Blue Skies and Peaceful Vibes: Living Room Remake

I’ve been in the process of re-inventing my living room for the past few months. What I had in there was nice and fit with the style of my old condo but I wanted to personalize the decor for our townhouse living space. It took me awhile to sort out exactly what my vision for the space was, but I knew that I wanted to use blues and greens. I have a tendency to be a bit fickle when it comes to decorating in my own home, so I chose to go with these colours for the sake of longevity since both Steve and I favour them.

I have been hesitating to show pictures because it isn’t done yet. There are new lamps and side tables in the garage waiting to be beautified and a jar in my cupboard slowly filling with cash for a gorgeous glass coffee table, but these things take time (especially when said jar keeps being emptied into the hands of my sanity-saving babysitter). However, now that we have finished having our lovely new engineered hardwood installed, as well as a stunning new fireplace surround, I figured it was time to share.

First a recap of how it looked before:

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I am terrible at remembering to take before pictures but you can get the idea: beautiful pillows but builders beige walls, blonde laminate, pictures which were too small for our new 9 foot ceilings and a dirty white shag rug. I don’t have any before pictures of the other side of the room but just picture more builder’s beige and matching beige fire place surround.

And now:

Trying to be artistic with my pictures but photography isn't a strong point for me (yet. working on it).

Trying to be artistic with my pictures, but photography isn’t a strong point for me (yet. working on it). The drum shade in the foreground is in the process of being recovered with blue fabric to bring some colour into our dining space.

Custom pillows by Shebajoux (that's me!); Ikea curtains; frames from chapters; rug from Jordans; prints from Beach House Gallery on Etsy.

Custom pillows by Shebajoux (that’s me!); Ikea curtains; frames from Chapters; rug from Jordans; prints from Beach House Gallery on Etsy; engineered hardwood from Jordans; flooring installation by GL Installations; wall colour Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.

 

Green pillow from West Elm; chair slip cover from Fabricana; Ikea lamp; Fish scale travertine marble fire place surround from VanCity Tile; tile installation by GL Installations; vintage mirror

Green pillow from West Elm; chair slip cover from Fabricana; Ikea lamp; Fish scale travertine marble tile from VanCity Tile; tile installation by GL Installations; vintage mirror.

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We went with our contractor’s suggestion to forgo the hearth and I love the clean look and additional visual space added by the continuity of the flooring. This picture gives you a peek at a couple previous DIY projects: my dining room’s “wall of china” and the striped entryway.

The new colours remind me of green grass and blue skies and evoke a feeling of peacefulness. It feels sophisticated enough to entertain adults while at the same time remaining kid and cat friendly. The white slip covers can be bleached, there is nothing precious or easily broken, the rug has enough colour that it hides stains, and the cut pile does not interest the cats. Beautiful space for adults. Check. Kid friendly play space. Check.

Coming up next week on my reno “show and tell” is the revamp of this builders blah powder room. Think dark blue walls, green cabinets, and a bit of bling.

It couldn't be much more boring.

It couldn’t be much more boring, though our new tile can be seen in this picture.

 

 

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2 responses to “Blue Skies and Peaceful Vibes: Living Room Remake

  1. It looks amazing Heather!

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