Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area Reveal -One Room Challenge Week 6
Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area: Make over using neutrals, texture, mixing modern and rustic, natural and cozy elements -Hygge.
I’m so, so excited to share my Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area Reveal with you today! It’s been six weeks of projects and I’m so happy with the results. I’ve been a guest participant in the One Room Challenge where bloggers take six weeks to make over one room in their homes and share weekly updates. This is the sixth and final week when everyone shares their finished rooms.
I’ve had the chance to work with some amazing sponsors and I couldn’t be happier with the results. What a change! [All the sources are linked at the bottom of the post for your convenience.]
As a reminder, here’s what the room looked like before I began.
The rooms were beige and green, with a cream shag rug and green couch. Both the eating area and the living room had been decorated about ten years ago when we first moved into the house. We were due for a new couch, and I was ready for a change.
The Dining Room Makeover
I had re-done the dining room in the last One Room Challenge and turned it from a dated contemporary look to a light, bright Rustic Scandinavian feel.
I really wanted to continue the Rustic Scandinavian look throughout the rest of the main floor.
Here’s the mood board I started with six weeks ago.
I wanted to create a “Hygge” feeling, the Danish word that means “a calm comfortable time with people you love, the art of building your own cozy sanctuary, to keep oneself snug, celebrating everyday simple pleasures, coziness of soul”. I was inspired by Scandinavian design to mix rustic and modern, keep things neutral with whites, greys, and real wood, add in cozy texture and elements of nature, and keep things somewhat minimal.
In case you missed any updates you can find them all here:
Week One -Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area Design Inspiration and the Plan
and Week Two -Painting, What A Difference
next Week Three -DIY Shiplap Expert Tips from a Contractor
and Week Four -Fireplace Makeover
next Week Five -DIY Macrame and Fringe Pillows
And here’s what I accomplished in six weeks!
I stuck pretty close to the mood board, and when I doubted myself in the middle, as sometimes happens with a major new look before everything quite comes together, I used the board and inspiration shots for guidance.
The Living Room
We started out with new paint -Para’s JoJo Whitewash and what a difference it made! The room has lots of windows but with the new white walls it feel so bright, and I love it!
We added shiplap to give this neutral room some texture and interest, and really like it. It feels rustic and modern at the same time -adding texture, but with great linear straight lines too.
I made over the fireplace -spraying out the brass, removing the wood decal on the front and painting it all white. What a difference, all I can say is I wish I’d done it sooner!
I made the pretty macrame bunting for the front -it was surprisingly easy you can see how I did it here. Some of the hallmarks of Scandinavian style are simple, minimal, neutrals, and bringing nature in. On the fireplace I added three pretty stag horn ferns -tutorial on how to mount them coming soon. They’re meant to be reminiscent of deer head with their horn like fronds.
The boards they’re mounted on are from Afloral, along with the pretty glass cloches. I have a pretty collection of decorative mushrooms underneath them.
I was thankful for sunny days to photograph, but it made capturing the mushrooms a little tricky.
Also on the fireplace this amazing letter board from Letter Board Company. I love it. I’ve added a little Scandi message, but love that I can change it up all the time.
I also needed a new rug. Our old rug was from the Home Depot and lasted so, so well that it was the first place I looked for a replacement. I found this gorgeous Carlsbad Area Rug. I love that it adds a little pattern to the room, and its faded design makes it work perfectly as a rustic addition. And it’s so, so soft underfoot.
This is the pretty view when I come downstairs in the morning. I love it.
We also needed a new couch, chair and ottoman for the room. After 16 years with our previous one, it was time for a replacement. We settled on this slip covered one, so that I could have white without the worry.
The chunky knit wool throw on the couch is from Artizen Home -and it’s amazing! It’s so pretty, so warm, and so cozy. Everything you ever dreamed of in a throw blanket. I absolutely adore it, and the pretty texture it adds to the room.
On the ottoman are some pretty terrariums and succulents. I love the brass detail, and these gorgeous succulents are faux -so I can keep them looking this good.
I find it tricky to keep real ones looking great, so these are the perfect solution. These are so life like they’re sure to fool everyone.
Behind our couch, there is a pass through to the kitchen. I’ve added a few branches into the space, and hanging on the branches are some air plants.
