living room design ideas

Remember this room?

Remember all that industrial farmhouse glory?

I designed it over a year ago and it’s still one of my favorites.


Remember where it began?

This was one day before I started.

Just a sofa I designed and walls painted SW Mindful Gray (but you know you already guessed that paint color).


Remember these bookcases and those wire baskets covered in burlap and the industrial shelving?

And the books?

And those burlap storage containers?


And remember this houndstooth chair that transforms into furniture superman when it reclines?

And that raised floral ottoman?

And that wire shade lamp?



Remember this sofa that I designed with its beautiful fabric and silver nail heads and perfect furniture feet?

And this coffee table that looks like it came over on the Mayflower?

And that bookshelf with drawers?



Remember the details?

These books that I wanted to DIY and the rustic sphere?

And this side table?


And the best part?

Remember all those pounds ago?

Remember when they told me they wanted to take my picture in this space and I said yikes and panicked and ran behind the sofa and held in my stomach and tried to fade into the background and wish myself skinny because I was so embarrassed at how I looked?

Well….guess what?

I may or may not be partnering with La-Z-Boy again on something amazing.

And this time?

This glorious, wonderful, time….watch out world because I’m not hiding any more.

I won’t be behind the couch.

I’ll be front and center with my red lipstick and a smile on my face.


PS Can’t wait to show you what I’ve been cooking up with La-Z-Boy.

And it’s not broccoli. 🙂

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  1. Image for Terri Terri

    sooooooooo very excited.... for "You" and for whatever it is you are "Cooking" up with Lazy Boy!!!! Hurry up!!!! :)

  2. Image for Lisa at celebrate creativity Lisa at celebrate creativity

    Hi Karianne, I remember that great room makeover. You did a beautiful job pulling all those elements together. Also, big congrats on meeting (and maintaining) those personal fitness goals. Looking forward to the "multiple" reveals. Enjoy your weekend, Lisa

  3. Image for Mari Mari

    You're beautiful and very talented! Question; where did the dresser with the alphabet drawers come from........bought or made?

  4. Image for Amy K Amy K

    Yes, I remember this room and still love love love it! Especially that chair. Got a glimps of your new "look" in your vow renewal pics, right? Please write an inspirational blog on how you did it. I need help! And.....can't wait for your Lazyboy project. I'm sure it will be to die for.

  5. Image for Janet Cole Janet Cole

    This was by far (HANDS DOWN) the best room! You look beautiful - can't wait to see your new creation. Love, love, love you to pieces

  6. Image for Wendy Johnson Wendy Johnson

    I don't remember any of that but am glad I found you now. I too went through a heavy period,okay 10 years, after turning 40 and having twins, but lost 100 lbs and never looked back. So yes we are always beautiful and capable and should feel good about ourselves no matter what but we have to do what makes us feel right.

  7. Image for Cindy E Cindy E

    Can't wait to see what you do. I wish I could get motivated like you and lose weight. I'm still hiding behind the sofa.

  8. Image for Cindy R Cindy R

    Girl, you are one of the most beautiful people I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Honestly, I think you're gorgeous on the inside and out! I'm so excited to see what you do with La-Z-Boy. I say often it is my mission in life to rid the world of recliners! But I have to admit, theirs are pretty cute. Thanks for ALL you do each day to make our lives memorable and special, (yes your blog does that). You have a gift and I'm truly blessed to read all about it. Keep it up girl friend. I feel I can say that...girl friend...even though we've never actually met! :)

  9. Image for MaryS MaryS

    The coffee table..... I think it would be perfect in my living room... or one like it. What can you tell me about it?? LOVE your house.... and you great big smile. :) :) :)

    1. Image for kathy kathy

      What state do you live in, Mary? I refinish those industrial furniture cart coffee tables and sell them in a small shop in the mountains of western North Carolina.

  10. Image for Susan Susan

    I could place every aspect of this beautiful room in my family room & that includes you! You look fabulous & must be so proud of your weight loss. Way to go!!!!!

  11. Image for Tina B Tina B

    Although I've loved you the way you are since the day I found your blog...YOU GO GIRL! I truly love your spirit and the way you include that spirit in all that you do. I can't wait for the big reveal(s).

  12. Image for Linda Linda

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, you are my hands down favorite blogger of all time! I love your style and you are so funny and so super cute! Don't keep us in suspense for too long!! xoxo

  13. Image for Peggie Peggie

    Thank you for the close up pictures and the ones showing the whole room. I am often surprised by blogs that show some new element of design (especially tablescapes) and only show close up shots. Being the design challenged person that I am, I need to see the whole picture as well as the details. Love your blog!

  14. Image for Gina Gina

    That room from last year is still one of my favorites. Cannot wait to see what's next. Loved your story on "Becoming...the unfolding off you" regarding your journey. You should be so proud of all your accomplishments!

  15. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Still love everything in this room, and pretty much anything you put you touch! And congratulations on your own personal journey, you should be proud of all that you've accomplished!

  16. Image for Hope Williams Hope Williams

    Good morning! I am brand soanking new to your glorious blog! Yep, First day. This room is stunning!!! Can you tell us about the baskets on the shelves please? I'm looking for 2-4 depending on size. My home, when finished, with be french/industrial and you can bet your bottom dollar I will be heading right here to pull it all together. But, reno first! Thank you, Hope Williams

  17. Image for Tina Matteson Tina Matteson

    KariAnne - you look beautiful in that picture!!! I hide behind furniture sometimes too! (Or my kids! Haha.) Can't wait to see your new project, though. And... I love the above room. Especially the 'brick' wall.

