30 day living room makeover!!


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Hello friends! Happy Thursday! I am SO excited to show you my living room reveal that I have been working on with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores® and HGTV HOME™ Magic with Fabric Trim challenge.
The last 30 days have been crazy… but oh so fun! My local news station came by last week (at 5 am-eek!) and it was so fun to share some of the things I created with fabric. One of the best things about blogging is inspiring others to create projects they love. I really hope to inspire at least one of you today. :)

I tried pattern mixing with new and old fabrics in this room and love how it all came together. I found these really sweet chairs at a thrift store and was nervous about them clashing, but I kind of like the pop of contrast! The camera guys were joking and saying I must reallly LOVE turquoise. I was tweeting on a turquoise phone and drinking out of a turquoise water bottle. LOL! Yes it may be a problem… but I don’t care, I LOVE turquoise! There I said it! Always have, always will! ;) Any other turquoise lovers out there?? I tried mixing several different shades in the room and I think it all came together. I am glad I was BRAVE and decided to mix up the patterns! :D
living room makeover 30 days

In case some of you need a reminder, here is what the living room looked like 30 days ago…

30 day living room makeover at iheartnaptime.com ....LOVE! #DIY #homedecor


And below is what it looked like 3 months ago when we bought the house. Lots of changes! The room feels so much bigger and OPEN! That sectional we brought from our old house completely blocked the flow of the room and it is now happily sitting in our basement.

30 day living room makeover at iheartnaptime.com ....LOVE! #DIY #homedecor

So I thought it would be fun to just break down the room piece by piece.

The first things we did to this room was…

  1. Painted the room light grey (we used Agreeable Grey from Sherwin Williams)
  2. Added new wood floors ( Texas Brown engineered hardwood from Build Direct -seriously in LOVE with my wood floors)
  3. We closed in the back wall (you may notice the opening in the picture above)
  4. Added chunky crown molding (tutorial coming soon!)
  5. Painted the mantel white

Huge props to handyman Mike who helped me pull this room together. My husband has been crazy busy during his first intern year, so Mike came to the rescue with his crew.

So after all the big projects were done it was time to decorate! The best part, right?!

I’ve been wanting a white slipcover couch forever and finally talked my husband into it. We debated over the Pottery Barn vs Ikea white slipcovered couch and finally decided on the Ikea one. It was a heck of a lot cheaper and if we needed to replace the cover they are only $50 and the replacements on the Pottery Barn one go up to $800! What I love about this couch is that I can WASH it and BLEACH it! YEA! I know some of you are thinking “White couch… kids… disaster” but the slipcovers are easy to wash and my other couch had to be done by a professional. So it actually works out better in the long run. Plus we are loving it! I heard negative reviews on comfort, but it is a lot more comfortable than my old couch and we have been very happy with it so far! I’m all about saving where I can.

30 day living room makeover at iheartnaptime.com ....LOVE! #DIY #homedecor

Then of course once I bought the new couch I had to sew beautiful new pillows. You can find my pillow cover tutorial HERE and the ruffled one HERE. I used all HGTV home fabrics from Jo-Ann fabrics for this room. You can never have to many pillows, right?!

30 day living room makeover at iheartnaptime.com ....LOVE! #DIY #homedecor

I didn’t want to go crazy with decor on the mantel, so I made some mason jar candlesticks and added some planters that I found at Ikea. I also made a simple wreath with vines I found at my local craft store. 30 day living room makeover at iheartnaptime.com ....LOVE! #DIY #homedecor

I bought this striped rug from Crate and Barrel. They were having a 20% off sale with free shipping, so I got it for a great deal! I seriously am loving the open space to the kitchen. My one splurge was this tufted ottoman. I found it HERE on Amazon. Love it so much!

30 day living room makeover at iheartnaptime.com ....LOVE! #DIY #homedecor

I made this DIY fabric cork board to hang over this awesome piece of furniture. I painted this piece and did the ombre’ drawers a few months ago. I used my chalk paint recipe and vaseline distressing technique to paint it. It is by far one of my favorite pieces in my home! Such a cool vintage find.

