I've been working with the sweetest client on the redesign of her home. We are moving through the house room by room and updating things. We just finished up her living room and dining room and are moving onto her kitchen, office, and bathroom next. I thought I'd share the progress we've made in the living room and dining room.
A little background:
-the walls were painted a few years ago so the color needed to stay
-the living room rug was also purchased recently and needed to stay
-the dining room furniture is a family heirloom and needed to stay
-if possible, we needed to work around the sectional and try to make it work
-the ceiling fan needed to stay
So here's what we started with
And here's the after.
We moved the old living room rug to the dining room and used those colors in both rooms to tie them together. The living room got a new rug that was more to scale for the room. It also helps brighten the space so much and makes everything seem bigger.
We also chose to bring in a different ottoman, nailheads make everything better
This small C table fits perfectly over the arm of the sectional. I think these tables are so great. When you don't have room for an end table and still need somewhere to set your drink, books, etc. these work great.
We still used all of her heirloom furniture we just rearranged it so that it would better fit the rooms. The large dining room buffet is now used for the TV in the living room (This area is not pictured because we are still working with some cords over there) and the smaller piece is used in the entryway. The boxes provide some extra storage too.
We used an oversized mirror above the couch to further open up the room. Before, the two small pictures got lost on that large wall and made the sectional appear monstrous. Now that everything else is to scale it all works together.
Fun, patterned pillows also help to break up the large sectional and add some nice color.
In the dining room we added this much smaller sideboard that still provides storage, but encourages better flow in the room.
Since we were able to move the oversized buffet into the living room, we gained extra space that allowed us to add a leaf to the table and provide extra seating. The chairs also got an easy update with new fabric.
You'll also notice that all the window treatments are hung as close to the ceiling a possible. That always makes such a difference.
We used a lot of her existing photographs that she had of her son. These are the same canvases that were previously above the sofa. They get the attention they deserve on this smaller wall in the dining room.
Next up, the office and bathroom. We are pretty much starting with a blank canvas in there so it's going to be fun!