Living Room Styling On A Budget


My sister’s living room is not a spacious space. Moreover, in one of the living room walls there is a door that leads to the basement as well as a small corridor leading to the powder bathroom and the mud room, so it really gets complicated to come up with a good furniture layout.

Her existing furniture was purchased based on the current needs of her family and, at this time, she did not consider changing the furniture or the layout, so this made the small room styling process even more difficult.

However, her living room needed some styling and I was prepared to take this challenge. In fact, my sister was saying that, her living room was begging for something to be done. She admitted that the lack of style in her living space was having a terrible effect on her mood.

This is an open concept space divided by an open wall, and it is adjacent to the kitchen which underwent a successful facelifting process just few days beforeI I started to do the styling of this room.

The first thing I considered before I started the styling of this room was to address the curve shaped design on the upper parts of the built in shelving around the fireplace, as these made the space feel a bit dated.

As an efficient fixing route I suggested that we should find a very thin wood board, paint it in the colour of the shelving and glue it on top of the area we wanted to cover up. This worked perfectly fine and the shelving instantly changed for better. It is all in small little details after all.


I used various existing decorative items and some books to style the shelves around the fireplace. Also, we purchased two huge clear glass vases in which I placed some branch clippings from a tree in my sister’s garden. This added texture and interest around the TV area. After I left, the branches were blooming fresh leaves throughout and my sister said the whole scene above the fireplace looked even better.

The next thing that I suggested was purchasing an area rug.

Because of the busy lifestyle of this family of five, which until recently they also had a beautiful and big lovely dog, and in order to make the house errands more manageable and efficient they went bare floors for quite some time.

However, in order to create style, add some texture to the space as well as to make the room feel larger, I suggested that the room will definitely need a large area rug so we got one Costco, and it instantly brightened up the room.

USEFUL TIP: While rugs are a must for a stylish living room, they should still match the size and style of the space.
Small rugs imbalance the room, so when purchasing a rug you should consider a rug that’s so big that the front feet of all your lounge room furniture are placed on it.
This provides balance and creates zones for your room, and will also make it feel larger too.

Luckily, there was an existing glass-topped coffee table in the living, something that I would suggest for a small living space

USEFUL TIP: Pairing a glass-topped coffee table with a patterned rug will create the illusion of space, while allowing the rug to shine in all of its glory.

And lastly fresh flowers always make the space feel crisp, stylish and happy, just like this living room looks and feels now.


Does your living space looks dull or outdated and you cannot afford a major renovation? Styling it differently, changing the layout of the furniture, a new fresh coat of interesting paint colour may do the difference without spending a lot of money on renovation. You can do this yourself or you may consider also consultation with a designer or stylist regarding the colour scheme, furniture placement, shelf styling and other tricks that may be used to bring an outdated and dull looking living room from drab to fab! BESA GM Interiors offers such consultation services so write us at besagmblog@gmail.com and we will take it from there!

BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS


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Besa

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DIY Kitchen Makeover On A Budget

No matter how comfortable the rest of a house might be, everyone loves to meet in the kitchen be it for a tasty meal one just made, or just for grabbing a cup of coffee and catching up with the other members of the family. So, no wonder that everyone likes to have an organised and a pretty looking kitchen where a family can enjoy meals and time together.

However, as the time goes by, once pretty looking kitchen becomes dated and not so fresh looking anymore. Renovation of any kitchen, be it the smallest one, costs a lot so DIY updating it in some way is an easy and non costly option.

My sister’s kitchen is an old builder grade kitchen of a good quality. Originally, it was an oak kitchen or a wood stained in oak finish which 10 or 15 years ago everyone who had one of those kitchens started hating its colour, my sister being among the first ones.

She started hating its colour so much at the point that she couldn’t live with it anymore. Of course, renovating the kitchen wasn’t an option for her so I suggested her to take a paint route.

At first she thought that painting a kitchen was a huge and tedious job, so she wasn’t sure whether she could do it herself. After some words of encouragement by me and her strong will to make things happen, I convinced her that she could do it herself and suggested the paint colour, DARK BROWN.

This was almost 10 years ago, when dark brown kitchens were trending. Her kitchen turned great in that colour then, it looked so updated and modern at that time, but sory, not anymore in 2019.

Sooo it was that right time now for another paint job and for some refreshing colours in her dark brown kitchen; therefore, here is now my sister’s facelifted kitchen with colours that have brought such a positive feeling and happiness to the family members and who can’t wait now to wake up and enjoy a morning coffee together before they all leave for work or school.

It all started as soon as I arrived at her home, for a lengthy visit this time! We immediately started talking about the kitchen makeover project, and came up with a colour pallete, as well as things that have to go, what stays in the kitchen and what should we get new for this project. We also allocated the budget of 200$, and luckily we were only a few bucks over the budget!

