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Coastal Cottage family room {before & after}

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We finally finished our coastal cottage family room makeover. I feel like I have been working on this room forever.  The colors in the room before were traditional and on the darker side, which is what my mom liked. This use to be their family room, until we switched living spaces last year.  This furniture is a set we bought many years ago and was in a much smaller room. It looks a bit lost. I decided to change the look from traditional to a cottagey pottery barn style. In my opinion, the family room before and after is dramatic.

cottage family room before and after
Photo courtesy of This Old House Magazine




cottage family room before and after
Photo courtesy of This Old House Magazine

This was a joint project with Rhoda, from Southern Hospitality.  You probably already know how awesome Rhoda is but if you are new to blogging and don’t know her, be sure to head over and check out her amazing blog. I enlisted her expertise and boy was she helpful! I sent her some before pictures of our room as well as my inspiration picture . I love the white planks on the wall in the room below and the light “airy” feeling. This was my inspiration picture.

Rhoda sent me a four page email with loads of  ideas, tips, layout suggestions, color schemes & source suggestions. It was fabulous to work with her! While we deviated a bit from the board, a lot of it was incorporated. What I loved most about Rhoda, is she is budget savy and was very motivated to re-use what I already had.

After the dark paint went away and I started to add planks to the walls, we looked like this:
Pottery Barn cabinet, DIy pottery barn style
Pottery Barn Apothecary cabinet, DIY,
DIY pottery barn inspired
In order to achieve the look I was going after, I got busy nailing planks to the wall. I used 1×8 tongue and groove knotty pine.  It seemed like it took forever to complete that part of the project. My dad showed me how to use the nail gun and then disappeared for 2 months while I worked on the room. It is winter time and he hibernates in front of the television. He wanted NO part of this project .
coastal, cottage, diy pottery barn inspired

The planks on the wall are painted Benjamin Moore white diamond and the top of the wall is Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue.  I also added a 2 inch shelf on top of the planks to define the separation between the planks and the wall. It turned out great for leaning pictures.

This part of the room had an unfinished built-in that I resurfaced with planks and made some barn doors to close off two sections to hide my sewing machine and craft stuff.
Yes, this is what it was like in the middle of a remodel.
The built-in After:
cottage family room before and after
Photo courtesy of This Old House


I will do a post on how to make inexpensive barn doors using doors you already may have. You will be amazed how easy it was.  I don’t have an extra room to dedicate for sewing and craft stuff so the bulk of it now hides behind these doors and in the baskets.
DIY bookcase, DIY barn doors
The drapes are burlap. I loved the deep pocket pottery barn burlap drapes but for $75 a panel, it would have been very expensive. I bought 55 yards of burlap at $1.99 a yard on sale and with my 40% coupon, I was able to make “no sew” burlap panels for under $130. That is pretty good in my book considering there are 5 large windows.
See our how to make curtains using burlap tutorial to see how I made these.
DIY bookcase, DIY barn doors
I ordered all the fabric for the pillows and window seat / now bench from fabric.com. My favorite is the Thomas Paul fabric (gray) Dalia print. I plan on making barn doors to cover this bookcase opening but just didn’t get them done on time for this post. I am having surgery tomorrow and will be out of commission for a bit and decided to move ahead with this post instead of waiting until I got the doors made.
DIY pillow covers
Pier 1 Imports lantern

Prior to putting the planks on the wall, the fireplace looked lost. I love how the planks added character and a bit of pizzaz.

Planked walls, diy, vermont casting fireplace

Wide pine planked walls, coastal, cottage

I think our DIY Pottery Barn inspired media console fits right in. My dad and I had fun making it.

There you have it! Yes, we invested in a new sectional sofa and no, it is not pottery barn. I found it on sale at a local furniture shop but had to buy it as shown. It was a deal let me tell ya! We love hanging out in this room watching TV as a family or just surfing the net. Before, it was difficult to sit as a family, especially when my stepdaughters were here. The kids are all getting bigger and were tired of sitting on the floor so it was time to get something that would fit all of us.


This old house magazine feature

Loving the furniture and accessories in this room?  You can find a resource list here.

A gigantic hug to Rhoda at Southern Hospitality to helping me throughout this entire process.

