Tom’s. For a while now our guest room was sort of a mish mash of leftover furniture. The room is a beautiful space overlooking the pond behind our house, but it is currently painted a really dark olive color. The bed is a dark wood and it is pretty bulky too, as is the glider/rocking chair. There is also a desk in the room which is pretty big – and style-wise it doesn’t have much to offer. Here’s what the room currently looks like:

Guest Room (Currently):

and here are my plans for the room:

Guest Room Inspiration

 

First of all I want to make this room as cozy and bright as possible. I will start by lightening up the space by painting the walls a neutral warm but still light grey tone. I am leaning towards Dolphin Fin by Behr or something similar. The bed also needs to be light and I want to go with an upholstered headboard because they are so comfortable to sit up in. As much as I love metal or wicker style beds, functionally they aren’t my favorite. The bed (also available in green and navy) and cantilever chair are both pretty modern, which can be a little cold- so I like to add some soft details to make it a little cozier, like the tufted bench and the gorgeous throw blanket also obsessed with this one.

I definitely want to add some gorgeous pillows and I love these printed ones, though I’m debating on if I want this color or the blush pink ones. For art, I want to keep it simple and I love hand drawn framed prints, but I also want to add some texture with crystals, geodes, and pearlized materials (like this lamp). I am also debating on whether or not I need a rug as we have carpeted berber flooring that is a nice light color – but if I do it will be something at the foot of the bed under the bench only.

Now on to my living room!

So I mentioned on instagram a while back that I have a love hate relationship with my living room wall color. It is a mustard-ish yellow which at times can look stunning, giving off a maximalist, colorful, almost Moroccan vibe. At other times, it just looks orange and I’m tired of it. I absolutely love bold color, and I want to incorporate it into every room in my home, but even for me this can be a bit much.

Here’s my living room now (or actually when I last took a picture of it during Christmas last year):

And here is my inspiration for it:

 

 

First off, the obvious HERO of the room is the sofa – the Anthropologie Lyre Chesterfield in this stunning green velvet. As much as I love a modern design aesthetic like my current mid-century modern sofas, I think a Chesterfield is so romantic and elegant and very ‘grown up’. (Tom thinks green is a horrible color choice, but I am slowly working on getting him on board. Creating this inspiration board was part of that process!) Note: My inspiration board was heavily influenced by this post by Alisa Bovino,  a design blogger I recently discovered when googling ‘room inspiration for a green velvet sofa’.

Because we are working with this luscious velvet fabric, I want to contrast with pops of pink  and animal print like these chairs which are sold out, but I may reupholster some chairs I already own, or add pillows in that fabric. I’m not sure exactly how, but there WILL be animal print in the mix somewhere. Wall color will probably be the same as the guest room, Dolphin Fin, and I will keep the rugs and curtains a light grey-ish tone. The coffee table will stay the same (see first pic), but I plan on styling it with peachy pink floral arrangements, some aesthetically pleasing design books, and a gold and marble tray.

So that is all I’ve got for you today! I am currently sourcing all of my furniture, art, and fabrics, and since I love to shop second-hand and vintage, the final product may take me some time, and it also may not look exactly like my inspiration board, but that is ok with me! I prefer rooms that have a vintage collected vibe to them over a shiny perfect new room any day. Stay tuned for more room updates over here and on my instagram account.

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