One Room Challenge: Living Room Makeover!

April 6, 2017

Filed Under : Interiors

Welp guys, I wasn’t originally planning on participating in the ORC this round, but when I started brainstorming our living room, I couldn’t stop! So, I’m a little late to the game today, but here I am! These next 5 weeks are definitely going to be a challenge to get it done, but I’ve always tended to work better under pressure. Otherwise, three years will go by and your kitchen still won’t be finished. But that’s never happened at my house or anything ;)…


Our living room has taken on many different forms. I started out envisioning floral prints and black and white patterns when we first moved in. We were in the middle of renovations, and hello budget! So I had to work with what I had…which was pretty much nothing! A friend of ours was moving and gave us his gray couch, so that became our couch! Then we settled on a moroccan black and white shag rug, and I think that is one of my biggest house regrets. #1, it was too small and made the large room feel awkward and unfinished. #2, those babies shed like crazy!! #3, Oh yeah, we have a wild dog! It felt was impossible to keep the living room clean, so out it went!

I replaced that rug with a black and white ikea rug we hadn’t designated a space for yet. It was certainly temporary, as it also didn’t fill the room well. We also had a brown midcentury coffee table at one point. But when Piper fell off the couch straight into the corner of the coffee table, I said “see ya!” I always felt it made the room too cool and overly  midcentury, so I was looking for a reason to get rid of it anyway.

One Room Challenge: Living Room Update

Here is one of the only before pictures I found (hiiiiiii my tiny baby!). I don’t have any more before pictures … I guess I tend not to document HORROR. Here is pretty much where we are today:

One Room Challenge: Living Room

I landed this dream anthropologie rug at a nearby warehouse store called Final Cut, for literally 85% off!! Not even kidding. So obviously I had to buy it. Just like Piper’s nursery, it is going to be what the rest of the room is designed around. I guess I just can’t pass up a pink rug ;)

One thing that I’ve also learned through the previous One Room Challenge, and through designing our house, is I am very indecisive when it comes to decor. I love midcentury modern, but I also love boho. I love bright pops of color and palm spring edgy vibes, but I also love muted monochromatic schemes. I am all over the place! So, enter stage left Hayden of Markely Design.  This lady is the bee’s knees, and I love all of her work. She’ll keep me on a straight and narrow path and iron our all of my design chaos ;)

Make sure to check out all of the other fabulous spaces and One Room Challenge guest participants on Calling It Home’s blog. So excited to share with you all what we have in store over these next few weeks!

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