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NEW PROJECT: Modern Transitional Living Room Makeover Step-Daughter’s house

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Happy Monday friends! New Project ALERT! It’s so crazy hot here in Massachusetts (I am not complaining) that it’s a little hard to get into the Fall season of apple picking and visiting the pumpkin patch. I can’t remember the last time it was this hot during apple picking season. Today I am sharing a new project, a modern transitional living room makeover that involves my step-daughter’s living room at their house. They are also a multigenerational home where they live with their mom and their grandmother. The girls are twins and almost 17 years old. It’s kind of crazy that they drive now, have a job and are like little adults. They were five years old when I married their dad and it’s amazing how they have grown into confident, smart and loving young ladies. A couple months ago, their mom asked me if I would be willing to help them create a living room that was stylish, comfortable and conducive to teens as well as be appropriate for adults. Their living room is the main TV room so when the girls have friends over, they wanted it to be casual, fun, bright and full of color yet sophisticated so their mom and grandmother didn’t feel like they were sitting in a room that screamed teenagers. Does that make sense? One night while the girls were at our house, we pulled images from pinterest and the web of rooms they liked, created a pinterest board and I created a mood board to show their mom and gram. 

Modern Transitional Living Room Makeover 

Modern Transitional Living Room Makeover {Step-daughter's house}

Love the rug? It’s from Annie Selke by Dash and Albert and they were kind of enough to donate it for the project! 

With a small budget, we were able to completely empty the room, paint, purchase new furnishings (except the couch), drapes, decorative accessories and paint.  Their original living room was a mix of furnishings and decorative accents that their mom and gram had collected over the years and decided that they needed updated furniture and pieces that fit the space better. The couch on the right hand side below is from a local retailer here in Mass and was purchased fairly recently. It’s in great shape, a neutral color and comfortable. So we kept it! The couch on the left hand side now lives in their basement where it’s currently looking for a new home.  Do you live in Mass? It’s for sale and in great shape and also a neutral color. The space definitely was only big enough for one couch so the loveseat was evicted and we ended up finding two GORGEOUS accent chairs from HomeGoods (full reveal coming soon) for $199 each! Wait until you see these chairs, I did a double take when I saw the price tag for $199. I was working on a prop styling HomeGoods design project (see all those projects here) when I saw the chairs so I snapped a picture and texted the girls and their mom and was like, “umm, these are amazing and so cheap!” They tracked down their grandmother for her approval and needless to say, I loaded them in my truck and that was that. 

Modern Transitional Living Room Makeover {Step-daughters house}

The room has great bones featuring gorgeous hardwood floors, new recessed lighting and a decent square footage. The TV was already hanging on the wall above the fireplace and the wires were already snaked through the wall which was a bonus. Once the room was empty, we got to work. 

Modern Transitional Living Room Makeover {Step-daughter's house}

The room had been recently painted within the last couple years but we felt like it needed to be brighter so we painted the walls a lighter off white color. We picked up 3 colors from Sherwin-Williams, painted square swatches on the wall and after a day or two of looking at the colors via natural and artificial light, the color Crisp Linen by Sherwin-Williams was the winner. Sherwin-Williams donated all the paint for this space and their dining room (that makeover coming in October) so thank you to them!

Modern Transitional Living Room Makeover {Step-daughter's house}

The fireplace was original to the house and they are having a contractor construct a wooden mantel and decorative wooden surround (similar to what we did with our fireplace a couple years ago – see our fireplace makeover post) in October so for now, we ended up whitewashing the fireplace (more on that later this week) to give it a quick cosmetic facelift. 

Modern Transitional Living Room Makeover {Step-daughter's house}

Modern Transitional Living Room Makeover {Step-daughter's house}

The girls did a lot of the painting which I think is great!  You can save so much money by doing your own painting and DIY projects.

Modern Transitional Living Room Makeover {Step-daughter's house}

In a perfect world, we would have taken the TV down to paint the wall but we don’t live in a perfect world (at least not my world) so as long as you take your time, I say paint around the TV.  There is no need to spend half a day removing hardware and reinstalling a TV. A complete waste of time in my opinion.  Stay tuned, the new modern transitional living room makeover is in full swing and is looking A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. !!!! Before I sign off, did you see the instagram story I shared last night with the crazy sale on (affiliate link) a fabulous Seagrass Rug??? It’s a huge sale so check it out if  you are in need of a seagrass rug (the girls mom just ordered it for their dining room makeover we are also working on). Also, these Fall Favorites below are still in stock and on sale so if you are in need of fun decorative or fashionable Fall goodies, check this post out (click image below)

Fall FAVORITE SalesFriday Favorite Sales - Olive Green Fall Favorite

I am headed to New York City this week for a Better Homes and Gardens Conference which I am so honored to be a part of. This will be my 6th year attending and it’s always great to catch up with the editors of the magazine and of course, see all my blogger buddies. Our blog hit 6 years old this past August which is pretty crazy considering I started it on a whim and as a hobby to keep friends and family updated on what life was like living with four generations under one roof. So much has happened in the last 6 years. I am hoping to write a belated blogging anniversary post and re-cap the last few years. It’s been a crazy ride which turned into my full time job and a career that I am so thankful for. PS. my grandfather was home this past weekend and is doing good! My gram got the go ahead from her oncologist to try getting into a car so hopefully we can bring her home soon for a visit. 

UPDATE: Full Makeover Here 

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  1. Best part about this whole post is where you gave everyone in the world permission to NOT paint behind the TV. From all of us who are on a ladder RIGHT NOW…thank you. ????

  2. Best part is Gram may get to visit home! Love the new wall color and look forward to the reveal!

    In CT … what is the price of couch?!

    1. Anonymous says:

      I emailed you and just got your reply but for some reason, I can’t get the email to go back through. Keeps coming up undelivered. Did you get my emails?

    2. 🙂 Did you get my email about 10 minutes ago? They keep coming back undelivered?

  3. Where is the couch in your inspiration photo from?

      1. Thanks! It’s gorgeous. I love what you’ve done with the room so far and can’t wait to see the rest.

  4. I’m so inspired by your helping out your step daughters and their Mom considering all you’ve got going on! Looks great, and can’t wait to see the finished room. Just a suggestion – add some black and white photos of your lovely step daughters around the tv to help blend the tv into the wall a little more.

  5. Juanita in OH says:

    I LOVE how well you all get along! I an anxious to see the finished product. Glad to hear that your grandpa made it home, is he still pocketing his pills? I hope your grandma gets home soon. Have a wonderful time in my old home town, there is nothing more beautiful than Central Park during autumn if there is an autumn by the time you get there. It has been so hot everywhere. The leaves are changing in OH mainly because of the shorter days. God bless.

  6. You are rocking this room, can hardly wait to see the end results, I know it will be fabulous.

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