Lively Living Room

Clever storage and earthy colors turn this living room into a warm, lively family room.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionHandmade accents, African accessories and the Bullies' musical instruments round out the bohemian makeover.
Interior designer Brice Cooper removes the clutter and softens the colors to create a warm and lively family retreat. With help from design coordinators Ali Azhar and Kelly Edwards, the walls are painted an earthy brown-ocher tone, while vivid colors are brought in with luxurious fabric drapes and pillows. Storage is key for a family with three small children, so seating with drawers and a new armoire provide the solution.

The Cost

Paint and supplies — $110

  • wall paint, Home Depot, 022367442811 HD6012, $19.98/gallon — The Home Depot
  • armoire paint, 082474934043 Ppexsedpbs quart, $11.48 — The Home Depot
  • armoire glaze, 082474748046 faux glaze quart, $10.48 — The Home Depot

Planters and plants — $100
  • foliage, 053011056108, $14.96 — The Home Depot
  • planter boxes — container, 754826202611 4x10 PVC 40, $20.05 — The Home Depot
  • planter boxes — endcaps, 012871628443 fitting, $6.16 — The Home Depot
  • planter boxes — adhesive, 051527949105, $3.49 — The Home Depot
  • planter boxes — sisal rope, 071514065007, 1/4 x 50, $3.49 — The Home Depot

Rug — $90
  • rug, 066040586 5 x 8, rangoon bamboo, $89.99 — Target

Lamp — $55
  • lamp, closeout thrift, $21.80 — Salvation Army
  • coconut ring placemat used on lamp, 7955198, $9.99 — Jo-Ann
  • lamp shade, $9.99 — Kmart

Custom bench — $140
  • bench seating, closeout thrift, $49.05 — Salvation Army
  • pillows for bench, closeout thrift, $20 — Salvation Army
  • fabric for seating, 000100016, $15.73 — Hancock Fabric

Seating boxes — $13

Pillows — $100

  • pillow form used in batik project, 1776772 Decorator's Choice, 14 x 14 inch, $4.99 — Jo-Ann
  • paper for batik project, 18 x 24 inch, Pearl rough nw, $8.29 — Pearl Arts & Crafts

Blinds and fabrics — $140
  • blinds, 358065, $12.99 — Cost Plus World Market
  • ceiling tent – hangers, 622412053247 U bolts, $1.02 — The Home Depot
  • fabric for ceiling tent, $102.85 — Textile Discount Outlet
  • raspberry thread used on ceiling tent, 4321527, DD Thread raspberry, $1.99 — Jo-Ann

Light fixture — $65
  • overhead light, 808339670198 6ft – 10mm rope lighting, $5.96 – The Home Depot
  • light kit used in overhead fixture, TG 2403, $19.95 — Chicago Lighting Warehouse

Armoire — $80
  • armoire, closeout thrift, $75 — Salvation Army

Stencil project — $28
  • stencil, 7770878 Burgeoning Scroll, $5 — Jo-Ann
  • stencil brush, 3/4 inch, $2.89 — Pearl Arts & Crafts
  • turquoise paint for stencil, 236-ml, $7.99 — Pearl Arts & Crafts
  • gel used for stencil, 6019277, gloss super heavy gel, $8 — Jo-Ann

Accessories — $72
  • tiles on artwork, 361811, $4.99 — Cost Plus World Market
  • mask, 349515, $19.99 — Cost Plus World Market
  • vase, 2092408, vs bamboo trim sm, $18 — Pier 1
  • beaded reeds in vase, 2076158, beaded ting, $8 — Pier 1

Total — $993

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