From Drab to Fab: Part 1 – Before & After Living Room Reveal

Do you have a drab living room in your house?  Is it in need of a drastic make-over?  Well, today I am starting a new feature on The Glam Blog called “From Drab to Fab.”  In this series I will show you a “before” drab room and how through the help of an interior designer the room was completely changed  — hence,  the “Fab.”

I’m starting this series with the Drab to Fab reveal of my client’s main level in her house…..and today it’s all about her drab living room.

As you can see the living room was what I called – beige hell….I almost fell asleep just looking at it.  Do you think that’s mean of me?  Well, my client didn’t think so…she totally agreed and that’s why she have called me in to help her with this room and the rest of her main level.  It had absolutely no colour….the walls were beige, the sofa was beige, the end tables were wood, the drapery was brown….I could go on and on….but I think you get the point.  There was no visual interest, no focal point to rest your eye and because it was so drab she barely used the room and avoided entertaining guests.  How sad is that!

On the opposite side of the drab sofa was this rocking chair and a teeny tiny bookshelf that looked totally non-descript against the half-wall.  The living room didn’t even have a coffee table except for the small ottoman that matched the sofa.  It was all just so matchy-matchy and totally DRAB!!!

This living room was just screaming for colour as it had a big window with lots of light coming through….so that was the plan…turn this living room from drab to fab!!!

And that’s exactly what we did!!! (Drum roll please!!!!)

I still gasp from sheer joy every time I see these after photos of the living room.  What do you think of the transformation?  I think its fresh and clean….and wow….love the blue and green colour palette with creamy white accents.

Now when you walk into the living, your eye is automatically drawn to  a focal point –  this stunning  tufted back gorgeous blue sofa!  Here’s another shot of this fabulous custom blue velvet sofa — it is sooooo glamorous!

And because the living room wasn’t very wide we chose to go with a glass coffee table which helps give the illusion of more space.  We also replaced the large mirror she originally had over the sofa with some canvas art.  I always recommend to clients that they place a mirror where they will appreciate the reflection they will be looking at.  If the mirror is just reflecting a plain wall (as in this case) then a picture would be a much better utilization of that wall space — and definitely much prettier to look at.

On the opposite side of the sofa we added 2 custom club chairs in this Polygon inspired patterned fabric to offset the blue velvet sofa.

One of the big changes I recommended to my client was adding in a custom built window seat for a reading nook for her daughters or just a place for her 2 cats to look out the front window.  The cushion was also custom made for the window seat in a blue/green woven fabric.  The great thing about the window seat is that it allows for extra storage with 3 pull-out drawers for my client to store extra throws, pillows or kids’ games.  And I just love the white tripod floor lamp and the custom  faux roman shade in a striped  blue and green fabric.  We added Hunter Douglas Pirouette Shades to the window to allow for privacy in the evening.

 Here`s a close-up of the window seat with its seat cushion and that adorable Owl ceramic stool from Urban Barn.

I always use fresh flowers as one of my go-to styling props for client projects.  It always injects a burst of colour and tulips are one of my favourite flowers to use next to hydrangeas.

So voila, this is how I turned my client’s living room from Drab to totally FAB!!!! 😀

These stunning photos were taken by the very talented Stephani Buchman of Buchman Photo.

And here are my Furniture Sources:

Sofa & Chairs: Custom furniture through Gresham House Furniture — via Designers only

Fabric on window coverings, sofa, chairs and seat cushion all through Kravet — via Designers only

Custom Cabinetry via Dunnrite Interiors

Glass Coffee table & floor lamp – Structube

White side table & table lamp- Crate & Barrel

Area Rug — EQ3

Ceramic Owl Stool – Urban Barn

White tray — West Elm

Hope you enjoyed this first Drab to Fab series.  The next blog post will feature my client’s before and after dining room….so stay tuned.  And if you are wanting to turn your living room from Drab to Fab, then please contact me here and let’s chat….I’d love to help!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo


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26 Responses

    • Thanks Shauna….that was my vision from the beginning so I am so glad other people can see it. xo

    • Me too Kelly….I almost want to copy it for my house….would that be bad? 😉 Thanks for dropping by! xo

    • Thanks Claire…really happy with the results…so happy my vision for the room came to fruition!! xo

    • Yes Janelle, this colour was my vision from the beginnning….so glad my client agreed with me. Thanks for leaving a comment. xo

    • It’s crazy isn’t? Client is very happy…and so am I 😉 Thanks for dropping by Dani!! xo

    • Hi Anne, My client and I actually bought that canvas art piece as a filler until we found something else….but she ended up growing to love it so she kept it there. Its from Homesense in Canada like a HomeGoods in the US. Thanks for dropping by.

    • Heather, I love hearing people’s reactions when they see the before AND then see the after….totally priceless….and what huge difference….really happy how it turned out!! 🙂

    • Julie, Can you believe it??? Crazy no….thanks for your enthusiastic response…..really appreciate it!! Have a super day!! xo

  • Can’t say from a designer standpoint but from a client perspective, I’d have to admit that I would be disappointed with the transformation. Don’t get me wrong; it’s a beautiful room. However, the look doesn’t retain a single piece of the owner’s taste. Couldn’t there be a way to add color without making the overall feel of it more modern (unless the owner wanted a more contemporary look)?

    • Hi Sandy, Thanks for your comment. My design process does not allow me to create a designed room for a client that does not reflect their taste. More often than not, most homeowners do not know how to put a room together and end up going the safe route with boring neutral furniture they buy in a set and end up hating the room and never using it….which was the case with these clients. They wanted colour and a more modern feel but didn’t know how to go about doing that. That is why they brought me in. Now they proudly entertain in their home. Also, by the time I have finished with my clients I know almost everything about them….their likes and dislikes…that’s my job to ensure I create a room that is tailormade for them….not for me. Have a great day Sandy. 😉

  • What an amazing transformation! I’m just about to reupholster a vintage sofa and have been inspired by this stunning shade of blue. Can you tell the name and colour of this Kravet fabric?

    • Thanks so much Kathy!! My client was very pleased with the end result. The Kravet fabric is pattern #14743 -55. Good luck!

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