This past fall I read, The Cozy Minimalist and was so inspired to clear out my living room according to her plan and get it into a more serene atmosphere. Her approach is so easy to apply and doesn’t necessitate you getting rid of all extra’s, but of making wise use of what you have to create a space that is restful and inviting. Let me show you where the room started…
I knew there was too much going on, the rug was too small and I needed help! The next step was to clear nearly everything out of the room and let it sit empty for a couple of days. While it was empty, I saw there were things I needed to remove, and some things I needed to add.
- I wanted to move my desk to our family room upstairs.
- I needed a larger rug.
- The placement of the furniture needed to be changed.
- I wanted to remove some of the excess decor.
- I wanted to remove the fan and replace it with a beautiful light. See that post here.
- I felt like another bookshelf would look good so I could use one on each side of the fireplace and create a “built-in” feel.
One by one, I brought the pieces of furniture back in and have begun to make the necessary changes. I found a huge and super-soft rug at Ollie’s for about $130. I call it my “Sock rug.” Because it’s a cream color, we don’t wear our shoes on it, but it’s also so soft on your feet, I can’t resist wanting to walk barefooted on it!!
In order to achieve my built-in bookcase feel, I realized that we had a bookcase out in our garage that closely matched the one we already had. All I had to do was paint it the same color!
I bought a Valspar paint at Lowe’s that was a primer and paint all in one. It cost me around $16.
Ready for the before and after shots?
Here’s a side by side comparison from before to after…
I’m loving it so much more with the changes I’ve made.
It flows together and doesn’t feel overly decorated. I’m not a minimalist by any means, but using her method really helped me achieve a look that feels so much more restful. I still find myself removing things from the room, and even looking at these pictures makes me realize I could remove more, and there are still a couple of things I want to do, but for now I’m happy with the results!
If your house feels suffocating with “stuff,” I would highly recommend The Cozy Minimalist Book to you!
Refresh your house with some cozying and minimizing!