Living Room Refresh with Tuesday Morning

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It’s been five months since we turned the keys to our new home. Five months, and the living room has yet to be completely finished! I found myself in this odd stage of waiting to make this room feel homey, because there was still drywalling to be done beside the fireplace. But now with the holidays fast approaching I decided to fix up this room to make it feel cozy and special!

living room before

I partnered with Tuesday Morning stores for this design refresh, which means I was able to get a lot of beautiful decorative accessories for just a wee bit of money. Of course, we rearranged the space a bit, but the biggest decorative change I wanted to make was to warm up the room for the season by getting darker curtains. Curtains can be so expensive, especially when you’re looking for longer draperies (like I needed for this room), but I was able to get 3 pairs of high-quality drapes for less than $70!

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Tuesday Morning Stores

I spent a good hour combing through my local Tuesday Morning store, trying to decide which cute accessories I couldn’t live without. Vases are always the first thing to jump into my cart (like this cute little pink one on my coffee table), but I audibly gasped when I discovered the amazing votive candle holder below. It looks like a mini retro-style fireplace! And since I can’t have the full-size version, the mini version will do just fine.

I also like to use decorative boxes on my coffee table to store remotes and other gadgets, like phone chargers). I found this gorgeous mosaic ivory box (above) and it fits right in with the rest of the room.

Tuesday Morning Stores

Tuesday Morning Stores

I just love how these beige curtains warm up the room and give the window more presence, which was definitely needed after moving the sofa in front of it. Because the curtains are darker, I think a white lamp looks great in front of it, and this one is perfect for reading. Snagged that at Tuesday Morning too!

Here’s everything I found at Tuesday Morning to whip up my budget living room refresh: 3 curtain panels, floor lamp, two throw pillows, one throw blanket, ivory box, pink vase, chimenea votive holder, and the Chanel watercolor art above the bar cart.

Which addition is your favorite?

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tuesday Morning stores. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Sunroom // Makeover Reveal

boho chic sunroom decor

Here it is! The first room I set about to fix-up in our new home, and I’m calling it done-zo. When we first viewed this house, before it became our home, Lucy and Juniper were enamored with this little room, closing the doors and declaring that no grown-ups were allowed inside. Now the space feels very grown-up, but the kiddos still commandeer the sunroom for assembling puzzles on the floor, for staging road-trips for their figurines, or for hours of play-doh fun at the table. I’m so happy this little room is a part of our home, and hey— I think my plants are pretty happy about it too. (Yeah, I’m lookin’ at you, Mr. Ficus!)

boho chic sunroom decor

The sunroom is adjacent to our living room, separated from the space by these two french doors. There was a lot of back-and-forth in my mind about painting these doors white, or leaving them wood, and many of you expressed strong opinions in favor of both options on my Instagram posts. In the end, Phil said he liked them wood, and it was just the tipping point I needed to make a decision I most certainly do not regret. These doors add a quality of warmth to both the sunroom and living room, and tie in with the shelving wall in our kitchen.

Above is how the room appeared when we first moved in. Full of bright light, a pleasant light minty blue color, and not-so-pleasant dingy shag carpet. It felt like it fit right in here in my Northeast Ohio suburban neighborhood, and that’s not exactly what I wanted. So, first things first, I ripped out all of the carpet the day we signed the papers to make this house our home, Then I set about painting everything a perfect shade of white, à la Benjamin Moore’s Super White. I used the same shade of white in the sunroom, living room, kitchen, and entryway— semigloss for the trim, and eggshell for the walls.

Sidenote: This was the first time in my life I have hired a painter, and let me tell ya— I felt très fancy. We had some very high ceilings we were working with (17′ in the entryway), and what would’ve taken me ages, and maybe cost me my neck, took my painter a couple of afternoons. Very much worth it.

how to build a storage banquette

THE BANQUETTE

After the floors were stripped and the walls were painted, I built my much anticipated channel-tufted storage banquette in the nook underneath the soffit in this small room with soaring ceilings. When we first moved in, the soffits annoyed me. But now I appreciate the dimensionality that they give to the architecture of our home, and I like to think I’m harnessing the full potential of the soffits in here and the living room.

channel tufted banquette

Because of the small footprint of the sunroom, I do feel like it’s a “you just have to be there” kind of space, but I hope that these photos do it justice! The banquette might not seem like much of a nook in these photos, but in real life it fits right into the soffited area in a space with such high ceilings— it feels cozy and the perfect way to treat an otherwise sparse and awkward space.

storage banquette

You can check out the full DIY at A Beautiful Mess, but suffice it to say I’m so glad I built this bench with ample storage, because we have since unpacked

 all of our games and puzzles, and this bench is now packed to the brim with fun things! I used hinges that stay open, so the girls can come in here during the day and pull out puzzles to work on, or ask my permission to get out play-dough. (That’s something we’ve had to work on… ha!)

