Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Project Living Room: Befores

Welcome to Project Living room, in which I embark on a design journey to transform my dark and drabish livingroom into a bright and light happy space! This is the first of several of my home goals for 2012 :)

We moved into this house 3 years ago. It was the second place I've ever lived where we had free reign to paint/decorate however we wanted. I think that freedom has played a hefty part in my need to paint really bold colors on the walls. That and well, I really love color. This time around though, the palate was just way way too dark. Dark walls, dark couch, darkish carpet, dark piano . . . to much dark, drab boring. Time for a change!

These are the Befores :) It's fine and I haven't hated the brown/blue/green thing, it's just time for change, ya know?

I can sum up the design target for this room in one word:

I'm striving for light and bright and to bring in the pops of color that I love so dearly into this room with my accessories rather than my walls. Most people have to "take the plunge" into color, I'm having to hold my breath and take the plunge into a neutral . . . it's hard for me, it really is!

But wow, check out what David Bromstad of Color Splash did, bright white walls and still HUGE color:

Here are some more inspiration pics via pinterest.com:

source: The Funky Boutique

source: just says tumblr on pinterest :(

My budget and time are limited so I've decided I can slice this project pie into 6 easy peasy pieces (each with it's own dedicated post):

1) Curtains: Wide stripes in bright happy colors! Here's hoping we can pull them off!
2) Paint: Palest pink on the ceiling, wall color yet to be determined
3) Gallery Wall: I'm sorta thinking floor to ceiling . . . too much? we'll see. I have so many pictures of my little lovelies and also will somebody please tell my husband to buy me this poster for Valentine's Day:

I'm also on the super lookout for the perfect sketch by miss Y to turn into one of these creations:

4) Furniture and Layout: Maybe I can magically win some extra $$$ and buy a new couch before I get to this post :) just maybe . . .Also will include my storage solutions here!
5) Accessories: I love super cute, unique pieces that cause people to smile. Also pillows inspired by these two pics are already in the works:
6) The Reveal. Isn't this always the best part of all those HGTV shows?

Would love for you to follow along on this project with me! The curtains are happening soon!

I'm linking this up at Nesting Place with her 2012 Home Goals Linky Party :) Go check it out!


  1. Wow, you're my hero. Tackling such a huge project!!!! Can't wait to see what you do! :)

  2. Can't wait to see the transformation! Great ideas!

  3. Your home is so pretty, I can't wait to see what you do with this room!

  4. Hi found you at the nester's-good luck with your goals too! Stop on by to visit!!

  5. Wow, project living room is a go! Can't wait to follow the progress. A few blog friends and I introduced a new challenge idea Monday and it would be so fun if you want to join. If you have a second, check in at http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/imagine-the-impossibilities-challenge/ to learn more, and feel free to email me if you have any questions!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  6. I love gallery walls!! I am following you now and I can't wait to see what you do in the living room!!

    btw, I have two girls too, who love to be crafty and gliettery!

  7. Can't wait to see what you get accomplished. Love your goals! Can you really go wrong with a pink ceiling?



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