Over the last few week I have been working extremely hard on getting my living room decorated and freshened up for this beautiful weather we like to call – Summer! It’s not technically summer yet, but the sun has been shining, we have whipped out the shorts, and flowers are blooming! After the winter we had this year I welcome color EVERYWHERE in my home! So when Better Homes and Gardens asked me to take part in the Refresh for Summer Challenge, I just knew I had to do it… plus who says no to Better Homes and Gardens right?! Are you ready to see my Eclectic Cottage Living Room? Oh, but first you should know everything I did here was UNDER $250! Yes, this is a makeover on a budget!
Eclectic Cottage Living Room
Ok, I had to start off with the pretty pictures! Now let’s take a look at some of the before pictures to give you an idea with how far this $250 took me. : ) I am going to show you what it looked like when we first moved in, after I made some small changes as we slowly worked our way through winter to RIGHT NOW… ok, it probably won’t ever look as good as it did the day I photographed it, being that I have 3 kids and all, but you get the idea ; )
I’m pretty excited to have a decorated room other than just the nursery : ) My absolute favorite part of this room is this gallery wall. Try to ignore that hideous return air vent. I will be fixing that very soon… along with the wood trim. Yes, I will be painting it white like I did in my dining room! We all know I love white!
The bulk of this gallery wall is frames I purchased from the Better Homes and Gardens Live Better line at Wal Mart. Some of the frames I had on hand and there are a few DIY projects in there that I will be sharing with you soon!
This gallery wall and me had it out though. I traced it all out on paper, cut the shapes out, and hung them. I mean I seriously did the whole nine yards. Then I started hanging them on the wall and it just wasn’t working for me. I ended up eyeballing it and just figuring it out one step at a time. It worked for me on my first gallery wall, and it worked here too! I guess sometimes you just have to go with your gut!
As you can see my couches got a nice little face lift. I would attempt to make fun of the floral print and the decade it came from, but I don’t even know when that was. These were given to us, and while extremely ugly they more than make up for it with comfort! Since it wasn’t in our budget to get new couches I had bought some slipcovers over the winter as well as a few pillows. But I just adore these flower pillows I got from the Live Better line. They really bring color in and brighten up the whole room!
I also decided I wanted to bring some plants into the living room. There is just something about having live plants in the house that make you smile! Since I’m not a super gardener, I stuck with succulents. : ) They are cute, easy to care for, and I haven’t killed them yet! Win win win!
My little succulent planter is actually a candle holder from Better Homes and Gardens! This is a tie with my gallery wall! I love looking at these little plants! Wanna make your own? I have a tutorial on how I made it!
This little succulent is in Lantern Jail! Crime committed – being way too cute! This one sits inside a painted mason jar and just thinks she’s all fly and what not. Well I think she is too, and what better jail than a lantern! ; ) The candle came to visit! hehe. Sometimes I think I’m funny and I create little stories like this. It’s ok, just keep reading, I’ll be ok – I promise!
Since I have a few kids and all, I need lots of storage. We have Wii remotes, tv remotes, wii games, skylanders, and pretty much everything else that floats around my living room and sits on my tv stand. I seriously love how baskets can look so pretty while hiding so much junk! They are my go to organizational item! I’m all about pretty and functional all rolled into one!
More baskets! Only I fibbed a little here. There are in fact pillows in there, but what lies underneath are lots and lots of baby toys. I have another basket just like this one right behind (hidden) that holds more baby toys. See how great baskets are?? They rock my toy filled world!
This is my spot on the couch….. right next to this table. The basket under the side table is where I hide all my magazines. I love it here because I can sit and flip through pages of inspiration in the quiet mornings while I sip my coffee. Ok, you caught me. That doesn’t happen… I have three kids remember! But I do love this spot : )
So did you know that some of the Better Homes and Gardens Picture frames come with pretty pictures? You know how you buy frames and there are these random people in them and sometimes you leave them there because you haven’t had a chance to print anything off and THOSE kids are actually smiling in stain free clothes? Well, Better Homes and Gardens got smart and put something usable in their frames! Like this beautiful sail boat : ) I haven’t actually been to that lovely place, but a girl can dream right?
So there you have it! My Eclectic Cottage Living Room! I sure love it!
Better Homes and Gardens wants to see what your summer inspiration is! You can participate in their Pin to Win Challenge where you can enter to win a $500 Wal Mart Gift Card! Imagine what you could do with that! Just click on the picture below to be taken to the sweepstakes! #BHGRefresh
You can also check out how the other bloggers have refreshed their rooms on Better Homes and Gardens Summer Refresh Pinterest Board!