Today I’m so excited to kick off a new home makeover series with you guys. Since we’re all home a lot more than usual right now, I wanted to offer some decor ideas in case you’re like me and enjoy browsing online for home inspo right now. Ever since we bought our home a few years ago, we’ve been in remodeling mode and over the last few months, we finally completed most of the main living areas. Today I’m taking you inside our living room – which is one of my favorite projects to-date. We spend the majority of our days on our main level so it’s a space we really wanted to invest in. We wanted a space that felt glamorous yet cozy; a space the dogs could run around in, but a place that we could also entertain in.
We kept the majority of our existing furniture (which has held up so well over the years despite the dogs climbing all over it) and we just swapped out the coffee table and bought a tall cabinet for added storage. Aside from changing out some of the furniture, we upgraded the trim, replaced our fireplace, changed out the hardwood floors from hickory to wirebrushed white oak, painted the walls (Benjamin Moore Gray Mist), had the ceilings smoothed out (we went from knockdown to flat) and replaced the trim and doors. Upgrading the fireplace was honestly one of the best projects we’ve done throughout our house. The size of the new fireplace and surround is more to scale with the ceiling height than our last fireplace was. It completely changed the feel of not only the living room, but also the adjoining dining and kitchen areas (keep scrolling to see before and after pics).
Our living room opens up to our kitchen and entryway so we really wanted to update those areas as well to tie everything together. We painted our kitchen the same wall color as our living room, but the entryway walls are white with moulding details. The door on that main entry wall opens up to a staircase to our basement and that door has always bothered me because it’s pretty visible from most angles of the living room. We decided to make it more of a statement by swapping out the basic two-panel door we had with a circle three-panel door which I think adds the perfect elegant touch to that space. A lot of you guys have asked about that door because it’s often in the background of my mirror selfies. It’s made by a company called Woodgrain and I highly recommend them. Their doors are such great quality. The door hardware is by Grandeur Hardware and it’s in a classic polished nickel finish.
Our decor aesthetic leans toward French Country and our favorite place to shop for furniture is Restoration Hardware so we stuck with a lot of pieces from there, but also added in more affordable finds where it made sense. We have been swapping out most of our furniture, textiles and window coverings to Restoration Hardware pieces because of the durability and longevity of their items – which, in our experience, nothing else has compared to. Their pieces can be pricier, but so worth it. We also incorporated some affordable finds from Amazon and we always stick with a more affordable rug because we usually change it out every year thanks to the dogs. Keep scrolling for all of the details on each piece in our living room… and stay tuned for next week when I’ll be sharing my office makeover.
Pottery Barn Flameless Candles | RH Bust Figure | Similar Gramophone | Amazon Cherry Blossoms | Home Goods Vase (similar here) | Louis Vuitton Coffee Table Book | Tom Ford Coffee Table Book | Architectural Digest Coffee Table Book | Vogue Living Coffee Table Book | Similar White Roses Arrangement | Venus Et Fleur Roses | Diptyque Candle | Similar White Coral
Etsy Grain Sack Pillows | RH Faux Fur Throw (in Kodiak Bear, better for budget here) | RH Custom Linen Curtains & Roman Shades (in Natural color – better for budget here) | RH Rope Curtain Tiebacks | Pottery Barn Curtain Rod | Safavieh Rug via PlushRugs.com
RH Kensington Sofa (in Sand Belgian Linen – better for budget here) | RH Martini Side Table (better for budget here) | RH Black Chest | RH Nailhead Stool (better for budget here) | RH Lorraine Chairs (in Sand Belgian Linen, better for budget here) | RH Distressed Coffee Tables | RH Cabinet (in Light Oak) | RH TV Easel | Mendota Fireplace | Stoneworks Cast Stone Fireplace Surround | Ballard Arched Mirror | Wirebrushed White Oak flooring via Musolf’s
Before & After
I always love a fun before and after transformation so I’m including some shots from our living room a couple of years ago vs. today. The decor went from rustic to glam despite keeping the same sofa and chairs. It’s amazing what removing darker furniture and textiles can do. While I actually don’t mind elements of the room before, I love how much airier and brighter the room feels now – it’s so much more calming.