The Living Room.

Ok, maybe this isn’t a HGTV special but I couldn’t think of a better title for this post about the updates I’ve done around the house. Last week, it snowed a good bit for Louisiana which prevented me from going in to the office. Here in Louisiana, we don’t get snow frequently which means we’re not equipped with the necessities to handle that type of weather. So, the weather pretty much kept me inside with four children. To keep myself sane, I painted my living room.

The previous color wasn’t that bad — a cornflower-y beige. But it was just toooooo yellow for me.

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So, with all the time that I had, I decided to go with a darker color.


I’m in love with the color, which is also the same color of my bathroom. I’m not sure if I want to take this color all the way into the dining area, but I’m thinking about it and then painting the kitchen in a maroon/deep red color. Decisions.. decisions.

I also plan to switch out the rug for a patterned one, the valence for drapes, and get new throw pillows. Unfortunately, we don’t have an IKEA in Louisiana and they don’t shop here so I’m going to have to get creative and really shop around. The goal is to have the inside completely done before Spring time so I can devote that to the outside for plants. That’s the fun part.

This whole updating process has been a good bit of work, especially installing the wood blinds. But I can say that feels nice when you start to see everything come together.

This weekend will be spent making paper-mache landforms for my daughter’s project and reading for class next week. Have a great weekend guys!

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  1. Stefany

    February 7, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Girl, you definitely have an eye for home decor. I’m pretty much clueless when it comes to that LOL. But the revamped living room looks amazing, it even looks more spacious with that color.

    BTW they have some pretty patterned rugs over on I can’t vouch for the quality just yet though, but I’ve been eyeing some on there for a while now.

    1. Carla

      February 8, 2014 at 8:16 am

      I dont know how I could have forgotten about overstock! Thanks for that suggestion. Im going to check them out and then run by Ross and Marshalls.

  2. Chymere A.

    February 8, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Your home looks so inviting and warm!! Target has some really nice throw pillows and blankets, as well as some consignment shops in the area may have some really nice ones.


    1. Carla

      February 8, 2014 at 8:15 am

      I found a reeeeaaallly nice throw at a consignment shop but it had to go in my room instead. Lol!

  3. Shannon

    February 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I LOVE your color scheme! You chose the right color in that second pic!

  4. mimi

    February 8, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Love the changes. I’m on the same page with you. I am ready to start getting the outside together because I love being outside in the Spring and Summer.

    Try Joss & Main. They have some incredible home decor items at great prices.

    1. Rae

      February 10, 2014 at 9:28 am

      I’ve already purchased two lawn chairs and pillows for the front porch and I would have gotten this grill from walmart if it could have fit in my little sonata. LOL! But yea, I’m ready to dig up some dirt and have a bbq!

      This is my first time hearing about Joss & Main – I checked out the site and I’m in love. This is perfect. Thanks for the suggestion girlie!

  5. Daenel T

    February 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Love what you’ve done to your home. The paint color is so warm and inviting. Isn’t fun to create a nest for your family?

    1. Rae

      February 10, 2014 at 9:23 am

      D, I am having a blast and so are my children. They are proving to be quite helpful during this process.

  6. Vaneese

    February 9, 2014 at 12:53 am

    That color is great! It makes your living room look so warm and comfy. I’m so jealous that you get to paint!!! We only got to do an accent wall and then only using pre-determined colors…blah! One of the many reasons I’m working my tail off to get a house. Your home (the little I can see) is beautiful and it’s obvious that you have an eye for decor. Can’t wait to see what else you do!!!

    1. Rae

      February 10, 2014 at 9:23 am

      boooooo! to pre-determined accent walls. tuh!

      When my landlord told me he wasn’t finished painting some of the rooms I offered to do it and he was more than happy that I did. Even took a little bit off the rent. He came in and saw the colors that I chose and redid the unit that’s attached to mine. LOL!

  7. Kay Smith

    February 9, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I love it. It’s a great feeling to have your own. When I bought my house I wad excited to start the remodeling. So happy for you.

  8. APRIL

    February 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I love the new color. I want to redo my family room and that color or something close to it would be perfect.

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  10. Law_Fal

    February 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Very nice! Looks so cozy, yet chic :) You could always come visit us in Houston! We have an IKEA ;)

    1. Rae

      February 10, 2014 at 9:20 am

      I think you’re on to something!

  11. Teems

    February 10, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Painting really lifted your space. Those fireplaces only need a little color you stand out. Great job!

    1. Rae

      February 10, 2014 at 9:21 am

      I was thinking about tiling around it. I swear Pinterest has me believing I can do anything! LOL!

  12. Valla

    February 10, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I’m glad to hear you settled into you’re home well. Looks all cozy and comfy .

  13. Blessing @ ThinkFeminist

    February 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I love your home! Glad to see everything coming together nicely. Don’t worry too much about switching things out, enjoy your cozy home, and buy things you absolutely love when you stumble into them in stores. Very proud of you chica!

  14. Yetti

    February 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    It is quite cozy! Lady, I don’t know how you do it, you really are my version of super woman. Xx

  15. Marie Young

    March 1, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Girl, who you telling. I’ve been in my place for 4 months now and my walls are still bare. Just no time. That color looks so goood!

    I can see some pops of mustard yellow or a bright orange in that rug you’re supposed to be getting!

  16. Terin

    March 2, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I thought I commented on this post, but I must have missed it! I love the color scheme that you chose for your place! That’s one thing I miss about having a house. There’s only so much I can do with these apartment walls.

  17. Kiara

    March 23, 2014 at 8:11 am

    The darker color did justice! It made the room look warmer, cozier. The snow thing happened here in Georgia, as well (what a crazy week that was). My school closed for almost a whole week lol. No class but also a lot of food places were closed right here in downtown Atlanta. Hope all is well with you :)

  18. Yetti

    April 5, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I’m… just making sure you’re still alive. xoxo

  19. Jessica

    April 6, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I love the brown color. Not only is it in the neutral category, but it gives the feeling of warmth and coziness. We’ve been wanting to repaint our walls, and I am planning on still staying neutral. Also, you can probably shop around online for some bargains since you don’t have an IKEA. I have to do that sometimes because I don’t always have time to shop around. I love your fireplace by the way. That’s one thing our little home didn’t come with that I wish it did! -Jess L

  20. jenn

    April 12, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    The after photo looks soooo good .. its amazing what a coat of paint will do .. love it :)

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