My Sister’s House–Finally! — Budget Wise Home

My Sister’s House–Finally!

I’m officially back from my long blogging hiatus!  Hooray!  With so many changes, our move, starting school, etc, I just needed a break and time to breathe.  But now I’m ready to get back into blogging mode.  I have a bunch of fun projects to share with you, including the long awaited reveal of my sister’s house.  So let’s get started with her living room.

First, I must explain a little about my sister and our plan.  She is a single (and beautiful) working woman living with 3 other roommates.  So we didn’t need to accomodate the tastes of any men in this house.  Sure, the guys will come over, but she wanted a girly space that she could literally do whatever she wanted with.  So that’s exactly what we did.  We have different styles, but we both share a deep love for color.  She was drawn to floral everything, and I tried it balance it out with some geometric patterns.  Girlfriends, pull up a chair!

Let first start with the before pictures so we can appreciate how far we’ve come.

It was pretty much just a big open room with very high ceilings, a dated fireplace surround, and awkward windows.

And here it is after!

We balanced out the assymetical window placement by hanging extra long floor to ceiling drapes.  She found the blue console table at a thrift store and we added the middle shelf so she could use it for her TV and those accessories.

All pillows and the floral side chairs are from Pier One.  The sofa is from Ikea and the rug is from RugsUSA.  The coffee table was a craigslist find that my sister painted turquoise.

The wood chest of drawers is one of my favorite pieces in the room–also found second-hand.  I convinced her not to paint it and I’m happy she listened.  It adds some warmth to the space.

Table lamp shade is from Target.

She painted out the wood fireplace surround and mantle, and then added a glaze to give it an antique look.

And there you have it.  Very colorful, very girly, and perfectly my sister’s style.

Come back tomorrow to see her kitchen!


  1. Kristina says:

    I LOVE IT!! I would say the curtains are my favorite part, but there’s nothing I don’t like. Great job! And, in all honesty, while it is feminine, I don’t think it’s too girly for a home shared with a husband. I could easily see this room in my house, and my husband not having one thing to complain about.

  2. I love the turquoise ribbon on the drapes and that rug! I love how you use so many bright colors. Excellent job!!!

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