We couldn’t me more thrilled with our new coastal cottage family room design. It’s fresh, inviting and such a relaxing place to hang out. You know when you just look at a room so much, you can’t see the potential or are just so overwhelmed, you can’t move forward? Well that was me. Rhoda helped me navigate through resources, layout suggestions, fabric help, and a four page email of design ideas and suggestions, she was my confidence. It was great to bounce ideas off of her and get her honest opinion.  I hope you enjoyed our family room before and after reveal.

For a great resource on how to design a living room, check out this tutorial.  Good stuff!

Meet Jessica

What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.


  1. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says:

    Awww,Jessica!! I just love this post. So happy I could walk with you through this & see the fantastic AFTER photos. I just love, love, love it all!! You did a great job, girl.

  2. Jaw dropping amazing!!! You're truly an amazing person for opening your home up to your family and now taking on such an overhaul.
    It looks GORGEOUS!


  3. The room is gorgeous! I love your paneling, the sectional, the rug, drapes, pillows. Everything looks wonderful. I want some built ins! You need to teach me or my husband how! Love it. Good luck on the surgery tomorrow – hope all goes okay! So proud of you. It looks fantastic!

  4. I think it looks absolutely amazing! Love the planks of wood on the wall, such a nice switch from the standard board and batten. Great job!

  5. Jessie @ Imperfectly Polished says:

    The planks are gorgeous! Definitely my favorite part:) The room looks beautiful!

  6. Karen At Home says:

    What an amazing space! I really love the Wythe blue, thank you so much for emailing me the color. I am thinking of painting our office this color, it's stunning!

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Fox Hollow Cottage says:

    Gorgeous. Just gorgeous! It is so sunny, warm, fresh, pulled together and chic looking. I bet you can't stop smiling! I like that it's not too "perfect". The wood tones, the white and the patterns all really compliment each other. Enjoy the wonderful new space. Good luck on your surgery tomorrow. Hope all goes smooth and you recover in a blink πŸ˜‰

  8. Amy Fountain says:

    You're living area transformation is so amazing. Thank you for sharing this photos. The room is very lovely, i love the airiness and the sun room idea.

  9. Eclectically Vintage says:

    It's fantastic! You are a diy diva! Love the paneling, the barn doors, your color choices (especially that rug)! Great job. New follower.

  10. Nina von Ordnungsliebe says:

    I love the new living room and the yellow items so much.

    Greetings from Germany,


  11. Fantastic Jessica! Doesn't even look like the same room. It's so bright and lively now. Huge thumbs up to you and Rhoda.

  12. Traci Shanks says:

    WOW – this is simply gorgeous! It's light, airy, and so stylish. I love every. single. thing. about it. Great job!

  13. Lovely, lovely, lovely! So cottage chic. Great job.

  14. Hobby DΓΌnyasΔ± says:

    very…very…very… nice…

  15. the undomesticated wife says:

    The yellow really is a great accent color!

    Love the rug, where did it come from?

  16. Maury Kilgo says:

    Oh my gosh Jessica! The entire thing is gorgeous. There is not one thing that I can see that isn't perfection. You're amazing. Now you should go spend the weekend curled up on that couch and enjoying your work!

  17. What a fab u lous makeover!! Please send a link or info on the rug….just what I've been looking for! Thanks πŸ™‚ Barbymac1@aol.com

  18. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication says:

    Ohmygoodness! This room looks phenomenal! It barely looks like the same space! What a great transformation!

  19. At The Picket Fence says:

    Just saw this over at Rhoda's and had to come by and tell you how incredible this is!! It is a truly stunning makeover and every single detail is beautiful. You did an amazing job and the entire space is gorgeous! πŸ™‚

  20. Anonymous says:

    Something tells me you could have done this all by yourself, don't ever under estimate your talent Jessica, what a fantastic job you did, love it all and your eye for color, amazing.

    Big WOW

  21. Anonymous says:

    Holy Cow! What a beautiful transformation! Love your color choices and the curtains add a nice finishing touch.

    ~ Jules

    (Stopped over from Southern Hospitality)

  22. Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista says:

    I love the color scheme, so tranquil and pretty. Plus those pillows are the perfect accents, way to go!

  23. Dirt Princess says:

    GREAT job!!!! It turned out beautifully!!! You should pat yourself on the back. Gorgeous

  24. Your makeover is stunning!!! Everything goes together so beautifully and you achieved that cozy, comfy feeling.You should feel really proud of yourself!!! Kudos to your Dad and Gramp for their help. Good luck tomorrow.

