My parents just bought a gorgeous mid-century ranch in a beautiful neighborhood in their town. It's a blank slate since most of the finishes haven't been updated or touched since it was built. It's been well-kept but needs a little love to bring it to 2016.
One of the great features of the home is a sunken living room with a brick fireplace. Transforming the space from 1960s modern to a more transitional space is one of the goals for this room. It won't be the main gathering space. Their entertainment center and recently purchased living room room furniture will go in the lower level family room and will leave the main level living area as a conversational and hosting space.
The first piece I found for this open space was a large, solid wood, beautifully finished mantle from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $10. Let's sit there for a while. $10 that will completely change the look and give the fireplace more substance in a sea of bricks. With the mantle in hand, the plan is now to paint the brick and walls white to take the focus off of the discolored brick and onto the fireplace. We'll pull up the carpet, refinish the hardwood floors, add a transitional rug and a few reasonably priced furniture pieces and accessories. Since this space isn't their primary hang out zone, it doesn't have to be full or fancy, just a nice space to host friends and relax. The pieces we sourced came from IKEA, AllModern, RugsUSA, West Elm and Minted. The total living room look costs $1700. A $10 fireplace makeover plus a living room design under $2000 makes this room feel pulled together, fresh and reflective of my parents.
I love a design that takes a little DIY and a keeps things to a do-able budget. Excited to get started on this room!