30 day living room makeover at iheartnaptime.com ....LOVE! #DIY #homedecor

I also covered some buttons with fabric using a button kit from the Jo-Ann fabric and craft stores. 30 day living room makeover at iheartnaptime.com ....LOVE! #DIY #homedecor

I didn’t stop there! I covered several books with fabric too.  Such an easy and cheap way to dress up some old books! I found these books at the thrift store for .50 cents each! Score!

30 day living room makeover at iheartnaptime.com ....LOVE! #DIY #homedecor

I tried to incorporate pops of yellow and green throughout the room to create a bright and happy place! I’m all about decorating with bright colors!

30 day living room makeover at iheartnaptime.com ....LOVE! #DIY #homedecor

Next up is my gallery wall. I wanted to create a gallery wall that shared pieces from my families story. I added a picture from my wedding day as well as the temple we were married. I also added my families initial and a few other family pictures I love. I also added fabric to a mini frame and a fabric rose to the funky yellow frame.

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 I think it’s fun to incorporate photos from each stage of your life around your home. I love this picture we had taken when my first son was born. Such sweet memories!

30 day living room makeover at iheartnaptime.com ....LOVE! #DIY #homedecor

Here I wrapped a simple vase with a scrap piece of fabric and placed it on a painted circle piece of wood for a pop of color.

30 day living room makeover at iheartnaptime.com ....LOVE! #DIY #homedecor

I love this fabric art as well. Such an easy and inexpensive way to add a focal point to a large room. You could get really creative with all kinds of different fabrics and frames.

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Then there’s my DIY back tab curtains you may remember me sharing last week. My curtains probably took the longest out of all my projects, but I love the custom look! They turned out just how I imagined. Love when that happens (which is not every time-winks).

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One last thing I did was add ruffled trim to this white lamp shade. All I did was glue it around the edge. Took less than a minute and added the perfect touch!

living room makeover with kids

And to keep things real around here… this is what my living room looks like on any given day. Pillows on the floor, kids jumping on the couch, goldfish and LIVING life! Of course I stage all my pictures, because I want them to look beautiful for you and make them pin-worthy, but this my friends is real life (on a good day-winks) and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So what do you think?! I hope you love it as much as I do. I’d love for you to pin your favorite project.

And most importantly I hope I inspired you to create something fabulous for your home! Thanks for reading and following along. XO

JoAnn magic with fabric

Now come join the Pinterest party HERE and follow the hashtag #HGTVHomeMagic. You will have to refresh your screen to ask questions and see the pins. The 4 of us bloggers also decided to do a LIVE google + chat after the Pinterest Party, so come join us after the party. You can follow me on google + HERE and follow the event live HERE.

Also, you must check out my talented friends room makeovers. I absolutely LOVE everything they did with their rooms.

Master bedroom makeover at Tatertots and Jello

master bedroom makeover at tatertots and jello

Black and green boy room makeover at Infarrantly Creative

green and blac kroom

Master bedroom makeover at U Create


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Disclosure: This post was in partnership with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores® and HGTV HOME™ Magic with Fabric & Trim challenge. I was provided with fabric for this room makeover 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

of I Heart Naptime

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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90 comments on “30 day living room makeover!!”

  1. LOVE the turquoise- and what an incredible makeover! Everything is so bright and chipper- I MUST try the DIY fabric art project this autumn.

  2. Your room is amazing, I love the turquoise and I am going to incorporate some of those fabrics into my family room. Wonderful job.

  3. It’s so beautiful! I just love all these ideas! My sis really loves turquoise too! I sent her this post so we could steal some ideas for her living room:0)

  4. Wow Jamielyn, this is so amazing! Will you do my family room next? Haha. I love the opens spaces, natural light, bright colors, everything. I can’t believe you do all these amazing projects on your own. I’m definitely going to make my own fabric board for my office, and thinking the framed fabric will be perfect for the bedroom. So amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow! This is seriously fabulous! Love the little things you did that create such a big bang. Nothing that is crazy hard to do, necessarily, but that packs a big punch (individually and collectively).

