It’s One Room Challenge reveal day. Over the last eight weeks, I’ve been working to make the living room in our Edwardian house brighter, happier, and more functional. I’m calling the overall vibe “Global Eclectic.”
The house is rented and the budget was tight, so it’s not the most dramatic makeover. And Covid sprang a few shipping delays on me, so it’s not 100% finished. But it’s close enough to share.
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Goal #1: Make It Lighter & Brighter
Before, the living room was dark beige and the wallpaper around the fireplace was not my jam (see the before photos at the bottom of this post). I painted the whole room off-white with a soft sheen to reflect light better, and it made a huge difference. Huge.
Chesterfield Sofa Bed – LYH
Paint – Wevet by Farrow & Ball (colour-matched to Johnstone’s)
A big ass mirror opposite the bay window also does a fine job of brightening the space a little bit more, and I’ve added more task lighting for darker evenings.
Mirror – Umbra via Amazon
Planter – Anthropologie // Brass Table – West Elm
Rug – Marrakech Souk
Pink Plant Pot & Natural Planter – Create & Wild
London Brick Vase – Trouva
Concrete & Brass Lamp – Frontal Factory
I’ve talked about both the handmade concrete and brass lamp and the copper base lamp before. I found the latter in an antique shop. It’s made from an old copper fire hose nozzle, but it had been bodged. My Dad rewired it and secured the marble base.
I freaking adore them both.
I got permission from the landlord to rehang the door. It used to open into the room the opposite way, which clashed with the sofa and visually cut off that corner. Changing it instantly made the room feel bigger. An added benefit to rehanging it is that when it’s open, the hallway gets more light too. It was an easy win.
Goal #2: Make It Tidier & More Functional
Before, the TV sat on the wall opposite the bay window, which meant that one person – and one person only – could sit and watch comfortably. There’s only one wall big enough for the sofa to sit on, which meant the only good place for the TV was above the fireplace. It’s not the prettiest, but this one switch made the biggest functional change in the whole living room makeover. Now, at least three can watch comfortably from the sofa.
Side Table – West Elm
Additional comfy seating – a very budget-friendly rattan chair and a blush pink bean bag – can be moved to face the TV if we’re having a movie night. And when we’re not, we’ve got a decent conversation area.
Rattan Chair – Ikea // Chest – Pottery Barn
Side note: I went slightly crazy plant lady in here, and I’m not sorry about it at all.
Hmong Foot Stool – LannaPassa on Etsy
Goal #3: Make It Happy
I wanted the overall vibe of the living room design to feel eclectic but calm. It needed some soft but happy colour, and that’s where art and accessories come in. I had planned to buy some new prints, but ended up shopping the house instead. I’m happy to see my woven wall hanging back over the sofa.
Woven Tapestry – By Bella Designs
Moroccan Cushion – Marrakech Souk // Mudcloth Cushion – Danielle Oakey
I had fun with the built-ins. The living room shelves hold an eclectic mix of old brass ornaments I knicked off me Nan, African pieces I picked up abroad or in charity shops, a few select books and a bunch of green shiz. All with a proper space to sit pretty now.
Now spot the biggest missing piece…
Yup, there’s nowt covering the windows. Five weeks ago, I ordered custom curtains in a pretty blush pink Ikat print… and I’m still waiting. But honestly, if that’s the only thing that Covid has caused delays on, I’m good with it.
Eclectic Living Room Before & After
This is the fun bit – revisiting the before photos!
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wow so much brighter and that fireplace total pops now!! Love that you have opted for no window covering … that window is gorgeous on its own and your plants are the perfect accessories for it. What fun with the new rug and that little goat make me happy!
congrats on making a rental a place of your own and now you get to enjoy this fantastic space!
Thanks so much Tim! The goat is actually a sacred cow 🙂
Congratulations this Space looks amazing !
This space is absolutely gorgeous! You did such an incredible job! I love all the greenery you added, and I love the wall hanging you have about the couch!!
Thanks so much Annie! I did go a bit crazy plant lady 😂
I love how you made that stunning fireplace shine! The small pops of color from the couch and accessories are just enough to keep the space fun and comfy
Thanks Lindsey! I honestly wasn’t a fan of the fireplace before (when everything was beige!), but now I actually like it!