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Before & After: A Family Home Goes from Cavernous to Cozy — Professional Project

It’s not a problem that many people have in New York, but this Tribeca apartment was almost too big. Sans furniture, the side-by-side living rooms seemed intimidating and cavernous. Plus, the unusual proportions of the space, with windows sitting almost on the floor, made furnishing it tricky. So the homeowners called in Homepolish designer Alec Holland , who transformed the space into a cozy family home, using tricks that anybody can utilitze in a room that feels just a little too large.

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Posted on Nov 18, 2017

Before & After: A Living Room Goes From Perfectly Fine to Flat-Out Perfect

This living room was perfectly nice before the owners undertook a renovation: mid-century modern furniture, gorgeous hardwood floors, white walls, attractive art and accessories. But that doesn’t mean the transformation is any less satisfying to see. In fact, it’s nice to see a renovation that’s not a total gut job, as it feels more approachable. Let’s explore…

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Posted on Nov 7, 2017

Styling Tricks to Steal from 8 Beautiful Living Rooms

Stylists and decorators have a few tricks up their sleeves when it comes to making spaces beautiful—and interesting. From eight magazine-worthy interiors, here are a few tips that you can take home for your own space.

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Posted on Nov 4, 2017

Buying A Sofa Online Seemed Risky, But It Was The Best Thing Ever

My family and I live in a remote area—the nearest town has 200 people—so when it came time to replace our falling-apart sofa, our IRL shopping options were very limited unless we wanted to devote our lives to driving to furniture stores. The closest shops were perfectly respectable but lacked a certain flair. It seemed like ordering a sofa online was our only good option, and I’m thrilled it was, because it ended up working out great. Buying a couch online may sound terribly risky, but I have a few helpful hints—from my own experience—that might help you if you’re considering your own online purchase.

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Posted on Nov 1, 2017

10 DIYs to Make Your Living Room The Coziest Place in the House

A strange phenomenon occurs when temps drop below 50º. It’s like all of a sudden we need all the blankets, all the boots, all the knitted sweaters, all the fall things, right now. We put away our summer clothes in exchange for things a little more comfortable and cozy. So why not carry the trend on over into your home – starting with the living room – with fuzzy rugs, woven blankets, warm lighting, and sweet scents? Embrace the change of the season with these totally homey DIYs.

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Posted on Oct 29, 2017

5 Things That Should Never Happen in Your Living Room

Your living room is a place for connecting with friends, spending time with family, relaxing by yourself and more. What it shouldn’t be is a place for any of these five things. Take a look at this list and banish any of these if they’ve been taking place in your living space.

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Posted on Oct 19, 2017

How to Set Up Your Living Room (Without a Focus on the TV)

These days, we tend to arrange living rooms with one thing in mind: making sure everyone can see the TV. But what’s ideal for television watching is often less than ideal for another time-honored living room pastime: conversation. In this post, I’m focusing on living room arrangements that are less amphitheater, and more intimate, cozy spots where you can have a lovely fireside chat (and maybe also fit a television, too).

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Posted on Oct 17, 2017

How to Pull Off Painting Your Living Room Black

Or as the actual (but too long) title to this post should read: How to Pull Off Painting Your Living Room Black and It Not Look Like an Angsty Goth ’80s Teen Is Gearing up for a Halloween Party While Their Parents Are Out of Town. I’m here today to let you know it is possible to rock super dark paint on the walls, ceilings, shelving, mantel, fireplace, etc. and not look like you went on Trading Spaces with The Addams Family. In fact, it can be done, and done beautifully, as this childhood-home-turned-inspiring-remodel proves .

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Posted on Oct 16, 2017

Who Says Every Living Room Needs a Coffee Table? Clever Substitutes in Small Living Rooms

In truly tiny apartments, it’s not uncommon for renters to forego the traditional coffee table simply to squeeze in a little more seating. An extra chair or two means more room for friends, but once everyone’s there, where do you set down your drinks or serve the popcorn in a coffee-table-less room? To solve your insufficient surface area woes, DIY one of these ledges, c-tables or shelves that tuck into areas you didn’t even know your living room had.

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Posted on Oct 7, 2017

Be Your Own Designer: 10 Flawless Ways to Lay Out a Living Room

Our living rooms wear a lot of hats: we watch TV, entertain friends, have conversations and spend time reading in them. Sometimes they double as home offices, playrooms for kids or even dining rooms, too. With all these considerations, it can be tricky to decide how best to arrange this area, but thinking about the feeling you’d like the space to convey in combination with how you’ll spend time there is a solid way to start. Here are 10 living room layout ideas to get those creative wheels spinning.

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Posted on Sep 20, 2017

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