  25. Your makeover is stunning!!! Everything goes together so beautifully and you achieved that cozy, comfy feeling.You should feel really proud of yourself!!! Kudos to your Dad and Gramp for their help. Good luck tomorrow.

  26. I absolutely LOVE everything about this make-over. Wow!!!

  27. rachel@Acts of Life says:

    This turned out so great Jess. I love the plank walls and the colors are so calm and soothing. What a huge difference from the before pics.

  28. What a transformation!! Love the color choices!! Simply GORGEOUS!!!

  29. pam {simple details} says:

    Wow, Jessica! This is so inspiring, what an amazing transformation! Love your fresh combination of colors and prints!

  30. Jennifer McCormick says:

    What a gorgeous transformation! Love the planks on the wall and the wall color. Your attention to detail is brilliant. πŸ™‚

  31. Anonymous says:

    Your room is absolutely awesome! Peggy
    Came by from A to Z

  32. Chelsea @ {twotwentyone} says:

    AH-MAZING! What a beautiful transformation! I love the color palette, your new sectional (super jealous), planks, the rug… I pretty much everything about this room. You did such a wonderful job!

  33. ritajoy@harbour breeze home says:

    I love it all! What an amazing transformation. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us!

  34. Creative Raisins says:

    Fabulous transformation, it looks so clean and crisp. Love all the pops of colors throughout.

  35. A Lived in Home says:

    Wow! Now this is a transformation! It is light, bright, and beautiful!

  36. ~ Stephanie says:

    You did an awesome job, it looks fabulous!

  37. Great room makeover – the afters have to make all the time and work worth it!

  38. Debbie {Visual Eye Candy} says:

    It looks incredible! I love everything, the drapes are amazing and I love that rug. Great Job!

  39. Beautiful! You combined so many pretty element – rug, pillows, curtains, barn doors, lanterns, etc. – to pull together a stunning room. Love it!

  40. Wow!!! Absolutely beautiful!


  41. Lori @ Lori May Interiors says:

    It's beautiful Jessica! You did an amazing job!

  42. Amy @ All In A Day says:

    I love, love, love it Jessica! You did an amazing job!! I just love the planks on the wall. They really pulled the room together. Now you've got me looking around the house trying to find a room I can plank! LOL. Nice work! πŸ™‚

  43. Jessica Bruno says:

    Thank you Peggy!

  44. Heaven's Walk says:

    Beautiful job, Jessica! It looks so fresh and airy and very chic and elegant! The colors you chose are happy, and they make the room look so welcoming!

    xoox laurie

  45. Vicki V @ blestnest.blogspot.com says:

    Love the sofa! Is it slipcovered? What maker is it? Your room looks a.maz.ing.

  46. What an amazing transformation! It's soo gorgeous!!! A room I'd never want to leave! πŸ™‚

  47. The Rooster and The Hen says:

    This whole redesign made my heart go piter patter, it is so beautiful! And your photography!!! This project would be perfect for our linky party featuring "Transformations" called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts Friday, March 2nd 2012 at 7:00 am MST and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)

    -Whitney @ TheRoosterAndTheHen

  48. Nancy @ Sea Rose Cottage says:

    Jessica, The room makeover is fantastic! What a body of work—amazing at how much you have accomplished! So hard to pick a favorite, it looks great from every angle. Congrats!

  49. Wow! Love the transformation! And I love the pillows. I have that Dahlia fabric in my living room in the blue & gray, & I made my daughter's curtains out of the yellow & white πŸ™‚

  50. PitterAndGlink says:

    I am in LOVE with this room! Can I have it?!!! πŸ™‚

  51. Susan @ Oh My! Creative says:

    This is so beautiful! You must be so thrilled. I love decorating and watching a room come together. Your colors and prints are just perfect!

    Would love it if you would share it with my readers and post it on my web site – http://www.ohmy-creative.com. Join the Community and post as many projects as you like!


  52. What a beautiful space! Wow! This is so light and bright! Great job and I love the use of color. Following you and looking forward to more great stuff!

  53. Jamie @ Sew Rockin' says:

    Oh my gosh your room is gorgeous! Congrats on the great work! Enjoy your new space πŸ™‚

  54. courtney vassar says:

    this is amazing. the planked walls were totally worth all of your effort. they are the show-stopper here. awesome job!

