Before and After: Coastal Chic Living Room

Just when you might be wondering, “What, another DIY project tutorial from your wedding that took place how many eons ago?” I thought I’d bring it back ’round to interior design.




A few months ago, I met a very sweet client and her son. Her living room and dining room needed some adjusting, but the space was oozing potential with soaring ceilings, an open floor plan, and light streaming in through one towering wall of glass doors and transom windows.





Living Room Before




However, the sofa, while from Sofa U Love, was lumpy and bumpy and not worth saving. The large white chair (see photo above) was too massive for the space.





The dining room table was in great shape, but with the coordinating chairs, it read too much like a set from a furniture emporium.





Dining Room Before




The fireplace, you can see below, was a plug-in and gave off very little heat. (Hooray, it now has two proud new owners thanks to my client’s willingness to post it on Craigslist.) And the coffee table, while okay, was just that.





Living Room Before Other Side




So I got busy and started conceptualizing and ordering and staging and rearranging, and now the space looks like this…





Living Room AfterI love those poufs! And the back of those chairs…wowzer!





In this second shot, you can see how the dining room shares the same space and how it got its own transformation with a new chandelier, new white Parsons chairs, a homemade burlap runner and glass terrarium filled with succulents…






Living Room After 4




The view from the other side…





Living Room Other Side




The patio went from this…





Patio Before




to this…





Patio After





And the dining room from this…





Dining Room Before




to this…





Dining Room Adter





The not-so-useful plug-in fireplace was replaced with much need storage and lighting.






Living Room After 3




Did I mention how sweet my client is? Well, she is also sweet to planet Earth and likes to cycle to as many places as possible. (Check out her handy dandy basket for flowers and veggies from the Farmer’s Market). When I first saw the space, both bikes were placed exactly as you seen them below. My intention was to make the space as coastal chic as possible with hints of modern (e.g., the painting above the dining room table, the industrial looking “Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining” sign) and, I thought these bikes looked so pretty, almost like modern sculpture, that they got to stay right where I found them.





Bicycle After




An aerial view from the stairs.





Living Room Stair View





Patio Chairs: World Market

Driftwood Lamp: World Market

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining sign: World Market

Wood bead chandelier: World Market

Living Room Rug: Natural Fiber, Overstock

Wood living room chairs: Overstock

Poufs: Home Goods

Parsons Chairs: IKEA

Wood credenza: Jeffan

Glass half-barrel coffee table: Vintage find



You can check out more Before and Afters at my interior design website Kisha Gianni Designs or click here.




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2 Comments on Before and After: Coastal Chic Living Room

  1. jen
    November 21, 2014 at 3:43 PM (6 years ago)

    Wow what a great transformation! Was that one of those ‘electric’ Amish made fireless places that still confuse me? Lol
    Love the rug, is it square? Are they still overstocked? I need one. Quick question, is this a pet free home?
    Good job!!!!

    • Kisha Gianni
      November 22, 2014 at 2:36 PM (6 years ago)

      Thanks! I’m so glad you liked it! The rug was an 8′ x 10′ from This is the second time I have ordered it and it looks great and it is quite a deal less expensive than other sisal rugs out there. Yes, the clients have a beautiful Weimaraner named Jesse who I had to keep in mind (dog-friendly design) hence the darker color for the sofa and easy-to-clean fabric!


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