Hi, its Alea!!! I am so thrilled that Emerson invited me back to share this incredibly fun project! A dear friend of mine welcomed me in her home for a “friendly takeover” to help give her living room a little update. My friend has amazing style, and already had a lot of great elements to her space, but she felt her living room still felt incomplete and struggled getting it to feel finished. She loves a slightly minimal feel, but also wants the space to feel inviting and cozy since it’s where her family gathers most! So, I loved this challenge, and I am so excited to share with you the steps we took to complete her room’s new look!
First the BEFORE:
A F T E R !
1. Give everything a purpose and a purposeful place:
Are there things around your space that you are constantly moving around, fussing with, or the things that you put somewhere when you first moved in and it is still there because you don’t know what to do with it. Well, this step is just for those things! I love this step because it allows you to go through your space and only include things you love and the items that need to be there. Start with taking all the things down, put on a table or in a basket, and decide whether it is something you really feel belong in that space. Then from there, put those sweet treasures somewhere intentionally.
When it comes to shelf styling this step will help things feel like either they are there because they have a purpose or they are to shine. I typically ask myself is this important enough to have on a shelf for everyone to see? That helps with also making sure random nonsignificant things don’t end up on my shelf. From there, remember to group things in 3’s (&2’s!), layer, use multiples of the same item (books are great for this), and add greenery! So, make sure to create the purposeful place for those sweet things.
2. Add plants and greenery:
I know, I know, your first thought is, but I don’t have a green thumb! I promise, there are a ton of indoor plants that are wonderful even for those who consider themselves plant challenged. I suggest finding ones that like to have their soil fully drained before watering because they can go a long time without needing to be water. Also, those will typically “warn” you when they need attention. Their leaves will wilt and to remind you, “hey there, I need a little water.” I have a watering day, and water all my plants every Tuesday. I love doing this with my kiddos and they enjoy this fun chore. Also, gathering cuttings and flowers from your own yard, make a lovely addition the space. Plants and greenery will add that coziness that you are after and make your space warm and welcoming.
3. Add sentimental photos and art:
Firstly, I am a huge fan of gallery walls. I love how they give a space an intentional feel, and will always bring people in for a conversation. For this project, with such a huge wall, we were able to include a lot of frames and with the clean lined look still keep it from feeling cluttered. There are a ton of amazing ways to gallery a wall, whether its with just photos, or a mix of photos and art, don’t be afraid to make that statement wall.
I love telling my clients, “print your photos!”. Photos are a great way to decorate, and in this case this family has a ton of amazing digital photographs. Even ones of their extended families and trips they have all taken. So, we took a little time to pick some favorites and printed them. I love mixing black and whites and colors. I also love how they had photos that their grandparents took of their honeymoon, and we used those landscapes as art.
Something I have seen a lot is when frames themselves become outdated. It’s easy to hold on to the frame because of the photo, but don’t be afraid to pop out that sweet sentimental photo and put in a frame that is more current to your style. Also, it can be hard to keep up with updating the photos on your wall. In this case, my sweet mama friend didn’t have very many photos of their fourth baby or family photos with all six of them. (I totally can relate to this!) Because of a million things on our to do list, and if you are like me and my friend, we are very sentimental. So, to help with that, I have a photo album that I keep just for my photos that I had on my wall, so that, as I change photos out I know those treasures have a place and one that we all can still enjoy.
4. Update your fixtures:
I loved so much how updating the fixtures in this room instantly transformed the entire space! We decided on Emerson’s Luray Eco in white and they are gorgeous!!! Their space needed the modern look of the Luray. I love how the space was able to handle two of them, and once changed, it was like a fresh breath of air, literally and figuratively.
You’ll be amazed at how much updating those outdated light fixtures, ceiling fans, and even your thermostat will make a space feel finished.
5. Every room should have a drop zone:
Use things like baskets or trays for those things that tend to float around like technology, remotes, kids toys, and books. A place that everyone knows what it is for, and can help return those floating items back to!
6. Pillows, Throws, and Rugs:
If you are after a cozier look, this is a sure way to help accomplish that. These items add color, texture, and lots of joy to a space. The rule to thumb here is go bigger and you can never have to many. Pretty simple!
If you are handy or have an incredibly handy spouse, ask them to create this amazing barn door! I was blown away by how amazing this was!!! So, y’all be sure to leave a sweet comment below to my friend’s hubby who made her this beautiful barn door!
Thank you so much for joining me on this project! I hope these tips were helpful and I would love to hear your thoughts and if you have any questions!!