  55. Love how beautiful and light it is!!

  56. This room is gorgeous! I love the crisp and clean scheme but yet it feels so warm and cozy! Great job!

  57. WHAT A GORGEOUS ROOM! I love it! Anytime you'd like to share on our link party please do!

  58. Those curtains are too cute! Love how you were able to make them no-sew, too! Great room transformation!

  59. It looks amazing!!!! Love every inch of it!

  60. Lettered Cottage says:

    3 words: Pretty. Pretty. PRETTY!!!!!!! What an inspiring space, Jessica!!!!!!!

  61. Katie Olthoff says:

    I love, love, love that you kept the window "whatevers" dark! The whole room is gorgeous!

  62. I thought the before picture looked pretty good. But the after — wowza!!! Great job — gorgeous room!!!

  63. I love it! This is really "Sunny side up" i think…

  64. The DIY Show Off says:

    Beautiful transformation, Jessica! Wow!

  65. Diana @ Our Vintage Home Love says:

    It's beautiful, Jessica! So cheerful and happy! Love!!

  66. Cote de Texas says:

    omg! my jaw dropped. it looks like a magazine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fabulous!!!!! rhoda – you did good!! this is sooo great – the rug, i love the sofa and the rug and the walls esp. just love this!


  67. Katherine @ Grass Stains says:

    It looks beautiful! I've read Rhoda (and Layla) for years and always enjoy their projects. Your room truly does look like a catalog or magazine photo … but so livable. Great job!

  68. Natalie Dixon says:

    This is just stunning!! I am madly in love with the plank wall and now my husband is cursing you b/c I'm walking around my house trying to see where I could do it!!! Seriously fantastic job!! I would love to come home to that every day!

  69. Well done! It is lovely : o )

  70. Absolutely gorgeous!! You did a VERY beautiful job! I came over from The Lettered Cottage & I think I'm going to stay for awhile. Hope you don't mind!
    Hope your surgery went well – been there. Take your time & recover. It can be very boring & you'll want to get up & do things but you'll feel better soon enough. Looking back, I wish I would have "enjoyed" it more.

  71. Jessica Bruno says:

    Hi Tina! You may stay as long as you like πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment!

  72. This is SUPER lovely!!! It is so fresh and pretty. Great job – congrats to you and Rhoda! ~Kerri, A Pop of Pretty

  73. Jen Gilday says:

    So cheery!! Nice work – looks fantastic!!!


  74. This looks fantastic! I love the colors you chose. I'm hoping you'll share where you got the rug? πŸ™‚ Love it!

  75. Jessica Bruno says:

    Hey Michelle! I hope you get this response. There was no reply address on your comment. Thanks for the kuddo's πŸ™‚ I got the rug at overstock.com. The description is blue gray trellis rug. Hope that helps πŸ™‚

  76. Jessica–how have I not seen this yet?!? It's soooo up my alley and it turned out beautifully. Love the planks, the wall color, the sofa. Another awesome thing about freshening up the space–I love how now your dark trimmed window casings pop–LOVE that! Great job, gals!!

  77. Anonymous says:

    Where did you get your sectional?? I love it and I love the new room! πŸ™‚

  78. Sarah Mudd says:

    I LOVE IT! This confirmed for me that the living room in my new home will be Wythe Blue. I decided that this weekend, but when I saw your after picture, I thought "I Love that color. Wonder what it is!"

  79. Andrea @ Decorating Cents says:

    This looks really good. I love the colors.

  80. Kim Wilson says:

    Ok, You've heard this a gazillion times already but I wanted to tell you how beautiful I think your room turned out! You all did a great job and it's so bright and cheery! I'm lovin' those lamps on your side tables!! They are exactly what I'm looking for! Could you share where you found them? ~ KIM @ Sand & Sisal

  81. WOW! You have done an incredible job. This room looks so fresh and cozy at the same time. Kudos!

  82. Love the colors, the cools and the pop of yellow. Also the built in storage is fantastic. Thanks for sharing. This gives me lots of ideas for how I'd like to re-do our living room. The Wythe Blue is the perfect shade. The only thing I would suggest is sharing more of your sources/prices : ) Thanks!

  83. Jo @ To a Pretty Life says:

    This room is beautiful! I love the rug, and the lanterns, and the bright cozy feel of the whole space!

