Living Room Makeover {Open Shelving}

I am happy to say that I am finally done with my living room makeover! It took awhile to gather all the items, get things painted up, and arrange them all. Especially because I am super picky and kept changing the arrangement of the items on the shelves. I totally got a work out going up and down my step stool! My living room makeover all started with my Aqua Buffet Entertainment Center.
The minute that I put my new aqua entertainment center in place I was in love with it. Obviously the area needed something more. Awhile back I picked up some wood shelving mounts from Goodwill and these were the inspiration for my Living Room Open Shelving.
I cleaned up and painted the shelving mounts white along with some 1×10 boards that I used for the shelves. Honestly you can’t get pretty shelving for any less than this!
I was able to decorate these shelves with items that I happened to have lying around. It was a hodge podge of items though, mostly from all my thrift store hunting. You may even recognize some of them from some of my Thrifty Thursday posts. I was able to tie a lot of these things together with a little bit of paint.
Some items didn’t need a thing and worked perfectly with the colors I was using, like the fan and white owl. Other items need some help in the color department. Enter some white, aqua, and black spray paint. I even used some fabric scraps in embroidery hoops to further tie the color scheme together.
All of the picture frames came from thrift stores. When I find frames that I like, which means they probably have some fun detailing, I grab them. I have quite a few hanging around just waiting for a project.
I decided to add a few “natural” elements into the mix as well. I grabbed a few faux plants and popped them into an old wood drawer. I used another plant and added it to a painted urn, then propped it all on top of some old worn books.
I of course added some pictures of the family in all my painted thrifty frames. I can never get enough of my beautiful kiddo’s smiling faces!!!


I finished things off with a couple greenery topiaries. I had some milk glass flower pots in my stash that I just HAD to use! I bought some already made greenery topiaries and put them into the pots using some floral foam. Added some spanish moss to cover the foam and they were done. I love that they look the same but the pots are a bit different, adding to the eclectic feel of everything!


I am just totally obsessed with all of the aqua right now! I think that it all came together so well. It’s like my living room just got a big ole breath of fresh air!!!
Linking up to these great link parties!!!
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Make sure you stop over at the Time to Shine party going on right now and check out all the fabulous things linked up! I would love it if you would join along and link up too!!!


  1. Gorgeous! You really have a knack for styling. Looks like a magazine!

  2. Absolutely marvelous…I love all things aqua too! You’ve definitely inspired me to get my but in gear and finish that area of my den.
    Sharing on my fb page!

  3. Love, love, love! The colors are perfect, and I love how you took the attention away from the tv!

  4. Wow! I absolutely love it! You styled the shelves so beautifully and they really become the main focus rather than the TV. And I love the furniture (I’m into aqua these days, too).

    Have a great day!

  5. This looks so great, Courtney. You’ve used such a varied bunch of items, yet they all go together perfectly. My favourite parts are the owls and the fabric hoops. Well done!

  6. This is absolutely PERFECT and gorgeous!! Please link this up at my trendy tuesday party!!

  7. Wow, Courtney! It is gorgeous and your styling is absolutely magazine worthy! I don’t think I could even focus on a TV show! 🙂

  8. I like it. Are all those numbers your bithdays or just important dates?
    The owls are my absolute favorite 🙂

  9. Love it! Makes a great focal point. I really like the fabric in the embroidery hoops, wouldn’t have thought to do that but it totally works!

  10. So, so very pretty. Love the colors, styling and the perfect balance 🙂

  11. What I love about your decorating is that it is simple yet elegant. Love the family pics. In one aqua frame there are dates listed… is that wedding and birthday dates?

  12. Looks great! Good job!

  13. Great job Courtney! It looks so refreshing!

  14. Love it! All of it! Great job 🙂

    -Kayla @ WhateverisLovely-Blog

  15. So cute!!! I love all of it! I’m a new “fan”!

  16. Great job Courtney! Love all of the agua colors with white. You definitely have an “eye” for style. 🙂

  17. Just SO Fabulous!!! I love it all!!

  18. It looks so amazing! I love the way it all came together! I really like the grey pattern fabric 😉 Great job, it looks wonderful!!!

