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Tips to give your living room a refresh

living room refresh

My first home decor project of the new year. My living room refresh is up on the blog. We spend a great deal of time in our living room. It’s the center of our home. But with two boys and a dog, it gets alot of wear and tear. As much as I want our home to be aesthetically pleasing, we also live in our space. So practicality, functionality and materials that can be easily washed are essential.

Here are some of my tips for giving your living room a refresh.

And as always, you can shop the post by clicking on the links throughout.

1.) Switch out your accent colors. It’s a known fact I love to decorate with neutrals. Whites, creams and grays never go out of style. We painted the walls in all of our common areas “Alabaster White” by Sherwin Williams. I like to keep my furniture and decor neutral so that you can then just switch out different color accent pieces when you want to change things up. I love pairing blues/greens with neutrals for a calming yet bright feel.  Add some turquoise glass jars or vases and some greenery. Here are some of favorites below.

2.) Add or replace your curtains – changing your curtains can really change the look of your room.

This was our living room BEFORE with the original sheer white curtains that were leftover from our previous home.

tips for a living room refresh

This is our living room currently with new curtains. Rather than buying new curtains, I used two dropcloths. Look at what a difference it makes. Stay tuned for a tutorial coming soon!

tips for a living room refresh

 

3.) Switch out your pillows – You can never go wrong with too many throw pillows. It’s the easiest way to switch up your decor and change it for the seasons. I used to just buy a bunch of different throw pillows. But then I got smart and invested in a few nice pillows and now just switch out the pillow covers.

I found all of these on Amazon and linked below.

I also made these farmhouse personalized pillow case covers. Available in my Etsy shop!

farmhouse monogram pillow covers

4.) Add or replace your rug – An area rug can really warm up a space. Our original rug was from Wayfair and I loved it! But being that it was in a high traffic area, I wanted one that I could clean easily. Enter Ruggable – rugs that are waterproof, machine washable, and easily interchangeable. On Black Friday, I purchased this one from Ruggable. It comes with a non-slip pad and a washable rug cover – life changing!

tips for a living room refresh ruggable rug

5.) Update your wall hangings or photos – Just changing a few of your wall hangings or switching out your photos can change the look of your space. I added this arched mirror above our end table. I linked a few of my favorites below.

tips for a living room refresh, arched mirror, glass vase with greenery

Check out some of my other decor ideas

How to style your bookcases

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Update

Nursery Reveal

Big Boy Room Reveal

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Tips for a living room refresh

6 In decor/ farmhouse decor/ home decor

How to style your bookcase

How to style your bookcase or decorate your built in bookshelves
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One of the things I get asked often is for tips on how I style my bookcases. My entertainment center and built in bookcases are a big focal point in our home and I have had so much fun styling them. I like to change out some of the items as the seasons change too. It’s a great way to freshen up the room.

Here are my tips on how to style your bookcase.

And be sure to scroll to the bottom where I’ve linked some of my favorite items to decorate with.

1.) Start fresh – First take everything off of your shelves. Gather all of your decor from your shelves and throughout your home and put it in a pile so that you can see everything in your collection.

2.) Choose your color palette – Think about the color palette in your room and choose pieces that complement it so as to make it look cohesive. I decorate my home in natural colors like white, creams, gray, and greens to give the room an open and airy feel.

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3.) Create balance – Balance each side with items of equal proportion. You want it to look balanced, not necessarily symmetrical. But it also doesn’t need to be “matchy-matchy” which I personally think makes it look more staged.

4.) Add books – Stack them vertically as well as horizontally, with some in the center and others to the side to create a mixture. I made these custom books with our names to add a personal touch. Head to my Etsy shop to see some of my other collections or create a personalized set of your own.

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5.) Add faux or real plants – My personal favorites are either dried hydrangeas, eucalyptus and boxwood. I added little boxwood wreaths and tied them with some ribbon to decorate the doors. This is a great way to add some color. Using different sized vases and pitchers is another great way to add dimension.

6.) Use decorative trays and baskets  – Not only is this a great way to give your items a home, but it also adds different elements and textures such as metals and woods as well. I like to store blankets in some baskets on the bottom shelves to make the room a little more cozy.

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7.) Less is more – Your shelves should not look cluttered. It’s ok to leave some shelves almost bare. It makes it appear bigger.

 

Shop some of my favorite decor items below:

Baskets

Books

Boxwood Wreath

Decorative beaded garland

Decorative tray

Tiered stand

Check out some of my favorite farmhouse decor items on Amazon

 

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1 In Baby/ decor/ home/ home decor

Nursery Reveal

Monochrome nursery reveal
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I’m so excited to finally share Mav’s Nursery Reveal on the blog! Let me just say, that this process made it completely evident how things change after your first baby. When we were pregnant with Dude (we didn’t know he was a dude at the time), we had the nursery all set and were prepared well before his arrival. He ended up never sleeping in it (we coslept and then we moved), but it was my favorite room in the house and we would often play in there. This time around, I was in no rush because I knew we had time. And then once he came, life got crazy with the two (you can follow our story on Instagram here.) But I finally got around to finishing all the details and adding some personal touches.