  84. {northern cottage} says:

    i just love it – fresh and crisp and bright and clean – really perfect! new linky party opening later today – would love to have ya swing by!


  85. I was just about to ask the same question (re: where did you get the rug), until I scrolled through the comments. love the whole room! I think I'm going to try and do my own version of it in our home. Is the rug an 5 x 8 or 8 x 10?



  86. Gorgeous makeover! Congratulations!!

  87. Thanks Jessica! I got your answer about the rug being the 8 x 10 size. I went straight to overstock.com to order it, but they are sold out of both sizes! I'm thinking your gorgeous room transformation inspired a depletion of their supplies. Way to go!

    (I did put my name on an email when there are more rugs thingy, so hopefully I can get one in the future.)

    Thanks again for the inspiring post and I pray you're healing well from surgery.


  88. Jessica Bruno says:

    The sectional is from Jordans furniture in Natick Ma. Thank you!

  89. Jessica Bruno says:

    Hey Jen! I updated the blog for rug info ect. if you are interested. Thank you ! πŸ™‚

  90. Lindsey {Simply Stylish} says:

    Hi! I found you through Home Stories A2Z! This is a gorgeous family room redo!! This is the same style (pottery barn-ish) that I have. I love idea of putting the wood planks on the wall. I'm dying for some board and batton but I love what you did too! I think I may just try this in our master now. Thanks for the inspiration! You did a great job and the wall color is gorgeous. We are about to redo our master and I think that is the color I will do. Great job! Come visit at Simply Stylish! πŸ™‚

  91. Shantalle@lifestylesofthestayathomemom.com says:

    This room is just stunning!

  92. Stacy of KSW says:

    Wow, I can not believe how amazing it all turned out!! Or that you completed this so quickly. I use to have that rug in my living room too, but needed one size bigger for it to really work. I gave it to a friend who was moving in to her first place. Such a great print, just hope yours stops shedding

  93. Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living says:

    I absolutely love what you've done with this room! What a wonderful transformation! You did a great job!

  94. Lisa Scibilia says:

    Wow Jessica! The room looks fantastic – I absolutely love the planked walls – they add so much character! And I'm loving the look and price point on the burlap drapes – just awesome!
    Hope you are feeling better day by day and have a good recovery! Best wishes.

  95. Heidi @ Moms Crafty Space says:

    What a gorgeous room! I love every single thing about it! Where did you find that cute accent pillow with the sunshine on it?

  96. Bettsi McComb says:

    I'm your 110th commenter! Just had to say- so beautiful! Love, love, love!

  97. WOW! Just popped over from Beth's blog (A to Z) and LOVE what you've done. It's just beautiful!!

  98. Hi — I, too, found your blog via Southern Hospitality. Rhoda is great and has wonderful ideas…and you do too! Your room looks great. I may have to order one of those sunshine pillows. :o)

    You inspired us to redo our den/sewing room. Have you done your tutorial on your cabinet doors? Hope not. Would love to incorporate something like that is our space. See—more inspiration.

    Keep up the good work.

  99. Jessica Bruno says:

    Hi Heather! I hope you get this b/c I tried emailing you back but your email is not activated on your blogger profile so I have no way of contacting you. I did not do the tutorial yet but probably the end of this week πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

  100. Thanks, Jessica.

    I'm not a blogger, just a reader. Looking forward to your tutorial on the doors. Will send you photos when we are done. :o)

  101. I just subscribed via email. Didn't know I could do that. You'll have my email now. Thanks.

    Heather :o)

  102. I just bought this rug in lilac b/c of this room. Thank you!

  103. Allison @ House of Hepworths says:

    Wow, I love your new room. It is amazing!

  104. momstheword says:

    What a gorgeous room! I love what you did with it. I am adding you to my Reader. I also love that you have four generations under one roof, that's awesome. We have three!

  105. Your room is lovely! I really like your burlap curtains. Do you mind if I put a couple of your pictures on Pinterest?

  106. melissa@joyineveryseason says:

    that's just lovely … makes me happy just looking at it :o)

  107. Jessica Bruno says:

    Thank you Melissa! Me to πŸ™‚

  108. {darlene} @ fieldstonehill says:

    I WAS sleeping. No, crazy-busy, more like it. BUT MY WORD!!!!! IT is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go Rhoda and Jessica. A GORGEOUS transformation!!!!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  109. Hi Jessica! Found you through Home Stories A to Z and I may need some help picking my jaw up off the floor. Your living room transformation is incredible! I absolutely love your style. Consider me your newest fan!
    -Dusty @All Things G&D

  110. Through the Years says:

    Hello Jessica, I love the room, what a big difference! Can you please tell me where you bought the planks from?
    Thank you!

