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

 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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  • 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!

    Blonde in this City

  • The architectural details of your new apartment are just gorgeous! The fireplace and the wainscoting is just gorgeous.

  • This is fabulous!! You did a great job. I love your pick of pillows.


  • 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 🙂

    xx Ivana

    Macarons and Pearls

  • You just nailed it! Loved seeing the evolution!

  • Soo gorgeous! Love seeing the transitions and changes you made throughout the years to make this the stunning room it is today!

  • Beautiful space!
    So fun to watch the evolution! I wish I'd done this with my current apartment. Always a work in progress…right?

  • Gorgeous! I love it, all of it! xo Kristin

  • It all came together…very lovely.

  • Question… Did you paint your apartment your self? If so do you have any tricks of the trade you could share?

  • LOVE the light whites and golds. So my style. Thank you for sharing the process- you are right, it doesn't happen over night!!

  • I love it! For sure, worth the wait.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Your living room came out absolutely gorgeous! It was definitely worth all the work you put into it.

  • so so so beautiful! It looks like such a calming space, too!

  • loved this trip through the process – came together so beautifully and great reminder that it takes time to get it right!

  • Looks good. I love the metal display box near the window. Do you remember where you got it?

  • Love love love the living room..however I think the doggie might have stolen the show 🙂

  • Gorgeous living room!! Love seeing it all come together, that was fun.


  • So so lovely!!! I adore every bit of it…and love seeing the progress! Thanks for the details too,love that wall color!

  • I love love love it! What color and material is the sofa? Thank you!

  • 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!!


  • 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!

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken