living room makeover…

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Nyla Free is an incredibly talented up-and-coming Canadian interior designer, and I owe her a HUGE debt of gratitude! I was lucky enough to win a draw for a free Design In A Box by Nyla, and she completely transformed my crazy “Ralph Lauren Fail” living room. It’s still a work in progress, but I think Nyla has given up on ever seeing me complete her design, so I’m posting some pics.

I still have a few pieces of furniture and decor to complete the look, but my strategy for decorating before my hubby notices, involves a highly complex system of sneaking pieces in very slowly. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know I had the living room painted last year…heh heh heh.

Please keep in mind that this is my interpretation of the design and samples that Nyla sent me. She might shudder at some of the changes I’ve made (e.g., my hubby insisted on having his own chair, rather than having two couches in the room…sometimes a girl has to compromise).

Nyla, I can’t thank you enough. I am finally madly in love with a room that drove me crazy for 12 years.

BEFORE (shudder!):

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AFTER (ahhhhhh…that’s better):

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COUCHSTELLA2 YELLOWPILLOW LIVINGROOM2 HALL&LIVINGRM

My favourite splurge–Candice Olson wall sconces with mother-of-pearl. They’re gorgeous, like buttah!

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13 responses

  1. Okay,
    the last time I saw your house it was a wee small house in White Rock and you had no kids……. so I even like the old living room, but absolutely love the new look. It is so calming and relaxing looking. I do love your mother of pearl sconces too. I notice the dog feels right at home in there too!!!

    • LOL!!! It has been 12 years since we moved out of the small cottage. And now I’ve got two teenagers crashing around this “new” house 🙂 I’ve given up trying to train my dogs NOT to go on the furniture (we have a Labradoodle AND the wee poodle/bijon you can see in the photo). The designer took that into account and recommended the type of fabric and colour.

  2. Such a lovely space Jennifer! Love the fresh look achieved with the wall colour, and I’m jealous of your sofa 🙂 Candace designs wonderful lighting, doesn’t she?! Your sconces are fantastic!
    Victoria

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