Least Used Room In The House?

Time and time again I have heard people say that their living room is a waste of space. That they never use it. I didn’t want that to be me. I wanted our living room to be a place for our family and friends to gather, relax, and enjoying themselves. So, I gave the “least used room in the house” a twist. My goal was to create a space that looked nice, but one that was also cozy and inviting. I didn’t want anyone to be afraid to sit on the couch and put their feet up.





















Unfortunately, this room redo started before Simply Tangerine existed, which means I have very few before shots. However, let me try to describe the space to you – cream carpet that wasn’t uniform in color, awkward wood trim, and boring beige walls. Don’t get me wrong, I love neutrals, including beige, but this room definitely needed some updating. 

The wood trim around the windows was one of the first things to go and I feel like it really opened up the space. Instead of your eye stopping at every side of each window you could take the whole room in. 

Adding linen drapes after everything else was said and done really softened the windows and I love how they helped transform the room. I got the drapes from Ikea and love everything about them – the price, the look, and that the panels are long since this room has high ceilings.   

Painting the walls was the next task that my wonderful paint crew (AKA my parents) and I tackled.  But guess what – I didn’t like the color I originally picked and I didn’t realize it until the whole room had been painted! ACK! But, I didn’t give up and kept at it until I finally got the color right. It meant that we lived with a smorgasbord of paint sample splotches on the walls for far too long, but as Norman Vincent Peale said: It’s always too early to quit. And the silver lining in painting the room twice? I got to spend extra time with my parents AND I found a really great mom and pop paint shop that I love!    

The color on the walls now is Benjamin Moore Powell Buff.  The color does have some green undertones, but not as much as my photos are reflecting.  It is a very soothing shade of yellow. 

Replacing the carpet with engineered hardwood floors was next on the list and one of the best things we have done. I am so, so, so grateful we were able to do this. Although wood floors are a hard surface they bring a lot of warmth to the space.  There are not enough words to describe how much I love these floors – especially compared to carpet lived on by other people and their non-potty trained pets.  Did I mention how happy I am to have these floors in this room? 

Last, but certainly not least, the room was styled!  Furniture placement was by far the most difficult part of making over this room, but thankfully I had some help from Christine and my wonderful sister-in-law.  They were generous enough to help me move and re-move the couches and chair on more than one occasion until we got it right.

My sister-in-law also discovered the Rebecca Trunk from Pottery Barn and it couldn’t have been a more perfect fit. It was more than I usually spend on a piece of furniture, but I loved it and knew I would keep it forever. So, I asked for gift cards to Pottery Barn for my birthday that year and saved up the rest. 

 Christine made this custom throw pillow for us.

I found the wine bar and all of the accessories at my favorite store HomeGoods

Also from HomeGoods, the round accent table and throw pillows on the couch.

My $20 bookcase fits in quite nicely, don’t you think?

I still have a number of things I want to add and change in this room, but it has come such a long way. Besides, decorating a home is always a work in progress. This is by far my favorite room in the house right now, but check back with me in a few months because I’m working on my office/sleeping quarters for the best paint crew in the world and it just might become my new favorite! 

Do you use your living room? What is your favorite room in your home?  What have you done to give it a little twist?


P.S. For those of us who love a beautiful home, we are often inspired by ideas online and the positive feelings a great ambiance brings, yet implementation of these ideas can be intimidating, confusing, and time-consuming. Though we hope to encourage you to try things on your own, we understand that sometimes you need a push in the right direction and we would love to help. As Home Design Coaches, we specialize in designing beautiful living spaces and helping you see new opportunity in the pieces you already own. We will discuss your needs, assess your situation and put together unique ideas to make your living spaces exceed your expectations. We would love to bring a Simply Tangerine twist to your home. Please contact us anytime!

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12 Responses to “Least Used Room In The House?”

  1. I love the room!! It totally looks comfortable. My favorite parts are the couches, the pillows and that awesome book case! And the trunk…I can’t decide :-). Great job!

  2. Liz says:

    Wow, what a beautiful living room! I’d love to cozy up with a lap blanket, a book and a cup of tea. 🙂

  3. Patty says:

    Your living room looks great, love the hardwoods and your bookcase and bar cart. I just found your blog through Savvy Southern Style and I am now following you on bloglovin. I would love for you to stop by my blog sometime at
    Thanks, Patty

  4. Debra says:

    I love this room, I also have a light room (repainting lighter soon) with the dark leather couch and love seat. I really love the shelf that you re-cycled! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing it with us. 🙂

  5. Amalia says:

    What a GREAT job making this room so much more light and cozy! Wow! I love the positioning of the couches and other furniture! And the pillow is a great gift! I’ll keep following your great ideas ladies!

  6. Jessica says:

    Love! I am OBSESSED with that trunk from Pottery Barn and have been drooling over it for more than a year now. It may be time to bite the bullet and buy it 🙂 Just curious, how well has the trunk held up to normal use in your home?

    • Dawn Dawn says:

      Thank you, Jessica! I LOVE that trunk – I’m fortunate enough to get to look at it every day and it never gets get old 🙂 It has held up great to regular use and since the look of it is distressed anyway, minor dings and scratches just blend right in. It was a big bullet for me to bite, but I asked for Pottery Barn gift cards for my birthday, which really helped!



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