Living room makeover with Jo-Ann and HGTV home fabric


I’m super excited to let you in on my next big project. I’ve teamed up with Jo-Ann and HGTV home to makeover my living room in 30 days (gasp)! It’s the Jo-Ann and HGTV HOME™ Magic with Fabric & Trim challenge.

Me and 4 other bloggers (you can see which ones here -love them all) will be making over one room using only HGTV home fabric. An HGTV Celebrity will be judging our rooms at the end of the 30 days. Fun right?! Get ready for several craft and sewing tutorials over the next month. I can’t wait to show you everything I have planned. :D

JoAnn magic with fabric

Here’s the room I’ll be making over. I took this picture when we walked through our house (before we bought it). Since then we have added in wood floors, painted the walls light grey, painted the trim white and closed in the back wall.


room makeover

You can see the progress this room has already made since we moved in. It’s definitely screaming for COLOR! The only thing I have decorated was my 4th of July mantel. Oh and I threw a few pillows on the couch. Ha! I am so excited for this challenge, because that means I will be forced to finish this room! Yay!

living room makeover

I’m definitely going to be adding some colorful curtains and will probably be raising the bar a little bit. The thing I’m stuck on is what to do with this gigantic wall. What would you put on both sides of the fire place? Mirrors? Art? Book cases?

living room makeover 2

I have several different patterns for pillows I’ll be making and I may even be making a few blankets. We’ll see how far I get! ;)

living room makeover 3

Here is a little sneak peak at some of the fabrics that came in the mail. I’m seriously in love with their whole new line. It’s gorgeous!

HGTV home fabric from Jo-Ann's

So I’m curious… what would you do with the long wall by the fireplace?! Help!

Disclosure: This post was in partnership with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and HGTV HOME. I was provided with supplies to create this post and compensated for my time. All opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting these sponsors that allow me to create new and special content for I Heart Nap Time.

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. nest of posies posted on July 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm (#

    ack. i think i hit enter before i replied. i would add book shelves for sure. but, i can always use more storage in my house. maybe a buffet style of cabinet down below but shelving on top? you could even paint the back or add fabric to add some pop of color.

    • Jamielyn posted on July 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm (#

      Ooh those all sound wonderful! I love the idea of adding fabric to have a pop of color on the shelves, thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Tara @ Suburble posted on July 20, 2013 at 12:28 am (#

    Ummmm… WOW! I am so totally jealous! I would love to have a makeover (and if HGTV and Joann got involved? I’d probably weep and then faint)! I can’t wait to see it!

  3. Patti posted on July 20, 2013 at 6:23 am (#

    I would probably do floor to ceiling bookcases in the corners and then low bookcases or shallow cabinets between the bookcases and the fireplace. That would leave you plenty of wall space to hang art or family photos plus “flat surface” to create and display little vignettes.

    • Jamielyn posted on July 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm (#

      I love the floor to ceiling idea with the bookcases…sounds beautiful! Thanks for sharing your ideas Patti! :)

  4. Timmi posted on July 20, 2013 at 9:49 am (#

    I think you need to do a slipcover for the couch, so that I can have a tutorial to follow for when I get gusty enough to make one for my couch.

  5. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline posted on July 20, 2013 at 10:15 am (#

    shelving on each side would be great! you could even do low shelving that spans the wall with some big art pieces above.

    • Jamielyn posted on July 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm (#

      I definitely will do some art pieces, I like the idea of having them above the shelves! Thanks Jessica! :)

  6. Stephanie posted on July 20, 2013 at 11:25 am (#

    I LOVE that fabric! Makes me want to run out right now and grab some- seriously!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm (#

      There really are so many gorgeous fabrics to choose from!

  7. Michelle posted on July 20, 2013 at 11:59 am (#

    This is exciting! There is so much space and room for potential! definitely curtains are a must, a mirror over the fire place and vases, frames, and other knick knacks, and then use the space next to the windows for a gallery wall with all different shaped and sized frames with art, sayings, and photos! you could even hang a terranium in that corner area too or hang a vase/plant! throw a blanket on the arm of the couch and a whole bunch of pillows in various sizes and you are good to go! cant wait to see what you do though!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm (#

      There definitely is a lot of space! Thanks for sharing all those wonderful ideas Michelle, I will be making some of those things for sure!

