Before & After: An Eclectic Glam Living Room Reveal

A before & after reveal really is the most exciting kind of post in the world of interior design isn’t it? And writing such posts for my blog is perhaps what I am going to thoroughly enjoy doing too. Taking you through the process of how it all begins, how the room initially looks like and then the final reveal is pretty exciting.

Well to start off with, let me just say that this particular “reveal” is probably the closest to my heart simply because it’s my own living room and my first “project”. I had no idea at the time that designing this living room was going to set me off on discovering I had a passion for interior design. I’ll share more on that later but first…

A New Place…

I remember moving into our new place, boxes all around me, trying to make sense of it all. This living area was completely empty. All that we owned in terms of living room furniture was placed on the second floor in what would become our casual family tv-watching zone.

They say that having a blank canvas to work with is the best kind of space to start off with but for me it was quite the opposite. I had no clue where or how to begin!

I am going to do a post soon on how to define your personal style in interiors and you’ll see why I chose a beautiful chesterfield sofa for this space but until then, let me tell you that it took me a good few weeks to actually make my first purchase. We were sitting on random chairs and footstools for quite a while!

My vision for this space was very simple:

  • I knew I will always love color in my life. I’ve always loved color – in art, in rugs, in accessories. You name it. So I knew that once I had the budget, I was going to invest in some nice art for my walls and maybe a hand-knotted pure wool rug.
  • This was going to be purely a “sit and have coffee and entertain our friends” kind of space. So we needed adequate seating. And no tv.

The Before Pictures…

Well this is how it looked like when we had just shifted in. I remember just looking at all of this before me and feeling so overwhelmed I wanted to cry!

And this is how this home was listed on the properties website:


And now finally, the Big Reveal…



The Design Details…

The Chesterfield

I spent weeks looking for the perfect sofa and it just took me more time than I had imagined deciding on this beautiful grey almost-white linen chesterfield from Marina Home. I knew that I needed a neutral colored piece that would offset brighter tones in a beautiful way. It had to provide the perfect base for an eclectic collection of art on the walls – which I knew I was heading towards.

Some Natural Elements

I’ve always been a sucker for raw untreated wood and when I saw these railway-sleeper beauties at Marina Home, I was in love! I purchased a set of three which although were placed as coffee tables at the store, actually worked perfectly as side tables in my space. So if you notice, the one on the left is actually quite large. It works pretty well as I needed a larger but lower surface to offset the women and the huge lamp. I also think that creating different heights in a room adds visual interest.

That Handwoven Magic

*Photo by Inspired Living Magazine, Khaleej Times

This unbelievable fuchsia colored rug from AbbasCarpets has been my boldest decision to date. If there’s one thing that I believe in when it comes to interiors, its this! Go for it! If something catches your eye and your heart races looking at it (I am talking furniture and such here ok?) go for it! If you love it, chances are it’ll look great in your home too. Simply put, your home should be a reflection of you – of your memories and of your soul. So well yeah I gave in and bought it! It was an expensive undertaking at the time but I am glad I went ahead with it.

The Art

I am no expert on art but when I saw this exquisite turquoise calligraphy at a local exhibition, I was immediately drawn to it. This is the work of a Turkish artist and the calligraphy is a verse from the Holy Quran. I hung this up as the main focal point of the room and I love looking at it. It’s an absolute stunner.

I could go on about more details from my living room but maybe I’ll save those for another post – so I am going to thank you instead. Thank you for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed the little details I shared with you. I’ve put in a lot of effort to make this dream of mine come true and I am glad you’re here!

Would love to hear what you think – if you’ve liked what you’ve seen so far, I would be so happy if you let me know!



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