May 12, 2014

Living Room Tour

We rearranged our living room! The exclamation point is there because that is my idea of a good time (though not necessarily Eric's - and of course I make him move the furniture). We had lived in our current house with the same set-up for about two and a half years and I started itching for a change. This was the original set-up:


I actually loved it and it definitely worked for the space. But, our house is small and there were moments when I wished that the living room was a little bigger. So, I had an idea. There is a built-in cabinet to the left of the black chairs above:

I love the built-in, but it definitely takes up a lot of room. And the chairs block off part of it, so we don't use the storage space as much as we could. I had the idea to tear out one of the shelves and create more of a TV cabinet. Here is how the TV cabinet looks now:

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I think it turned out really well. We just ripped that bottom shelf out and re-stained the area where it used to be. You would hardly even know that a shelf was ever there unless you looked really closely.

We also got a new coffee table (both Eric and I's birthday presents to each other) and moved the shelf that used to be in the bathroom beside the couch. Not only is it a lot roomier, I also have a lot more surfaces to decorate, which really makes me happy :) And now, for a whole lot of pictures: 


This idea gives a good idea of the spacing. The white door is the front door that comes in right off of the screened-in porch

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And that, my friends, is our living room! If you are interested in the before before, check out this post.


Source List:
Paint: Ceylon Ivory by Pratt & Lambart (matched to Valspar)
Couch: Karlstad, IKEA
Black Leather Chairs: hand-me-downs
Coffee Table: West Elm
Rug: Anthropologie
Wicker side table: hand-me-down
Coat Stand: IKEA
Starburst mirror:  Martha Stewart for Home Depot
Pillows:  black and white:IKEA;  orange & yellow: target;   yellow: diy;
Pouf: DIY
Shades: Lowe's


Linking up:
Elizabeth & Co
Under the table and dreaming
Nifty Thrifty Things
DIY Showoff





42 comments:

  1. I love the built-in makeover. I really like that the TV isn't the center of your living room! Our sadly is the center of ours mainly because of where Adam insisted the able outlet go, but oh well. The coffee table is to die for, I love how it opens up so you have some extra hidden storage space too!

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  2. oh my gosh, so fancy! i love your living room. i definitely love the new set up better, nothing wrong with the old one, but LOVE the new one. and i love your couch. i want a Karl, but I am thinking of getting the sectional. do you love him? ok i pretty much love everything in this post, you're such a fab decorator. come, help me? thanks.

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    1. Thanks so much Kristen!! I really wanted the Karl sectional, but (as you can see) there is no room for one. My friends have it and they love it! I really like ours, but I always have to tell people that we have a 90lb dog that lives on it, so it definitely shows a little bit of wear. I will say that my friends don't have dogs, and theirs looks great!

      And yes, I'll come over this weekend and we'll work on your house :)

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  3. This is absolutely darling! I love your sense of style and all the colors you used. And the room really does look bigger!

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  4. :) that's awesome and creative. I love your knick knacks and decor colors. Rachel xo

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  5. I love it! I think you definitely made it look better. Also, I really love all the patterns you've incorporated into your decor!

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  6. Love it! I tend to get stuck into one idea for a space, and then I can't imagine other ways for it to be. But I love the idea of rearranging things! I should really think about what rooms could be shaken up a bit!

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  7. Isn't it amazing what a little furniture rearranging can do to really update a space? Love your pictures! What camera and lens do you use?

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    1. Thanks so much Amanda! It really is crazy that a little rearranging can make things look totally different!

      I have a Canon T3i and I usually use this 50mm lens, but for these I just used the kit lens (18-55mm) lens. I pretty much know nothing about cameras, but my friend taught me how to shoot manual on mine and I really think hat makes all the difference!

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  8. Ahhh! We were going to get that exact coffee table but have put it on hold for a bit. How are you liking it? Also, where is that print from by your TV? Working on prints for A Sacred Journey and looking for inspiration...

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    1. Oh how exciting! It is an AWESOME coffee table. I had been eying for two years before we got and it's safe to say that we love it and it seems like it will last for a really long time. It's obviously great for small spaces too with the extra storage.

      That print is by a guy named Mike Lowry (I put the link below). I'm excited to see what prints you come up with!