boho chic sunroom decor

PLANT ELEMENTS

In our new home, I won’t be using plants as decorative elements in the same way as I did in our old home. Of course I still love my plant babies! But I’m drawn to a less junglicious design sensibility in most of the rooms of this new house, and now that I have this convenient sunroom, I can have a spot to escape to, full of plants, which also happens to be within view of our living room. It feels like a pretty good balance. (And yes, I still have some plant babies throughout the rest of our home too! Just scaled back quite a bit.)



marble top tulip table

DESIGN CHANGES

The design for the sunroom has undergone some changes from my initial conception back when I shared my first concept sketches early last June. At some point, I decided on doing this ambitious channel-tufted wall, but originally I had planned on making it orange. YES, orange. Such a controversial color, but a great love of mine. Somewhere along the line I came to my senses and decided to use a calm neutral color instead. Oh— I remember when it was! I was trying to select the perfect orange or pink while standing at the store looking at upholstery fabric. And I felt suuuuch anxiety about all of the options, until I found this textural swatch of neutral fabric. Then I knew. Orange just wasn’t in the cards. Or at least, not for the banquette itself. But soon enough I would find my dream chairs in another delicious shade of orange!

Remember the post I wrote way back in June planning the furnishings for the sunroom? At the time, I had planned on using a (free) pair of white coated Bertoia chairs my brother said I could indefinitely borrow, but I was so enamored with the Thonet bentwood chairs I shared, and received such strong feedback about those chairs on Instagram, I was swayed to purchase these chairs on Etsy, and I will never ever regret it! They’re beautiful, but also so comfortable! I’m not sure I’ll keep them this particular shade of orange, but right now they feel pretty perfect in here.

Another change I made was deciding not to use the wicker pendant in my initial sketches, because I didn’t like how it took away from the bold banquette wall. What you can’t see (but can barely see in my before pics) is a ceiling fan hanging down from the vaulted ceilings in here. It is an eyesore (that I don’t notice anymore), which I will eventually replace, but it is also a source of light and a handy air circulator in the warmer months. I’ll most likely be using the wicker pendant in the playroom instead of the sunroom.

boho chic sunroom decor

I’m so happy with how this space turned out, and it feels really good to have one room completely finished in our house! Next up we’re finishing up the last details of the kitchen and sunroom, and I’m getting pretty excited to share those with you too. Thanks for following along!

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Plans for the Study

Hey guys! We’re still working on finishing up a few details in the kitchen and living rooms, but I wanted to share some plans I have for another room we’ll begin working on this month! We’re calling this room the study, though it will function primarily as Phil’s office and a library for our book collection.

This space is somewhat remote from the rest of the house, tucked away by the front door, and a hallway away from the kitchen and other main living space. It used to be open to the adjacent former dining room, and the dining area used to have an opening to the kitchen. But the passageway between the front living room and the dining room has now been sealed off with drywall, and the dining space now has a doorway between it and the kitchen and is being transformed into the playroom. (More on that later!)

Now that the opening between the rooms has been closed up (see floor plan below), we have a private room at the front of the house that Phil can use as he mentors other men and has small group Bible studies. This room was a major selling feature for us as a couple, as it was important for us to have a home that was equipped with an office/workroom for me, and a separate, private area for Phil and his mentoring work. In the past it was difficult for him to have private conversations, because our old home was small and had no doorways between rooms. So now he has a study to call his own (mostly his own!) that will also be a nice quiet place for the kiddos to study one day, or just for reading a book away from the noise of the kitchen and living room. Also, the newly closed up wall gives us a nice place to put a sofa in a small room which otherwise would be awkward to furnish.

floor plan

I don’t have any actual before pictures of this room, because we set to work ripping out the carpets the moment we moved into the house. (Literally— the first day we owned her!) But imagine a medium brown shag carpet. We replaced it with the same engineered maple flooring that we are using in the kitchen, dining, and playroom areas. Now we need to do some painting, and add moulding details! (Oh, and remove that electrical cord on the wall. UGH. WHY.) But here is our plan!

study mockup

We’re working on an IKEA Billy bookcase hack on the wall across from the desk, which will surround the window with what looks like built-in shelving, in one of the room’s accent colors. This will make the biggest statement in the space, and in order to help the other walls match up to the bold elegance of a wall of bookshelves, I’ll be adding some easy moulding details and color accents on them. Pretty excited about this! I know color and moulding can really elevate a space, but what good is that when you don’t have any furniture?

So, we’ll be getting rid of our old sofa (this was the first one Phil and I bought together before we were married 11 years ago!), and replacing it with a smaller scale Article sofa, and outfitting the space as seen above. The art is literally the only thing in this room that I already owned before beginning this project. And the desk is a great vintage find I got at a local favorite of mine, Main Street Modern.

Conant Ball vintage desk

In general, I feel really good about the direction this project is taking! But I’m a little up in the air about window treatments. Should I do curtain panels? Keep in mind, there will be about a half inch between the window and the edge of the bookshelves on the one wall. Or perhaps a roman shade? I’ve also tossed around the idea of incorporating a cornice board into the bookshelf design and having sheers hang down from it, so the light won’t be obstructed by something heavier. Any thoughts on that?

Here are all of the links to everything I’ve included in the plans for the space:

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