Sharing my apartment living room makeover for inspiration if you’re also renting and can’t make major renovation changes.
If any of you remember my old home tour and living room reveal, then you know it’s been a while since it’s had some updating!
It was looooong overdue for something a little more sophisticated and gender neutral.
But I think I’ve accomplished just that with my apartment living room makeover and some key pieces from Arhaus!
It’s funny how just changing the sofa, rug, and accent chairs makes a huge difference even with the same general layout, wall color, and style, isn’t it?
I also feel pretty adult considering this is the first time I’ve owned what I like to call “long lasting” furniture that’s worth investing in, as opposed to things I’ve picked up really quickly just to fill the space.
Don’t get me wrong. I still have lots of not-so-great budget furniture.
And I still love my DIY accent pieces.
(There are still plenty in this room, can you spot them?!)
But I’m now a firm believer that investing in the big stuff is worth every penny.
The fact that my previous couch was (literally) propped up on stacked books because the legs weren’t sturdy is a great example of this!
Now for the before and after details!
Apartment Furniture Updates
I replaced the old grey sofa with legs that were falling off with this Brekan upholstered sofa in Tribeca Pewter, which is approximately one million times sturdier and better built.
It’s also a lot wider and comfier to sit on when it comes to lazy days around the house.
We paired it with two Kerouac leather chairs in black.
And at first I was a little concerned that it went from too feminine to super dark and masculine with the wood floors, but the Marciano grey rug lightened everything up.
This rug is also a lot like walking on a cloud.
I’m not even kidding you.
It’s super thick and fluffy which was a nice change of pace from my previous rug that was basically a step up from being textured paper.
Our Mid Century Clock
I’m also clearly still in love with this DIY Mid Century Clock since I have used it EVERYWHERE.
I’m not ashamed, though, the heart wants what it wants, you know?!
It’s hanging next to the TV so that the TV isn’t the only focus.
The Media Console
I used to have the bookshelves open and exposed.
But the duty of dusting them was just never going to be my strong suit.
So we put white doors on the fronts and streamlined the TV necessities on top.
I still kept my Ikea hack Metallic DIY Pendant Sconce for additional lighting that doesn’t take up space.
There are now more indoor plants.
You’ll be amazed how much greenery can transform a room and make it feel more warm.
How to Add a Touch of Customization to a Rental Home
I didn’t want to break the bank on artwork.
So I actually just bought a large canvas from the craft store and painted it myself, along with the two horizontal pieces on either side of the window.
I’m not totally decided on the two smaller ones yet.
But the room definitely needed some color to feel like “me”.
And the artwork definitely do the job when it comes to that.
Plus, this is a great way to add a temporary customized touch and dramatic splash of color to a rental home.
Of course, Thomas had to make his appearance!
If you only knew how many photos we really had to shew him out of.
Between the fur pillow and Arhaus rug, he basically lives in this space!
Now if only we could 100% cure the ugliness that is living room technology.
Until then, I’m feeling pretty good about the Arhaus cuteness outshining the rest!
What do you all think of this space?
Am I crazy for wanting to change things up after just two years.
Or do you all switch things up often?
I think now that I have quality furniture pieces I’ll just stick with switching out accessories when I have the itch for something new.
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25 thoughts on “Before & After of My Apartment Living Room Makeover”
This may be strange, but I’m wondering the dimensions of your room!
We are about to pull the trigger on the same couch! How has it held up for you so far? I’ve read mixed reviews about Arhaus and want to be totally sure for the money I’m spending!!
I love this so much! Where is your copper cord that you use for the hanging light from?
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fun to see the changes. also, love the pieces you picked from arhuas…totally different than i am used to seeing from them!
Your living room looks great both before and after the makeover. Love the rugs, look very soft.
Such a beautiful makeover! I love how open and clean it feels- very relaxing. Do you mind sharing what you used to hide your tv cables? Thank you! <3
Your new living room is marvelous! I love the updates – especially that rug!
So beautiful !! Love it …
But where or where did you get that coffee table?
It’s from AllModern! :)
Looks amazing and so cozy! Also, your cat is so fluffy <3
Great makeover! Bravo girl :)
I saw the couch and thought, “She must not have cats,” because that’s just the kind of material that my cats would love to scratch. But then I saw Thomas (what a cutie–don’t shoo him out, showcase him!). So what’s your secret? Magical cat mind-control? Does he just know he’s supposed to leave the furniture alone?
I put a cat scratching post literally RIGHT NEXT to the arm of the couch so he doesn’t use the sofa!
Love! May I ask where the fur pillow and gold desk lamp are from?? Thank you! :)
The fur pillow is from a local store called Kuhl-Linscomb and the gold desk lamp is from UO! – http://bit.ly/1VCq5o2
Thank you! :)
I love the colour palette – it’s so cosy but bright! Absolutely gorgeous
Such a great room makeover! You have a great eye for design!
So beautiful! Well done!
Looks SO good, Ash. I love it! And I feel like I can say that with some kind of authority, since I saw the ‘before’ version in person (which was still pretty cute).
Woow!! Il love the colors touches, it’s beautiful!
Have a great week-end,
I love make-overs! Your living space looks amazing!