Where to even begin with this one?? This project was a labor of love for my parents but SO worth it in the end. They were left with a space they love and I was able to add to my portfolio (plus I can enjoy the space as well when I’m home visiting). It was a win for all involved.
Because my mom is wonderful and so supportive of what I’m doing, she granted me full control on this project. Yes, I formally presented the design plan (she approved everything), but it was made known from the beginning that I could create what I wanted as long as it was somewhat cohesive with the rest of the house.
My parents have a lot of neutrals in the house, which is why I stuck with neutrals here. To be honest, when I was planning the space, I freaked out several times early on because it felt like it wasn’t going to be enough. Painting the walls white was a HUGE step, and I knew deep down that it was the right choice, but a part of me also thought, “what if it’s TOO white, what if it feels empty???”
You can see in this picture that we took the paint color (Farrow and Ball Pointing) into the dining room and removed those existing shades. It really helped with the transition.
We also took the paint color into the entry, which again, helped with the transition.
Another change that I knew HAD to happen was new, custom drapes. There obviously aren’t any ready made drapes for those monsters of windows, so I knew we had to go custom. I worked with Janine from Tonic Living to create what the space needed, and I’m actually planning to do a separate post on this and talk about window treatments in general and what I learned from Janine (A LOT).
Backing up a bit….. The fireplace was the very first thing that I envisioned for this space. As soon as my mom gave me the okay to redo this room, I immediately went to the fireplace. I LOVE the natural wood mantel and think it has so much character, so I never considered removing it. I wanted something chic, and something that would also give that mantel a run for its money. Something that would contrast the style of the mantel because I didn’t want the fireplace to read traditional and the mantel itself very much so gives that vibe. My gut told me matte black marble….
My mom okayed the black marble, but I could tell she wasn’t totally convinced. Once it came in and I held it next to the wood floor I literally suffered from indecisiveness for two plus weeks. I mean it looks pretty terrible here.
I finally HAD to make a decision or else the mantel would stay as is because time was running out. After the space was painted I knew it was the right decision, but I had to pull the trigger before I was totally convinced of that. (Glad it worked out in my favor.)
With so much white in the room through the paint color and window treatments, it was a much needed bold and rich moment in the space.
After I decided early on what I wanted the fireplace to be, I started planning around that.
Backup….before sourcing these items I made sure that each item was appropriate in scale. Because this living room is so HUGE, I knew that a too small pendant, sofa, rug, art, anything really, would look silly.
I wanted rich neutral shades and LOTS of texture. The pillows were actually all last minute, but the texture was very much so needed.
I used the lighting to add a chic, modern feel and tried to add as much interest as I could through the art.
I wanted the furniture to be a mix of modern and traditional and used the leather accent chairs to achieve modern and the vintage gold chairs to add character (and a bit of color).
Basically once I chose one modern element, I bounced back and tried to find a vintage or classic piece to offset it. I didn’t want the room to have to answer to any one particular style. I wanted it to feel unique and like no other.
After all of the furniture pieces were finalized, I went to town with the accessories. Such an important element as they can totally make (or break) a space. While most of the accessories can’t be seen from the full room shots, I wanted them to add a crazy amount of interest to the space. I went for a mix of quirky, classic and random with the accessories but tried to keep them all within the color scheme.
The giraffe is my grandmothers. She drove to meet my mom the night before the shoot to hand it over :). She was so excited to contribute it to the space. I love that quirky guy.
The cabinet was an heirloom from my other grandmother. The pictures inside are of my grandfather and dad as babies.
While I don’t particularly love when a space screams FAMILY, I love to incorporate pieces that are meaningful to the people who live in the space.
And now the less glamorous part….the budget…..
I was able to create this space because of extremely generous people. My parents approved a 5K budget on their end and the rest came from sponsors. A not so brief breakdown of the budget………
*Indicates product that was generously donated by sponsors.
Paint Job: $850
Tile Job: $425
Lighting/Curtains Installation: $200
Sofa Upholstery: $750
Marble Tile: $665*
Paint (10 gallons): $1000*
Sofa (vintage): $250
Sofa Fabric: $335*
Leather Chairs (2): $1100*
Coffee Table: $850
Round Accent Table: $175
End Table (sofa): $125*
Woven End Table: $70
Leather/Metal Stools (2): $180
Hutch (vintage): Previously Owned
Hand Knotted Jute Rug: $2600*
Overhead Pendant: $660*
Floor Lamp: $260*
Table Lamp (cabinet): $240*
Marble Table Lamp: Previously owned
Mirror (over fireplace): $445*
Hovering Union Art: $205*
Burl Wood Frame: $450
Casa Art: $325*
Lady Gray Art: $65*
Sketchy Lines Art: $90*
Ink Art: $105*
Black/White Circles Art: $150*
Fireplace Screen: $150
Dog Pair: $100*
Tortoise Hurricane Vase (2): $110*
Python Tray: $60*
Rattan Tray: $20
Books – Previously Owned
Giraffe – Previously Owned
Custom Drapes: $1800*
Gunmetal Velvet (2): $75*
Hide Throw Blanket/Rug: $200
Marbleized Pillows (2): $65*
Woven Throw: $45
Leather Pillow: $50
Crocheted Pillow: $25
Ivory Linen Pillow: $40
Moroccan Pillow: $65
Solid Velvet Pillow: $50
Again, thank you to the wonderful sponsors and my parents for making this project happen. I am so appreciative.
I felt the need to be transparent about the budget of this space as it was a huge effort put on by many people. It’s also something that I find myself curious about when studying most room makeovers.
Did I miss anything? Anything else you were particularly curious about??