Earlier this year I announced that I was following a dream to start a budget friendly interior decorating company and then I kind of left you hanging.  I am happy to announce that I did it.  I have real live clients (that aren't family members)...  I am getting paid...   I am loving every minute of it!!!

I am going to start sharing some of my jobs with you so that you might get ideas of how to re-decorate on a budget (and so that some of you locals might hire me :) 

My friend Erin graciously hired me to re-do her family room.  She hired me to accesorize and make the room feel more inviting while working with her existing furniture. 

I have to warn you that my pictures are not as good as they should be... it was overcast that day and my camera seemed to be having a mind of it's own.... lots of dark and blurry pictures.... sorry about that!
Here is a BEFORE:

AFTER:



Erin is so lucky to have such a pretty large mantel.  With a few accessories the fireplace has become the focal point of the room that it was meant to be!  Everything on the mantel was purchased at TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, or Gordman's... all discount stores for a budget conscious makeover. 

BEFORE:


AFTER:


Simply by moving the couch and coffee table to face the fireplace it brings your focus to the fireplace and off the TV.  I also moved the loveseat that was in her living room to the bay window to fill the space and provide more seating.  Moving the TV to the otherside of the fireplace allows for all seats to have a clear view of the TV. 

The childrens desk was moved in from the living room as well and fits nicely in the empty corner.  Erin's daughter uses it everyday and they have enjoyed having it in the main living area of their home. 

I added some new decorative pillows like a pair of these shiny textured guys to dress up the couch a bit.  



A new coffee table centerpiece was in order...


A goldenrod textured pillow, a cute new lamp and some picture frames cozy up the loveseat.


I was so pleased to find this vase with all of Erin's hard to match couch colors on it!  I just love the shimmery glaze at the top.  I also really like how these candles came "dressed-up" with little silver charm "necklaces"... another inexpensive TJ Maxx find. 

A big thanks to Erin for hiring me and letting me broadcast her home to everyone in cyberspace. :) 

Stay tuned, I'm helping her with her kitchen, living room, dining room and office next!

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