Happy Monday, friends! I know it’s a holiday, but I was so excited to share pictures of my updated living room, that I’m doing an extra post this week. As you might remember, I shared photos of my formal living room shortly after we moved into our house last year. It was nice enough, but always felt very sterile and just not very homey. When Birch Lane approached me about making some updates for a blogger challenge, I couldn’t have been more excited. I had just said to Anel that I wanted to create a cozier space, but we’re on a pretty strict budget with a baby on the way, so we had tabled the idea for now.
In stepped Birch Lane, and with only a few new pieces, the space feels completely transformed. The challenge: Update a current space with $1000 in Birch Lane products. At first I was skeptical, as it can be hard to make a big dent with only $1000 when it comes to nice furniture, but I was shocked at how much I was able to order with this budget. Not only that, when products arrived, they were high-quality pieces that looked way more expensive than they were.
Before I got started, we sat in the room and talked about what we definitely wanted to add to the space: 1. A comfy but pretty rug to layer over our sisal. 2. A set of chairs to sit on the left side of the couch. The furry stools that sat there before were great, but the room always looked unbalanced. 3. Pretty lamps to warm up the space.
With that in mind, I checked out each “style” on the site: Sea-Swept Finds, Country Romance, Classic Farmhouse, Natural Elements, Fresh Botanics, Small Spaces, Statement Markers, and Color Splash. Sea-Swept Finds was the most on point with my style (shocker), so I started there but ended up getting some pieces from other styles as well, to mix and match. It worked out perfectly.
The first thing I found in Sea-Swept Finds was this set of striped chairs (Under $300 each!) that every single person who has walked into my house since, comments on and wants for their own home. They’re low to the ground, so don’t take up a lot of visual space, but make a comfy statement.
After deciding that the chairs were a must, I added this blue and white rug to the mix. I love the pattern, and it’s super cozy on your feet. Boots loves to lay on it in the morning while I drink my tea. As we were shooting these photos, he kept jumping in to be a part of the action. You can see him posing in one of the pictures below. He’s such a ham!
The last big thing we added to the room was a set of lamps. I found this shell-encrusted table lamp for only $100 so went for two of those for symmetry. I think they’re so pretty and beachy.
Although it’s not from Birch Lane (they do have some great wall art though!), I found a local artist, Julia Contacessi, who makes the most beautiful abstract and landscape artwork. We were worried that getting this oversized print, over an original piece of art, would look cheesy and cheap but it’s so far from that. The soft colors are just gorgeous, and it really adds some depth and a new color palette to the room. I loved so much of her stuff, that it took us literally weeks to decide on this print. Check out her site if you’ve never heard of her. This girl has serious talent!
After the furniture and art was in place, we added a few small touches to finish it off: Beige throw pillows ($26), a soft throw ($40), and a blue and white vase ($32). Just like that, the room felt like new. It’s a bright and sunny space, and now it also has a bright and sunny feel to it. I love sitting here now, and sometimes bring my laptop in to work for the afternoon because it makes me so happy!
For a full list of products in the room, scroll down to the bottom of this post, and be sure to check out Randi Garrett Design tomorrow for the next updated space in this challenge.
Birch Lane Striped Chairs c/o
Birch Lane Blue & White Rug c/o
Birch Lane Shell Lamps c/o
Birch Lane Blue & White Vase c/o
Birch Lane Beige Striped Pillows c/o
Birch Lane Throw c/o
West Elm Coffee Table
Pottery Barn Side Tables
CB2 Sheepskin Stools
Julia Contecessi Abstract Print c/o
Dash & Albert Sisal Rug
Society Social Bar Cart c/o
Society Social Sofa
West Elm Chairs (no longer available)
Caitlin Wilson Tassel Pillows
Z Gallerie Mirror
Serena and Lily Curtains (no longer available)
Your space is amazing, Julia! I love it!
Pink Champagne Problems
What a great space for conversation! It is just so calming. And soon, you’ll have a baby girl to hang out with in that room! 🙂 So exciting.
I know! Every room makes me excited for that reason now 🙂
This space is gorgeous, looks so relaxing!
Julia, your sitting room looks incredible! It is so true to your style and taste – enjoy it!
Thank you so much!
Loving this space! I’m moving into an apartment in April, so I’m in the middle of lots of home decor shopping. Of course, I had to get a ginger jar at Home Goods yesterday for my space!
Ellen | A Pop of Pink
Good call! I should check out Home Goods for more affordable ginger jar options.
Random but I went to middle and high school with Julia Contacessi, though I haven’t seen her in years. She’s a fantastic artist!
Such a small world! Her work really is incredible 🙂
This looks absolutely beautiful! I love how it has this calming, relaxing feeling just looking at it. 🙂
I love the rug pattern and color! It’s so cool and calming.
I’m in love with your chairs! So pretty! The rug is such a great addition too.
x Diana // http://www.dianapearl.com
Wow! You did an amazing job! I love your refresh! I’m so happy this challenge has given us a connection. I love your blog! xo Randi
Ditto! I love your site xoxo
It looks so beautiful and immaculate Julia…I can’t help thinking in a few years’ time this lounge might look….errr, a little bit less tidy with a pair (or 2) of little hands pulling pillows and books on the floor;-) Our lounge has a few grown ups items but is also full of kids books and toys! Ah! Although I think you’ve done a great job at choosing your deco, I just think having a glass coffee table is a challenge. We have one and it gets so easily dirty and dusty. And now we the little ones, we had to cover it as I was so fearful they could hurt themselves on it. What do you think about the cleaning aspect of it? Hugs from London, Julie x
I love that shade of blue!! It’s so pretty and calming. Love the coffee table and the beautiful styling. Such pretty chairs too….everything is so pretty!!
Such a cozy space and perfect for entertaining! Your style totally speaks to me Julia. Thank you for always posting such great content!
Thank you, Sylvie! xo
This space is SO bright, cheery and fresh. I have been following you on Instagram forever and finally stopped by for some serious scrolling. I have been in the process of redecorating myself (or rather, finishing what I started a year ago) and have a myriad of different woods going on. I would love to make everything white one day…it lets so much light into the room.
Love how the refresh turned out- your living room is so pretty!
I know this is an older post but I’m obsessed with the striped arm chair and am now hunting for one 😀
Very helpful post. I prefer longer posts and I like to explain everything from scratch. Thank you for sharing.
WOW!!! So Nice To Seeing This Home Thank You Mam For Sharing about This Post 🙂