  111. Jessica Bruno says:

    Hi, hopefullly you get this. Your email wasn't available to respond back to, so I'll post here πŸ™‚ Anyway, you can buy any of the planks at Home DEpot/Lowes or even your local lumber store. These are "wide pine tongue and groove" boards. These are smooth finish, not rough. You can get whatever you like and just nail them up! πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!

  112. it’s gorgeous! my parents still live in the same house (30+ years) and I feel like someday I’ll get the house but want to redo every single thing!

  113. I am completely smitten with your gorgeous transformation!!! So lovely. I featured your room in my post today regarding the debate on white slipcovered sofas— I hope that’s OK— please let me know! πŸ™‚ And would love to hear your opinion of the white sofa now that you’ve had some time to settle in and dirty it up!

    Thanks for the inspiration! Blessings,

    1. Hey Lauren! Thanks so much. We love the white sofa in fact, my dog got blood all over it the other day (from her chin) and I just about had a heart attack. Thankfully, I paid a small amount extra for the stain treatment. It blotted right up with water and a paper towel! Let me know if you get this response…I just switched my blog to WP and I am trying to figure out the comment system. Thank you!

      1. Hi Jessica! Yes, got the comment… thanks SO much for the reply!!! Where is your couch from? Maybe I missed that from the original post but didn’t think I saw the brand. Anyway, I’m super grateful for your input… we have 3 kids and a cat & I’ve looked high and low for another option but I really just want WHITE! I see you’re a New Englander… I’m originally from Mass. & that’s where all my family still lives πŸ™‚ thanks again for the feedback! blessings, lauren

  114. You and Rhoda did a fabulous job!!! I love Rhoda….she is a doll. Great job on all the woodwork.

  115. This room is absolutely incredible! I’m SO in love with it. You’ve done an incredible job!!!

  116. All I can say is, “WOW!” You made a huge transformation to this room, and it looks so bright and cheerful. This is really helpful to me while I am house-hunting, since many of the homes in our price range have rooms that need to be made over big time. You have given me some inpiring vision!
    p.s. I love the hanging lanterns from Pier 1.
    Did the hanging rod/hook come with the lanterns, or did you buy them somewhere else?
    I would love to get a few for my house.
    Thanks so much! Love the room

    1. Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for you sweet comment πŸ™‚ The hooks are from home depot (plant hook). I love using outdoor plant hooks inside. Adding a wall treatment (planks) and paint is so easy and economical to change the look of a room. Good luck house hunting πŸ™‚

  117. I just saw the pillow pictures on pinterest, and I couldn’t have been more excited. I’m pretty sure the kitchen curtains on the second season of Melissa and Joey are made out of the same grey and yellow Dalia fabric. I fell in love with the fabric, and I’m glad to know it’s available somewhere!

    You’re place is really awesome!

    And, I’m a little ashamed to admit that I watch Melissa and Joey…

  118. Found you thanks to Young House Love. How did you do those curtains? I’d love to use those in my living room.


    1. Hi Alice! THe curtains are made from burlap that I bought in the fabric store. 3 yards for each panel. I sewed a deep pocked hem at the top and that was it. You can also sew a seam on each side if you don’t want the “frayed” look but I liked the fray look. So easy and simple…..and very inexpensive. Go for it !

  119. Hi Jessica, can you please tell me the brand of your sofa?? I have been searching everywhere for a wonderful white sofa like yours! Thank you!

    1. Hi Lea, I don’t know the brand off the top of my head (I am not home right now) but you can find it at Jordans Furniture (Natick Ma). Not sure if they have delivery online though or where you are located. However, you can find the sectional on there. The color is natural. Thank you for stopping by! PS. There is also a link at the botttom of the post that says, “resource list”. The link to the couch is also located on that list.

  120. Looks awesome! I love the “pottery barn” style. My question is, how did you plug in your lamps? Or are the just decorative? I’ve always wondered about how to put a lump in the middle of the room without trailing a cord all over…

    1. I ran the cords (and an extension cord) under the couch and there is a plug behind the couch. I bought white duct tape to cover it (the 2 feet or so that comes out behind the couch) so it isn’t a trip hazard. Nobody really goes behind that part of the couch so the duct tape isn’t really necessary. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  121. Found you via Young House Love.

