Laura’s paint and accessory makeover is truly a testament that high style doesn’t have to come at a high price. Here’s her letter:
I enjoy reading your blog and wanted to share some before and after pictures of my living room redesign. I too am a first-time homeowner of a charming older house (a Cape Cod built in 1951). Since moving in four years ago, I have enjoyed taking on many projects to make the house my own while still honoring its history. The living room is now one of my favorite rooms in the house. Please excuse the clutter and décor in the “before” pictures; they were taken before I moved in. To complete the transformation, I used Behr’s Tide Pools on the walls with Behr’s Pot of Cream on the trim and filled the room with furnishings from Target, Pier 1, and JCPenney (and accessories from Homegoods, Marshall’s, and Target). The curtains hail from Christmas Tree Shops and the photography is actually pictures I took when living in Spain. Thanks for such an inspiring site. Keep up the good work! – Laura
Here’s Laura’s living room before the big makeover:
And here’s the same room after a few totally doable changes (hard to believe, isn’t it?!):
Isn’t that a lovely and inspiring transformation? We always say that paint and curtains really can dramatically upgrade a space and Laura’s living room is the perfect example of just how far those two things can go! What do you guys think? What’s your favorite part? Thanks so much for sending the photos our way Laura. Long live simple and oh so transformative room redos like yours!
Looks nice, and I hope you found another room for that fabulous mid-century coffee and end table.
AMAZING transformation – thank God you got rid of that bright yellow lamp shade – YIKES! Great job!
GORGEOUS!!! I am so very impressed. Can you come to my house, Laura?
What an incredible before and after. Laura’s decorating style is so tasteful. I’m inspired to re-do my living room now. :)
Beautiful!! Looks so warm and inviting now.
I love love looove this makeover! This is exactly what I want the feel to be in my place. Kudos to Laura- you did an amazing job!
Love your site by the way! I have printed a lot of your stories out and have them in a binder with dividers labeled “Future Projects”, “Money Savers”, “Color Inspiration” and “Tips and Tricks”. I go to it every time I need some motivational pick-me-ups.My hubby calls it my DIY Bible ;)
Wow, we’re pinching ourselves. It’s so amazing to hear that you’ve printed out some of our posts for reference and organized them in a binder. So orderly and flattering!
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This is such a classy transformation! I love the geometric pillow on the side chair.
WOW! From Grandma to Glam!
Whoa! That is amazing. I love the whole room. What a great transformation.
What’s Laura’s blog?
We’re afraid Laura doesn’t have a blog. Yet. Maybe now that she’s heard how much everyone enjoys her makeover she’ll start one so we can watch her makeover the rest of her casa!
Megan @ The Southern Nest says
Wow! I love the color combination…how fresh! I love the brown chair with the nail head detail, and I love the patterned pillows which add a great pop of color and pattern. Great job!
jacquelin Hicks says
WOW! Thank goodness for paint and sleek furniture. This room is gorgeous. I love the fun pillows… they make the room pop!
Looks great! I usually shy away from blue, but this looks open, spacious and very comfy!
And I love the fact that Xmas Tree Shop curtains were used – they are a great ‘secret’ source for deeply discounted, unique decor! I drove past the one in Sandwich yesterday and would have loved to stop in but had no time.
Our family calls it the “$20 dollar store” because even when we have nothing in mind to buy, we always spend at least $20 in found treasures! (And Target is the “$60 dollar store”) :)
Super inspiring! The color scheme in my new place is a bit like this. I just love how simple but modern it is. Fantastic!
wow… i want to live in that room!! i love the blue/brown combo – i have that in my house, but not done nearly as well!!
I really love these colors! We’ve been thinking about redoing our living room in similar tones and I love love love the wall paint.
WOW!!! THAT LOOKS AMAZING! i AM GOING TO SAVE THIS PICTURE FOR MY NEXT PROJECT ROOM! LOVE IT!
Looks great! I instantly recognized the Target furniture (we have the same coffee table)! :)
Great job on the living room, Laura! I love all the pillows you chose.
One question, though, and I am hoping not to sound too stupid but, what is a “Christmas Tree Shop” – is that the actual name or is it like a Peppermint Forest type store?
Laura, i loooooove this room… it is “so me” Awesome Job!!!
I love this room, and it definitely seems do-able on an average budget! Do you happen to know where Laura got the couch and two chairs? (She mentioned furnishings from Target and JcPenny – perhaps from one of those stores?) I’m hunting for the same pieces now, and I’m looking for something affordable, cozy and basic that I can jazz up with interesting throw pillows and decor!
Wow! LOVE. IT. I love the blue and brown color combo. The whole thing looks amazing!
Holy cow! The before picture looks like she traveled back in time! Looks great!! Love the contrast.
Breathtaking!! I like everything about it! The two chairs and pillows are definitely at the top of the list!
What a difference a little paint and up dated furnishing can make. 100% transformation.
Alicia S says
Wow, great job!!! This is the look that I am trying to get in my own home!! So gorgeous!!
