Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Decorating 911!

My sister Lisa lives halfway across the country but with the ease of the internet and digital cameras I can give her decorating advice without having to fly to St. Louis! 

She e-mailed me a while ago asking for help to update her living room, which has not been touched for years. Let me begin by saying it certainly is not a bad looking room! The neutral wall color is fine and so are the major pieces of furniture--it just needed a little tweaking to bring up to date. Oh, and she needs to keep costs down (three kids in college)!

Here's a peak...
See, it's pretty, right? I love the french doors and the white slipcovers are timeless. To update the room my first thought was to paint the french doors black, add a modern rug, replace the heavy coffee table with something lighter and replace the black lamp. Also, introduce charcoal gray along with the leaf green color and add touches of brass/gold.
 The white curtain panels don't do much for the room and the tabs are dated.

Here is my plan to update the room:

1. Spray paint existing rod and bracket gold
2. Gray and white striped panels from West Elm (or DIY white curtains with paint!)
3. Chevron rug from West Elm
4. Pillows from H&M home
5. Martin Table Lamp from Crate and Barrel
6. Walker Campaign Coffee table from World Market
7. Throw from West Elm
8. Studio Tripod floor lamp from Shades of Light

Here's a shot of the wall behind the looks too skimpy.
Here's a mock up of the redesign...
Replace the artwork with a large mirror (Target online or Overstock is a good place to find this) add over-sized accessories like this bowl and lamp, and use covered baskets on the shelves for storage.

The mantel looks pretty good...
I would spray paint the white vase gold and add some new branches that have more of a loose look...
I can't wait to see what she does with the room. Do you have a decorating 911? Shoot me an e-mail with photos!


  1. I am a daily reader and "St. Louisian." I am planning a Jewish Women's Retreat through an organization called Nishmah here. I have been looking for someone like you to be a part of the event and kept saying "too bad Design Megillah doesn't have a St. Louis connection because I would love to hear her speak!" Now that I know maybe we could entice you to come!!! At the very least your sister should check us out!

    1. I sent this info. to my sister...would love to come to St. Louis!

    2. I never thought you would reply! Let me know what your sister says. My email is Either for the retreat or some other time, we would LOVE to have you for programming. You are a daily inspiration to me and I know you would be to others as well!

  2. Thank you for sharing!!!

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