Hello friends. I hope you had a nice weekend.
Today I’m so happy to be sharing with you my little sister’s small living room makeover.
My little sister is the baby of the family and recently moved to the lower level of my parent’s house and I offered to help her decorate her new place. But before we get to it, let’s take a look at the before photo…
What can I say about this before photo? It’s a typical outdated, mismatched living room but this photo has some really great reminders of why I am who I am. It sounds bizarre, but let me tell you what I mean….the tables had glass tops once upon a time and my mom and dad updated them by tiling them instead of throwing them out. One, because money was tight at the time and two, because they’re both creative and amazing. Ha
The little console is also a DIY by my dad who built it with leftover kitchen cabinets because why not? And the art on the wall was painted by my uncle and was a gift to my mom, when I was born. So you can see how, creating and DIY is something that it’s innate in me. Nevertheless, it’s time to bring this room forward to 2019….
We put together a fun gallery wall around the TV using homemade art. This was a super inexpensive project as some of the images we used, we found in magazines, some I made, some my little brother made.
I bought two of the frames at Michaels while there was a buy one get one free sale and the smaller frames are from the dollar store.
My sister loves plants and so we placed this awesome spider plant on the mantel and kept the rest simple.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a before photo of the fireplace, but my sister recently painted it white. I really like it.
The other side of the room is my favourite. Not only because of the most amazing couch from Article but because I got to draw on the walls. I wanted something dramatic but not too heavy and I think the hand drawn flowers add that perfect touch of drama and texture.
I carried a little bit of the flowers over to the side walls. Trying to camouflage the ugly fuse box.
I love the green velvet pillow against the tan leather.
But we moved the green pillow to the other side of the couch because there was too much green velvet going on…
We used this fun chair in here even though it’s an outdoor chair, it works out perfectly in this space.
The flowers are not perfect but I had so much fun painting them. I also chose to paint them on that wall because if my sister ever gets tired of looking at them, she can just close the curtains…lol
I think the piece of resistance is this gorgeous couch. The Sven sofa is truly one of the most beautiful leather couches I’ve seen. It’s extremely spacious and so comfortable.
Speaking of spacious, I have to tell you a funny story: The entrance of the lower level of the house is super awkward and the delivery men didn’t want to risk scratching the leather so my dad and the delivery men had to pop the windows and put the couch through it. We were so worried that it wasn’t going to fit but thankfully, it worked out perfectly. We were all so impressed with the delivery service and how helpful they were.
Brody loves visiting my parent’s place and makes himself at home.
And my sister’s little dog shadow is obsessed with this rug, also from Article. He does the Homer Simpson and goes around in circles on the rug Here is a GIF in case you have no idea what I’m talking about …ha
It’s so funny to watch.
The rug is 5×8 and a little too small for the room, so we’re going to get a plain one that is bigger and layer this one over it.
But here are some more photos of the space…
I found a little gnome at the thrift store and spray painted it gold…:)
One more before and after for old time’s sakes…
So there you go. What do you think? What’s your favourite part of the makeover?
I want to thank my friends from Article for helping me with this makeover. I’m a true fan.
And THANK YOU so much for stopping by today. I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun little video.
Calypso in the Country says
Beautiful makeover and the gallery wall is one of the best I have seen behind a TV. Great job!
Marie in AZ says
What a fun and inspiring makeover! Love it!
You are so talented! This is stunning!
Outstanding makeover! Love the gallery wall, love your painted flowers, love the creativity, love the thrifty ideas! You hit it out of the park!
You did a great job!
So beautiful. Hard to believe it’s a basement–so bright and cheery! If you had not mentioned the canvas with the hand painted flower covering the fuse box I would have that it was just an extension of your fabulous artwork–so inventive. Just bought similar wall hanging at HomeSense–love it and they’re so well priced. Mine was under $30. Is that basket with the plant in it (in corner by window) from IKEA? Did you paint the lower half black? If so, what kind of paint did you use please.
Mary Wilding says
My goodness…so pretty. The added green color is beautiful. But how lucky is she to be able to enjoy your wonderful talent in her walls for years to come.
Absolute modern perfection, Lucy. Cheers, Ardith
Love it! Does this space have a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom? Is it like an apartment for your sister?
Lucy AKINS says
Yes it does. It’s what we call a in-law-suite. So it basically has its own bathroom, kitchen, and entrance. 🙂
Terri Werning says
I love it! Your freehand flowers are the perfect touch. Your sister is lucky to have you❤️
I love your wall flowers! Have you considered making a stencil for sale. I would buy it!
Nancy Davies says
Brilliant!!! What do I like? The hand drawn wall, the art gallery, the sofa, the dogs….. What is not to like?
Love the space! Did I miss where the TV console is from?
wow, what a transformation!
Brilliant! I am mesmerized by the artwork spilling over onto “real life” obstacles!! Bravo! This is wonderful to create with your sister…thank you for sharing your gifts with us, I continue to follow you because of the beauty you share and your humble character in doing so. ♥ 🙂
The mural of flowers is the best. Can you come to my house? Everything is stunning.
Andrea J Brankin says
Such an original design, amazing transformation! You have serious skills and a big heart and it shows in every decision made. Every element contributes to the whole and such a unique end result. Can’t wait to see what you do with kitchen and bath!
I don’t usually comment because most people already say what i’m thinking! I am making an exception. THIS SPACE IS AHMAZZZZING!!! I love the flowers on the wall. You should sell this pattern and make a removable wallpaper or take it to a manufacturer and see what they would be willing to do. Girl, this is fantastic and you are on to something. The sofa, the wood on the lamp, hell even the dog matches the sofa! LOL! Can you possibly tell I want to live there? I love everything about it. I, too, have a small living room. I think I am going to think about an update!
Love the flowers!!! The “opneess” is great. Could you explain how you did it. For example, did you draw them first? What kind of paint? Watercolor is what I would use. Thought I had subscribed to your blog but must not have because I haven’t been getting posts from you. Re-subscribed to day.
Again, beautiful job
Samantha Dean says
Very interesting. Cool design, unfortunately very expensive.
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Crystal Ramos says
Love this space! Can you please share where the TV stand is from?
Good Work i like it
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