We got rid of the old kitchen table and chairs and bought an IKEA round table and slightly used set of six quality chairs which I DIY the seats to fit our colour scheme.

Getting rid of the kithchen light fixture which was really an eyesore in this kitchen was the first thing on my sister’s list, so this new spider shaped fixture that we purchased at the Home Depot, at a very affordable price, brought the whole new look to the space.

Navy blue seat covers really complement the kitchen island, which frankly was one of the kitchen parts that was kind of begging for a makeover, and I had the pleasure in painting the kitchen island.

I applied one coat of primer and two coats of paint throughout the surfaces that needed to be painted, and the island was transformed completely and turned gorgeous after installing modern hardware which we scored at a price $2 each! The rich navy paint and modern brushed steel handles made this island the star of the kitchen.

My sister did the painting of the kitchen cabinets. My brother in law and nephew helped with unscrewing the hinges from the cabinet doors, and this step really helped for an even application of one coat of primer and two coats of paint. At the time we did the painting, the weather outside was most of the time cold so most of the paint job was done in the kitchen.

In addition to changing the colour of the kitchen cabinets to light grey with blu undertones, we also changed the handles on the upper parts of the cabinet doors, which were purchased at IKEA, and we sanded the existing ones to achieve the brushed steel effect.


So in this kitchen now there are mixed and matched handles throughout, and the end result is great; the kitchen doesn’t look boring and old, instead it feels fresh, clean and so much fun.

For the kitchen window I also designed and sewed a curtain panel which I attached it to the existing roman shade and it functions perfectly and looks so crisp and stylish. The white fabric used for this project is high quality cotton with black out backing. The middle yellow stripe is a fabric that is sewn on top of the white one and it really makes this roman shade so special and unique.

So here are some more pictures which are not high quality ones; they were taken with my I phone 8 Plus as I did not have my camera with me.




Does your kitchen looks outdated and you cannot afford a major kitchen renovation? Consider a kitchen facelift with paint and new hardware. They will do the trick and you will fall in love with your kitchen again! Consider also consultation with a designer or stylist regarding the colour scheme, hardware and other tricks that may be used to bring an outdated kitchen from drab to fab! BESA GM Interiors offers such consultation services so write to us at besagmblog@gmail.com and we would be happy to help!



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Besa

DIY – An Artful Thermostat Cover


Thermostats!!!!! These eyesores which we find in almost every home! Due to the nature of this device it is recommended to be mounted in a plain sight, in a common room, at eye level. This makes it pretty easy to notice this unsightly device and make you yearn to have it gone: but, getting rid of this incredibly functional device is not an option, so the best solution is to, depending on the situation, find a smart and attractive way to cover it up.

Since moving to her house years ago, my sister was always bothered with a small wall in her hallway which was full of switches , thermostat and other devices. These few last years she kept saying that she hated that wall, and tasked me to come up with a solution for this awkward device situation on her hallway wall.

For the time being, my sister and I live in different parts of the world so this spring I flew over the Atlantic to spend some time with her and her family. Despite having a super fun time together we also engaged ourselves in numerous projects in order to make some of her spaces more functional, and updated.

In today’s post I will be sharing the DIY thermostat cover which we did together and which turned out beautiful. This made my sister supper happy and her hallway now looks supper cute and appealing.

To make this device cover we started with a large piece of canvas print which my niece had in her room for a while and which she wanted to get rid off after reorganising her room. I thought that we could use this canvas in one of our projects, so I prevented my niece of donating this item (and many others) to the second hand store.

After deciding that we will be using this canvas print for covering the devices on the hallway wall, I gave the canvas five coats of white paint to cover the previous print and then, together with my sister, we proceeded to built a wide frame around the existing stretched canvas print frame.

We used plain MDF base board to build the frame. My sister did the cutting with the mitre saw and I attached the cut pieces with screws along the existing canvas frame and added a string wire for hanging.




After this was done, the next day I painted an abstract art using the brush stroke technique which I am fond of. My sister and her family loved the way the painting turned out, and I liked it too. I did several similar paintings in some of my styling projects and they all turned very nice so far.

So after hanging the painting, AKA the Thermostat Cover, this is how my sister’s little hallway looks.


The DIY built frame and DIY painting made to cover the eyesores on the hallway wall transformed this boring little hallway into a very elegant space. This space is ready now to greet and bring a smile to everyone’s face who enters that front door.

Do you have similar eyesore that is bothering you and you do not have time to deal with it? Contact us via e mail besagmblog@gmail.com or via FB fun page BESAGM Interiors for consultation. We would be happy to find a suitable solution for you.

Here are the BEFORE and AFTER pics which we all love checking:

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Besa