Remember how I didn't see our townhouse until move in day? I signed a lease based on photos and videos and then was thrilled the day I moved and realized it was 10x better than I imagined. Seriously. I'm obsessed.
But one thing I knew right from the beginning that I would want to change is the fireplace area. The cushions on the built-in couches were old and faded. The lights above them were outdated. They were some of the first things on my list to switch up.
So let's refresh :
Color! Clean fabric! The lights are down and art is up!
It's shaped up into a pretty sweet little nook. I still have to figure out how to get the fireplace working, make and hang a big driftwood wreath over the mirror, get a standing floor lamp and sew up some little poufs as foot stools (or maybe make these), but I am pleased with the improvement.
I sewed new cases for the eight pillows out of Joel Dewberry herringbone fabric that I bought on etsy. The orange piping came from Joann's. For the cushions, I carefully took off the fabric of one and used it as a template for the new covers which were made out of indoor/outdoor teal fabric from Joann's.
Above the left went our favorite photo ever. That striped rug is 5x8 and came from Crate & Barrel.
And above the right is the start of a gallery wall which I feel like will always be changing. From left to right : 5x7 print from For Me, For You in a C&B frame / art I made after taking Kal Barteski's script school workshop in a West Elm frame / a canvas I designed and had printed by CanvasPop* / a print by Austin Kleon from 20x200.
On the mantle is a lot of DIY art (copper & ampersand) that I have hung all over the place since our first apartment, a few Ikea vases, a pot from Anthropologie and a wooden love cutout from this etsy shop. That photobooth strip was from our trip to Palm Springs last summer. I just taped to a piece of thick white cardstock and stuck in an 11x14 frame. I LOVE big mats with little art.
Little by little the downstairs has took shape (see the rest of it here). Upstairs is still a bit of a disaster and I am trying to decide if I want to get it all set or if I'd rather wait for Paul to be home and be a part of it...
*that palm tree canvas was designed by me and provided by CanvasPop. I am happy to say the quality is fantastic and the site could not be easier to use. CanvasPop is currently offering a 20% discount on orders over $99 with promo code "ELISE20".