Ashley’s Design Dilemma: Solved

When Ashley excitedly sent along her living room photos after our big mood board makeover we couldn’t wait to share them. Here’s her letter:

Well here they are… our AFTER pictures! We love the mood board that you put together for us. It completely helped us in getting the look we wanted. We’re so happy that we replaced most of our hand-me-down furniture with more modern (yet inexpensive) pieces. We (and when I say “we” I really mean my hard-working husband!) repainted, installed new baseboards, had new floors put in, and used your help to bring our 1968 ranch up-to-date! We are excited to share the pictures with you and your readers! Hope you enjoy. – Ashley

But perhaps we should refresh your memory with the before pictures first:

And here’s the mood board we whipped up after Ashley came to us for some help bringing her room up to date with some crisp and current furnishings and accessories (check out more mood board details here):

Now for the big reveal. Here’s what Ashley’s living room looks like after her big mood board makeover:

Isn’t that amazing? It looks like a totally different house, right? Of course the new hardwood floor paired with those freshly painted cream walls make all the difference in the world. But bringing in rich leather and dark wood furnishings along some lighter upholstered pieces, a large textured rug, and some pops of color in the lamps, art, and glass vases on the mantel really added a ton of definition and vibrance.

And it’s funny to note that the fireplace was already painted white in the before photos but it formerly felt anything but crisp. Yet somehow with the new updates in place it fits right in and feels oh so fresh. And even though the room has a large dark entertainment center and two deep toned leather sofas it still feels open and airy thanks to the lighter walls, ottoman, rug, and accent chair. We’re loving the balance of light and dark paired with some nice splashes of color. Oh and getting back to that awesome ottoman, we can totally picture it full of trays of treats while entertaining- or even just occupied by a big Monopoly board for the family to gather around. The whole space really is super inviting.

So now we’ll take a moment to toss out a huge THANK YOU to Ashley for sending us her gorgeous mood board after pics. We totally do the happy dance any time they pop up in our inbox. Didn’t she and her husband do an amazing job bringing the mood board to life? What’s your favorite part? We’re loving the colorful table lamps and art that add interest and a splash of happy to their newly transformed space. So let’s all shower them with praise for being so wonderful and sending us their pretty after pics. And here’s hoping that more Design Dilemma after photos will be landing in our inbox very soon…

Update: We sadly can no longer find the time to take on client commissioned mood boards (and just whip up general inspiration boards instead) but if we ever reinstate them we’ll make a big announcement on the blog!


  1. Stephanie says

    YAY! Ashley!!!
    I love seeing this because I have dark leather couches and I am constantly feeling the need to lighten this room up-this showa me it really is possible!!
    Great job! I love it!

  2. nic says


    I note that while many of the items are not the exact ones you had recommended (the chair, sofas, TV unit and mirror look to be different) they followed the colors and “style spirit” of the mood board and so it looks wonderful!

    • says

      Hey Nic,

      Yup, that’s totally what it’s all about. We love being a springboard and helping people to get the ol’ ball rolling. That way if they opt for a sofa and loveseat combo instead of a sectional or want a different media cabinet- perhaps a bit higher end than the steal that we hunt down- we always encourage them to do what works for them! And usually after seeing how the colors, furnishings, and accessories work together in our mood board they have the confidence to make those adjustments to end up with a room that they love in the end.


  3. Miki says

    This space looks great and the transformation is amazing! I like the TV unit the homeowners picked even better than the one suggested in the mood board.

  4. Laurel says

    Wow! What a transformation! This may be one of my favorite B&As ever!! I’m so excited for you, Ashley!

  5. Beth says

    Hurray for afters!! It’s so interesting that you made that comment about the fireplace. I had to go back to the before pictures, because in the afters it looks redone. But it wasn’t! What a great transformation.

  6. Steph Stimson says

    They did a wonderful job! I love the colors…I’m going to bookmark this mood board makeover for my own living room. ;) Would love to know what flooring they used…that is exactly what we are looking for to update our own 70’s ranch floors that are currently covered with 30 year old berber (ick). Keep up the great work & can’t wait to see The Bean when she arrives soon!

  7. Amy says

    Oh, I am hoping she can tell me where she got that entertainment center from! its exactly what i’m looking for to use in my own living room transformation!

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