Monday, August 23, 2010

Everybody Loves a Makeover!

... especially The Boyfriend's living room!

After a weekend of waging war against beige, the living room is finally close to being finished.  It only needs a few decorative touches... a nice arrangement in the mantle, some new pictures hung, some artwork, etc.  Needless to say, it is a vast improvement from what it was.  

Without further ado, the following are the before and after pictures.


[Image above] Please notice the strange angle of the fireplace and the placement of the couch.  Also, Internet, I would like you to meet Blue, the amazing aussie that supervised the entire project.

[Image above] You can see that the living room has "good bones" to it.  I adore this space- all the angles, the sharp edges and tall ceilings... Challenging, yet lending themselves to discovering new design ideas.  To the left are a few paint tests we did some weeks ago. The bulky entertainment unit which was competing with the fireplace.

[Image above] By changing the entertainment unit, bringing in some live plants, and changing the angle of the couch, we made the fireplace the focal point of the room.  It's amazing how changing the the angle of the couch, even though it's at a really odd angle, makes the flow of the room make more sense and be more peaceful.

[Image above] Here is a detail of the curtains.  They add a certain freshness and softness to the space. It is one of my favorite things about the entire makeover.

So, we still have to tackle the kitchen and dining room this week.  We are hoping to get at least the painting done and then worry about the decor later.  I will post before and after pictures once that's finished!

There are some exciting but small developments @ Swell Papel, but I will post those later in the week. 


  1. Thank you so much girlfriend in law, i love it, it looks so nice and you can see that a woman love you all.

  2. wauuuuuu its incredible mariana the before and after....i love it!!!!! felicidades y mucho exito

  3. This turned out great!