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A Sunny Before & After

Sunny living room with a purple couch

A Sunny Before & After

I recently completed a living room revamp for a lovely young family – we all loved that it came together easily and quickly!



It helped that the wife had already had the room painted a pretty, light gray – Purbeck Stone from Farrow & Ball – and that the room had gorgeous windows and architectural details.

Here’s a before shot of the room:

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And the after:






Before, from a different angle:

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And after:

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We decided to put a bench along that wall for additional seating (we debated putting a console there, but I’m glad we chose the “more seating” option!).

For wall art, we opted for this awesome aerial photo of the Santa Monica Beach boardwalk, a nod to the couples’ Southern California roots.


Bench: Pietro Two Seat Upholstered Bench, $438  |  Curtains: West Elm Linen Cotton Curtain, $99 ea


They also have this fabulous fireplace in the room.  But it looked a little blank (read: boring!) to me.



First, we painted the orange tiles in front of the fireplace using “garage paint” (it’s a hearty paint that can withstand “the elements”).  Then, we added a large sunburst mirror and painted the wall that is jutting out a bit a darker gray, just to add interest.  Because we were already using Farrow & Ball colors, I suggested Dark Pipe.  Worked beautifully!


Mirror: Wisteria Nouveau Sunburst Mirror, $399


What I love about these “quick & easy” revamps is that truthfully ANYONE can zhush up their living spaces without breaking the bank.  We used readily available items, much of them at a discount.  It doesn’t have to take much to completely transform a space.



Rug: Chunky Jute and Wool Rug, Pottery Barn, ~$600

Curtains: West Elm Linen Cotton Curtain, $99 ea

Coffee Table: Terrace Coffee Table, West Elm, $429

Fake Orchid: Romantic Orchid in Vintage Mercury Glass, Wayfair, ~$70

Gold “Sea Urchin” Decorative Accessories: Dwell Studio Urchin Shiny Gold Object, starting at ~$18

Pillows: Chiang Mai, Betwixt and Saya Gata patterns, all found on Etsy, starting at ~$40. 

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