My Living Room Tour & Transformation
Based on popular demand from my insta stories, I just had to do a living room tour… not my regular kind of post but then, anything for the tribe! ❤❤
As at the time we moved into this apartment, I was working in Abu Dhabi and didn’t have time to join the house searching party but the few times I joined, it was exhausting! Who knew searching for an apartment would be this tedious.
I wanted an all white painted house but since I wasn’t available, my wishes weren’t granted. They got a cream colored painted apartment. I hated it and just couldn’t wait to get decorating and make the apartment the ‘goals’ I have always wanted.
I was initially going to redesign my bedroom but then I changed my mind and decided to decorate the living room first; that was the wise thing to do – my room can wait even if we rarely have visitors. Rarely!!!
It took me a little longer than expected to get to this stage – over a year of saying I’ll decorate the living room but then I had other financial commitment and I didn’t want to do it bit by bit; paint today, buy the furniture next month, buy the carpet 2 months later… nah! I really wanted it to be completely finished at a go and perfect. I have put so much time, thought & effort into this living room so I am super excited and proud at this beauty. To be honest, these pictures don’t do any Justice!
Good thing is I knew I wanted a white and black living room with a touch of mustard yellow. After weeks of scrolling through Pinterest and searching Google for ‘white and black living room decoration ideas’, a visit to Ikea and other furniture stores, I finally got a lot of ideas and decided on what and where I needed to fix everything. Mustard yellow is my favorite color and I love the retro & classy vibe it adds to the living room. I’m so glad I included it in my color scheme.
Now, this space is quiet small and I didn’t want it looking too crowded – the goal was to have a minimalistic space. So, I was very particular about the decors and furnitures. The first step was to put up my old furniture’s for sale, it took a while to sell the old ugly brown sofa but alas I did. Forget how ugly it looks, that sofa is the most comfortable sofa ever!!! 😭😩😤
As expected, the floor had cream ugly tiles, I was going to put a light grey laminate vinyl floor but I was advised not to – except I’m willing to kiss my security deposit good bye which I hope I haven’t. I opted for a grey rug instead and I love the cozy feeling it gives the living room.
I bought almost all my frames from Ikea. I couldn’t sell my TV stand and ugly center table so I asked the painter to paint it white. Luckily, they looked really good. I still hate the center table though.
My second favorite part of the living room is the gallery wall. I had to look for a lot of inspiration as I didn’t want to get it wrong and I bet I didn’t. Choosing the images for the gallery wall was kind of personal and I have a meaning for each and every one of them.
‘Serendipity’ (go and check for the meaning if you don’t know what it means😝😜) is my favorite word so it had to be there… ‘I can & I will’ because I live for motivational quotes, ‘Thank you God for blessing me more than I deserve’ – a little gratitude, fashion illustration – just my personality, ‘never dull your sparkle’ because positivity and a very green monstera leaf signifying fruitfulness.
My bedroom was really ugly. Jeez!!! 😂🤣 I just had to DIY!. I also hated the brown divider which I also DIY-ed and absolutely love it. You wouldn’t believe this stick on wallpaper is just AED8 (800naira) for a row and it was enough for both my bedroom door and the kitchen divider (or whatever its called).
And to my favorite part of the living room – my corner office!. I wanted something minimal. I was going to put up a white wall shelf above my table and have my picture frame and a plant on it but that didn’t happen because that is actually a wood… so I turned the shelf into a DIY and wrapped it with a black and white marble wallpaper, I did the same with my stationeries holder. Quiet easy!
…& last but definitely not least – the couch! It was definitely the hardest decision of the whole process as it is the main piece of furniture in a living room and quite the investment so I wanted to make sure I was 100% happy with it! I originally planned on getting a light grey couch but I couldn’t find any that fits into my budget – I got the white for a pretty reasonable price a decision I still regret. I absolutely love my white couch but the struggle to keep this couch white is real! Let me not even get started!
I chose this one from home center and I’m so happy with it! It’s the perfect size for the room and fits in great with the rest of the furniture. I love the fact that we all dread sitting on the couch for the fear of it getting stained.😭😂🤣!
For those in Dubai, I got the decor from this stores. You can also get this items if the store is available in your country.
Sofa – Home Center
Gallery wall frames and big frames – Ikea
Wall Shelf – Home Box
Curtain – Ikea
Office Desk – Ikea (but I bought it from someone on Dubizzle)
Corner Shelf – Home box
Mustard yellow throw pillow cover – Home Box
Black and Big Black & White throw pillow cover – Ikea
Smaller Striped Black & White throw pillow cover – Gift from a Client
Lamp Stand – Home Box
Rug – Dragon Mart
White office chair and Mustard Yellow chairs – Dragon Mart
Flower Vase and life plants – Ikea
Fake Plants and other vases – Discount Center in Ajman
White board – Day to Day
White fur Rug – Ikea
Wall Papers – Discount Center Sharjah (You can also find them in Day to Day)