Hi friends! I am SO excited to FINALLY share my living room reveal with you at the new house. For you new friends out there, I recently moved back to Arizona from New York. My husband attended dental school in Buffalo but we both grew up in Arizona. We are finally back home and renting a home in the Phoenix area.
When we moved into the home, it was a beige and boring blah-fest. I LOVED the window, the high, vaulted ceilings and the fact that it’s about double the size as my last living room so I knew it was workable. Here’s the photo from the listing.
The first job on the agenda was paint. I painted the entire room Behr Swiss Coffee since I’ve used it before and it’s a great white. It’s got a slightly warm undertone but it’s very pretty and warms up the space, even being all white. After paint, decorate! Since I’m renting, I’m slightly restricted on what I can do. If it was my house, I would’ve replaced the windows, changed out the flooring, added casing to the windows and beams on the ceiling BUT I’m not so neutral paint was the only way to go.
Okay guys. Confession time. I have this obsession. It’s kind of out of hand. I’m honestly OB-SESSED with this living room makeover that the (ridiculously talented, hilarious, rock star!) Emily Henderson did for Bri Emery. You know, Bri Emery, THE brilliant blonde behind Design Love Fest. I mean, this obsession is on another level. I want every. single. item in the room. Since that’s not really an option I knew I would recreate my own version of this colorful, mid-century inspired glam living room that I love so much. There were a few things I wanted to add that Emily didn’t do in Bri’s room and some things in Bri’s room that just weren’t an option for me.
Can we just take a moment?! This room has me all like…
I’ve painted, DIYed, built, dyed, sewn, thrifted, craigslisted all of my heart into my version of this amazing room! Guys, I love it so much. Is that weird to say about my own house? I think the reason I love it so much is because I literally handpicked every single thing in the room to my taste, on my budget and my skill level to make my favorite room I’ve ever done… and that’s saying something! Here she is in all her glory.
There are some obvious similarities and lot of differences and that’s what’s awesome about it! The color palette is the same because let’s get real, it’s every single one of my favorite colors jam-packed into one room! Let’s dig in and get to the details.
Here’s the tv side. This wall is crazy tall and wide and the tv stand/dresser thing alone just wasn’t going to be substantial enough for this wall. Remember how it used to be coral? I love the wood tone and white because it really plays more to the mid-century era. I stripped it and refinished the veneer. Yes, that’s veneer on the top and I was able to salvage it after painting it! The white is a Pure White I did with BB Frosch chalk paint powder. I’ll give a full tutorial on that makeover soon.
The art on the left is a watercolor cactus I painted myself! (Yay for learning some watercolor techniques. I can’t get enough you guys. It’s so fun / relaxing!) The copper “home” Arizona is copper vinyl that I cut out with my Silhouette Cameo. I framed them in these wood Darice 12×12 frames I got on Amazon here. I dip-dyed the pink and white pillow and I’ll show you how soon too. I friggin love that pink dyed pillow.
This beauty was a recent find at an antique store! It’s an authentic Native American woven basket from this awesome Antique Plaza here in Mesa, AZ. It was all of the colors I love and I love it in the space.
I built the wood and copper sconces and that tutorial is coming soon too! They’re pretty easy, inexpensive and I love them!
The cute little rattan chair is from Ikea! It’s only $49 and is surprisingly comfortable! The faux fur is from Ikea too and the little plant is from Target.
You may have caught a little sneak peek of this corner on Instagram if you follow us. If not, follow @classyclutter!
For the art work, I LOVED the black abstract art from West Elm but thought it would be cheaper and more fun to make my own. I got a large white canvas and some black acrylic paint and just did some dry brush swashes to create the look! So easy and so fun!
The rug and the coffee table are some of my favorite elements of the room. The rug is from RugsUSA and it’s the Windsor Damla Overdyed Rug and I am in love with it. I toyed with the idea of the same rug in pink for the space but I really like turquoise and wanted to bring that color in as a main color so the rug was perfect. I think the pink would be a little much for a house of 5 boys (I’m the only girl living here!) so I opted for the pretty turquoise. Don’t worry, I ordered the pink one for my craft room! I’ve had it for a few months now and it’s a great size and the perfect thickness for layering on top of carpet and has held up wonderfully with my rambunctious little boys and with being in a high traffic area. Highly recommend it!
The sofa is from Ikea and is the KIVIK in Isunda Gray. The covers are removeable and even though it says not to wash them, I have (I’m a rebel) and they clean up beautifully to Cheeto fingers! It’s really comfortable too! The yellow pillow is from Ikea, faux fur pillow from Amazon (here) and I made the scallop pillow. Tutorial coming soon because I was OBSESSED with the one Emily found for Bri Emery’s living room and it was no where to be found. Emily got hers in Portland and couldn’t remember where it was from. When you can buy, DIY! That’s my motto anyway!
I love this little corner too! It’s such a long wall that it needed something more than an end table on this side of the couch. The chair is vintage that I found in New York. Can we just talk about the detail on the back?! I love it! I added the fur to the seat cover. The mirror is from Home Depot. Ottoman, rug, plant and lion guy from Target. Gold table from HomeGoods.
Black and white throw from Ikea.
Also, Arizona (specifically Mesa) peeps, this iconic Mesa Diving Lady Motel print is from Floating Specks and it just makes me so happy!
I really love how it all came together!
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xo, Mallory & Savannah