A Beautiful Living Room Makeover {by Emily from Decor Chick!}

I got to meet today’s guest poster at Blissdom this past January, and she is just adorable.  I love her heart and her style…a winning combo!

I truly appreciate her helping me out during my move.  Thank you, Emily!!



Hi there Beneath My Heart fans! When Traci asked if I could help out and guest for her since she was moving, I was thrilled! I love Traci and was lucky enough to meet her at Blissdom in January and she is just SO sweet. But y’all already know that. :) She did have some great advice for me, and I look forward to the day when we can hang out more.

Over the past few years, I think I’ve been in limbo with what my style of decorating is.   But now I think I got it.  I love traditional mixed with modern. That of course doesn’t mean I didn’t have any painting mishaps or an over abundance of accessories (a/k/a, clutter), along the way because I sure did.

Our living room recently got a makeover, and it’s what made me fall in love with our home again. The house feels like a new house again, and now finally a home. I think we all strive to make our homes a welcoming retreat and a place to relax comfortably at the end of the day, but it takes time, a lot of time.

So here it is before:

And here is the after!

Pretty, right? I am really in love with how the room came out. It is so amazing how wood floors add an instant coziness and welcoming factor isn’t it? And of course the new paint definitely helps too. :) I chose to accent with yellow and blue right now, but still keeping it simple and neutral.

I sold our old area rug on Craigslist and used that money to buy 2 of the same rugs from Overstock. I bought 2 because I really liked the rug online, but it was only 5×8, so I thought I would try putting 2 together to make 1 big area rug. And, I like it! That was risky for me. :)

Like the aerial view? :) And in fact, the rug itself was risky for me. It’s not my typical floral traditional rug I would have chosen and I am really loving the fresh new change.

The t.v. nook looks way better than it did, but I still know we need some sort of built in or bigger entertainment center. But at least my darling husband put the subwoofer inside the entertainment center on the shelf instead of the floor so I could add these:


The polka dot pillows on the sofa were a killer deal.

And when the room isn’t staged with the yellow chair from the office (because I do want one permanently eventually), here’s what is really there.

Yes, that’s the little tyke’s mini recliner. :)

And way too many pics to follow now. Enjoy!


I still plan to add some wainscoting to the big wall in the living room, find a nice round ottoman, and get something different where that big picture is now. You know, the one that everyone says is hung too high. ;)

Here’s a source list:

  • Flooring: Manufacturer-Castlewood; Color-Winwood Birch; 5inch plank hand-scraped engineered hardwood.
  • Paint Color: Balanced Beige by Sherwin Williams (Color matched and used Behr’s paint and primer in one) More details about the paint in this post.
  • Curtains: See this post for details.
  • Rugs: Overstock.com, found here. Be sure and use a coupon–just google a coupon code and you’ll likely find a 10% off.
  • Floor vases & sticks: Michael’s. The vases were $50, but used a 40% off coupon for each one so they were $30.
  • Polka dot pillows: Target, on clearance for $4.98
  • Mercury glass hurricanes: I found last year around Christmas at Homegoods.

And if you’d like to see our entryway makeover, you can read about that here. See, I told ya I’ve been busy changing up our house! :)

Thanks so much for having me Traci! Love ya!!

Love you too, Emily!  Your living room is fabulous!  Thank you for the great inspiration!
Now for more inspiration, be sure to stop by Emily’s fabulous blog and say hello!


  1. Hey there! I found your blog through DecorChick. I love your style, color scheme, and attitude. I am now following! Happy moving! :)

  2. Ok…now I have to head on over to her blog and tell her she needs to come on over and do my living room….like yesterday! That is absolutely beautiful!! Thanks!

  3. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking
    issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same outcome.

  4. I absolutely love the chunky floating shelf! Did you combine different pieces to get the end result or did you purchase it from somewhere? I’m looking to recreate something similar! Fabulous job on your room!

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