Event 1—Linky Party (and my living room reveal)

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In keeping with decorating week I upped my game and tackled my living room.
Since I am hosting this event I decided a challenge was in order.
This room has been in process for…years!
And many projects over the last few months have been with this makeover in mind.

So, I channeled my guest experts…5 days, 5 ways, Eclectically Vintage, and
The DIY Showoff …and set off to finish it.

I’m a picture playbook kind of person…so here we go!

Here are some pictures of what I started with…





There is nothing wrong with these…they are fine.
But… this is the Olympics!!!



I already had a nice beige on the walls. This color turns with the lighting, yellow
and sometimes white.
I bought slipcovers from SureFit for $150 or something. It was a great buy!! The couches we had were in great shape, just dark!
There is that great area rug that that I gave the tutorial for…$20. Love that!
I kept the curtains and “curtain rods” that were there…I love them!


I built this coffee table out of 2 pallets and some large tiles. I gave it a wash with white spray paint to “beachify” it a bit. It’s crude, and I won’t win any building prizes for it but…I love it!
It is great for hiding treasures in (like that porthole…and carved flower from my brother) and storing records (on the back side, you can’t see).
Coffee table…$4 for pallets from my feed mill


Did you check out how to make these pillows on Sunday? Well, they were a quick way to add color without sewing. Love!
The materials for 4 new pillows was about $15.00


Do you remember that chair I painted with Upholstery paint? I love it…but, the color was a bit too strong. I simply draped a vintage blanket over it to soften it a bit.



This corner is a favorite for Levi. He loves that chair.
I am all about whimsy and personality. Things I love. For no reason…just because.
I made the birdcage hanging there.
I bought that lamp with the coffee filter shade for dirt cheap. I was going to make one  but this one was such a great price!
A piece of burl wood I sanded down, stained, and added a Charlie Brown stripe for fun. A vintage phone is thrown in…because of its great color!!
These are all finds from long ago!


This piece of furniture is not particularly pretty. But, I love it!
It is Depression Era made from the most modpodge items you can find.
The drawers are dynamite crates, the interior drawers cheese boxes, you can find particle board, bead board, and all kinds of things. I love the history that is behind this!! And, I love every scratch and bump it has on it!
I created the pallet art above it “Nobody can be uncheered by a balloon”.
I added my  minnow bucket stuffed with silk flowers, antique camera, and cop’s light.
This little spot makes me smile!! Love the history!


This corner gallery wall I had done some time ago. I like it and didn’t want to change it.
I added Captain and it was perfect!
Katie has a vintage record player that gets a lot of use!
I included wooden shoe forms, a great lamp I found ages ago, and a simple daisy bouquet.


This wall is one of my favorite improvements.
This is Eleanor Roosevelt (previously known as Grace Kelly). She will be debuting during paint week.
She replaced the yellow dresser and does a much better job!
Hanging out with her you see some of my favorite items in my home…
Paddington Bear. Can you believe the glass case and the bear didn’t come together??
No joke…I was trying to figure out what to do with that box and doh!!

Paddington Bear, antique pulley, vintage marble run, and vintage tonka ambulance.

For art on this wall I took the directions from an antique toy set that was ruined (free with another piece) and used the super cool technique of wooden hangars to hang them up. I love love!!

This room cost me very little. The big purchase was the slipcovers.
And I am so happy with how it turned out! I hope the pictures do it justice!

Okay, could you tell what each blog (5days, 5ways…Eclectically Vintage…The DIY Showoff) inspired?


The Giveaway for your choice of any A3/11 x 14 or A4 / 8×10, 8 x 11 print from the Handz Etsy Shop ends tomorrow night!
Stop by HERE and leave a comment to win one.
This is my favorite (can you guess why? ha) but there are alot to choose from!



Did you get your decorating on with us this week?
A full room reveal is over the top…no need for that!
But, perhaps you made a rug like mine…or the décor blocks that Delicate Construction showed?
Or…maybe you did your own thing?
If so…link up so we can see!

And stop back here on Sunday for my features and awards!!


