Living Room for Adulting

Hi friends, I am so excited to share a client reveal with you today! Back in August a lovely local couple purchased my One Room Design Package and enlisted my help in pulling together their formal living room. Sarah and Allan had just moved into a beautiful new home and their living room was a total blank slate.

Last week Sarah reached out to share pictures of the finished space and she has graciously allowed me to share the details with you here on the blog, thanks Sarah! This room turned out so beautifully, you guys are going to love it. Before I get to the eye candy, here's a little background info for you. My "one room package" is a service for homeowners who need a little help coming up with a decorating plan for a specific room. The way this particular service works is that you pay a flat fee for a design plan that you then implement yourself. The fee includes an in-home meeting (or virtual facetime call) and then a detailed to-do list and suggested shopping list. You can read all the details of the One Room Package here.


As I already mentioned, I met with Sarah and Allan back in early August. They have 3 small kiddos and they told me they really wanted a more formal and less kid friendly space that they could enjoy and use to entertain. As a mom of three myself, I totally understood where they were coming from! As you can see, the living room had a lot going for it...such a large, bright space with those vaulted ceilings, a fireplace and French Doors...they were off to a great start!

Sarah had a her sights set on a lovely sofa from Article and loved the idea of two of these facing each other.

It makes my job so easy when we have a jumping off point like this for a design! During our 30 minute in-person meeting we chatted about furniture placement and with my measuring tape in hand, we figured out what furniture pieces would fit and where they should go. I took note of how Sarah and Allan wanted to use the space and what their budget was. They were contemplating the Samsung Frame TV and seeing as I had just bought one myself, I was all for that idea. I LOVE the concept of a TV that looks like framed art when it's turned off - genius! Did you know that my favorite print shop makes digital prints optimized for the Frame TV? They even have a helpful how-to article on their blog!

I went back to my desk and came up with a design plan for them and included two variations. I love putting my ideas together in a collage so you can see how items look and work together. I ended up with two similar moodboards for them to consider.

Here is option 1:

collage of living room furniture
Living Room Design Plan Option 1

And here is option 2:

a collage of suggested furniture items for a room makeover
Living Room Design Plan Option 2

When I sent my design plan, mood board and recommendations over to Sarah, they liked option 1 but when they went to Urban Barn to inquire about the coffee and console tables, they learned that the items were not going to be available for a few months (which is sadly very common these days). They found a different coffee/console table option and asked me what I thought. I plugged the suggested items into our moodboard and could see that we had a winner!

collage of suggested furniture items for a room makeover
Living Room Design Plan Option 3

I shared the updated collage with Sarah and she placed the order!

One of the other things we talked about in our consult was the rather dated fireplace mantle. It is the focal point in the room and the wood tone was really throwing off some 80's vibes and not in line with the look they were going for. The easiest way to makeover a dated mantle, in my opinion is to paint it. Luckily the tile was neutral and modern looking, it was just the color of the wood that was off. I had some paint chips with me at the consult and we were able to quickly choose a neutral color - "Repose Grey" by Sherwin Williams. They got to work that very weekend and made over the mantle. Here is the before:

And here it is with a fresh coat of paint:

Isn't that amazing? They took off the scrolled wood decorative detail as well, which again is a very dated element.


Now let's take a look at the reveal (finally) and see how Sarah and Allen brought my moodboard collage to life! Here are the photos that Sarah shared with me:



That artwork above the mantle? It's the Samsung Frame, can you even? I spy one of my favorite Juniper Print Shop prints up there!

And two more Prints From Juniper:

Isn't it amazing? I think I actually squealed when these pictures came through...everything looks amazing in this space. I have to give Sarah a gold star for her styling as well, she shopped for the throw pillows and decorative items herself. Great job Sarah!


Once again a huge thanks to Sarah and Allan for letting me share their room reveal here on my blog. Let's take one last look at this beautiful space!

Thanks so much for reading! If you liked this post, you might enjoy checking out my Easy Mantle Styling Formula.

xo, Kerri