I love the idea of the binder that Jennifer started. I’m going to do the same!
Love it! I have a room done in very similar colors and have been looking for throw pillows. Do you happen to know exactly which store she found those and when she found them? She mentioned several stores and I have access to all of them but have not seen those pillows lately. It’s just amazing!!!
Janell Beals says
You wouldn’t know it was the same room…excellant!
Jennifer, the Christmas Tree Shop is a chain of discount stores that sells decor, overstocks, holiday items, candles, toys, etc… you can read about them here http://www.christmastreeshops.com/ If you have an opportunity to visit one, do so – they have great items!
Jenny @ Words On Wendhurst says
So much of the stuff in our house comes from the Christmas Tree Shop. I love that a lot of it is really classic, and may just need a little tweaking to be the perfect item for my home.
I found this cabinet for the kitchen there a while back, on clearance! http://wordsonwendhurst.blogspot.com/2008/08/score-at-christmas-tree-shop.html
Great job Laura!
Laura Graham says
I LOVE before and after pics! That looks awesome!
So glad you guys are loving Laura’s makeover as much a we are! We’ve dropped her a line to let her know that her before & after pictures are up, so here’s hoping she drops in to answer all of your questions soon!
FAB-U-LOUS!!!! We also have a cape cod built of the same age; I can only hope when we’re done it will look as nice as hers!
A lovely and relaxing room. Great job! The colors and scale just fit together!
The only suggestion is to think about replacing the area rug when time/budget allow. Think about something larger and maybe creams/taupes with just a touch of blue. Sherry and John always recommend great rugs on their mood board, so maybe look at those.
Love to see more of your house,
I love this room–I know a lot of people say brown and blue are “overdone”, but I personally think it always looks totally classic and chic.
You guys need your own HG show, I swear?! Love the makeovers you show, as they are incredibly affordable and attainable. SO glad I found this blog, and have passed it along to all of my friends and colleages!!
PS- the wedding pics and ideas are FAB. Wish I could go back, throw in my uber formal starchy wedding, and do it your way?! =) Just awesome…
Court @ Beauty Fully Used says
Those colors are so great – it looks like the perfect place to relax!
Krista D says
I adore this room! I’m most interested in the trim painting, though (I know – out of all the gorg things in this room, I ask about the trim!). Our house has dark brown stained trim in every single solitary room – around windows, baseboards, and doorways. I’d love to paint some of them white, but am not sure how to do it without it looking wrong as it meets the trim in the next room. I love how much of an impact the cream trim adds to the room, as opposed to the former color. Just beautiful!
So gorgeous, Laura. I just love your colors.
Speaking of binders, I also have printours from your site in a binder here. John and Sherry, please tell me an agent has snapped you two up by now? I eagerly await Young House Love: The Book! You practically have all the material right here!
Lisa in Seattle says
Lovely! My faves: The wall color (I have almost the same color in my craft room, like the sky on a spring morning), the creamy trim (obsessed with baseboards at the moment), and the bright pop of pink flowers (it makes me want to see more pink accents). I hope our living room comes together even one percent as nicely as this!
Amanda White says
Fabulous throw pillows! All the colors flow so well, she did a great job of picking out the paint colors on the wall! Definitely an inspiration..I am wanting to paint my guest room a good blue color. ***Sherry, do they still have Gentle Tide? I didn’t see it at Home Depot and I was thinking of using the color in my guestroom and having all white bedding! I think it would be pretty! :)
Supposedly if you ask at the counter they can look up the formula and whip up a batch for you even though the color has been discontinued. Hope it helps!
kristin jo says
Very pretty room Laura! I bet you enjoy that comfy chair w/ ottoman a lot.
I have a very tactical question: how did you hang the sheers? Are they hanging on a tension rod? It doesn’t look like you are using a double rod — the hardware for the panels looks separate. Any advice would be great! I now have panels and may add sheers for more privacy.
K*OS (Keep On S'myelin!) says
Great job!!! Great colours!!!
I’d like to know where the sofa and matching chair with ottoman, coffee table and end table are from. Is there a way to find out?
Great transformation! More modern, yet inviting. I too love the pillows.
Sherry, any tips for your favorite online sites for great-looking (and of course, affordable!) pillows? I always seem to see the same things at all of the stores. You’ve probably already posted that somewhere, but I missed it. Thanks!!
Good question! We like Target, Crate and Barrel and even places like TJ Maxx and Bed Bath and Beyond for pillows. Hope it helps!
I LOVE it!! Particularly the cool blue/brown combination, very relaxing!
Nice job! Quite a transformation.
Thanks prettythings! I’m in SC so there aren’t any close to me, but it looks great!
Gorgeous makeover, I love the colors used! I’ve never heard of the Christmas Tree Shop before this post. I had to check it out, but there’s not one near me, just like the nearest IKEA is 300 miles away. =(
That is amazing!!! It doesn’t even look like the same house.
I love it. This is exactly what I’ve been wanting to do but kept getting cold feet. Thank you for sharing!