Westwood Wonder Lounge

Remember the wingback chairs that were in the before picture last week in our Westwood Wonder Living Room? Well look at them now!

wingback chairs with brass pendant light and white coffee table

Welcome to the Lounge!  I know what you’re thinking… “Kristen, don’t you always paint old paneling?”

You wouldn't be wrong. Yes, that would typically be my suggestion in a dark paneled room that is centered in a home with little to no natural lighting.  Painting would make it instantly brighter and lighter, but there was something about this cozy little space that we loved just as it was! It was this dark little unexpected pause, and, by keeping it, we created an adult (yet kid-friendly since they just follow us everywhere we go, amiright?) lounge where the sophisticated homeowners could catch up over drinks.

When we arrived it wasn't feeling quite as Mad Men as we would have liked so here is what we did to bring it out of the dark and dreary.

wood paneling in lounge
wood paneling in lounge

The room scored points for having two wall sconces already, but we knew we could bring in more light and style with new ones.  We decided adding two more to the other side of the room not only helped balance the lighting but also eliminated the need for table lamps, which wouldn't have worked with the new layout of the room.  The new chandelier is my favorite part though, and it really elevates the room— making it youthful and fun.

The existing fireplace was the show stopper, so all we needed to do was add a beautiful modern mirror to accentuate it further as well as help bounce light around the room.

midcentury modern lounge with brass pendant light and fireplace

As I mentioned, the two tall wingback chairs are looking so handsome in their brand new navy herringbone fabric.  We positioned them on the far end of the room to add height and paired them with these two beautiful cognac leather chairs.  The traditional lines of the wingbacks juxtaposed with the crisp mid-century lines of leather chairs is a storyline that we have tried to repeat throughout our other rooms.  The gorgeous animal print rug added another layer of fun pattern, grounded our furniture layout, and brightened the space immensely.

cognac leather chairs with marble coffee table
greenery in blue and white pottery

You know I love some good built-in shelves, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on these beauties.  The homeowners had so many wonderfully sentimental pieces already, but we filled in where we could with new pieces that were either white or reflective— and of course some greenery to add some life!

built-in shelves

Doesn't it just make you want to drink something on the rocks and play Backgammon?? I don't actually know how to play it, but in this room, I would learn.

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Cognac Leather Chairs: World Market

Coffee Table: Overstock

Pendant Light: Overstock

Wall Lights: Overstock

Westwood Wonder Living Room

As promised (you thought I would forget?), I bring you the oh-so-perfectly casual living room of our Westwood Wonder home.

When we arrived for our initial consult, we learned that this room, although historically was used for more of a sitting room, was going to be used as the main entertaining and living space. Because of this, we needed to accommodate a large group of guests, but it still needed to be homey and comfortable for when it’s just the (almost) four of them. Here are a few key things we did.

outdated living room

We kept the homeowners’ sofa because it was recently (and beautifully) recovered and perfectly vintage. We had custom pillows made to liven it up a little and make it the focal point in the room.

custom throw pillows and bay window

We didn’t want to disturb the beautiful bay window, but the window at the end of the room was feeling a little left out and lacked style. Custom curtains hanging high and wide give such great balance to the room, and the colors were exactly what the homeowners were wanting.

navy blue chairs with tall indoor greenery

The room is very long and needed to have a furniture plan that kept it cozy. These four amazing navy chairs are not only big and comfy for movie nights, but by placing them in close proximity to the new, taller coffee table, they are perfect for game night too.

Floor plants always add height and texture to otherwise sad corners, and there’s no shame in fake trees if you’re a black thumb (like this girl).

modern living room furniture

We carried in the paint from the foyer which helps the rooms feel more connected, and paired with new can lights (can we get an amen for can lights?), the room is so much lighter and brighter.

Are you thinking to yourself, “Hey, I like those tall wingback chairs!”?  Well, I did, too, but they needed a makeover. Come back next week for the final Westwood Wonder space and to see those chairs looking oh-so-handsome!

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Nesting Coffee Table: World Market (out of stock online)

Blue Chairs: Target

Westwood Wonder Foyer

I can’t believe it’s already 2019 and almost two months since I first shared our Westwood Wonder Dining Room renovation. I don’t know where the time went, but I’m so excited to show you another room from this gorgeous home!  

Right outside of the dining room is the foyer.  Being that it is the very first room you enter in the home, you not only want your foyer to feel welcoming and inviting, but it should serve as a “meet and greet” for the rest of the home.  



The thing I love about the homeowners is that they have the coolest style.  We were able to keep the midcentury style of the home, add some cool bohemian touches, and keep some traditional sophistication, all while not being afraid of color. I’m so proud of how it all came together!



We added the chair rail throughout the entry and hallway which instantly added architecture, and by painting it white, we lightened and brightened the otherwise dark space.  Can we just talk for a second about the amazing front door with the knob in the center?!? We wanted to give it even more impact, so we duplicated the simple molding detail that appears on the exterior side of the door on the inside and painted it the perfect shade of navy.

Just because you have low ceilings doesn't mean you HAVE to succumb to the “boob light”.  If you don't know what I’m talking about, call me, I’ll explain it. There is a whole world of lights out there that you won't knock your head on but will add not just better style but also better lighting to your low ceiling spaces.  We love the new pair of black semi-flush lights that draw your eyes right in from the second you walk in the door. In a room that requires very little like the foyer, you want every piece that makes the cut to be something that makes a statement, and these fit the bill perfectly.

To balance out the modern lights, we just had to find the perfect vintage turkish rug.  Going this route was going to solve two common foyer problems. The first being the awkward size of the space.  Vintage rugs come in so many different sizes compared to new rugs that typically only come in standard (2x8, 5x8, 8x10, 9x12) sizes that just wouldn't have worked here.  Vintage rugs also have such great textures, colors, and patterns that make them perfect for this high traffic area. The cherry on top? IT’S GORGEOUS!

We love a console table and mirror at our front door whenever we can, and this piece is one of my favorites.  The wood finish of the cabinet is perfection, and the round mirror in gold helps break up all of the straight lines for a moment.

Come back next week for a peek at the living room!

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Mirror: Wisteria

Light: Golden Lighting

Console Table: Wayfair

Westwood Wonder Dining Room

This space belongs to a super sweet family that recently moved into one of my favorite neighborhoods here in Muncie.

midcentury modern dining room with white beaded chandelier

This mid-century ranch home has rooms that seem to go on for miles, and we were honored to get to bring new life in a style specific to the homeowners.

white beaded chandelier and animal print chairs

We had the challenge of creating a space that was both fun and fresh. The eclectic mix, including animal print upholstery, vintage wood furniture, modern gold and velvet chairs, grasscloth wallpaper, and a gorgeous beaded chandelier makes for a space that is completely unique, unexpected, and stylish.

animal print chairs with green velvet chairs

Floor to ceiling custom curtains were a fun splurge, while inexpensive lattice applied to the outdated mirrors was easy on the budget.

caned serving tray with fake plant

We are so excited for the dinner parties this soon-to-be family of four will be hosting here.

Here’s a glimpse of what the room looked like before the transformation.

outdated dining room
outdated dining room with wall mirrors

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that at no cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Chandelier: World Market

Green Dining Chairs: Wayfair