Before & After: Livening Up a Living Room By “Shopping” the House

Liz was able to infuse her living room with her own personal style without breaking the bank. By repurposing furniture she already had and mixing in some budget finds, she created a living room that is warm and stylish.

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From Liz: When we bought our home it was very traditional and not our style at all. The walls in the room were a warm beige, the fireplace brick was painted with some sort of faux finish and the mantle was green.

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The costs for this room were very minimal. We painted the walls a light gray, painted the fireplace white and the mantel black right after moving in. Everything else in this space evolved very slowly as furniture became available. Everything in the room was either acquired cheaply or was from a different space in our house.

The Crate and Barrel sofa was originally in our family room and we moved it to this space after we purchased a new sectional. The West Elm coffee table was from our old house. We hadn’t used it in years, but I hung onto it because I really enjoyed its simplicity and I think it works well in this space. The rug was also originally from our family room. The two black chairs were found at Goodwill for $5 each. The mid-century side table was found at a vintage flea and purchased for $30. The decor is a collection of vintage finds at flea markets/estate sales, Target and discount retailers.

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I love how this room now has a purpose and a very clear design aesthetic/style. If I could change anything, I’d maybe get an L-shaped sofa and new rug, but both of our current ones work for now!

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Liz’s words of wisdom: This room came together very slowly because I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on it. It’s amazing how much decorating you can do simply by shifting around items you already own.

Thank you, Liz !


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