My Living Room Before and After

I recently shared my home tour on The Everygirl, and now it’s time to show you how it all came together as I did with my last apartment. Decorating my second Chicago apartment was a process. I saw lots of potential but have to tell you–it did not happen overnight. The ceilings and walls were a horrible off white/yellow, so I painted everything. If only switching out that ceiling fan had been an option. I hate that thing. And painted the bedroom twice. Test. With. Paint. Swatches. Lesson learned.

While I kept things pretty neutral, I added some beautiful art above my sofa making this my “colorful” home. It’s a tiny little space that serves as my living room and office–and I did my best to bring these two spaces together. Let’s start with the living room!

It took a while before it looked like this. Let’s talk about it.

Taken before moving in. Yes, that’s Alaina. Who else would I take with me. duh

 Fresh coat of paint! Lovely!

moving day!

Had my dining area rug in the living room, no art, no wood in the fireplace.

My first real piece of art! And my attempt at adding color to my sofa. that did not last long.

Turned my place into the north pole for the holidays.

Wood in the fireplace, sconces, and some neutral pillows. Getting there… 

Played around with the mantle. Oy.

More mantle styling. Coming together.

New rug, a few new accessories, and voila!

Oh, look. It’s Buddy. Doing his thing. In a bow tie.

kept the sofa light with neutrals and gold. shocking, I’m sure.

Once I finally bit the bullet and ordered a custom frame for that print, it all came together.

and then there’s the gnome. can’t forget the gnome.


paint color: Farrow and Ball Cornforth White
sofa, Pottery Barn
sconces, Euro Style Lighting
painting, cocoa and hearts
athena feather tray, Jayson Home
rug, West Elm
side table, Ballard Designs
chair, Serena and Lily
gnome, Imm-Living
lucite tray, Parker & Rain
elephant, Furbish
gold pillow, Caitlin Wilson
pillows, Aurelia
candle, Jonathan Adler
glass hurricane, Crate and Barrel
glass hurricane, Crate and Barrel

“after” photos by stoffer photography for the everygirl

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  • Ali of Dressing Ken

    May 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm
    WOW thanks for posting!! I am saving to buy a condo AND what I will need to eventually put in it and this post is just so helpful. Thanks for posting! Good job!<br /><br />Ali of<br /><br />Dressing Ken
  • Jaclyn Andrade

    May 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm
    such a gorgeous home! love how you have simple dominate colors and pops here and there!<br /><br />check my blog:
  • Natalie

    May 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm
    Gorgeous!! I love how much larger the room looks with some fresh paint, natural light, and all the stunning neutrals! And I absolutely LOVE that beautiful artwork above your sofa! Thanks for sharing!!<br /><br />Natalie
  • Nicole

    May 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm
    I love love love it! What color and material is the sofa? Thank you!
  • {Hi Sugarplum!}

    May 16, 2013 at 8:23 pm
    So so lovely!!! I adore every bit of it...and love seeing the progress! Thanks for the details too,love that wall color!
  • Sixty-Fifth Avenue

    May 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm
    Gorgeous living room!! Love seeing it all come together, that was fun.<br /><br />Londen
  • Abby J.

    May 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm
    Love love love the living room..however I think the doggie might have stolen the show :)
  • Rhonda

    May 16, 2013 at 4:16 pm
    Looks good. I love the metal display box near the window. Do you remember where you got it?
  • Carmel - Our Fifth House

    May 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm
    loved this trip through the process - came together so beautifully and great reminder that it takes time to get it right!
  • Miss Margarita

    May 15, 2013 at 11:54 am
    love it!!!
  • My name is Rita

    May 15, 2013 at 5:23 am
    Love this! this is so beautiful! If you get a chance, please link this to my linky party:
  • Mary

    May 15, 2013 at 2:13 am
    so so so beautiful! It looks like such a calming space, too!
  • Sam (Savvy City Chic)

    May 15, 2013 at 1:13 am
    Your living room came out absolutely gorgeous! It was definitely worth all the work you put into it.
  • Elisa of Fancy Free Me

    May 15, 2013 at 12:51 am
    I loved seeing all the changes and how your end result came to be! It gives me hope for my work-in-progress living room!
  • Sara

    May 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm
    I love seeing this behind-the-scenes!
  • michelle

    May 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm
    i am starting to redo my bedroom. i love all of the white and gold in your home and that was part of my inspiration!
  • Mandy DeTurk

    May 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm
    I love it! For sure, worth the wait.
  • Sam [The Peak of Tres Chic]

    May 14, 2013 at 6:37 pm
    LOVE the light whites and golds. So my style. Thank you for sharing the process- you are right, it doesn't happen over night!!
  • CMD

    May 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm
    Question... Did you paint your apartment your self? If so do you have any tricks of the trade you could share?
  • Yolonda J. Washington // DesignRoundup

    May 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm
    It all came together...very lovely.

    May 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm
    Gorgeous! I love it, all of it! xo Kristin
  • Paula Jean | Sea Island Drive

    May 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm
    Beautiful space!<br />So fun to watch the evolution! I wish I'd done this with my current apartment. Always a work in progress...right?<br /><br />
  • Victoria // Oh So Pretty

    May 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm
    Soo gorgeous! Love seeing the transitions and changes you made throughout the years to make this the stunning room it is today!
  • Ladies in Navy

    May 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm
    gorgeous! adore the new look!<br />kw <a href="" rel="nofollow">ladies in navy</a>
  • natasha {schue love}

    May 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm
    You just nailed it! Loved seeing the evolution!
  • Ivana

    May 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm
    I LOVE seeing these before/after photos: at least I can see that it's always work in progress: no one moves in a perfect and impeccable apartment :) It's a lot of hard work, and you did wonderfully, Danielle! I'm completely in awe of the transformation! You rock, girl :)<br /><br />xx Ivana<br /><br><a href="" rel="nofollow">Macarons and Pearls</a>
  • Ivy + Molly

    May 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm
    This is fabulous!! You did a great job. I love your pick of pillows.<br /><br />xo<br />
  • Miranda Rickert

    May 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm
    The architectural details of your new apartment are just gorgeous! The fireplace and the wainscoting is just gorgeous.
  • Rosamapose

    May 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    I think it looks so beautiful!! I love seeing how it all came together for you, and really a home is never completely finished because we're always adding and subtracting things-congrats!<br /><br />Rose<br /><a href="" rel="nofollow">Blonde in this City</a>
  • Amberly

    May 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm
    So, I pretty much just pinned all your images! haha. I love it ALL! :)<br /><br />Amberly<br />