This week’s Room Redesign features Amanda, who is actually a fellow Austinite! I was looking through her Pinterest and blog looking for inspiration for her and realized we’re practically neighbors. It’s such a small world, isn’t it? She blogs over at Sequins and Soul, where she talks about her journey discovering herself and growing as a person. This girl has some serious style and was super inspiring, so I can’t wait to show you what I came up with.
First up, as always, are the before pictures. I’m super jealous of how much light is in this room already – what a beautiful space! The artwork she already has too is top notch, so I’m excited to integrate it into the space.
Here’s what she wants to keep:
- Sofa, love seat, pillows
- Blue stripe rug from FLOR
- Indonesian mirror (in dining room, pictured on the far left of the middle picture)
- Bar Cart
- Several pieces of art
- You’ll notice the photo collage above the TV – I have several of these silver frames and I’ve frequently just sourced new photography to add to them as I’ve moved over the years.
- Coffee table
- Dining table (not pictured, but it’s a basic dark brown wooden table with traditional spindle chairs.
- TV stand
I mentioned this girl has some style, and I wasn’t kidding. Just look at what I found while perusing her Pinterest! This living room is seriously goals. Basically, what I noticed is that Amanda likes a more maximalist, eclectic mix of items and pieces that tell a story, not just a bunch of IKEA furniture slapped down (not that I don’t love IKEA, I have tons of it in our house!). I don’t think she needs too much new art, it looks like she has that covered!
I would keep the pillow forms, but change the covers since the matching ones don’t look as layered and the pink one is a little loud for the space. There are tons of inexpensive pillow covers on Amazon and Etsy, like this one, this one, and this one. I follow this designer on Instagram that makes these beautiful half leather pillows that would also be fantastic in Amanda’s place. Other than that, a few candles, a throw blanket here or there, a try to corral remotes and such, and she’s good to go!
The New Layout
Her existing floorplan is actually exactly what I would do. The room is really only set up for this configuration, and nothing else would work quite as well with the furniture that she wants to keep. There are quite a few furniture tweaks in this redesign, so let me walk you through them.
In terms of things that are staying, the sofas are obviously staying in the same place. The blue striped rug from FLOR is getting moved to the dining room to make room for a bigger 8×10 that will fit the space much better. The Indonesian mirror is going to hang above the sofa to reflect light from the window inside, and the medallion that was above the sofa is moving to the wall in the living room. Her bar cart isn’t really pictured in the layout, but it’ll just get tucked away in the little corner space of the dining room.
Rethinking Existing Pieces
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the dining table she has – it actually fits the space really well! I think it could use a fun touch of color though to fit the more eclectic theme. I would paint it with Rustoleum Chalked paint in Serenity Blue to add some color and break things up a bit. I’d paint the chairs with the same paint in Linen White to brighten that area up since it doesn’t get as much light as the living room. Since the blue and white FLOR rug is moving in there, it would work out well.
New Furniture and Rug
The TV stand is a little small for the space and puts the TV down a little too low. I’m imagining this super cute locker inspired one to replace it. It’s a little quirky, and not intended to be a tv stand, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be! After all, ours sat on a Craiglist dresser for way longer than I’d like to admit. I think the stand in white instead of black will make sure your eye doesn’t spend time looking at the stand and instead the art.
Amanda fell in love with a reclaimed wood piece by a local designer, but he won’t respond to her contact attempts. Hopefully, I’ve found her something similar that she can love just as much! This table has the reclaimed wood look but is much easier on the wallet than a custom piece.
I think hanging some light, airy curtains in between the living room and the dining room would really help separate the spaces. Maybe something like this? With standard ceiling height, they should just skim the ground. By keeping the color light, it still lets in tons of that natural glow from the windows, but still clearly divides the living room from the dining room.
I seriously love this rug, which is the perfect patterned neutral for the space. The larger 8×10 size will help with scale, and the light color won’t make that corner of the room too dark. If the rug was dark, I think it would compete with the dark sofas and it would feel a little too ‘man cave’.
- Coffee Table –
$149.99$112.49 on sale!
- TV stand – $189.99
$549.99$164.98 on clearance! That’s almost $400 off!
Total new big purchases: $467.46
Amanda mentioned that she’d like to stay under $1000 for the whole space, only spending $250 of that on accessories. I think we can stay well under that. The rug is on clearance which certainly helps, and reusing the dining table will work in our favor too.
The Mood Board
I kind of want to steal Amanda’s style. I’m jealous of how cozy this design came out! Don’t you just want to snuggle up underneath that striped throw? A lot of her art has whimsical characters in it, which that whale picture reminded me of (the original is from Pier One, but is now sold out). The pillow covers (sources above in the post) bring some great muted color in to replace the pink that was competing. Those curtains will really help distinguish the two spaces, and the new media cabinet will be a much better version of the set up she already has.
I’m most excited about the coffee table though – it was something she really wanted, but couldn’t get her hands on. Now she’ll have something similar! Since she lives in Austin, we talked about getting together so I could shoot some after pictures. If that ends up happening, I can’t wait to be able to share those with you guys. I really enjoyed working on this one, and am kind of sad to be done with it. Amanda, if you like this and want any more designs, write me!