I reimagined my living room starting with a colour palette from some of my existing furniture and art and adding some new furniture and decor from Ballard Designs. Rich greens, a pretty lavender, and a versatile leopard print give my living room a new glam vibe that I can’t wait to share.
I’m so thrilled to finally reveal my living room makeover! Many of you have been asking about it and I appreciate your patience. Can you believe I’ve been planning this collaboration with Ballard Designs since November 2020? Believe me, it’s well worth the wait!
How to mix old and new when redecorating your room
Unless you are starting completely from scratch, one of the big challenges in any re-decorating project is the furniture and decor edit. In other words, deciding which items you want to keep in your room and which items need to go. The furniture and decor you decide to keep will influence the new items you choose. These initial decorating decisions shape the outcome of your makeover entirely.
Let me walk you through how I chose all new decor pieces from Ballard Designs to coordinate with the two existing pieces in my living room: my yellow English roll arm sofa and my oversized custom floral painting.
I always say you can never go wrong with a sofa in your favourite colour! And I have never regretted my yellow sofa. One of my things about Ballard Designs is that they offer hundreds of custom fabrics for all their upholstery.
And that’s a big deal because it means you can get your sofa or accent chairs in that perfect custom colour to coordinate with your existing decor.
Choose a colour palette from the pieces that are staying
My yellow sofa is almost 12 years old but still in good shape. That’s because it’s been in my formal living room which wasn’t heavily used. In addition to the sunflower yellow, I decided to pull out the emerald green and lavender tones from my large-scale floral artwork as my living room colour palette.
Speaking of gorgeous custom fabric options, this fabulous leopard print from Ballard Designs is such a glam and timeless way to repeat the yellow in my sofa. The yellow is visually repeated in the leopard print that’s sprinkled around the room in the backs of the dining chairs, throw pillows and the upholstered chair in the living room.
What I love most about a leopard print, is that it looks good with so many colours!
For example, if you have a gold beige sofa from the brown trend you can add some leopard pillows along with white ones for an immediate fresh update! Since so many of us have a touch of black in our living rooms because the black and white trend is here, this Serengeti leopard from Ballard has black in it too!
Here are a few fabric colours from the collection that also look amazing with this leopard print. Ballard also has 350 fabrics plus many other designer details you can choose to customize your timeless Louis XVI side chair.
Their website makes it easy to mix and match looks, so you can add them directly to your mood board to find out which ones look best.
Adding new decor and accessories
I love the Robbie chair so much! Not only does it hide EVERYTHING, but it looks good in any room. I highly recommend it. Remember my rule for chairs? For a chair to pass the test of whether it should be purchased, it should look good BY ITSELF with nothing on it.
Just like a leopard coat works with most of your outfits, this leopard print chair is the same. And the upholstered arms and legs make it totally refined and an excuse to show off even more of a pretty print.
Read more: Rule for Chairs
All shades of orange look fabulous with this print as well! So I couldn’t resist showcasing the Robbie chair on the homepage of my website when it was time for some new photos last month:
Coordinating new dining room chairs
Since my dining room is adjacent to the living room, I made a few updates here to coordinate with my living room makeover. Again, the leopard print was repeated on the backs of the dining chairs, combined with emerald velvet seats. I also ordered these fabulous captain’s chairs. They are cream (a green beige complex cream to be exact).
But the real magic is that they are upholstered in a performance fabric called Justify Salt Inside Out, so I’m not worried about splashes and spills. I added the emerald green velvet detail in the piping, along with some coordinating pillows to make them feel super lux and custom.
Unfortunately, since these chairs were ordered, they are no longer in stock, but here is a similar chair in the same fabric.
I also had the Candace skirted chair upholstered in the same performance chenille with a yellow and white colour-blocked pillow. It adds a lovely, graceful note in the corner for curling up by the fire. But it doesn’t visually take too much attention away from the view to the dining room, or the painting. It’s such a timeless chair for any room.