  6. love it all, jamielyn! i love how fresh and bright and happy it is! amazing. :)

  7. It is STUNNING! I love all of the teeny tiny little details. You have such a great eye for that! I love turquoise too. And I also wore red shoes at my wedding. :) xoxo

    • Thank you so much, I really appreciate your comment! The little details are my favorite part. I’m so glad you wore red shoes too…they were so fun to wear on my wedding day!

  8. I LOVE it!! All the fun pillows! I want to join your cute kids and jump with them! :) Great job Jamielyn!!

  9. I love it, so bright and airy! It looks fantastic!!!

  10. Turned out BEAUTIFUL, Jamielyn!! I’m sure it was so much work but great to get your living room done. XO :)

  11. Jamielyn, simply fabulous! I love how airy it feels now! I was thinking, what a WHITE couch with kids, but you made me a believer:) I also really love the white cabinet you ombré ‘d! The turquoise automan is perfect! Such a fabulous room!! SUPER job! Smiles, Jill

    • Thanks so much Jill, you are SO sweet! I know…my mom said the same thing about white couches, but I love that they are slip covers and I can take them right off and wash them! xo

  12. WOW! The room looks amazing! You are so talented! Can you come help me with my house? :)

  13. It looks great Jamielyn! I’m in love with that rug. You have some great rugs in your home. I think all the happy colors suit you!

  14. Your living room looks great! I love the turquoise. You have such great ideas. Thanks for sharing them with us. I love the photo of your kids having fun together. It brings back memories of when my kids were little.

  15. It turned out fabulous Jamielyn! Really love all the cute touches you used and such fun color scheme. Fantastic!

  16. Love the textures and the colors and basically, everything! This room has a total wow factor now. Great job!

  17. Oh my this is so gorgeous! I would love to redo our living room in those colors! Very pretty and so open!

  18. Such a lovely space. And those curtains are gorgeous! ;)

  19. Seriously your updated living room looks amazing Jamielyn! Love the color pallet and all the details.

  20. I’m loving seeing all the reveals from the JoAnns challenge. I must say yours is my favorite though. I just love how bright the room is and the colors you used! The pops of blue are my favorite. Beautiful work!

  21. Wow that looks amazing-you’re so talented and have a very good eye for things. I’m especially lusting after that tufted ottoman! I’m itching to have a house to decorate so bad!!

  22. Wow that looks amazing-your’e so talented and have a good eye for things. I’m especially lusting after that turquoise tufted ottoman. I’m itching to have a house to decorate so bad!!

  23. Absolutely beautiful!!! I’ve been looking for the perfect grey & that could be it! I want everything in my own home!!!

  24. Looks fabulous Jamielyn! So much brighter than it was when you bought the house.

  25. Jamielyn, this is gorgeous! Great job, friend. Love the colors, love the fabrics, rug, ottoman, and the kids jumping on the couch;)

  26. This is just so gorgeous Jamielyn! I’m always so impressed with your work!!!

  27. Wow, oh wow! I found you on Pinterest. I just love what you did with the room! Everything is wonderful. The rug is just perfect, and those funky thrift store chairs look amazing with the white sofa. They look like a million bucks now! The ottoman was just perfect too. What a fun transformation to watch, and your pillows really finish it all off so beautifully…


  28. Wow It looks amazing. The weird thing is I’m redoing my living room too! In the same colors!!! Thank you for the inspiration and ideas!!!!!

  29. The room is beautiful, Jamie. I love looking at the pictures of before and after. It looks so fresh…

  30. Looks fabulous Jamielyn!!

  31. I love the living room. We are in the beginning stages of changing things up a little bit around here and this gave me some inspiration. I hope to be sharing my reveal in the next 30 days………. (keeping my fingers crossed)

  32. Hi,
    I love this room. I love teal too :) I was just wondering if you know where you got the fan from.

  33. Really lovely work, Jamielyn. I particularly liked the turquoise cage fan (looks vintage but I’ve never seen one that color before), & that beautiful ottoman. Blue and tufted. . . could it get any better? Also liked the white floor lamp. Did the base start out white or did you paint it? Reason I’m asking. . . my BFF has a similar one in maple (which I’ve never liked) so I’m gonna call her tomorrow & say “Go White ASAP!”

