Breath of Fresh Air Living Room Makeover

Who doesn’t breathe a sigh of relief when Spring finally enters the scene again?! Welcome to the Breath of Fresh Air Blog Hop, if you’ve just arrived from Lion and Lantern, Welcome! I know you’ve enjoyed Caitlin’s Spring Inspiration.

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As I thought of what the Spring season needed to bring to my home, I knew I needed to turn my energy into more than adding small Spring touches here and there. This winter has been the longest that I can remember, and I’ve been needing a big huge color boost to kickstart the season.

One of my favorites things in all the world is the inspiration I find through social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram, but lately for me things were getting a little fuzzy. 

There is just SO much beautiful out there, and I want to try it ALL!  Soon my house started feeling less like MY home, and more like a scrapbook from my Pinterest page as I filled it with more and more ideas that I just needed to try.  

2019 will be an effort for me to get back to the inspiration that I find when I look within and less about looking without.  I started here in my living room.  It hurt a little bit to pull out my leather brown couches, and take down some of the boho I had scattered around. But as I began to fill it back up with colorful ideas that have sprung into my heart, I’ve felt my joy for this room coming back to life.

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My muse for this room makeover is by far the vintage couch I found on Craiglist last summer. With the guidance of a kind neighbor, I was able to recover it in a new pink fabric from OnlineFabricStore. The sexy curved lines are just so good, and covered in Salmon pink fabric makes it the diva of the room for sure! A perfect color for a Spring boost!

I knew if I added such a statement piece in here, I’d need to leave the rest of the room pretty neutral. I grounded the couch with an orangey brown area rug that vibed midcentury to me. The accent chairs are from West Elm.  Their simple design is understated, but I love how the dashes on the fabric give a modern vibe.

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When I stumbled upon FornStudio’s instagram account, I knew I needed to incorporate some of Anne’s prints into the room, so I’ve added some neutral color to the walls in muted browns and pinks. 

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I finally caved in and added curtains to my long oversized windows. I put it off for so long, because I love the modern look of bare windows. What I didn’t love was driving up to my house at night and being able to see straight in. With the kids old enough to be on their own for a bit, I was feeling less and less comfortable with that view. I added up the cost for window treatments on all six windows, and OUCH! I ended up settling on a quick and easy curtain rod DIY using copper pipes and fittings and some affordable IKEA curtains. It saved me a ton of money, and I love how the warm copper tone pairs with the pink of the couch. Also, privacy for the win!

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About half of the items in this room was either thrifted or handmade. Our nesting coffee tables were designed and built by Tim, as was the A-frame bookshelf.

My final dilemma was what to do on the accent wall behind the couch. The practical side of me was thinking and entry way bench with baskets, and hooks on the wall for coats. Maybe a modern console table? I just couldn’t find exactly what I wanted.

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Tired of staring at an empty wall, one morning I headed to my basement for some paint. Using leftover paint samples and a pencil, I sketched and painted this lighthearted terrazzo mural on my wall. It’s a temporary fun little pop of joy. If you’re curious about my process, you can read all about it here !

It’s always my goal to incorporate whimsy, quirkiness, or humor into my designs. After this Living Room Makeover, my home is starting to represent my heart again. And for that I’m so grateful.

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Now when I walk into my living room, I immediately grin! The bright pinks, the earthy tones, the fresh green of living plants all around are all channeling this new Spring season, and I couldn’t love it more.

For more Spring inspiration, head on over to Jordan from A Blue Nest’s blog, to see how she’s brought this season into her home! And don’t forget to check out all the other wonderful ladies on our Breath of Fresh Air Spring Home Tour. You can find each one below!

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