They make for a pretty view when I’m doing dishes. I’ve read they -along with the stag head ferns – need to come down and be soaked in water once a week. We’ll see how I fair with them, I think I’m holding out more hope for the faux ones.
We got a chair to match the couch, and I used my wood stump tables with them –see how I made the stump tables here.
I have to say I just love this pretty view -the shiplap and birch poles, the stumps, the light.
Another succulent to join the club.
And back on the other side of the room, the other little chair.
At the bottom of the stairs there’s the perfect spot for a little table. The pretty Scandinavian prints are from Northern Edge Prints.
I added the house shelves -they’re a classic Scandi touch.
One of the things I love about Scandinavian design is how simple it is. It leaves some room to breathe.
From the living room it’s into the eating area.
The Eating Area
What a difference changing the paint from green to white made!
I also refinished the kitchen table. It’s an antique family piece, and I love it. It sees a lot of action from family dinners to craft sessions. Its finish was wearing off and it had serval colours of glitter embedded in it.
I stripped it and resealed it. It already has a scratch on the new finish…we’ll call it rustic.
The star of the show in here has to be my new light from Wayfair.
I love the juxtaposition of the modern light and the rustic antique table. Scandinavian design is great at adding a little modern.
The finish is an oil rubbed bronze and it has slightly bronze Edison style bulbs. It’s so beautiful at night.
And on the back wall, I took down my antique chalkboard, and added another pretty DIY macrame piece. I like that it echoes the brass and adds a bit of a more modern vibe.
The little cupboard that houses all the dog’s supplies stayed, and I like that it repeats the brass again with its handles.
I just love how the kitchen turned out. It’s simple and pretty and the perfect backdrop for entertaining and photographing parties for the blog.
And the living room is great too. I’m the type of person who takes a while to warm up to new things, but I have to say that each day I love it even more than the day before. I’m so glad I did it, and so glad to have partnered with some amazing brands to make it possible.
A HUGE thank you to my sponsors. It was amazing to work with each one of them and showcase their beautiful products!
Disclosure: Some of the products in this post were sponsored. I received product from Home Depot, Afloral, Wayfair, Artizan Home, Fringe Market, Para Paint, Letter Board Company, Fusion Paint, and Northern Edge Prints. All opinions, as always are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Life is a Party possible.
Rug: Home Depot -Carlsbad Area Rug in grey, 8 x 10 (available in-store)
Light: Wayfair –Wunsch 6-Light Cascade Pendant
Paint: Para -Colour JoJo Whitewash
Chunky Wool Throw Blanket: Artizen Home -Large Throw, colour “On The Lam”
Accessories: Afloral –Large Cloche, Small Cloches, Faux Succulents, Grey Mongolian Lamb Fur Pillow, Grey Mongolian Lamb Fur Throw, Wood Slabs, White Wood Tray, Terirrums –Cubes, Pentagon
Macrame Cord and Fringe for DIY Pillows: Fringe Market –Cord –Fringe
Shiplap Installation: Benjamin Wood Works
Letter Board: Letter Board Company –16 x 20 Chatterbox
Paint for T.V. Unit Makeover: Fusion Mineral Paint –Casement
Art Prints: Northern Edge Prints, Forest Print and Log Rings Print
Be sure to check out all the other One Room Challenge Reveals and get inspired for your next make over project.
With a finished Rustic Scandinavian Living Room and Eating Area, life really is a party!
Dannyelle I love the light fixtures! it all looks like it fits with your style perfectly. Well done!
Oh my friend!!!! I feel like I should be talking in hushed tones, this is pure neutral perfection!!! I am in love with everything but I think I must have that carpet, it’s perfect! Those ferns are so wonderful too, just everything! Swooning and totally worth the wait!
This inspires me to get cracking for my own ‘one room challenge’! The photos are magazine worthy! Wow!!
This is gorgeous, Dannyelle! I love absolutely everything, especially the rug, eating area light fixture, macrame elements and the succulents. You definitely knocked this one out of the park!
what a light, bright, and dreamy space!!! love all of the texture- so cozy and relaxing! and your letterboard is hilarious!
what I really love about this space are all of the incredible textures that you were able to layer in. it looks fantastic!!
Oh my goodness – it looks so great 🙂 The living room fits perfectly with the Scandinavian/hygge theme, and the rug does look super soft!
Dannyelle, it turned out so pretty! The shiplap adds the perfect backdrop to this peaceful room!