Scroll below to see the complete Nursery Reveal.

You can shop by clicking the thumbnails below the photos or the links at the bottom.

And be sure to check out my Etsy shop for some cute personalized nursery decor.

As soon as we found out it was a boy, I knew that I wanted to give the nursery a modern, monochromatic look.  I off-set the black and white with some earth tones and greens.

Monochrome nursery reveal

 

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

 

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

 

Spearmint Love is a small shop I found on Instagram. They have tons of unique crib sheets in all different prints and colors. (I’ve linked Mav’s sheets all the way at the bottom).

 

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

The dressers were my grandparents. They were originally oak with gold hardware. We painted it white and then bought the black knobs off of Amazon.

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

Details:

The walls are Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.

Crib // Blanket

Rug

Mirror

Crib sheet // Changing pad cover – both from Spearmint Love

Baskets

Highland cow prints // Wooden hanging frames

I have loved putting together personalized and special rooms for both of my boys (see Dude’s big boy room here).

And if you’re still on the hunt for some personalized nursery decor check out my Etsy shop!

 

Monochrome Nursery Reveal

3 In decor/ home/ kids

Big Boy Room Reveal

Big Boy Room Reveal - Beddy's Bedding
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Finally it’s here – Dude Man’s Big Boy Room Reveal! Designing a big boy room was a little more challenging than I thought it was going to be. I wanted something classic that would grow with him and would fit with the rest of the style of our home, yet reflect his individual style and personality. It’s quickly become my favorite room in the house. Even when Dude isn’t home, I find myself standing in there, because it reminds me of him.

(Throughout the post I’ve linked some of my favorite pieces from his room so you can shop too and re-create the look! Click the links throughout and the thumbnails underneath each picture.)

And be sure to scroll to the bottom for a 20% off discount code for Beddy’s Bedding!!!!

 

For a classic Big Boy Room I knew I wanted the color scheme to be cool grays and blues. We painted the walls Passive Gray by Sherwin Williams. I love this shade of gray because it has cool undertones to it and plays with the blue nicely. (A little back story about picking paint colors – I sometimes have a hard time deciding. When we were re-doing our previous home, I knew I wanted our living room/dining room to be gray and I ended up having hubby repaint several times until it was just the right shade. It was literally like 50 shades of gray. I recommend selecting a few options and painting little swatches on the wall of each color. Then once it’s dry, observe during daylight and night so you can see which you like best).

I used all of the furniture from dude’s nursery including the bed which we were able to transition to a full size. Beddy’s sent me his bedding in the Sketched Boy’s Room Print. If you haven’t heard of Beddy’s bedding before they have made making the bed and washing bedding literally so easy. Beddy’s is a one-piece bedding system that wraps around the bed like a fitted sheet and actually stays in place!  It has a zipper so that you can totally unzip the top from the bottom to make for easy washing and to make the bed you just zip up!!!!

Big Boy Room Reveal - Beddy's Bedding

I added pops of blue with these striped curtains from Target and some throw pillows.

 

I had been looking for some wooden signs for each of the boy’s rooms with their names. I had this one made from Hickory Hollow Designs. It’s a husband and wife team out of Pennsylvania. They have their own Etsy shop where you can create and personalize your own sign. They were so incredibly easy to work with and they do such quality work.

Big Boy Room Reveal - wooden name sign

Right now Dude Man is obsessed with all things Dinosaurs. I found these cute dinosaur print wall stick-ons and this sign from Hobby Lobby. I’ve linked some similar ones below.

Big Boy Room Reveal

 

On the other side of the room is this tall dresser which was his original nursery furniture. I love all of the shelving and the height that it provides. I styled the shelves with some ceramic dinosaurs I had found, and some other pieces that are personal to Dude in addition to his favorite books.

Big Boy Room Reveal

 

He also had a ton of little toy dinosaurs that were always all over the floor. I placed them on this cute wooden shelf we got from Target

Big Boy Room Reveal selving

 

My sisters got this wooden sign and had it displayed at my Baby Shower. And I found this cute little glob to add as an accent piece. It reminds me of Dude because he is my inquisitive one.

Big Boy Room Reveal

So there you have it. The perfect Big Boy Room for my dude. I love the way it came out and so does my little man so I’d say it was a success!

Click here to see my Nursery Reveal

Click here for 20% off your very own Beddy’s Bedding – use code OURTINYNEST20 at checkout!

 

Big Boy Room Reveal