Four years ago, I decorated Elizabeth’s living room with IKEA upholstery. It was the quickest and most inexpensive way to get the whole room done at once. Go here to see the before, before pictures her kids were older and it was time.
First, here’s the entry, the MERETTE grommet curtains came from IKEA. They still sell them work great if you need off-white curtains to soften a window and custom drapes are not in your budget.
As it’s unusual to have a window above your entry console table, I found a little piece of art and propped it up on the window sill for this round of styling this area (below).
After – This time we added custom drapery. Can you spot the cute face (you know I can’t resist them)
The entry table is always covered with stones from their walks and bike rides to the Vedder River.
Photography by Barry Calhoun
This is the other side of Elizabeth’s entry. The handrail made hanging art awkward so we installed some mirrors instead. The herringbone pattern on the oak entry console keeps it current while repeating the oak banister on the stairs.
The reason they needed new furniture was because the existing sectional had become really lumpy and uncomfortable. In fact, Elizabeth reported that it’s been lumpy for two years. Which is bound to happen in such a well-used room. And let’s be clear, you get what you pay for.
The IKEA Ektorp (below) is still a great, classic style if you have a room that needs to be decorated on a budget but you’re not on it all day and all night with your kids, your friends, watching TV, etc.
The turquoise wall colour and the family pictures around the wall-mounted television stayed the same.
Before (the first re-decoration on a budget)
Here’s the new sectional and chair (below). I specified the same style for this living room I decorated three years ago for another client.
I loved the high end, contemporary look and feel of the longer, larger cushions. The standard seat cushions are feather wrapped which make it really comfortable. This style only comes in one size though, so I was happy that Elizabeth’s living room had the space to accommodate it.
And the boys still have room to play with their lego (there’s more space behind the teal chair-not shown).
Elizabeth wanted this room to feel coastal! The wall colour is BM Passion Blue 2053-50.
Markus and William
During the photoshoot, I had Barry capture some photos of my sweet nephews playing foosball! They grow so fast, here they are just 6 years ago!
She loved the fish pillows I found at HomeSense!
The turtle bowl also came from HomeSense. The pears are from a tree in the backyard.
And here is Elizabeth with William and Markus! Elizabeth homeschools her kids so they spend a lot of time reading.
I hope you enjoyed the transformation!
I’m here in Atlanta and excited to meet 27 True Colour Experts on Tuesday when my second course of the Fall season begins!
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