Sunday, April 9, 2017

Creating a Fixer Upper Style Coastal Living Room for Less

I always enjoy browsing pinterest and instragram for inspiration. I thought it would be fun to take a room and try to recreate it on a budget. I decided to start with this coastal-esque living room by Joanna Gaines. I love the color palette and the details in this room. It looks so comfortable and inviting. It's funny, doing an exercise like this, I really learned a lot. I became more aware of the details in this room and how all the parts play together. Please note, some of these are affiliate links.

Fixer Upper Style for Less

I decided to break this down into sections--first the seating group and then the fireplace wall. 

For slipcovered seating, my go-to is Ikea's Ektorp line. I own the sectional, sleeper sofa (now discontinued), chair, and love seat. They are comfortable and easy to maintain. You can wash the slipcovers or replace them when you want something new. And did I mention you can not beat the price?

The coffee table in the inspiration room looks like it might have been a cut-down dining table. It's a nice medium-tone wood and has a unique shape and turned legs. Obviously a one-of-a-kind piece. However, I did come up with this weathered wood coffee table. The color is about right and it does have the turned legs (although not quite as unique) as the inspiration piece.  
Weathered Wood Cocktail Table ($377)

Between the chairs is another little table. It's hard to see the details in the photo, but it looks like whitewashed wood with curvy lines. This is not an exact match, but I think it has those characteristics.

Now that we've got the furniture, let's accessorize. In the inspiration room it looks like she's using a patterned rug in light orange or terracotta. I think it works because the warm color helps anchor the coffee table. I chose a jute rug for this space. The color is warm like the inspiration and I like bringing in the texture of the jute.

Natural Basket Weave Jute Rug ($170)

Let's throw in some pillows. I found a nice stripe, very similar to the original and another in a blue and white pattern. I think it would be great to mix and match several different patterns as long as you stick to the same color scheme. 

Striped Pillow Cover $29

Blue & White Pillow Cover $22

The coffee table accessories include a tray topped with a large jar-like vase of flowers. 
 Industrial Wood & Metal Tray ($28)

For the window treatments, I'm going to let you in on one of my favorite secrets. Ikea sells these heavy (like canvas) 98" long curtain panels with big metal grommets for $30--a pair! I have these everywhere. They are a great weight, long enough (they come in a longer length too!), and a perfect color. You will not believe the quality for the price. You're welcome. 

Now on to the fireplace wall. One of the things I really love about this room are the built in bookcases on either side of the fireplace. No built ins? No problem. I found these glass door cabinets that would look great in any room. Easy way to add some architectural interest without breaking the bank.

Above the fireplace, it looks like Joanna used three wall vases filled with flowers. I found these vases on Etsy. They come in other finishes as well as this distressed white.

Joanna used topiaries in several places in this room. This boxwood topiary with a whitewashed pot looks perfect. It also comes in a double topiary. 

On the mantel, Joanna used some old books (sorry guys, but I just can't bring myself to rip covers off of books) and some turned candlesticks in a dark wood. I found these candlesticks that aren't as tall, but have a similar look. 

Finally, on the floor next to the fireplace is an old galvanized bucket filled with wood. This one, from Ikea is nice and tall. 

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