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This is the second installment of my ‘Use What You’ve Got’ series. I’ve got to say I’m loving this series! It is getting me out there into people’s homes helping them rearrange what they have. It’s good fun for everyone! You can see the first post in the series here.

This post is all about Kim’s living room. Kim is an auction-buying expert so she and I had a good time talking about all our thrifted wares. But unlike me, Kim loves to resell her auctioned items and keeps her house more streamlined and minimalistic. She asked me to help her with her living room, but because I am like the most forgetful blogger every I forgot to take a true ‘before’ picture. Oops! Here is a semi-before picture (we had already started shifting things around).

Little House Design: Use what you've got series, Kim's living room wall

When I got there the chair was actually on the left and the table was on the right and was being used as a desk with a desk chair. I didn’t take a picture of it, but the arm chair was sort of blocking the path into the living room.

Since I wanted to moved the chair to the left the desk went to the right (like it is above). I don’t think the table is actually a desk, it is the right height and width to be considered a credenza or sofa table so I thought it would be interesting to try it out as that.

But then once the table was moved, the art looked weak and made the wall look small so I looked for something else to add to the wall. Above Kim’s TV she had this awesome fan that I decided to move to this wall (she has already made plans to get something else for above the TV).

Little House Design: Use what you've got series, Kim's living room wall

I really like the fan there! It was the perfect piece to spread the art out and make the wall look more important, more of a focal point. Once we had the art set we started playing with different items to decorate the table with (hence all the stuff everywhere).

Little House Design: Use what you've got series, Kim's living room wall

It took us quite a while to get there with the styling. Sometimes it just takes a while to find the right accessories to fit a space and that’s okay! I’ll try anything when I’m styling… baskets, picture frames, books, flowers, plants, really anything is potential. Even though it took us a while to get there, I’m happy with the end result. The wall is now a focal point and the left side is now more open for easier access to the room.

And since I was already there, I helped Kim with one last thing.

Like in most houses, Kim’s kitchen cabinets stop about 12-18 inches before the ceiling. She’s struggled with what to put up there so she admits she just stuck a bunch of stuff up there so it wasn’t empty.

Little House Design: Use what you've got series, Kim's living room wall

I told her that in my opinion, you don’t necessarily need anything above cabinets. So we took everything down to see what she thought of it.

Little House Design: Use what you've got series, Kim's living room wallLittle House Design: Use what you've got series, Kim's living room wall

This side also had a bunch of stuff up there, but I like it so much better now that it’s clean and simple. We left the ‘EAT’ letters up there because I liked them and they draw the eye up without making that area cluttery. I’ve done a post before about what to do with the top of cabinets so I think there are cool things you can do like a collection or monochromatic layering but I also don’t think that blank space is the worst thing ever. The top of my new bookcase are still empty and maybe they will stay that way.

Anyway, it was a really fun night at Kim’s house and I think we did some great work!

Want to get in on this series? Here is how you can be a part of it:

– You live in the greater Indianapolis area

– You have a specific area in mind that you want help with and you are willing to act on the project while I’m there (for example, if you want me to help you lay out a gallery wall, you’ll need a hammer and nails because we’re hanging them up that day!).

– You have to be willing to let me photograph our project for use on this here blog :) I’ve decided to do this series as a free service because I love doing this sort of stuff and it gives me content for my blog. It’s a win-win!

– I won’t be able to get to everyone but I’d like to do one a month so if you are interested and you fit the criteria fill out the Contact form and we’ll get the ball rolling! Get excited!