You can see the subtle chevron texture of the fabric up close in this image (above).
More glam details from Ballard Designs
The Loren Coffee Table has such fine detail to draw the eye without being fussy. I love how the antique mirror tabletop reflects anything pretty sitting on top of it and the curved legs keep it feeling light and airy. It’s like a piece of jewelry in the center of the room.
The diamond, sisal rug completes this look so beautiful! It reads cream and orange beige, which again visually picks up the leopard in colour and adds another layer of pretty texture to the room. If you are trying to mask your grey flooring, this rug is an excellent choice to warm things up.
And, I’ve had the faux Bunny Williams Fiddle Leaf fig (above) sitting in my studio for years! I decided to move it here. This is a nice way to repeat a touch of emerald on this side of my living room!
Looking for something even more understated? The other classic tree you can’t go wrong with is the olive tree. Get it here.
Ballard’s Parisian-inspired Beaudry mirror above the fireplace adds more sparkle and glam to the room. And did I mention it is SOLID METAL? So heavy and gorgeous! I love the delicate and understated flower details too.
My favourite styling tips
We all know a room full of new furniture is wonderful but it’s the styling touches that really give it a look and a feel!
When you’re styling a mantel or creating a tablescape, the relative heights of things is important. This is why coffee table books are so useful. It’s also more polished to have things elevated on a stack. It makes them seem special.
Read more: The Easiest Way to Style a Fireplace Mantel
There are lots of options for accomplishing this range in height. See the glass riser underneath my little table lamp on the mantel (above)? Well Ballard has a pretty marble one that’s the same size! Such a clever way to elevate a small lamp (or anything else that needs elevated) and make it look even more elegant:
Have you noticed that Greek busts are everywhere these days? Place one of these on your mantel (like I did above) then combine it with a stack of books and a plant for a simple but timeless look!
A dining room buffet or sideboard is another important opportunity for styling. The best place to begin is with a beautiful pair of bold lamps. I love adding lamps with colour to my room.
Here’s a similar green lamp to the ones on my buffet, it also comes in 3 other colours:
Need a glamorous, instant tablescape? Here’s a beautiful decorating threesome. Add an acrylic book easel in between the table lamps on your dining room cabinet!
I found some birds that have a similar look to my magnifying glasses and a fabulous mirrored cachepot that just needs some fresh flowers, a Kalanchoe, or some faux greenery to complete the look!
Our Lucy also made a guest appearance during the photoshoot!
I made a few other changes to note in this room. My wall colour went from greige to a warmer orange beige complex cream (SW Casablanca). I also painted the ceilings a pale shade of lavender which showed up a little too pale in these photos because it was a bright day when we photographed the room. But it repeats the artwork and other lavender accessories so nicely.
Wall colour: Sherwin-Williams Casablanca (orange beige complex cream) to relate to the orange yellow in the room! Ceiling is 1/2 strength SW 6554 Lite Lavender, but I wish I would have done it full strength, I might repaint it at some point.
To see the rest of the curated system colours in BM and SW, they come with purchase of either of my ebooks.
Photography by Macy Yap
I’m so happy with how this room turned out! And this new colour palette is so refreshing and on-trend, even though I kept some of my key pieces to coordinate with.
Here’s a quick mood board you can save for later:
Beaudry Mirror | Fiddle Leaf Fig | Serengeti Camel Hartwell Chair | Loren Coffee Table | Bunny Williams Vase
Candace Skirted Chair | Diamond Sisal Rug | Green Li Table Lamp | Birds | Bust | Square Back Dining Chair
Thank you so much to Ballard Designs for partnering with me on this makeover and giving me the amazing opportunity to redesign my living room with your beautiful furniture and decor!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments! I’ll do another post soon with the before pics so you can see what the room looked like before the makeover!
**At this time Ballard does not ship to Canada, however, I found this site that could help.