Makeover Monday: Our Front Living Room

I have been in contact with a few of you about Makeover Monday and I am so excited to get started! Hopefully we will have our first reader feature in a few weeks! If you want to know more about Makeover Monday, check out my post about it last week (here) or the Makeover Monday page (here).

But since I want to get the Makeover Mondays going so y’all can see what these posts will look like, I thought I would share my makeover plans for our front living room.

Here’s the floor plan of our house. The “second living” is what we call our front living room, because well, it’s at the front of the house as compared to the main living room.

floor plan 2


This is from the foyer, and the set of doors on the right is to the kitchen. IMG_9868

Windows face the front. Lots of light!IMG_9869Facing the foyer. Sweet boy. He loves to photo bomb.

This room hasn’t been featured much, if at all, on the blog. Mostly because there hasn’t been much to share. But we have made a lot of decisions about this somewhat difficult room recently and I am excited to share more! I have learned good décor lessons from this room over the past few months. Even though they were hard to learn because they were learned in error, it’s all ending well and I’m excited to share the progress soon.

Our main vision for the room is for it to be an extra living area. This room gets a lot more sunlight than our main living room, and so we envision it as a nice place to read and relax. It also has two sets of doors so it can be private- making it a great place for small group bible studies and an extra guest room.

I made this mood board so you can see how it will all work together. Note: This is not our room or even the specific products I want to use, it’s just a great tool to see if the design is cohesive. It helps to bring generic things together that you like and see if it will all work together before you go and spend the money on more specific items.

OB-Front Living Room

I love the Ikea Ektorp series sofas and chair (similar to the mood board and seen in the photo below) because it is a very traditional feel with the rounded arm. And in white it has a cottage feel that is right up my alley. A few bright pillows like in the mood board will make it feel more fun.

Ektorp sofa and armchair in Soft White from Lynn of the US. www.bemz.comThe Ektorp loveseat with chaise, sofabed, and overstuffed chair will all be perfect to make the room cozy and bright. It will provide ample seating but not be too crowded. And yes, white.  When I get the room settled with this furniture I will talk about why I chose white.

I plan to warm up the room with bamboo shades for privacy and floor length white curtains from Ikea to make the windows look bigger. Bamboo shades with curtains.  Curtains hung high above window, blinds used to bridge the gap.  The home owners here actually used two smaller shade side by side and say the texture makes it look seamless, as long as you hang the shades very close.  Awesome and would be cheap with Ikea stuff!  The bamboo shades here are actually from Walmart.A flat, warm blue rug like this one will brighten up the floor and provide contrast with a great geometric design. blue rug for officeA mix of bright and rustic end tables like these will bring a punch of color, texture, and charm to the space. I want things that are low-profile to conserve space in this small-ish room.

 Garden stoolMaybe next to my bedroom rocker. Might hide the wires

Stump end table

I am thinking a light greige/taupe paint (the wall color in the mood board is actually a great example) to warm up the room with the white sofas. This is Coliseum Marble by Behr (I’ve got a bunch of paint chips up on the wall right now and this one seems to be leading the race).

BEHR Premium Plus Ultra 8 oz. #UL190-16 Coliseum Marble Interior/Exterior Paint Sample-UL190-16 at The Home DepotI would love to do a three-frame gallery (like in the mood board) above the loveseat with chaise of places we’ve visited to bring personal touches to the room. Add a few pretty lamps and this room is ready for guests, reading, and a good time. I can’t wait to get started!

So that’s how Makeover Monday will go! I’m excited to work on this room more and share the changes will y’all. I am also looking forward to getting y’all excited about decorating your homes and making them more personal, comfortable, and beautiful.

Want to be a part of Makeover Monday? Let me know in a comment or send me an email at I would love to work with you!


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