Refreshing Your Living Room For Spring & Beyond

05 April 2017

Elephant Pillows: Shelby Dillon Studio (shop the current collection here + exact pillows here) // Polka Dot Pillows: Home Goods (shop similar here + splurge here // Gold Mirror: Target (shop here) // White Shelves: Target (shop here) // Bar Cart: Target (shop here + similar one here + splurge here) //Woven Wall Art: TJ Maxx (shop similar here + patterned one here) // Rug: (shop here

So spring started days ago, but we're in April now so I'm all about the new season haha.  With that said, it's all about color for me and that doesn't only include what I wear.  Home design has hardly ever been my fortè, but I feel like I've opened up to the subject A LOT more in the last few years.  I'm realizing more and more how much I actually enjoy it and felt so giddy about redesigning the living room with my sister to fit the next two warm seasons.  Refreshing an existing room does not require a complete wipe down of furniture or accessories.  It simply means to build around it in a new way.  I had a ton of inspiration for our living area and eventually went for the initial thought of a blue and gold design.  This room would have been done a while ago if I didn't pay too much attention to my options, but as any new job goes, there's always something to learn.  

Redesigning doesn't have to be complicated especially if you already have furniture to work with. In my case, I was working with a beige couch, wooden trunk and a white TV stand.  I'd say those are pretty solid color combinations that I essentially could throw any main color over.  To begin the refreshing process, I thought of a few items I really wanted.  My items narrowed down to throw pillows, wall art and accessories. These three do all the work!  Here's how:

Throw Pillows

They're fun, worth the price and you can mix-and-match.  I stuck to two pairs of the same pillows and then mixed in some solid and patterned white throws.  I've seen some awesome living rooms with a whole bunch of different colored, textured and printed pillows that completely work!  I'm a huge fan so if this sounds like your living room, please send a link to your space for me to gawk over.  The pillows I selected though couldn't have been any more perfect.  To start, I love elephants and the fact that these throws by Shelby Dillon look unlike anything you could ever find within your local Bed Bath and Beyond did it for me.  I had such a difficult time choosing anything from this designer but honestly, who's to say I can't order new pillows in the future?  Polka dots are also simply my jam so these were a NECESSITY for me as well.

Wall Art

This is basically how you dress your walls.  From mirrors to shelves, to picture frames and art...I love it all.  I didn't want to get too crazy and put so much up so for the main wall, I stuck to a round gold mirror, bohemian woven art and two white shelves.  For the inner wall, my sister left up wooden art to match the trunk.  If I would have done anything differently, I would have added a water art frame somewhere in the mix or not have done the mirror at all.  Water art is so pretty to me but I just could not find something at a reasonable price...and I also just felt like I could make it myself so that was my own issue haha.  Overall, our walls are very simple and I love that everything is different and not crowded with too much to look at.


This is the fun part.  We have very little accessories that include greens, flowers, a bar cart, a patterned rug and chic lamps.  I mean it's not like we necessarily needed all of that but they just fell into the design that will live for months and years to come.  Thinking into the future, it'll be easy to swap out minor spring accessories to fill in a completely different season like fall.  For example, during fall, I would definitely pack up all that currently sits on our shelves and replace them with pumpkins and anything of that nature.  Always pay attention to what you're adding to your space and if the accessorie is a larger, more expensive item, make sure it's going to transition throughout the year.  

Phew...home design you guys!  It's so much fun and as much as I'm soaking in this new look, I'm very much looking forward to what our living area will look like during new seasons.  You'll just have to stay posted to view my next phase of design!  I'll be back again soon but in the meantime, don't forget to click on the links above to shop some of my living room picks. 

Xo..Melissa Victoria

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