The Living Room Miracle

It has been a while since I posted anything from Renovation Land, and that has been because there wasn't much to talk about.  Things are still going slowly, but my living room is starting to take shape.
It still needs crown and baseboards as well as molding for around the round window, 
but it is almost done!

 I spent the last two weekends painting and Ikea Hacking a bookshelf, and I finally have something to show for it.  Interestingly enough, the whole scheme didn't exist two weeks ago.  It was all based off of an area rug I received from Medallion Rug Gallery this past week.  

I had been wanting to replace my large dark brown rug with something brighter and softer for a while now.  It showed every kid crumb, and made the room feel heavy.  

When I saw Medallion's Persian Tabriz are rug I instantly fell in love with the soft tones and started designing around it-
  from the image on my computer screen
 I DO NOT recommend doing this since computer resolutions and images vary, but as many of you know I am impulsive and my time to do home projects has been tight lately. 
 I said a little prayer to the paint universe and went for it.
 I chose Benjamin Moore's Turquoise Mist for my wall color 
and mixed up a citron yellow for the dots inside my bookcase.   
When the area rug arrived I let out a big sigh of relief- actually it was more like crazed giddy cackling.  It all worked by some miracle of internet decorating!  


I found some images of 'shrooms at Homegoods to hang on the wall. 
I FINALLY whipped up some pillows from the Jonathan Adler's "Limitless" chevron fabric
 I purchased about a year ago and made panels from my mystery chair fabric. 

So much brighter!
Oh, the bookcase used to look like this:
A three piece dark brown IKEA Besta. 
 I primed and painted for what felt like DAYS, and built plinths to raise it up 4" and staggered the center piece out,  
 added a 6" topper and crown 
(actually Ryan my husband's cousin did that part- 
I wrecked 2 boards of crown molding trying to figure the math on that. durh.)
I bought four new white IKEA Besta doors for hidden storage, 
and painted a splattered design on the inside...
and now it feels all fancy and pretty.
 By the time you see these pictures my kids will have demolished the fancy out of it.
I made sure to enjoy a glass of wine with my feet up last night while it was still pristine.

Hope you are enjoying the weekend!



14 comments:

therelishedroost said...

What a bright and fun space, great job!!!
Best,
'Karolyn

Khammany @ Sweet Inspired Home said...

Wow! The room is so light and bright! I especially love the rug and the 'shrooms pics on the wall! You did a great job!

Brittany said...

Looks great!!! Can't wait to see it when it is 100% complete :)

Kimber McGallagher said...

It looks absolutely fantastic. Bravo!!!!

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs said...

Missed ya while you were gone bc I love reading your posts! This was no exception love that curtain fabric! It's all coming together fabulously!!

Anonymous said...

Looks great! I know you didn't ask, but I think long brass handles a la what Jen from Made By Girl put on her Pax wardrobe hack would be a nice finishing touch on your lower cabinets and tie in with the tray on your table.

http://madebygirl.blogspot.com/search?q=pax

Lauren Martin said...

You did a really great job! It looks very bright and cheery. love your coffee table!

Ashley said...

Danika, your living room looks so great! Bright, clean, fresh, fun...all of these. The Besta unit looks custom--I never would have thought it wasn't if you hadn't mentioned it.

Love the extra touch the citron spots add to the back of the cabinet!

Kim said...

I am so happy you got to enjoy a few moments with a glass of wine and revel in the feel good beauty you created! Looks fabulous! xo

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Danika, I love this room and the citron accents. That rug is fabulous, I would love that in my home and I am so glad the colors are what you wanted. I've had a few rug purchase surprises in the color department myself! Love the bookcases..
xo Nancy

Sugar said...

This line officially makes you one of my very favorite blogs to follow:
'By the time you see these pictures my kids will have demolished the fancy out of it.'

It all looks fab!! Great job.

mrs. V | Chez V said...

awesome. crown molding is another arch nemesis of mine. can't tell you how many pieces i have farked up b/c i still can't get the cuts right - even with a miter box.

Melissa Arnold said...

Danika, This looks amazing!!! I love what you did with the bookshelf. You totally rocked this! Tell me more about the mirror tray on your coffee table. Love it, I may need to have one. I hope it isn't vintage! I also would love to see more of your curtains up close. Love the mix of colors and pattern. Great job!!!

Anonymous said...

hi what is the fabric on the curtains? reminds me of romo fabrics...

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