  19. Beautiful! I love that aqua color, and all the elements on your shelves. So pretty…well done!

  20. I’ve read your blog for a while now but never commented, until now!! I absolutely LOVE this! If we were to try and recreate this in our own homes, can you buy shelving mounts as well as the wood for the shelf at Home Depot? I’m very new at the whole DIY thing but this looks like a project I could tackle! Thanks again for sharing, it looks beautiful!

  21. very coo, keep up the good work

  22. Love everything about this!

  23. This looks great! Love everything about it!

  24. that looks great, it really fills the space. i struggle with the wall behind my tv, and really would like to change what i’ve got going on there…it’s just a matter of doing it!

  25. This look beautiful. What a great idea. that big blank wall over the tv really bugs me.

  26. Gorgeous, gorgeous shelves!! Love the colors and the way you arranged everything on the shelves! Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  27. It does look totally fresh! I am so in love with this color right now too. I just painted my piano bench almost this exact shade! I love your blog and all the great ideas you have, (and your blog name!) I’m your newest follower. I would love if you came over to my brand new blog and took a look around. If you feel so inclined, follow me too!

  28. Wow! That looks awesome! I love love the open shelves AND how you decorated them….and that little fan is precious!

    Super cute blog! I am now following you!
    Feel free to stop by my blog!

    Amanda @

  29. GIRL I AM LOVING THIS WALL AND ALL THAT YOU DID! Its darling and everything you used looks perfect. I adore the colors too. I am sharing this on my COM-FB page. xo, jen

  30. Courtney, I can’t pin this fast enough!! LOVE everything about it. And I have serious buffet envy. 🙂

  31. I love how you tied everything together by sticking with a color theme. You have a great eye for thrift store finds! Christine @

  32. Looks good. I like that you unified the space by using the same color blue.

  33. OH. MY. Love everything about it!!! Super fabulous!

  34. this is cuter than cuteness! i love the whole darn thing :):)
    the owls & fabric hoops are my fav! wonderful work putting it all together…
    ♥ much love

  35. I just love your shelves and have shared them on Friday Finds today. Thanks!

  36. I love this! SO cute. Thanks for sharing!

  37. I love how your shelves look above your TV and beautiful stand! It all works so well together. Wonderful job!!
    Saw you featured at The North End Loft
    Debbie 🙂

  38. I don’t know how to thank you for this fabulous post. I have been in quite a quandry because I am downsizing and moving to a much smaller apartment. I am very excited about this move. It is a time to pick and choose my favorites and get rid of the rest of my stuff. I have a beautiful TV armoire, but have finally made the decision to not move it. It is large, and will look out of place. Am also purchasing a flat-screen. Now, my problem was I don’t really like the look of a flat-screen. Seems like it is “just out there,” and I have been challenging my mind (to no avail) on how to remedy this. Thanks to you, I have found something that I love, and can easily live with. Thank you so very much. This is the first visit to your blog. (Not the last). Have a peaceful week.

  39. so stinkin cute – I love this display (such a great mix of fun and color and crisp & classic!) off to search more but wondering how/where you store the ‘electronics’ and how they work with the buffet? I was thinking of using ours similarly but was stuck on housing the dvd/direct tv etc and having them ‘work’ 🙂 xo

  40. WOW, this is gorgeous. I’m in awe of the whole thing. Love the cabinet, love the colour and I also adore the dates frame. I’m going to do this with my family. So lovely to stumble across this blog.

  41. Your shelves are gorgeous and you have decorated them so nicely! Pinning this one and now following you!

    Jenna @

  42. It is all just gorgeous! Love the eclectic mix of accessories! GREAT job!!!

  43. Your styling is flawless! I’m doing something similar to this in my kitchen. I can only hope it comes out even half as well! Kudos!

  44. Your styling is flawless! I’m in the process of styling a similar vignette in my kitchen. I can only hope is turns out half as well as yours. Kudos!

  45. I just found your blog from Pinterest. This is gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Amanda @ Running In Heels


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