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Reader Redesign: Take A Load Off

Alison’s gorgeous chair makeover had us green with envy. We love that she noticed the stellar lines of these formerly mediocre pieces and transformed them in a big way. Here’s her letter:

I thought I’d send over the before and afters of a pair of awesome chairs that I got at an estate sale for $5 each and repainted, recovered, and now have in our living room! I saw one of the chairs first, liked it, was interested, walked away, and found another tucked away in the attic of the house. Half price on everything — SOLD! I got them home, dusted them off and spray painted them with some Satin Black spray paint and was off to find some fabric! I live near Minneapolis, MN and there is this awesome little fabric store hidden away called Crafty Planet and they had just what I was looking for: zebra animal print in my favorite yellowish green color. A few staples later and I had myself a set of awesome awesome chairs! Hope you enjoy! I sure am. Love the blog! -Alison

Isn’t that one fabulous double chair makeover? You can’t beat the DIY affordability- and they look like a million bucks! Thanks so much for sending the lovely and inspiring photos our way Alison! And if anyone needs a chair upholstery lesson here’s the play by play.


Julia’s Design Dilemma

Julia’s living room is bursting with clean-lined and modern potential. Here’s her letter:

I’m so excited to transform my living room with your help!  I want it to work as a living/dining room. We couldn’t decide on a furniture layout so we ended up buying both a sectional and a sofa but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t look great to have so many big couches in the room so we can lose one of them. I’m clueless about what to do with the two huge windowless walls on either side of the room. We may want to add a flat screen TV someday and so I’d appreciate an idea of where that could go. We also will need storage for kids toys down the road (we have an 11 month old). We want to paint the fireplace (the red brick doesn’t fit with our happy modern vision). The dining table and chairs can go- it would be nice to seat 6-8 people and have comfy chairs. I think the room could use some recessed lights and a pendant light over the dining table. Pretty much everything else in the living room room can go. My husband and I coined a term for the look we like called “happy modern.” We like pops of color, clean lines but still very comfy & inviting. Your house actually looks “happy modern” to us – and that’s one reason we like your blog! Oh and I want to repaint- we painted the room Benjamin Moore Barley and it’s too warm and I’d prefer a soft blue-green color. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Thanks so much! -Julia

This space is primed for a major makeover. Here’s the plan:

And now for the mood board breakdown.

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