Bright and fresh, it makes me smile every time I walk in the room. Just for comparison, here's a before shot:
We ripped out the carpet, put in new flooring, installed board and batten, added slipcovers and new pillows, and changed out the curtains.
The flooring is Allure vinyl planking from Home Depot. I can't say enough good stuff about this flooring. I absolutely love it. It's cheap, easy to install, and looks and feels like real wood. And from all the reviews I've read, it holds up to hard use- a must in our home of kids, animals, and work-boot wearing husbands.
As you can see, I kept the Tobacco Road paint on the upper wall and used White Luxury (from Behr) in a semi-gloss finish on the board and batten. We've used White Luxury on all our trim, so it flows with the rest of the house.
I did incorporate a bit of the blue-green color I was lusting after (you can read about that here), but just in small doses. I will share the details of my custom-mixed paint color in an upcoming post.
Most of the accessories are things I already owned, just rearranged and repurposed. I found the bird print at Junk Bonanza a few months ago. We used to have a desk in this corner, so you can see that I didn't bother to cover the lamp cord all the way down. You couldn't see it before!
Our awful old couch and love seat got new life with a Target slip cover and some pillows from TJ Maxx and Pottery Barn.
The original back cushions wouldn't fit under the slip, so we just left them off, and added a few bed pillows for comfort.
The curtains are from Target.
I kept the mantle clean and simple. The lanterns are recent finds from TJ Maxx, and they have battery powered candles. No more forgetting to blow out candles when I leave!
I definitely still need to get an area rug to add a bit of warmth and texture. But I am okay without one for summer time. After getting rid of our yucky old carpet, it is so nice to feel that clean, smooth floor underfoot.
This was an unplanned, but very needed update. I am so glad we just dove in and did it. I'm loving my new cottage living room!