    • Thanks for your nice comment Judy! :) I found my lamp at Home Goods on sale and the base was already white. If I was going to paint it, I would use spray paint!

  34. Absolutely beautiful in every way! Breaktaking! Angie xo

  35. Love how the room turned out! I have a possibly stupid question!! Did you do anything special to paint your mantel white? We want to do the same thing. Mine is currently an ivory color, and I’m wondering if I need to sand it down or do anything like that? Or could I just buy some white latex paint and just go to town? What did you do?

  36. I love how you managed to use fabric to redecorate! Playing with different patterns of fabric can definitely help redefine the areas you want to highlight. I love it!

  37. Wow! It looks gorg!! I started making over our living room. We also painted the walls grey and used turquoise as the accent color for decor. I just love those colors. However, life got in the way and a few months later we still haven’t painted the second layer of trim white. Also we have dropped ceilings that need to go but for now I’m just painting the rails white so it’s less noticeable {too big of a project for us to take on right now}. I love love love your room and am going to try some of that fabric art!!

  38. OMG I am in love with this living room!! I have been trying to get away from the tan, red and brown stuff, but too scared of it looking bad. I am very much going to try this!!

  39. Love your room – I just ordered the EKTORP sofa with chaise and can’t wait for it to arrive! And that ottoman… omg. Love.

  40. AH! The light airiness of this room is just gorgeous. And I had to Pin that fabric art to remind myself to give it a try! Something so simple looks SO beautiful! Your living room is breath taking!


  41. WOW! what a gorgeous transformation. If you get a chance, please link up to my link party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/08/sunday-linky-23.html

  42. Wow! Your new LR is gorgeous. Great job! Also, I’m hosting a candle giveaway on my blog that you should enter! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/fremont-candles-givewaway-20-for.html

  43. Amazing!!! I love every.single.thing. about that room. Way to go, girl! Great job! XO

  44. OMG! Perfect room! Everything is so bright and the room seems so cozy. I want to live there.

  45. What a beautiful makeover! I’m in the middle of a kitchen/living room/dining room makeover and my interior designer actually suggested a turquoise tufted ottoman for the gray and taupe living room. I looked yours up on Amazon but just wanted to clarify what color you got: the one you link to (a linen color) looks so much lighter than what’s in your room. If you could clarify the color, I’d GREATLY appreciate it :) thx!!

  46. Sorry I didn’t get a chance to leave my comment, I must have accidentally pressed something by mistake. I love your blog and came to visit your makeover, its fantastic, I have just completed a guest bedroom makeover, I hope you have a chance to take a look.

    Lee :)

  47. Love the sofa! Did you fill the cushions with extra material of some kind? Yours look extra plump and comfy!

  48. I loooooooove what you did to your room!!! You are so creative, the whole room looks so cozy and relaxing! I noticed this post is old, but if you have time I have a question… I’ve been wanting to get a flooring like yours and would like to know if dark wood shows dirt easily. Are you happy with you color choice? Thanks! Xoxo

    • Hi Patty! Thank you for your sweet comment. :) I really like my flooring. I used to have a really light tile and I felt that it showed dirt a lot…I think this wood flooring actually hides it better!

  49. That ottoman just went on sale, now $320, at Target.com!  Wish I had an extra $350 lying around.  :/

  50. I have so many ideas/makeovers on our list for our home! Loving the makeover! Those curtains too!!

  51. Nice rooms!! Great work!! However, I noticed some grammar errors on your otherwise lovely webpage: “I wanted to create a gallery wall that shared pieces from my families story . . . I also added my families initial” — does not make sense as written. What you mean is “my family’s story” and “my family’s initial.”

    Families is plural, meaning more than one family; family’s is singular possessive, which is what you need here.

    “as well as the temple we were married. ” — word missing — where we were married.

  52. I LOVE the tourqoiuse curtains, with the ruffle trim and chevron. I can’t find how you made them. Do you have a link? The room makeover is beautiful!!! You are very talented!!!

  53. HI –  I so in love with in love with your curtains , do you take orders ? Price for 4 panels? just curious! thank you 
    JILL :)

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