Living Room Restyle- Inspiration

Do you ever just feel like you need a change? I am definitely feeling it in our living room area right now. We purchased our current home right after our oldest son Connor was born. It was the sixth place we lived in during the first two years we had been married, so between being the exhausted first-time mother of an infant and the exhausted wife who had just packed up her life and moved for the sixth time, decorating was not the first thing on my mind. I hung up some of the pictures and decor items we had from our previous homes, never put a lot of thought into it, and left it that way…until now.

Four years later, I’m finally ready to switch it up. {I know, it’s about time, right?} I have big plans for two walls in our living room, and their makeovers will have to abide by my rule for Frugal February— I can only use items I already have on hand. This could get interesting.

Our living room is divided into two areas–the “grown up” area with the couch, chairs, and TV, and the “kid” area, which houses all the toys. {Who am I kidding, though? The kids really own both sides.} The first wall we’re going to change is on the “grown up” side. Here’s what it looks like “before”:

Wall 1 Before_edited-1

The shelves don’t quite fill up the wall as much as I would like, there’s nothing creative about them, and overall it’s a pretty boring picture. Not for long, though! I have been eyeing some gorgeous photo walls on Pinterest, and I’m pretty sure that’s what we’ll be doing with this space.

Though I’m always in awe of gallery walls like this one from Wild & Precious, I’m not sure that my straight-lined, 90-degree-angled brain would be able to wrap my mind around one of these for our home.

Photo via Wild & Precious

Photo via Wild & Precious

I love the mix of colors and black and white, and I adore the monogram letter that they worked in. (Shocker, huh? For more on my love of monograms, check out our powder room makeover.)

Our photo wall, however, will probably end up a little closer to this one from The House Undone:

The House Undone Photo Wall

Photo via The House Undone

Look at all those straight lines and right angles–I swoon!

Even though the floating shelves weren’t the best fit for the first wall, I think they could be great in the second space we’re looking to rework. It’s on the “kid side” of the living room, and I’m hoping to give it a more sophisticated, cozy-reading-spot feel rather than the “toys threw up all over the room” feel it currently has. :) Here it is:

Wall 2 Before_edited-1

I promise that framed picture used to make sense in that spot, but then the C’s grew, their toy collection grew, and it all went downhill from there. I’m hoping to reach a happy medium here– it will still be a space primarily for the C’s, but mommy will also be able to look at it without cringing.

My inspiration for using shelves in this area comes from the always-beautiful Shelley over at The House of Smiths. If you haven’t discovered her blog yet–GO! It is absolute gorgeousness. I especially love her kitchen shelves that she decorates seasonally:

Kitchen Shelves - The House of Smiths

Photo via The House of Smiths

Incredible, right? I love the balance, the colors, pretty much everything about them. If our shelves turn out half this pretty, I can die a happy woman. {Ok, maybe that’s a BIT of an exaggeration. ;)}

I am so excited to finally have a fresh look in our living area! It is the area of the house where we spend the most time, and I think we will really enjoy it so much more when we love how it looks. Stay tuned to see how it turns out!

Do you have a picture wall in your home? Were you brave enough to go with the gallery style or are you a lines and angles gal like me? How do you like to decorate your floating shelves?

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  1. says

    Thought I would stop by to visit! Thanks for popping by my blog :) We just made a gallery wall. It is at the top of the stairs near our front door, so the first thing you see when you walk in. I should blog post it I think… We went with random frames in random sizes and I love it. We also have a larger print that says “family” and sort of looks like graffiti. It makes it look casual and fun which I like.

    • says

      Ooh you should post about it! I would love to see it! I will probably do a gallery wall at some point, but I want to “study” them some more before I attempt it. :) Thanks for stopping by the blog!

      -Abby =)


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