So I know I have been a little slow on the DIY train lately, but thank baby Jesus for today's guest who will pick up the slack for me! brittanyMakes is all about breaking down her amazing DIY projects step by step. And they are not just any craft project. I am talking pom pom curtains y'all. Today she is sharing her living room in her amazingly bright and inspiring loft. I love it and know you will too!
Hello S&S readers! Let me just say I'm beyond thrilled to be here today! I'm Brittany, author of the blog brittanyMakes, where I journal projects and tutorials related to all things home design & DIY. Lindsay asked that I share with y'all my favorite designed space, which just so happens to be the room I spend the most time - our living room!
Our living room just so happened to be the space that we "finished" first. Like most people, my man and I spend significant time in our living room, so we wanted it to be a space that felt fun, fresh, comfortable, and most importantly, a true representation of our lifestyle.
My fiancee and I moved into our loft just about a year ago. We moved in with no furniture to our name, apart from our bed and a few items we bought off Craigslist. We designed our space gradually, in 'layers', with the first layer being most important: comfort. We went shopping for a sofa right away, and ended up finding the perfect double chaise at Macy's. Let me tell you, a sofa with a double chaise is amazing, you'll never have to call 'shotgun' over a chaise again!
An important factor I took into consideration when designing our living room was how to make the space feel less bachelor-pad-like (as my man is ever so used to) and more sophisticated and adult-like. Hands down, the best way to achieve this is to find unique and clever ways to hide the clutter. I chose to use an oversized dresser, which we found on Craigslist, as a storage solution and TV console, which effectively hides all the DVDs, video games, and remote controllers. I bet you'd never guess how many BluRays are hiding in those drawers! I also love it because I get to store my go-to craft and jewelry supplies. Seriously, you'd never know!
I created a layer of fresh sophistication by painting our TV stand/dresser in a bright shade of coral. You gotta love a pop of color, and this dresser completely takes the stage! Painting this dresser was the best decision I made.
The final layers of designing a space come down to your choice of accessories and personal elements of style. I love gold accents, fresh neutral patterns, subtle texture, greenery, and of course, bulldogs! I found a way to incorporate all the things I love by thrifting, collecting, and DIY-ing projects and items to make everything feel cohesive.
Thank you so much Lindsay for letting me stop by and share with you our favorite space! I'm so honored to be a part of this killer series!
Dresser - Craigslist; French berger chair - Craigslist, self painted & reupholstered in a snow cat fabric; double chaise sofa - Macy's Elliot sectional; distressed vintage trunk - family heirloom; gold frames, brass floor pharmacy lamp, white table lamp - all thrift store finds; gold leaf framed art; table & legs canvas art - Studio 13 Designs; floating shelves - Lack shelves from Ikea; ikat curtains - handmade from fabric from Home Fabrics & Rugs; French Bulldog bank - Target (no link avail); succulents - Trader Joes; olive tree - The Home Depot; disco mirror ball - Alameda antique faire