Finally Finished // Living & Dining Room Tour

I think it was about five months ago I hinted around at the fact that I was majorly overhauling my living room decor. Well, nearly half a year later and I'm finally done! I was blessed enough to work with a fabulous interior designer here in the Twin Cities, Anne Golliher. She's got some serious skills in creating and executing beautifully designed rooms. And what's really amazing is that she was willing to work with all the existing items I already had, and didn't bat an eye at my tiny budget. And even more impressive, she was game to work with me and my, ahem, strong opinions, being gracious enough to let me come along side her as more of a team member. She struck a great balance with suggesting items I loved, while still gently persuading me to try new things and push the envelop on what I would normally be drawn to. 

One of the first questions people who knew me asked when they found out I was working with a professional on the rooms was, "Why?" Particularly because I enjoy dabbling a bit in interior design myself, and have always worked on the rooms in my house on my own, they just didn't get why I would ever ask a professional for help. Plus, isn't interior design a luxury service? And Mike and I are not exactly highfalutin' folk. So it's a totally valid question - one I wrestled with myself before reaching out to Anne. And the answer to that question deserves a post in and of itself, so I'm going to talk about it in a later post. But in the meantime, take a look at some of her skills and I must say - if you're looking for someone to help you with that room you just. can't. figure. out, you definitely need to look her up. Unfortunately she's not accepting any new clients right now, but her calendar should open up in a few months, and I'll definitely post something here on the blog when she is!

First up, a couple before shots. If you look at my Home Tour, you'll see it looks quite a bit different - I'm a chronic tweaker, remember? I so wish I had better ones, I always hate seeing a before in dark lighting, a huge mess on the floor, etc. - because it's like, "Well, of course, anything would be better than that!" But this is all I could dig up, and it's actually from the first day Anne came to my house and we were in the middle of rearranging the room (With Eli's help, of course.), so it's not even a true before. But, at least you can see much of what we were working with when we started - and how much Anne added to the rooms.  
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And the Afters: 

A quick note: These photos were styled out for the shoot (A fascinating process I had never seen before until now - each photo is like a game of "spot the difference!") For the most part, this is what it looks like on a normal basis, but no, normally I don't have a giant green fern sitting on the coffee table with two little ones hanging around. Rest assured though, Eli took every chance he got to smell the "flower" and pick its leaves off. Which proves the case for why I don't have one.) 

* All after photos, courtesy Anne Golliher.
**While this isn't a sponsored post, I did receive Anne's interior design consultation and services complimentary.

10 comments:

  1. Hah, I was just going to ask about the fern! Like, how do you have that with a toddler?! I am seriously jealous of your house. Mine looks like a room at daycare. I'm looking forward to "sprucing" it up someday, when my children are older? Sigh.

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  2. Love love love it! I would love to know where you got some of your stuff... the pillows... sofa... blue chair... Love your style! :) And I just used "love" a lot in my comment.

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  3. Beautiful! Where did you get those end tables?

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  4. Thank Kathryn - they were a Craigslist score!

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  5. Thanks Ami! I've had a few questions on sources, so I'll post something soon, but the pillows are custom from an Etsy shop called Motif Pillows, the Sofa is from HOM Furniture (super old) and the blue chair is west elm. Hope this helps a bit as a start!

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  6. Haha, I know a fern on the daily around here would never, ever work!

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  7. Beautiful! And you've inspired me to reach out to an interior designer! I would love to contact Anne, do you have her contact information? I can't seem to find anything online.

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  8. Thanks Nicole, Anne is great - you can contact her directly at aegolliher@gmail.com. Her website is currently being redesigned, I'll be sure to post a link on the blog when it's back and live!

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  9. I love your living room. You (and Anne) do great work. I bought your antique white dresser several months ago. OK, so I'm on the hunt for a new sofa. I know yours is from HOM. I love it, but can't find that style there. I'm at a loss as to where to look for one similar. Any ideas?

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  10. Hi Tiffany - of course, I remember you! So glad that dresser found a good home. For a sofa like that - hm, it's kinda hard because we landed it for $700 and anything I know that looks close to it is a bit more expensive. For something similar around 1k, I'd look at CB2, otherwise I'm sure Crate & Barrel and for sure Room and Board would have very similar couches. I actually get asked if it's from Room and Board all the time, so I know you'd be able to find something similar there! I think we totally just lucked out on getting a more "stylish" sofa for cheap, you know?

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