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I'm Elizabeth. Welcome to my blog. EE O'Brien Style is a place to share all of my passions with you - fashion, interior design, art, graphic design, beauty, food, travel, and wellness. I hope to inspire and be inspired. Join me on a journey to design my creative life! 

Getting My Decor On

Getting My Decor On

After a really tough 2018, we’ve finally made it into our new house! We’re still settling in and unpacking, but if you know me at all, you know I have big dreams for decorating the space. Well, not just dreams, but actual plans, since we have some money budgeted after selling our old house. This is the first time I will have the luxury of designing and decorating my own home! Which is a little crazy since I had an interior design business there for a while, but you know what they say about cobblers (the shoe makers, not the dessert - and they say that their kids never have any shoes, or something like that).

These plans have gone through many incarnations as I’ve had to be patient during the house-selling process. I’ve been working and reworking them for a long time now. Most of the furniture I’ve owned in the past, and still own, are hand-me-downs. I’m always trying to cobble together some design sense with random pieces that have found their way to me. Which is its own fun challenge, but I’m looking forward to being able to create something a little more cohesive.

Here’s a before picture of the living room, looking into the kitchen. You can still see some of the crap we haven’t unpacked yet!

Here’s a before picture of the living room, looking into the kitchen. You can still see some of the crap we haven’t unpacked yet!

I’m a jewel-tone girl with a penchant for velvet, as you’ll see in the plans. I like things to feel a little luxurious, and a lot cozy, so that’s what I’m going for here. Just as in my fashion style, my interior design style is very Modern Eclectic. I inherited the large brown velvet sofa, which is not my favorite color, but it is the most comfortable sofa within a reasonable budget - the Crate and Barrel Lounge sectional. I say within a reasonable budget, because I have had the pleasure of sitting on Restoration Hardware’s Cloud sectional, and that is the most comfortable sofa on God’s green earth in my opinion, but it’s ridiculously expensive. Enter The Lounge Sofa, with 47 inch deep seats perfect for cuddling, and an under $10,000 price tag (it’s about $3,000 compared to RH’s $8,000-$10,000 for a similar size) , and you have a winner! It also comes in many colors that are not brown.

Some good foundation pieces, but we still need to inject some life into it! That’s Dups (short for Panda Puduppydups Snugglesworth). She really adds a sophistication to the space.

Some good foundation pieces, but we still need to inject some life into it! That’s Dups (short for Panda Puduppydups Snugglesworth). She really adds a sophistication to the space.

For this post, I’m going to show you plans for the living and dining areas since they flow into each other. Most of the living room pieces are staying with added decor and a touch of furniture, but the dining room will be completely transformed. I can’t wait! My husband has agreed to let me create a focal wallpaper wall in the dining area, which is surprising considering his fear of throw pillows and wicker baskets. I feel like wallpaper falls into the same decor category that most (straight) guys abhor. But maybe I’m wrong. We were thinking of going with a peel and stick version, since we’re renting, but it was just too expensive and hard to justify because we don’t know how long we’ll be in this house. So, I found a wall hanging that looks really similar to the wallpaper that I’m just going to hang along the wall behind the china cabinet. And it was soooo cheap (thanks Society 6)!

A big blank wall, begging for a gallery, and my precious baby boy, Levi Fluff’n’stuff, who we had to put down a couple of weeks ago due to cancer. RIP. He really was the best, and the sweetest, and the cutest fluffy boy that ever lived.

A big blank wall, begging for a gallery, and my precious baby boy, Levi Fluff’n’stuff, who we had to put down a couple of weeks ago due to cancer. RIP. He really was the best, and the sweetest, and the cutest fluffy boy that ever lived.

I’ll post about more rooms as we get closer to making it happen and then some kind of big reveal once we get it all done! So excited!


Ok, now here is the PLAN!

(I’m going to include links to all the new things, but not for the things I already had. If you’re super interested in something I didn’t link, message me and I’ll see if I can remember where I got it!)

Pretty, right? My favorite colors are blue and red, or some variation thereof, so I couldn’t resist using them in the plans. The art is a stand-in for the gallery wall I plan to put above the TV, including an oil portrait of my grandfather that my grandmother painted (which is not the painting in the plan).

Now on to the dining room.

This is it before. We won’t be keeping the table or chairs. We’ve had them for a long time, and I’m ready for a change.

This is it before. We won’t be keeping the table or chairs. We’ve had them for a long time, and I’m ready for a change.

It’s all very open-concept, which I love. I could lie down on the island and still have room. It’s 8 feet long! It will be so nice to have 4 stools in cushy velvet so you can hang out a while without your legs falling asleep.

It’s all very open-concept, which I love. I could lie down on the island and still have room. It’s 8 feet long! It will be so nice to have 4 stools in cushy velvet so you can hang out a while without your legs falling asleep.

And the DINING ROOM PLAN:

It took me forever to find a rug for the dining room. I kept wanting to do something uber colorful, but it just didn’t work with everything else. That’s when I came up with the idea to add color with a focal wall. I love the wallpaper designed by Justina Blakely for Hygge & West, here. That deep emerald calls to me, and I love the feeling of being surrounded by foliage, but alas, it was not to be. This hanging from Society 6 has a similar feel, though.

So, what do you think? Too crazy, or just right? I like to be a little bold, while still feeling comfortable and livable. I also had to balance out all of the brown of the flooring, cabinetry, sofa, and wood pieces, hence the lighter, neutral rugs and pops of brighter colors. Next up, the bedroom and studio. I’ll post big reveal photos once we get everything done!

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