Before and After: A LIV Client Takes the Reigns

LIV Showroom offers a variety of Design Packages that allow the do-it-yourself client to take control and manage their project, while getting guidance, assistance and advice from one of our professional designers.

Leslie Hansen of Bountiful, Utah, purchased our most popular package called LIV COMFORTABLY in the fall of 2013. Designer Tonya Olsen provided Leslie with a "road map" including a floor plan with dimensions; furniture and accessory recommendations; a color palette; a digital design board and an instructions page.

One of the biggest differences Leslie made in her home was rearranging the furniture and accessories. Her formal living room furniture was swapped with her basement furniture and the result is dramatic. Check it out:

Above: Formal living room BEFORE. This furniture was moved to the basement.

Above: Formal living room BEFORE. This furniture was moved to the basement.

Above: Formal living room AFTER. This furniture was formerly in the basement. The paint color remained the same, but the colors of the furniture, area rug and accessories brighten the room. 

Above: Formal living room AFTER. This furniture was formerly in the basement. The paint color remained the same, but the colors of the furniture, area rug and accessories brighten the room. 

Left: Living room BEFORE. Right: Living room AFTER. The room feels more open and less cluttered with minimal furnishings and accessories.

Left: Living room BEFORE. Right: Living room AFTER. The room feels more open and less cluttered with minimal furnishings and accessories.

In addition to the formal living room, Leslie also worked on her family room, adjacent dining area and study. Leslie kept her existing furniture and added "pops" of color to make the room more casual, but also to tie in the colors from her formal living room.

Above: Family room BEFORE. Below: Family room AFTER. The existing furniture was slightly rearranged and a gallery wall, using an assortment of Leslie's existing artwork and photographs, was installed behind the sofa. A vibrant accent chair and colorful pillows brighten up the space.

Above: Family room BEFORE. Below: Family room AFTER. The existing furniture was slightly rearranged and a gallery wall, using an assortment of Leslie's existing artwork and photographs, was installed behind the sofa. A vibrant accent chair and colorful pillows brighten up the space.

Above: Dining room BEFORE. Below: Dining room AFTER. Artwork and an area rug complete the space and tie it into the adjacent family room.

Above: Dining room BEFORE. Below: Dining room AFTER. Artwork and an area rug complete the space and tie it into the adjacent family room.

Above: Study BEFORE. Below: Study AFTER. The study was painted a soft blue and the furniture and accessories were updated to reflect the rest of the home.

Above: Study BEFORE. Below: Study AFTER. The study was painted a soft blue and the furniture and accessories were updated to reflect the rest of the home.

The take away from Leslie's project is that you can transform your home yourself (with a little help from LIV) with your existing furniture and some simple additions. In a nutshell, here are the main things Leslie did:

  • Rearrange existing furniture
  • Update with accessories such as pillows
  • Update paint in certain rooms if necessary
  • Add window treatments
  • Use existing artwork and photographs to create a gallery wall
  • Add an area rug to anchor a space
  • Reframe existing artwork and repaint existing furniture

In the end, Leslie did a great job! 

As always, stay tuned!

Tonya