    I love your room! We painted our living room a blue/green likes yours but haven’t done anything else with it. Now I have some great ideas! Love, love, love the planks on the walls. May have to convince the hubby that we need to do something like that. πŸ™‚

  122. Ashleigh P. says:

    Hi!! I hopped over from YHL & just had to tell you how much I love your new room! I too am struggling to update my dark & dreary traditional living space into something brighter. Thanks for sharing your process as you have definitely given me a few ideas. The barn doors on the existing cabinet are my favorite part!

  123. Erin @ DIY On the Cheap says:

    Wow! What a transformation! I love everything about this space. Great job!

  124. This is SO beautiful! I can’t even believe the transformation – wonderful job!

  125. Your room is amazing! I’m loving the plaked walls. How much did you spend on wood? Is that really an affordable update? I would love to see a post detailing that process. Great job!

    1. Hi, I bought 8’long pine tongue and groove for about $6 a board and then cut them in half. Each board is about $6 or so. You can buy longer ones and cut them (will save you $). This room is about 480 square feet. We spent under $200 for the planks. We had some left over from another project which helped with the budget! If real wood isn’t in your budget, you can get the same look with MDF, just buy a huge sheet of it and cut the strips wide. Marian at Miss Mustard Seed has a great room she did with this technique on her site. You can see me adding the wood here , https://www.fourgenerationsoneroof.com/2011/11/the-beginning-of-our-family-room-makeover.html . Thank you for stopping by and good luck if you give it a try πŸ™‚

  126. Hi – Beautiful project. I have an offtopic question – do you have a direct link to your inspiration photo from House Beautiful? I really like the sofa in it, but couldn’t find the image on their site. Thanks!

    1. Hi, I’m sorry I don’t πŸ™ I originally found it on pinterest. I just tracked back the pin 10 people on my pinterest board to see if possibly went to a direct link and no luck. Feel free to search back though from my pinterest board (this is the link to the pin http://pinterest.com/pin/266979084129647338/ ) and maybe you will get lucky πŸ™‚ Good luck, that is indeed a beautiful room and sofa !

  127. Hi from Newburyport, MA! Your room would be right at home here at Plum Island. May I ask where you obtained the dark wood table that’s behind the sofa? It is a work of art! Great work, and thanks so much for sharing. I’ll be following you via RSS.

    1. Hi, so glad you found our blog πŸ™‚ I love Newburyport! The sofa table is from Rotman’s or Jordan’s, both in Ma. My mom bought them about 5 years ago and not cannot remember which store. Most likely Rotmans though. Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a great weekend.

    1. Thanks Patty! Nope, surgery was from giving birth. ha. Prolapsed bladder πŸ™ All is good though…knock on wood! I’ll be sure to check out your burlap post. I love burlap!

  128. How have I existed in the DIY blogging world without seeing your blog or this amazing makeover??? I found you via Hometalk-and so glad I did!

  129. Hi Jessica, I LOVE what you did!! I’ve been looking for the seagulls above your t.v. where did you get them??

  130. Beautiful job! Found you from Curbly on Pinterest. Love the tongue & groove wall panel. =)

  131. Such a beautiful room! I love the planking on the walls and the colors you chose.

  132. So I’m sitting here admiring your room as we are about to embrak on a living room makeover in similiar colors and was curious about your lamp cords for the lamp on the side table and console. I have furniture pulled away from the wall in another room and it drives me nuts that our lamp cord has to reach all the way to wall AND is very noticable. HOw did you hide yours??

  133. Beautiful! I love it so much!!! So inspirational! Thank you so much for the detailed post. πŸ™‚

  134. Where did the couch come from?

  135. Where did you get your area rug?

  136. I have to say that I squealed when I saw your room!! So beautiful! We are in the middle of putting board and batton up in our living/dining room. I want to change the wall colour to Wythe blue (so I started to search and see if anyone has done this). My husband is a visual guy…now I can show him what you’ve done and how beautiful it looks.
    I was worried that Wythe Blue would be too dark but I think the white B&B will help.

