While I’m writing this post, I’m sitting on my favorite chair in our front room while taking a glimpse on our poster size framed photos at least every 5-minutes. You guys, I need to move. .. I can’t concentrate. 😜
Our front room project is so dear to me because this is where I placed my first ever built-in IKEA Billy Bookcase hack. I talked about it in this post. And if you’ve missed our front room plan, you can read it here. From it, there are two items that I modified. First, I decided not to use the round gold-framed wall mirror. Instead, I used a simple wall quote art. Second, I replaced the faux fig tree with the one I found at HomeGoods. This one looks so much better although I have to admit that it cost a bit more than my original pick.
The additional work I did to complete this project is painting the espresso finish coffee and end tables with white. Since our front room is a small space in the house, it’s important to me to make it cozy and warm while creating an illusion of a spacious room. White dominated furniture, and decorative items help me achieve this goal. As you can see, I also showcased my favorite shades of blue and gold colors in most of the decorative details. And oh, I even got myself a blue chair.
Let’s start with the built-in IKEA Billy Bookcase hack. Admittedly, after I put it together, I’ve played with the shelves placement for a few times. I don’t like merely creating aligned shelvings on each bookcase piece. As soon as I’ve finally placed each shelf the way I want it, it’s time to find the decors that will make it to the bookcase. Looking back when I was in the planning phase of this project, I knew that I want to turn this space to serve as our front room/ library. So, along with the decors I also planned which books I should include, and I even created a reading corner with a adjustable plug-in wall lamp.
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Items I Used in our Front Room Project
2) IKEA White Photo Frame – I’m in love with this photo frame. It absolutely brings out the best wall art I could ever wish for. At first, I was hesitant whether to use our own photos for wall arts or create something. That is because most of my favorite images have a bright background or the entire image itself. Well, thanks to the black and white printing options it came out just the way I like it.
3) Coffee and End Tables – I originally bought both pieces in espresso finish and later decided to paint it white since I’m using them in a small space.
4) Beige Couch – This is the very first furniture we have in our house. When we moved here 14-months ago, we have a clean slate house and coming from a small apartment most of our furniture is not the right size. So, we bought new ones.
5) Blue Chair – Undeniably, this is my favorite chair in the house. It fits my style, and it’s comfortable.
6) Area Rug – The texture and color are what makes me choose it among other options. It’s easy on the eyes; perfect for my minimalist style.
7) Floating Wall Shelf – This piece comes handy to display photos of our favorite place up North, and it’s an easy install.
8) Plug-in Wall Lamp – If you’re looking for an adjustable lamp, I highly recommend this one. It comes in a set of two, and there are various finish colors available to choose from.
9) Faux Fur Sheepskin Decorative Rug – I firmly believe that a space without faux fur sheepskin decorative rug looks incomplete. It’s a simple touch, but it sure brings style.
10) Cube Storage Bins – This is perfect for storage without losing your style. It’s simple and affordable.
Tools I Used for our Front Room Project
So there you have the decor items and tools I used for our front room project. Which will you use and which will you replace? Let me know in the comments below.