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Cara’s ReDesign Plan

By August 25, 2016 One Comment

We recently asked viewers of the ND Today show to submit photos of a room in their home that they would like to redecorate or remodel.  The winning viewer would receive a $100 gift card to Eco Chic and a free design plan from me.

NDtoday-2We selected one lucky viewer from dozens of applicants and Cara Herzog was that lucky lady. We were already in love with Cara’s gathering room but were super excited to put an Eco Chic spin on the space.

Let’s take a look at the room Cara submitted.



Here is what I love about this room.  The large windows offer not only a great view, but bring in tons of natural light. The high vaulted ceilings with those dark beams add a distinct element to the room and give it character.

Using those two features I set out to open up Cara’s room and give her the farmhouse feel she is looking for.

Here is a visual of Cara’s living room with my design plan in place.

Eco-Chic-Room-makeover-AFTERWhile the room has a lot of natural light, the dark built-ins kept the room looking, well…dark.  So the first suggestion for Cara is to paint her built-ins white.  This will not only lighten the room but update the look and feel of the shelving unit as well.  Luckily this process can be done fairly easily using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, considering you don’t need to sand before painting so you won’t get the room all dusty.

Secondly, painting the window, door and floor trim white, will move to a cooler pallet for a more farmhouse feel. The walls also will be taken to the cool side with Sherwin Williams 7667 Zircon.  This is a firm gray tone brightens with its coolness, but has a nice medium depth to it which will equalize and maintain warmness in the room, and keep it feeling cozy.

From there it is simply changing up the placement and selection of furnishings.  Cara has some extra space behind her couch that isn’t being used, so let’s pull those couches back and give more open space to the room.  Don’t be afraid to back furniture up against windows.  Just be aware of the visual from the back side of the furniture. If it is clean and fairly straight-lined you shouldn’t hurt any sight lines or create any look of clutter from outside.

With pulling back the furniture comes my suggestion to look for couches that have a smaller profile,but still allow for some lounging.  The current furniture in the room (while cozy), may be a tad bit too big for this space.

We suggest the Chisel Sectional Sofa from Magnolia Home Furniture.  This will give plenty of seating space along with a comfy place to curl up and watch tv.

Incorporating a rug (yes you can place rugs over carpet), grounds the room and defines the gathering space.  A warm honey toned coffee table gives the room some warmth and some surface space for drinks, books or other decor items.

Cara’s lovely Morris chair could receive a new paint job and some new fabric, the revamp will allow the chair to fit right into the new space.  It isn’t always about buying all new, it is also about what you currently have and how to use it differently or give it a fresh look.

Here is a look at my strategy and the furniture and decor elements I would suggest to finish off the space.



We thoroughly enjoyed helping Cara see the potential, in what already was a beautiful room, by helping her visualize some new updates and placements in her room. Click Here to watch the full segment on the North Dakota Today’s show.

Look for more design plans next month as we pick another lucky viewer.




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