Living Room Re-do: Before and After

I’d mentioned that we’d been putting some time into redoing the living room. We live in an apartment, so we can’t update wall colors or window treatments. Luckily, our apartment complex is only about five years old, so have some pretty nice details like crown molding, a gas fireplace, and light / modern colors.

The living room was feeling dated, and dark. The bookshelf felt small, the coffee table was too high. So, really without further delay… our before and afters

Before, Christmas 2005. Note the location of the Florio poster.

Before, April 2009. The placement of the poster is now baffling, right?

After, taken today!

And a few more shots of the room:Taken from the hall way

Taken from the kitchen

Cactus and tulips on the coffee table

The furniture that was changed over the past three months were:
– book shelf by Thomas O’brian from Target (birthday gift from Mom and Dad! Thanks again 🙂 )
– Mendocino coffee table and side table, from Walmart (I’m shocked!)
– floor lamp, from Orchard Supply Hardware
– small sphere lamp from IKEA
– dragon fern from Home Depot and pot from IKEA
– pillows – Target and Marshalls (a how to will follow on those in a few days!)
– set of four botanical prints from This Young House, frames from IKEA (birthday gift from my guy – Thanks honey!)

And these things were bought new:
– cactus from Orchard Supply Hardware (ceramic pot was old, from a yard sale)
– tulip vase (a light fixture!) from OSH
– white plant holders from OSH
– ceramic white rhino from Z gallery (a birthday gift from my guy – Thank You!)
– wicker spheres found at Pier One for $1.50 each
– small box under coffee table found at Tuesday Morning by my guy! (another how to coming up!)
– moss terrarium supplies from Tuesday Morning, & Petco (another how to in the making!)

The aim of doing this update was to keep the cost low and give the room an airy feel. I am super please with how it came out. It feels quite welcoming now.

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  • Jenna
    May 17, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I’ve been scrolling back and forth back and forth back and forth for like 10 minutes because I am SHOCKED at how awesome and different it looks with just a few changes. Wow! It looks so much lighter and luxurious now.

  • Paula
    May 17, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks Jenna! I’m amazed myself 🙂 Glad to see you’re up and about and feeling better! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Tabitha in Bliss
    May 17, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Soooo beautiful!!!

  • the ungourmet
    May 17, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I absolutely love the tulip vase! It all looks very fresh and lovely!

    Thanks for stopping over my way today!

  • Liz
    May 18, 2009 at 3:10 am

    What huge difference! It looks great!

  • wenderful
    May 18, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Love your pictures! It looks fabulous. Where near SF do you live? We lived in Danville for 10 years.

    Thanks for stopping by during my SITS day!

  • Simply...Gluten-free
    May 19, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    WOW!!!! I am so impressed. The new space looks so bright and light – I just love it. You are very talented in deed!

  • Yours Truly
    May 28, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Stunning. Very open and light. Easy on the eyes.