Living Room Transformation – Phase 1

At Home with the O'Neil's 'Living Room Transformation

Almost six years ago we moved into our apartment.  It is a cozy one bedroom located downtown Beverly, MA with the ocean at one end of our street and the tiny shops in Beverly’s own “Main Street” at the other end.

When we moved in, we inherited a lot of furniture from our families.  Not much has really changed since we moved in.  However, the one item on my wish list for 5 years and 10 months was a rug for our living room.  I bought a tiny rug, just so our inherited coffee table wouldn’t scratch the floor, and cover an creak in the floor that probably annoyed our neighbors downstairs.

I never could find a large enough area rug that I liked, without spending a mini fortune.  That is until I was browsing through the Wayfair website and came across the “Momeni Baja Navy and Ivory Area Rug“.  It was perfect, it was on sale, we had a gift card from our Anniversary and we bought it.  In the end we only spent $30 out-of-pocket for this textile that transformed our living room.  Check out the before (left) and after (right) images below.

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This transformation also made me realize we need a design upgrade.  Since we don’t have a large budget, I hope to DIY a few projects to update the space we love to spend our time together.  Yes, I spent more time than necessary on Pinterest figuring this out.  Since brown and navy are prominent colors in our space, I wanted to add brighter colors to freshen up the space.  I decided to go with a beach theme with a pop of aqua and coral.  Here is my design board and wish list.

Design Board 

At Home With The O'Neil's Design Board
 Wish List

At Home With The O'Neil's Living Room Wish List



1. Weathered Gray Coffee Table from Centsational Girl
2. Square Deco Pillows from Caitlin Wilson The Blog
3. Coral Navy Throw Pillows from Festive Home Decor
4. Navy Blue Pillow Covers from Lily Pillow
5. Fabric Panels from The Little Corner

Of course the end result probably will be completely different but here are my thoughts for now.  Now onto the DIY phase of adding these fabulous pieces to our space!  I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on transforming our space!

This is not an affiliate post, just filled with tons of ideas of pin-spiration.

Mason Jar Summer Candlelight Lanterns

Are you ready for it?  A fail-proof Pinterest worthy craft project!  Yes, it does exist!  I admit I haven’t had the best of luck with Pinterest in the past. My projects NEVER look like the image and always edge on the side of failure than success.  However this project is truly fail-proof at a minimal cost.  It actually cost me $0, I had everything lying around the house.

What you need.

  • 1 Mason Jar (or as many as your little heart desires)
  • Pebbles or stones (I had left over pebbles from a Bamboo plant I killed.
  • Votive candle.

JOSB Jar candle and pebbles

Ready?  Put the lime in the coconut…ha ha just kidding.

  1. Take the cover off the Mason Jar.
  2. If you are taking stones from the outdoors, I would clean them.
  3. Put the stones in the jar.
  4. Add the candle for a finishing touch.

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Really!  It is that easy!  How will you use these fun summer lanterns?

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