Decor Update: KEEP CALM and CARRY ON!

I haven’t been focusing much on decorating recently – so much of my time seems to be taken up with day-to-day activities, and it’s hard to find time to focus on the big picture. However, I couldn’t ignore my TV room any longer – the bareness and lack of color coordination was bringing me down!

BEFORE: I really started to dislike the black and pink combination…and those bare walls were getting on my nerves!

AFTER: Much better…I got rid of the pink and replaced it with aqua and cream. I bought the fluffy pillows at Home Outfitters (similar here) and the chevron ones from Etsy. Finding appropriate artwork for this wall was quite difficult – I wanted one large piece but hadn’t found anything suitable ANYWHERE! I decided to put up several smaller prints to fill up the space. I went with my favorite “Keep CALM” posters – purchasing several different shades from Etsy to create an ombre effect.

Ideally I’d still love to find a large piece to fill the wall (love the one Jen suggested in this post), but I’m happy for now…Everything feels much more cheerful and chic – and for some reason, I always feel CALM in this space ….wonder why?


  1. Anonymous
    March 15, 2013 / 5:39 pm

    I LOVE it! It looks so much more pulled together.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 18, 2013 / 4:51 am

      Thanks – I'm much happier with it now 🙂

  2. Beautygirl24
    March 15, 2013 / 10:04 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous! I love the little pillows, chevron is such a cute trend that makes anything look more chic. It's amazing how simple accents really change up the look and vibe of a room. It's great because it can actually be affordable!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 18, 2013 / 4:53 am

      I am really loving chevron too – it is an easy way to make the room feel modern & up to date!

  3. Skylette from Sequins & Stilettos
    March 15, 2013 / 10:30 pm

    I would gladly hire you if we were closer together. I desperately need my home decorated (haven't really done much since the move) but I have no energy to do it!!Would you be willing to share this or another post on my blog next week??Sequins&Stilettos

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 18, 2013 / 4:55 am

      I know what you mean about having no energy to decorate…it can easily become low on my list of priorities, but once I got around to it, it made such a positive impact on my mood 🙂

  4. Jennifer from Spiced Beauty
    March 16, 2013 / 2:28 am

    cute <3

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 18, 2013 / 4:56 am

      Thanks Jenn!

  5. Schnelle
    March 16, 2013 / 3:09 am

    It looks great! I love the color scheme and those chevron pillows are so pretty.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 18, 2013 / 4:57 am

      Thanks Schnelle – I'm so glad I could find something that worked with the dark leather sofa…it was pretty hard to coordinate with!

  6. Jen @ The Social Home
    March 16, 2013 / 6:58 am

    I love it! The pillows are perfect! And don't worry- every room is a work in progress, and I always think it's a good idea to decorate with what you have and what you like until you find the perfect pieces for that room, so good on you for refreshing the space!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 18, 2013 / 4:59 am

      Thanks Jen – it's amazing what a difference small changes can make 🙂 I'm still on the lookout for a larger art piece, but luckily the pillows and posters can be easily repurposed around the house when I do find it.

  7. White Bazaar
    March 16, 2013 / 11:30 am

    Love this, the cushions look amazing! x

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 18, 2013 / 5:02 am

      Thanks! I especially love the soft fuzzy ones 🙂

  8. Anonymous
    March 16, 2013 / 5:28 pm

    So pretty! Where is your couch from?

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 18, 2013 / 5:01 am

      Thanks – it's from IKEA.

  9. Mónica - Mes Voyages à Paris Style Blog
    March 17, 2013 / 1:28 am


    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 18, 2013 / 5:05 am

      Thanks! It's very practical too – its easy to keep clean even with small kids around 🙂

  10. bettina
    March 17, 2013 / 7:20 pm

    Love the finished product! It's amazing what a difference wall decor makes. This is such a fun room!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 18, 2013 / 5:06 am

      Thanks Bettina – it feels a lot more cheerful now!

  11. Mary-Irene
    March 17, 2013 / 10:56 pm

    looks awesome!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 18, 2013 / 5:07 am


  12. Lilly
    March 26, 2013 / 7:55 pm

    It's amazing how much pictures and some pillows can transform a room. Looks great!

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