5.22.2015

Project Design: Refresh Your Living Room With These Inexpensive Tips



Welcome to Project Design where Cindy from Rough Luxe Lifestyles and I recruit other design bloggers to give their advice on specific projects.  

Here are my 10 low cost tips to refresh your living room... 

1.  Bring the outside in.  Living in San Francisco with views of the Bay, inspired me to bring in calming sky blues and soft grays.


2.  Have you considered painting the back of your bookcase?
Paint is an inexpensive refresh--especially if you do it yourself.  In the blue/gray theme, I painted ours Benjamin Moore Sterling.
I love the way the color changes throughout the day.

3.  Restyle your shelves.  In my case, I wanted 
  • soft, muted colors
  • more white
  • books grouped by color



4.  Use what you already own.  I group collections together.


5.   This inexpensive mirror reflects light and the view.  At $29 from IKEA, it could also work behind a cocktail bar or above a dresser.


6.  Flowers can really give you a fresh look!  These are from Trader Joe's.
Splurge on a stylish new vase like this one from West Elm.   
 And in case you missed it…


read how to arrange flowers like a pro here.


7.  Use a less costly twin bed blanket as a throw.

Recently, I bought this soft herringbone blanket on sale at Target for $25 (it's folded in quarters and was much less expensive than cashmere one from Restoration Hardware on the other sofa below).

8.  New Pillows cost less than new furniture :)  More on my new pillows (I'm so happy) in a future post.


9.  Look around your living room.  Could changing the hardware on a piece give it new life?   Like I did here with pulls from Anthropologie...

And finally…
10.  Wash the slipcovers or professionally clean the upholstery--or at least flip your seat cushions.

Clean slipcovers: mean that Chief is temporarily banned from the sofas unless he is on his blanket…


Run over and get some good inspiration from these ladies…I bet you will love your "new" living room after trying a few of their tips.

36 comments:

  1. Perfection....and the VIEWS. Lawdy Lawdy....I could sit and look out your windows for HOURS!!!

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    1. Linda, I wish you could see the views in person--they change with the weather and the boats and ships coming and going.

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  2. Beautiful! These are all great tips & wow at those flowers! Hi to Chief!

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    1. Thanks, Rene´....Chief is a good boy.

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  3. Very fresh and fun!! I love the view from the window!!

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  4. Perfect ideas Mary Ann!! It is so amazing what even a small change can make in ones decor!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  5. Your room is so pretty and I love the idea of the blanket as a throw.

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    1. And I liked the price Marty. With the fog it gets cold here in the summertime and a light blanket is nice.

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  6. What a great idea of the blanket as a throw! I have thought about using one of those long turkish towels for summer. Love the bookcase color and I LOVE your new pillows!

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    1. I was thinking of a Turkish towel too. Glad we did this Cindy...feels like I have a new living room...without spending much.

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  7. Mary Ann, you are the Queen of decor!! What great advice and what gorgeous and inspiring images. I am so so thrilled to be a part of Project Design!!! I am not a decorator and feel so honored to be in this series with such talented design bloggers! Thanks a million!!!

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    1. Yvonne, you definitely are a decorator! And a great entertainer, cook...you do it all!

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  8. The blue/gray is so pretty with the white. I just used Horizon by B.M.... Its so pretty, it goes with blue or grays. Those gray/blues can be tricky! Great tips!

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    1. I love Horizon, too...that and Palladian blue are the ones...and Glass Slipper that I usually use.

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  9. Mary Ann,
    I love what you're recommended. I also love that you and Cindy have started this series. I find it so inspirational for coming up with ideas for my home.
    Enjoy the weekend.
    xo,
    Karen

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  10. Genius idea about the twin blanket. And I totally agree or restyling bookshelves, that always refreshes a space.

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    1. I had fun redoing the book shelves, Elizabeth after painting the backs. I loved coming out the next morning to look at them.

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  11. Love all your tips Mary Ann and your home showcases this all beautifully! Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

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  12. I don't know how you do it Mary Ann. I thought your place was gorgeous before and you STILL found ways to make it even better than before. love the paint color, the throw on the back of the sofa, so many good tips. plus you have the perfect accessory in Chief!

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  13. Your tips are the best Mary Ann, but then what else could I expect for my favorite decorator! LOVE the "Sterling" paint on the backs of your shelves, I really should do that! My very fav flowers, peonies, but we haven't had any at our TJ's and your other arrangement has my other favorite flower, hydrangeas! Your colors and pillows are gorgeous, I especially love the "birdie" one...so fitting for spring! All great ideas!

    On another note, not sure if you remember that we painted our ceiling in our living room a light blue, but the other day I suddenly looked up and the ceiling in no longer blue!!!!!! It's a dirty white!!!! I couldn't believe my eyes so when Kenny came home I asked him...."what color is the ceiling?" and he said...."White...but I thought we painted it blue?" So much for our blue ceiling!!!!

    Have a fabulous weekend! xoxo Gail

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    1. I remember that, Gail...how wierd...not like there is tons of sunlight in there to fade it either!

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  14. Mary Ann, you have such gorgeous views of the bay from your living room. Each day must feel like a vacation. You gave such excellent advice. I love all of your fresh flowers and how you used the mirror in your bookcase. Thank you so very much for inviting me to join in on the fun!!!

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  15. Can you tell me what manufacturer / model your lovely sofas are?

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    1. They were custom made, Melissa, but Lee Industries has a similar tight back sofa.

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  16. Your shelves are so beautifully styled and your whole room is gorgeous, but I have to say Chief adds the best touch of all! Thanks for including me. It has been such fun. X Sharon

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  17. Beautiful.....of course love the pillows! I need to do my spring...ha ha it's summer now....refresh but just have not been motivated!

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  18. I just love the gray in the back of the bookcase and your new vase is wonderful! Love your changes…perfection!

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  19. Love your soft hues and that window must be like a piece of living art looking out at your views! You always make it styling look so easy!

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  20. I love this color Sterling. Is it more of a grayed periwinkle? That's what I am looking for to go with my blue and white and red. It's so hard to find the right color. :(

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    1. Yes...but but sometimes it looks just gray.

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  21. Great post, Mary Ann. You are so lucky to wake up to that view every morning!!! Love the books grouped by color idea. Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

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  22. You are the bomb at shelf styling - come do mine, will ya? Looking forward to learning more about those pretty new pillows! And that Chief just kills me with his cuteness every time - what a doll!

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  23. I love these tips Mary Ann - especially the one about pillows being less than buying new furniture :) :) I'm definitely giving that line to my husband. (I seem to be going through a pillow obsession these days - can't stop buying them to freshen up our spaces!) The twin blanket idea as a throw is great - I love the herringbone one you found! Thanks so much for your insightful decorating advice, I always enjoy reading what you have to say!

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  24. The makeover of the books looks great. I have never think of that kind of change. Definitely will do something like this with color paper!

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