      Mike Lowery

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  9. I love your living room! I really like the color and pattern of your rug!

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  10. It looks great! I love all the eclectic pieces in your living room! So cozy! : )

    Kayla
    www.lovelucygirl.com

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  11. I love it! It looks great. so light and comfortable.

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  12. Love the new arrangement! I have totally pinned that coffee table. :)

    Xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  13. So pretty!! Love all the patterns incorporated :)

    http://fashionistastyle1.blogspot.com

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  14. That looks great, seriously! I love your new coffee table, and I think it was a brilliant idea to stash the tv on that built in cupboard/shelving unit!

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  15. your home is stunning - both the before and after photographs are gorgeous. you should put them on dwellinggawker:)

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  16. Wow this room looks so great! Like something you'd see as an "after" on an HGTV show! Also, I'm super jealous of how much natural light you get in your living room!

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  17. Oh WOW...your living room is so gorgeous and full of light! It looks so comfy yet super organized. Come do mine!!! My house is such a mess and I'm too exhausted to do anything about it =/

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  18. What a wonderful mix of pieces and pops of color! And I love the way that great big rugs pulls it all together! Now I want to see the rest of your home!

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  19. it's amazing how much even a little change can update and elevate a space. Love the new coffee table!
    Chic on the Cheap

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  20. It looks great! I love a change. The colors are so bright and cheerful. I love your space!

    Jenni

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  21. It looks just fabulous! Love the area rug!

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  22. What a difference! The whole room looks larger and more inviting. Good job! :)

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  23. Ouuuuu! I love re-dos, makeovers, etc especially ones with small space challenges - 3 cheers for Ikea! Your living room reminds me of World Market, which I love, and I have to say that I'm impressed by your finishing touches. Finishing touches seems to be the part where I move on to something else. Love the built-in and shelves with lots of things for me to look at. ;) Nice job, Ashley!

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  24. This is such a welcoming space ! I love your mix of colors! I wish that I had that talent! Beautiful and livable! Susan

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  25. Such a lovely and happy space, Ashley! Love the bright colours and the sunshine in your living room. It looks so much better rearranged. The orange cushion on the couch, the rug and the cute planter on the coffee table add so much cheer to the room.

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  26. Ooh, I love the new arrangement! Sometimes finding a good spot for the TV can be so hard, especially when you have big windows. I really like the new coffee table, it adds so much to the space! Just perfect!

    http://howtomakehome.blogspot.com

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  27. I DO love this setup so much! especially for watching documentaries about tonya harding. ;)

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  28. I love it!! I like how it is pretty neutral but has great pops of color! So pretty!
    ww.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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  29. You guys did a great job redecorating. I would have made my BF (if I had one) move all the furniture also! I love how light and airy the room is and I LOVE the coffee table!

    Nicole
    www.nicoletothenines.blogspot.com

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  30. Looks good! Great idea to use the built in to house your tv!

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

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  31. I loved the before but I love & adore the after. It also looks brighter and like you added a few more Summery colors via the pillows and such. =) The coffee table and accessories look so good. =)

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  32. I love the built ins and the coffee table. It feels more open even though it was gorgeous before.

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  33. the chairs in their new spot is so much better. now your room looks bigger, and you didn't even have to get rid of any furniture.

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  34. Love the new look - when you did you first makeover I liked it a lot, too, but this looks even better. We have that same Ikea couch and cover in the love seat size. Our cats have scratched it up pretty badly, but that's one of the reasons we chose Ikea. Eventually, we can just replace the cover!

    I'm glad you are on Instagram - looking forward to following you! My username is the same as my email (without the dot). I hope you are able to follow me as well.

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  35. This is so cool! Your living room looks awesome, Ashley - I love those two leather chairs. They look super comfortable :)

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  36. I have to tell you how much I have enjoyed looking through your house tour! Everything seems so nicely put together, but still REAL (not like, overly Pinterest-y making me feel bad about myself.) Also I'm so impressed with how you have really made the most of your space. Nice work & thanks for sharing!!

    It's funny because my friend pinned that gray couch yesterday and I've been thinking about it all day...then here it is again! It's kinda perfect, isn't it? Still a neutral color, so you could switch up your color scheme whenever you wanted, but not white so it stays clean!

    ♥ perfectly Priya

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