Linking up this post with these happening places…

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Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Heather

    June 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Congrats on your living room being featured at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia!! I would definitely give you a gold Olympic medal for your makeover! Awesome transformation! Your living room looks so cozy and inviting!! Can I come over and sink into your newly slipcovered sofa with a cup of java and dish????? HaHa! Take care girlie :) Heather

  2. {oc cottage}

    June 26, 2012 at 8:50 am

    exceedinly cool! ;}

    m ^..^

  3. debbie

    June 25, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Oh Janel, I just adore your space. SOOOOO happy, colorful and creative!

  4. debra

    June 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    This is beautiful : warm, homey, comfortable, bright, cozy etc : love it!

  5. karla

    June 22, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Your living room looks wonderful. I am IN LOVE!!!! with your coffee table. It’s just perfect. I haven’t seen one like that before. :D

  6. Lizmarieblog.com

    June 22, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Your style is so fabulous and unique!!! I love it! I want to keep looking at all the pictures haha.. thanks for linking up at my party!!

  7. Liz

    June 19, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Wow! I just love the collage style space. So fun and funky and bright!

  8. kristin

    June 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    This is just a fabulous makeover, so bight and fun. Thanks for linking up.

  9. Drama Mama Lori

    June 16, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Thanks for sharing your space – great job! (and thanks for hosting!!) ~Lori

  10. Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus

    June 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Oh my gosh! Your Living Room Looks so cheery girl! I really love the brightness you added to your space! So I am so bummed.. how are the links closed already! :( I was going to get my link on w/ my bedroom grrr. and I see I missed it! BUMMING over here big time! Sorry I missed the party! Your room looks very pretty!

  11. Everything looks great! I’m sorry I was out of town and didn’t get to link-up for this event….next event!

  12. Bliss

    June 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Janel……. it turned out so fresh and fun. That darn rug pulls the whole look together, it is perfect. High five!


  13. megan, the frugalista diaries

    June 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    i love that it’s like french country decor, so lovely.

    Xo Megan

  14. Meegan

    June 15, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Your living room is just perfect! I LOVE all the details. The rug, the family corner, your “curtain” rods, everything! Completely inspiring!! LOVE it
    Thanks for hosting the Olympics!! Fun fun fun!
    What Meegan Makes

  15. Jill @ Junky Vagabond

    June 15, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Janel! The room is so cute and comfy!! It was fine before, but your changes really amp up the personality. And thank you for giving me the push I needed to FINALLY finish my mudroom thingy in order to link up…just barely made it in time :)

  16. Shasta Farrar

    June 14, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Your living room is beautiful. I love, love, love your coffee table. You can build one for me now, k? And, in my best Patrick Swayze voice “No one puts Captain in the corner” Just joking, it looks good there…so cute!

  17. Bella

    June 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I LOVE this room because it has SO many personal touches. Every corner, nook and cranny has a story and on top of that it’s just so FUN!!! There are layers of texture and color and wow you really out did yourself. Can’t wait to see Eleanor!

  18. Morena

    June 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Lots of great colors!

  19. Shannon Fox

    June 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    What a fun, rustic~shabby room. It looks so cozy and there is lots of good stuff to look at!! Love that rug =)

  20. Terrie R.

    June 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I love your room make over! That rug and those slip covers soften up the look and makes it feel so homey. Just beautiful! I chose to do the block this time because of a time constraint but I am definitely going to make your rug for my sun room make over! I’ll post pictures on my blog HearthandWhimsy.com when I get it done. Thanks so much for sharing, this has been really fun. I’m looking forward to the next events!

  21. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    June 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    You rocked this! That coffee table is fabulous! Love your vintage touches and want them: the blue phone, camera, cop light, pulley …

    And love your branch curtain roads and your fabulous gallery wall. One of my favorites if your toy directions hanging from those old hangers!

    You win a gold medal for this room! Will be pinning some favorites!

  22. Natalie

    June 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I love it Janel – has my colours…. And I am in love with your coffee table! Awesomeness xxxx Nat

  23. Kim (TheMoney-Pit)

    June 14, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    It is so much lighter and friendlier now!

  24. Gwen

    June 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Wow, Stache-girl! You must have taken some steriods for this one~ LOVE the slipcovers. They really lighten the room up… It’s tots amazement!

  25. cassie

    June 14, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    janel! it looks amazing!!! love the covers on the couches love the colors, love the furniture…. love love love!

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