  137. Rachael Obella says:

    Love the room!! I really like your burlap curtain idea I’d like to venture out and try it myself but am a little overwhelmed because I’ve NEVER bought fabric before πŸ™‚ in your opinion if I have 9ft ceilings and need six panels how many yards should I buy…I want the curtains long too!! Thanks πŸ˜‰

  138. Hi,

    The room is gorgeous! The details you added are just right, and it really is light and airy–may favorite. I was wondering if you would tell me the room dimensions. I love how just right everything is, very cozy without being small and not too big so things are lost.

    Thank you!

  139. Love your home. The before looks like mine now and what I want it to be in your after. Love the brightness of it!

  140. This project lives on via Pinterest – just saw it and had to comment, even though this post is over a year old. Beautiful job.

    I really love the thought of doing a sectional in my kid’s playroom, and the sectional you found at a local furniture store looks great. Now that you have had it in place for a year, where do your family member like to sit – do they sit in the corner a lot? Do they like the long ‘chaise lounge’ part? Also, I really really want to get an off white sectional. I think it looks great, and love how neutral it is – you can change the pillows if you want to update the color scheme. Have you found that the sectional has become dirty with the off white color? Are they slipcovers that can be washed?

    Thank for you this inspiration!


    1. I am getting all the slip covers cleaned (dry cleaned) for the first time since we bought the couch (1 year 4 months ago). YOu would never know there are 5 of us that always sit on this couch and 2 dogs that constantly rub up against it! ha. It spot cleans fabulously and still looks great πŸ™‚ I say buy one! πŸ™‚ Pottery Barn sells slip covered couches and I believe the slip covers can be washed ?

    2. I actually washed one of the slip covers today and it washed beautifully! No dryer just a delicate wash cycle. I was praying it would be ok b/c I didn’t want to go the dry cleaning route as I mentioned earlier. Your message got me thinking about washing them so I did! πŸ™‚

  141. Hi! What a great room! i have the same color in our playroom and we love it!
    Are the open shelves above the book case something you put together yourself? Did you get the bookcase for that space? It all goes together perfectly! Thinking about adding something similar in my house but not sure where to start. (Guess i should get a nail gun too!) πŸ™‚


  142. I Love everything about this room! Can you please tell me the manufacturer and model number of the fabulous sectional?? I have been looking for a sectional like that for months!

  143. I just have to say how BEAUTIFUL your room looks! I was searching for help with curtain ideas for our master bedroom and came across your post. You have done a fantastic job!!! I am trying to transform our plain bedroom into a casual beach/cottage look. I bought the bedding over 3 years ago. It took me 2 months to find the discontinued ensemble pieces on line after seeing the duvet in a model home. They are still sitting in their original packaging. I hope to connect with Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for her expertise to get this project done. THANK YOU for sharing it with us.

  144. I love your room! We’re in the middle of a total redo as well and I didn’t see if anyone asked about your coffee table. Did you make it or buy it?? If so where?

  145. Can I ask if you got the Ektorp Ikea Couch? Or is it something different? I am currently researching for a slip cover couch right now.


    1. The couch is from a local furniture store in Natick, Ma. I believe the Ektorp is nice though although it’s not as big as the one I have but I know the Ikea prices are reasonable. Good luck with your search!

  146. Jessica, wow. Just beautiful every time I see it come across Pinterest. Catches my eye every time. Your set of doves plucks a heart string for me and prompted a very strenuous search on the web, but alas, I cannot find them. Please share where you got them from! Love the room!

  147. Your room looks spectacular! I do have a question…where did you buy the rug? I love it! Thanks in advance!

  148. Wonderful room! I love the colors and ease of the space. Quick question about the sectional.. Is it comfortable? I’m looking for a deep comfy sectional that I can curl up and spread out on. Are the cushions soft? Has it worn well over the years? How’s the fabric holding up?

  149. I love your site, i JUST discovered is as i was looking for a tutorial on reupholstering a arm chair, can wait to try your technique. This room looks awesome too, do you mind telling me where you found the rug? and what the size is?

    1. Hi, the rug is from Overstock.com. I believe the link in within the post πŸ™‚

      1. I read through the post and I still cant find it, Im sorry, but i will check Overstock, Thanks!

  150. I would love to know where to find the rug, I love the color and print,
    you did an amazing job, I LOVE IT!!!!

  151. Wow! The transformation is beautiful. What color of paint did you use as an accent color? It’s really striking and brightens the whole room and I love it.

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