Editor’s note: A first home is rarely a “dream house,” but it is an exciting chapter in anybody’s life nonetheless, filled with memories and invaluable lessons. Steffy Degreff, mother and blogger behind the stylish Steffy’s Pros and Cons, has decided to share her first-home experience with us—the ups, the downs, and the delicious before + afters! Check out the first installment here.

west elm - Steffy's Mid-Century Living Room Makeover

Illustration by Tallulah Fontaine

Here it is, the same room with a totally different vibe! As I mentioned in my previous post, I had a very different vision in mind for this room than the furniture we moved with, and my plans included less (but more thoughtful) color. In our previous space, each piece had been collected separately, without a full room in mind. While I loved each piece on it’s own, I always felt like the styles were disconnected. Our coffee table was industrial, while our couch was Mid-Century, which worked in a weird way, but always bothered me a bit! Once we moved, the width of the coffee table made the room feel small (and it’s a HUGE living room space!). We were ready to start fresh.

When planning a living room, my first step is always picking the rug. It’s such an important piece and really dictates the colors of the room. This home is filled with wood-on-wood in pretty much every room, so the rug was a beautiful way to break up the wood and lighten up the space! I instantly fell for the washed out vintage vibe of this Rani Rug, and there’re so many colors in it, leaving the options for decorating wide open! The other piece I was sure of from the start was the Axel leather sofa. My son is constantly jumping on the couch, so the idea of bench cushioning was music to my ears.

I’ve been crushing on olive green as an accent color, so when I laid my eyes on the Carlo Mid-Century chair I never looked back. It is a gorgeous worn velvet, and in my opinion completes the space! I added in a marble top coffee table to add a bit of extra light into the space, and I loved the double decker shelf on the bottom of the table, giving us the option to house books that were previously hidden away on a shelf.

It’s been an adjustment walking in to a more muted space, but our new living room feels SO much cozier, especially with a rug that allows us to relax on the floor as my son crawls around! Stay tuned for another project next month!


Check out the before here before seeing the after below!


west elm - Steffy's Mid-Century Living Room Makeover

west elm - Steffy's Mid-Century Living Room Makeover

west elm - Steffy's Mid-Century Living Room Makeover

west elm - Steffy's Mid-Century Living Room Makeover

west elm - Steffy's Mid-Century Living Room Makeover

west elm - Steffy's Mid-Century Living Room Makeover

west elm - Steffy's Mid-Century Living Room Makeover

west elm - Steffy's Mid-Century Living Room Makeover

west elm - Steffy's Mid-Century Living Room Makeover

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Jenn

May 10, 2018

Was a winner ever selected from the West Elm Redo contest?

lauren b

July 6, 2018

where is the orange patterned pillow from!!!!?

Riley

March 24, 2019

Hi i love everything about this livingroom makeover. In fact i bought some of the stuff to fill mine at home. But I can’t seem to find something like that horse paperweight? On the table. Could you share the resource for that item?

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