  18. Image for GeNell GeNell

    Yes this was a lovely room you put together last year. Can you share what type of weight loss program you followed that has been so successful for you? I need HELP in that area as well!

  19. Image for Nancy Cupit Montague Nancy Cupit Montague

    You are lovely in spirit and in body. Congratulations on making YOU feel better - the rest of us loved you already!

  20. Image for Diane Diane

    Omg....I am so the all of it! Now...if only you could send that whole room to me I'd be a happy, happy girl!!! I love your blog...thanks for brightening my days.

  21. Image for Jane Jane

    I DO remember this room...this was the very moment some great designer should have taken you under their wing as an apprentice so you could move on to establishing KW Designs!!!! Look out this time Lazyboy! Jane xx

  22. Image for sammijo sammijo

    I loved that room and I already know I am going to love this one! I am so very happy for you in all of your successes. Congratulations on your weight loss, but you are amazing no matter what your size, you rock girl!!

  23. Image for Kathy Banff Kathy Banff

    YOU and that room came to me at the time in my life when I was not working and now, 4 years later, a job and 30+ blogs later, it's still my favorite room ever. Can't wait to see what's coming.

  24. Image for Ardith Ardith

    You transformed that bland room into an amazingly warm, comfortable, yet cool industrial destination. Big kudos to you, KeriAnne. Looking forward to the next great reveal. Have a wonderful weekend, Ardith

  25. Image for ananda ananda

    seriously?!? this is BREATHTAKING!!! love love (repeat 100 times!) you are so tremendously talented kariann, and your writing always takes on a magic carpet ride!!! xoxo

  26. Image for Terry Terry

    This is one of my all time favorite rooms and I voted for you. I have it saved and still drool over it periodically. I can't wait to see more of your decorating and less of you if you understand my pun!

  27. Image for Gwen Gwen

    I loved that room!!! I think it started my like with industrial pieces here and there. And I did this as a teacher. And I guess I do this with you. I just see "you". Hard to explain. So I never thought about your size. In fact when you joined the photo I thought oh yes that sweater and black beneath look so nice in this room. What an awesome job. and now you've got more reveals! Congrats

  28. Image for Karen Karen

    Saw you on the video @ the Lay-Z Boy showroom last week when we bought our new sofa! (Love that room, btw) Also, saw the NEW you in your post of your family pictures. Well done, Karianne! So proud of you! FLAUNT THAT RED LIPSTICK! Blessings, Karen

  29. Image for Kris Kris

    Before I knew you were going to bring up your weight in this post, I looked at the picture of you and thought, wow, you've worked so hard on your weight loss and it shows! I hope you are proud of yourself--so healthy now! You've always been adorable--now you are adorable AND healthy. And I have always loved this room ...

  30. Image for Jenn Jenn

    I loved that room when you designed it, I voted for it and hoped you would win. It inspired us and we then purchased some Lazy-Boy living room furniture... still saving for end and coffee tables....hopefully I will be able to purchase some designed by you. I am living the season you are leaving behind... hiding behind things or others for pictures or avoiding them all together. I'm getting older and getting scared as this weight is continuing to hamper my self-esteem and my health. I LOVED your story on Becoming, The Unfolding Of You, you gave me hope as I realized you too faced the same struggles that me and many other women do and you succeeded in overcoming them. You have been so real and honest in your video on Becoming and in this post, I hope you will share with us the eating plan you discussed that worked for you, although I realize it would not be an endorsement of that plan or something that may work for everyone. Can't wait to see what you and Lazy-Boy are doing next!

  31. Image for Erin Kaven Erin Kaven

    I agree...gorgeous room. gorgeous design, gorgeous blogger...please share secrets (you spill all the rest of them!!)

  32. Image for Donnie Donnie

    You look wonderful, keep up the good work, it shows. Can't wait to see what you and Lazyboy are cooking up. I'm in the market, so will wait to see what you are doing.

  33. Image for Felt Ball Rug Felt Ball Rug

    Incredible work! The room is totally transformed! The way everything comes together is brilliant, and the earth tones are gorgeous! I think one of our raw earth colored custom felt ball rugs would go well with your comfy, rustic feel!

  34. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I visit you for two reasons...first and foremost, you are an amazing writer with your ability to be self depricating (which the world needs more of), you are hysterical AND you can make tears spew from my eyes in an instant. have a fantab style about you---both in your personal style and how you style your gorgeous home!!! That's it....see you later when I visit again. Carry on... Fondly, -Lisa

  35. Image for Anne Anne

    KariAnne, no matter what you make me smile & giggle & laugh till my belly aches with your amazing comments and anecdotes. Your rooms & home are amazing and so are you! Can't wait to see another collab with Lazyboy - are you going to get to take the wingback this time too??? Fond wishes from across the miles.

  36. Image for kathy kathy

    I do remember that room. I remembered it the second I saw it! And, I voted for it too. I love the industrial well as the other styles you use to decorate. The pink and brown little girls' room is precious! I can't wait to see what you cook up with Lazy Boy. And, congratulations on the weight loss. That is so hard to do! Your internal beauty is what we all enjoy about you though.

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