  8. Nevin posted on July 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm (#

    I like the idea of bookcases flanking the fireplace. Have you thought about adding a long bench to the right for extra setting? Put a small table at the bench for the kids activities? Family game night? Oh – have drawers under the bench too. One can never have too much storage space. Love your fabric choices!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm (#

      Oooh a bench is a nice idea! There are so many options! :)

  9. Heather posted on July 20, 2013 at 5:13 pm (#

    How about bookcases with fabric lining the backs? And maybe some type of ottoman with storage inside??

    • Jamielyn posted on July 24, 2013 at 12:40 pm (#

      I love that idea, it could really bring out a pop of color in the back of the bookcases! Thanks for commenting!

  10. MeganM. posted on July 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm (#

    Love the idea of built-in bookcases. Maybe put doors on the bottom of the shelves? Helps quickly hide messes if someone stops by. :) And I LOVE the fabrics you got! So pretty! Congratulations! Can’t wait to see the reveal!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm (#

      It definitely is a good idea to have some extra doors and shelves, thanks Megan! I am excited to see how it all turns out as well! :)

  11. ingrid@nowathomemom posted on July 22, 2013 at 8:59 am (#

    the fabrics you will be working with are gorgeous! and your living room looks good but can’t wait to see it once it will be ready. You could also add fabric to the back of bookshelves if you decide to add any to your space and cover some books with fabric too! can’t wait to see what you will do!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm (#

      Thank you! I love the fabric as well, so many gorgeous fabrics out there!

  12. Debbie posted on July 23, 2013 at 6:58 am (#

    Those fabrics look fantastic and your room is neutral enough that I think you won’t have a difficult time doing something with it. I think it’s always good to think about both form and function. So if you need more storage, then do some bookcases (maybe there’s a way to use the fabric on the backs of the bookcase wall instead of paint). If you don’t, then maybe an art collage wall. Definitely some curtains on the big window. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 24, 2013 at 12:43 pm (#

      An art collage wall would be gorgeous! Thanks for the suggestions! :)

  13. Sarah @ Craft Quickies posted on July 24, 2013 at 2:27 am (#

    I am so excited to see what you do! It already looks SOOOO much better!!! Shelving would be cool! I also love collage walls and plate walls right now. Such a talented group of bloggers!! I can’t wait to see the reveals! EEK! Love ya!!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm (#

      Thanks Sarah! I agree, I LOVE collage walls and plate walls! Hope you are doing well! xo

  14. Tosin posted on July 25, 2013 at 5:59 am (#

    Book-shelve is a must, potted flowers at the corners and remember to put more florescent bulbs with beautiful shades when curtain is fixed. i cant wait to see the makeover. @ Michelle: u have great imaginative mind. i can picture your suggestions already.

    • Jamielyn posted on July 25, 2013 at 11:47 am (#

      Thanks for the ideas Tosin! Potted flowers are beautiful and definitely add to a home! :)

  15. Candise posted on July 18, 2014 at 6:24 pm (#

    I think a nice big backed arm chair in one corner with a beautiful upholstered foot stool
    and make it a photo wall different frames – sizes colors arrange them on either side in a square arrangement and put a decorative border around them (using wallpaper maybe) make them a real feature! Good way to display your photos and makes the space feel warm and homely

  16. Candise posted on July 18, 2014 at 6:35 pm (#

    I like the shelves idea too or the cube storage units you can get! They are low so you can put “artwork” above and some beautiful accessories on top
    You could border a square above each with wallpaper and put different coloured frames antique looking inside with photos good way to display your photos and arty looking

  17. destiny mayers posted on April 28, 2015 at 9:14 pm (#

    I really want to touch up my house because it is just so boring and I want to make it all jazzed up
    I do youre DIY all the time you are the best