Welcome to my home!  I’m so glad you decided to stop by and check out my living room reveal. Most anyone that lives in a rental or military home knows the dilemma…It stinks to have your house look exactly like your neighbors’.  Well, good news- it doesn’t have to!  Get inspired by my living room make-over.

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With a little creativity, rentals and military houses are full of so much potential!

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A home should be a unique reflection of who we are. It shouldn’t look like every other house on the block.  It was this theory that led me to go “all-out dramatic” in the living room of my current military abode. I wanted people to walk into my home, stop in their tracks, and wonder for half a second if they were really in a rental home. The best part? I did it all on a shoe string budget. Check out how!

THE TELEVISION DILEMMA= SOLVED!

Let’s be honest… my family doesn’t have time to watch a lot of TV. In fact, my husband and I have been working our way through the same late-90’s political drama series for the last 4 1/2 years. It’s embarrasing, really ๐Ÿ™‚  The point is that our TV shouldn’t define my family. I certainly don’t want a huge black screen to be the first thing visitors see when walking in our home. Since our last house was 1800 sq feet larger, we needed to combine the formal sitting room and the “TV room”.

THE SOLUTION? 

 I custom built this 46″ x 71″ canvas and painted it with leftover wall and acrylic paint.  I will share the details on this DIY project in a future blog post.

I recently picked up this Italian black coffee table at a Boise thrift store for a screaming $110. I joke that it’s style can best be described as “80’s Sexy”- a term that I hope to coin ๐Ÿ™‚  I love how it adds an unexpected, playful, yet dramaitic addition to the room. The round shape and 46″ diameter made it the perfect scale for this space. Shop the look 

Decorating a coffee table this large can be difficult. The trick is having enough fascinating accessories (of the proper scale) to fill it, but not so many that it feels cluttered. I like to have a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and materials to keep things interesting. In this current coffee-tablescape I have elected to ping off the black and white art on the walls.

Want big impact for little money? Try paint! Of course you need to ask first in a rental or military housing.  It is well worth the $50 and one day’s work.  I wanted this room to be unique and memorable. To accomplish the look I chose a dramatic navy with green undertones.

The cowhide rug was purchased at Tandy Leather when they were having a Black Friday sale. I custom sewed the throw blanket with fabric from Fabric.com  The curtains were an inexpensive set that were too short.  I sewed navy velvet and greek key trim to finish the look.  

Confession time: I have a problem. Some people have a drug problem, others have a shoe problem, I…have a chair problem. I can’t quite say that I have never met a chair I didn’t like. That would be a lie. I can say, however, that I have met far too many that I have loved…Therein lies the problem. 

This particularly cheeky little number is upholstered in Dwell Studio Ming Dragon Aquatint.  One thing that I love most about this seating is the ease in which I can reupholster it. When searching for a beginner DIY project, look for a drop seat like this one.  The back and backrest are finished in silver nailhead strip.  While not as professional looking as individual nail heads, it gives the effect with much less effort. 

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I picked up this particular chair in England for 5 GBP.  Despite being upholstered in dingy industrial velvet, I could see the potential.  The med century lines…The wood grain… I was sold. 

I recovered it in Dwell Studio’s Vintage Blossom Slub Citrine. Due to the design, this project was more involved than the chair above.  It was a labor of love for a few days.

The art on the wall is a large map of London that I cut into four pieces and matted. The center art was a quick DIY job that took less than an hour.

The sideboard functions as a sofa table and provides much needed storage for party and hosting decor.  I picked up this piece for $10 and lovingly restored it back to health.  The overall effect?  A stunningly unique living room with high style and little funds required. 

Thank you for taking the time to tour my living room.   Next week we will check out the stylish entryway.      

-xoxo Jewel

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