Friday, September 2, 2011

Feature Friday: Living Room

And now the moment you've all I've been waiting for... the LIVING ROOM REVEAL (did you yell that?  I hope so)!  I wanted a neutral room with pops of color that I could change out once in a while.  Also, I want the piano to be the focus/conversation starter, which I think will happen.  Since you know I'm all about saving money, I'll break down a general expense of this room.

view from the stairs

the piano area ($110 including decor)

love seat ($69), lamp ($14), coffee table ($20), end table ($10), couch from Z Gallerie ($2000-ish -- okay, I'm not always super frugal), sunburst mirror that isn't finished ($4)

I know the wall needs more, but I couldn't wait until I was totally done (which I am... never).

 craigslist chair ($61), mantle ($59)

One of my fave parts is this bamboo that I used as a curtain rod.  It was used as decor with some others at our old house and I don't have a place for them here.  I like this use.

I went with indigo for the color of the lamp base from the Anthropologie Inspired Lamp Tutorial that I shared last month.  I love light blue but decided that I would tie it in with the craigslist chair, which has the same color.  The end table that it's on will soon be another before/after thrift store feature.

Here's the sunburst mirror, minus the mirror.  I made it yesterday and will soon post a tutorial for it. 
I'd love to get a giant white rug to put under the couch, love seat, and coffee table but obviously it has to be the right price.

What do you think?  Comments are always welcome!

I'll be linking up to these Linky parties.  Visit them and join in the fun!

The DIY Show Off


  1. OHHHH KELLI!!!!

    It looks wonderful!!! You should be so proud of yourself {I am and I'm just a Follower} and the price breakdown for us is outstanding.

    Peeked at my Dashboard a sec ago and saw you posted this and ZOOOOOOMED over!

    You've made me smile (can HARDLY wait to see the up close and personal details of the sunburst mirror too!)

    Suzanne in NW Illinois

  2. So pretty~ I love your living room and love that turquoise piano!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  3. Such a pretty room with really interesting details. Makes me want to check it out in person. The blue piano is awesome.

  4. This is a great room. The turquoise piano was a terrific idea! One touch I really like is the bamboo that yous used for the curtain rod!

    I'm so happy you you linked to Potpourri Friday! Hope to see you again next week! I'll be watching for you! Next time, please be sure to include a link to my blog.

  5. How pretty. I love the piano..what a great pop of color. thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  6. I want to try and make your lampshade--wish me luck! :)

  7. So many great ideas in this transformation, Kelli! I love the use of the bamboo and your creativity in modifying your bargain finds. The sofa is great.....and it will last forever, so you did well to break out of your thriftiness there. Wonderful job!

  8. That piano is seriously great!
    Thank you for joining me at HSH!

  9. you a very talented lady. Everything lools great.

  10. I've been waiting to see the turquoise piano!
    It all looks great and I think a white rug would be wonderful in the room.

    I got a white shag rug for my living room at Home Depot.I didn't want to spend a lot because I will not keep it forever.

    Thanks for coming to my party!

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Home to Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party

  11. Looks great...LOVE your turquoise piano!! WOW!!

    Deborah (visiting happily from

    {Hope you can stop by too...}

  12. That turquoise piano is awesome! The whole room looks great! I would love for you to link up Thursday (actually it starts tonight) to It’s a Party!

  13. such a great room, and i love that piano!

  14. Wow; it looks like you really scored some great deals, Kelli! And your turquoise piano is DEFINITELY a pop of color. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  15. So pretty - I absolutely LOVE the piano. I think it makes the whole room, but the ruffled lamp shade is pretty awesome too!

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