Typically what I'm showing you is what my clients hire me to do .
But I don't often get a chance to show you something that is really affordable and very relatable to everyone .
Today's episode of Fix It Fridays is where I took a girlfriend of mine shopping .
We spent a couple hours shopping , we spent $500 and we made over her living room in one day .
So I offered to help her , of course , she's my friend .
The only next best thing is being one of my kids , they get free stuff all the time when I got to my girlfriend's place .
I was really kind of pleased with what she had .
This is really a nice big open space room .
But do you notice something that's kind of annoying .
Look at the height of the windows compared to the height of this sliding glass door and the transom window .
This carpet is not an area rug , it's actually inserted into the floor .
So over here there's just this like random row of hardwood floors on an angle .
Another issue for me was the way she had the furniture in here .
It's actually convertible , meaning it lays down goes up does all these different things and they're kind of food to like , as we come around the room , we see this opening to the kitchen , but again , just kind of seemed ill proportion with the height here .
And then this squatting down so low here .
Look at this .
She had the wiring for the television to go above the fireplace , but it never got put in and over here .
See the rear end of this thing .
Well , that's not me .
Should we talk about the elephant in the room ?
Want to see how I fixed it ?
So here's the floor plan right here was this kind of strange shape of wood flooring .
Now because of this cut in the carpet , I could not put this directly in the center of that window , which I would have liked to .
And then the second one I put over here and I angled it and I used it , folded it kind of like a shade lounge and just so , you know , my girlfriend , she is wicked on the hoop .
We found a chest of drawers in a guest room that really wasn't being used much .
I thought if we put that underneath of that area that looks into the dining room , we could actually hang the television above it .
You see how this has that kind of that framed transom .
Look , right .
Well , what if I repeated that by putting picture frames across the top of the window ?
Remember we only had $500 and about six or seven hours .
Someone left me a comment last week , which was great .
I'm not against this .
This is awesome .
And he said , do you always use paneled window treatments to line either side of the window ?
Because I'm a little over it ?
Yes , we do a lot of things without window treatments and look .
This project is the perfect example .
You don't need fabric .
You can create a frame around a window or something that's much more clean and minimalist .
The palm trees would kind of fake out that same feeling that I get with window treatment panels and that would give me a little bit of a focal point in this room .
This is where I put Dumbo right here and yes , an artist I am .
Let me show you what one day and $500 can do for your space here .
We have it .
Look at that .
Isn't that amazing the difference ?
Let's go from here to here .
Of course , you have the benefit of my beautiful drawing here , moving the sofa around and putting it against the wall .
And then this as a doesn't that look amazing ?
Who would have thought that just rearranging them and kind of fluffing them up and putting some pillows on ?
It can make such a difference on the fireplace wall .
We're going to have to do something to hide that cord .
So we scoured around her condo and found a nice piece of art we could put there .
So here's where we spent our money .
We went to the art frame store where if you get a second print , you can get it for a penny just in case you want to know where that is .
Leave me a comment below .
So framed our work .
Here's our spons .
We bought some extra throw pillows and we bought the trees .
I wonder if those trees are still alive today .
Let's hope so up the fireplace .
I was able to use those same frames only instead of hanging them horizontally .
I put them vertically .
Remember when you do this kind of thing , make sure your space in between here is identical and then look how nice this chest of drawers looks here with the television hanging right above it .
So much cleaner , so much nicer as we come back around and look at your first impression when you come into the room , look at that for so little money and all it was was just rearranging the furniture and adding some accessories and look who's here ?
It's Dumbo .
I hope you enjoyed this .
Leave me a comment below and let me know if you like this kind of thing where it's easy , simple , quick and relatable or if you prefer to see the really high end luxury stuff doesn't really matter .
I'm gonna show you both , but I wanna hear what you have to say .
OK , I love you guys .
I can't wait to see you next time .
I have a great episode ready for you , so I'll see you then .