What a beautiful space! It totally looks Nordic —like a room tucked away in a snowy lodge. The colors and fabrics are so soothing. Great job! Hope you enjoy it to the moon and back. Susie from The Chelsea Project
Thanks Ariel, it feels like home already.
Laurie, You’re the sweetest. Thanks so much for your kind words.
You’re so sweet. Thanks so much, and for all your styling advice too!
Thanks Christina, we’re both adding some boho!
Cassie, thanks so much for your sweet complements. So kind of you.
Thanks so much Morgan, yours looks great too!
Nicole, thanks so much. I love being barefoot on the new rug. 😉
Thanks Emy. I love the shiplap too, perfect bit of texture to the room. Thanks so much for your sweet comment.
Susie, thanks so much. Imagining the perfect Nordic cabin. 😉 Thanks for your sweet comment.
Your re-finished table looks so pretty and I love the Wayfair light fixture with it. The contrast is lovely, as you said. The rooms look so fresh and pretty and peaceful. You really achieved what you set out to do. (And I really need to try making those macrame pieces! Love!)
Ohhh! So cozy! I love all the throws and textures in this space.
Thanks so much Joann. We should have a macrame party. 😉
Wow! So pretty! I love the transformation. That rug is just to-die-for! It is amazing! I also love all the texture you brought in with the pillows and the chunky throw. Nicely done!
Thanks Kristen. The rug is so soft too. Thanks for your sweet comments.
I love everything! You nailed the scandi look for sure – including the wooden houses, lol. LOVE the pieces you chose, and the fireplace makeover. You should definitely be proud of this space!
Lindi, thanks so much. I thought your fireplace turned out great too, it’s amazing what an impact a few little changes can have. Thanks so much for your sweet comment.
Gorgeous. I love how the whole space looks clean and inviting and the same time. Well done!
Great job Dannyelle, such a transformation! It all looks so fresh and cozy and the light fixture looks great!
Kim, thanks so much. I’m so glad it’s done and now we can enjoy it!
Looks so clean and comfortable!
Good golly, I LOVE your space(s)!! Bright clean white wood brass…love it all!
Thanks so much.
Thanks Jessica, you’re so sweet. I so appreciate your kind comments.
Your fireplace is my favorite! Love the transformation! That macrame hanging is perfect!! Love the dining space too! Well, love it all!
What an incredible transformation!!! The macrame, the stag horn ferns, the shiplap… it’s all just lovely! You really brightened up the space but kept it so warm and inviting! Now I’m off to check out that bunting tutorial. I need to try this!
This is FANTASTIC!! I love every single detail you have included… I just want to sit in that room and stare at everything!!!
Everything looks SO bright + airy! I adore all the white with a few natural elements mixed in and I am head over heels in love with those painted tree stump side tables!!! SUCH lovely spaces!!!
What a gorgeous space – and that table is fantastic! I love how bright everything is 🙂
I absolutely love this space! It is one of my favorite spaces for the ORC that I have seen so far. Great job. I have discovered your blog through the ORC and I will be following from now on!
Sara, thanks so much. So glad you like it.
Thalita, thanks so much. You’ll have to come back and see it in person. And you so should try macrame, it’s really easy.
Erin, thanks so much for your sweet comment.
Kristi, thanks so much. I love the white too. It’s so much brighter in here.
Thanks Casey, I love the brightness now too.
Nicki, Thanks so much for your sweet words! I really appreciate it.
It looks great! I love an all white room, and the rug looks super soft.
What a gorgeous makeover, Dannyelle! Love all the white! That light in the eating area is gorgeous too! Enjoy it lots! xo
Thanks Katy -me too, I think I want to paint everything in sight white now, lol!
Kendra, thanks so much. I love the light too, one of my favs.
Gorgeous makeover. I love the light walls and all the light from the windows. It is a magazine cover living room for sure. LOVE! Great job!
Thanks so much, I really appreciate it.
I absolutely love how it turned out! It is so light and bright! I am so jealous! I wish I could have a white couch–our gray great dane is always all over ours and I know it would drive me crazy if I could see every hair! one day…fantastic job!
Thanks so much. I hope I can manage to live with the white couches, but I’m hoping the slipcovers will make it doable. I love how light and bright it makes it too. Thanks for the lovely comment.