New Home Reveal, Part I: Living Room

  It's been almost one month in my new home and I'm glad to finally share (some of) it with you! So far, everything has worked out very nicely in this new place. Continue reading to check out the first part of my reveal---the living room decorated in rich navy blues and cobalt.

Apartment new home reveal living room navy cobalt blue arabesque mid century modern decor The Decor Guru

This new pad is quite different than all the apartments I’ve lived in before because it’s a townhome. I didn’t realize how much I’d like it until I moved in, as townhomes have a way of feeling more like a house. I love that I have some new spaces to decorate: a staircase and a laundry room, in which I have my own washer and dryer (a first!).

The square footage of the rooms is pretty similar to my last apartment, but better defined. For instance, I have an actual entryway that is much more practical and aesthetically pleasing. (To be revealed in the near future.)

This is your view from the entryway:

living room gray cobalt navy blue decor Arabesque MCM DIY furniture mosaic coffee table silver rub n buff paper tiles Rorshach inkblot art The Decor Guru

You may recall my quest to decorate my (previous) living room with a chic cobalt and navy theme. Ikat, paisley, tie-dye, and solid envelope pillow covers I sewed help infuse this color scheme and evoke an exotic, Arabesque vibe. The Ganesh pillow was actually created by upcycling a fave t-shirt that had gotten too big.

living room pillows navy fabric cover silk paisley Ganesh t-shirt envelope pillow covers gray cobalt chartreuse The Decor Guru

living room pillows navy fabric cover silk paisley bandanna suzani envelope pillow covers gray cobalt The Decor Guru

My TV console made of Expedit bookcases remains the same with the navy backing made with posterboard and wrapping paper.

Apartment Reveal Living Room The Decor Guru Expedit TV center console

I did change out the lampshades with some that add more polish to the room. These inexpensive shades from Target are lined with silver, which also helps reflect light.

Target beveled glass lamps The Decor Guru new apartment reveal living room

Another component of my living room decor plan was to replace my mosaic coffee table with a blue one. I was inspired by this table…

… but saved money by creating a different version. I took the top from an IKEA Lack coffee table and tapered legs from some old mid-century end tables, painted them in Behr’s Deep Royal, and used angled top plates to attach the legs.

coffee table paint makeover IKEA Lack hack MCM tapered legs navy blue Deep Royal DIY The Decor Guru

This “chair” is actually an IKEA Ektorp ottoman I scored in their “as is” department. It had been a floor model and was missing the cover, but was only $50 (the regular price with cover is at least $99). I covered it with Kona Navy cotton fabric. The top comes off so you can store things inside, which also makes it easy to change the fabric when I want.

IKEA Ektorp ottoman Kona navy fabric cover silk paisley Ganesh t-shirt envelope pillow covers gray cobalt chartreuse tie-dye floor pillow The Decor Guru

Hanging above the ottoman and end table is the top to my mosaic coffee table. I just couldn’t part ways with it so I turned it into wall art by attaching D-rings to the back.

living room gray cobalt navy blue decor Arabesque MCM DIY furniture mosaic coffee table silver rub n buff paper tiles Rorshach inkblot art The Decor Guru

Another piece of painted furniture in this space is my beloved round dining table, painted in Neptune Blue. I actually revamped it a while ago, but because life was so up in the air with moving, I never got to share it.

Apartment Neptune Blue vintage dining table living room kitchen pass through cobalt glass The Decor Guru

While the apartment doesn’t have an actual dining room, I’ve designated this corner area next to the kitchen as such. It’s still a work in progress, as I have this blank wall with the funky placement of the thermostat. It kind of disrupts the wall space, so I’m thinking a collage of pictures and a hanging plant.

I love this wall pass-through between my dining area and the kitchen—especially with how the sunlight pours through it. This pass-through will serve as a decor feature instead. I have a great idea for this spot in the future. Giggidy.

Kitchen living room pass through wall cut out cobalt glass silver elephant decor The Decor Guru

On my to-do list are a few minor updates to the living/dining room plus one huge update that I’m keeping a secret. Stay tuned for when I reveal this project because it’s gonna be killer!

Have you also decorated with navy and cobalt? What do you think of townhomes? Do you like open floorplans or more divided spaces in your home?

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28 Comments on New Home Reveal, Part I: Living Room

  1. Beautiful space! Love the blues! Love, love, love that coffee table!

  2. Your place looks fabulous! Lobe the blues!

  3. It looks great! I love that you used your coffee table top for wall art. Some pieces are hard to let go of and it works wonderfully as art.

  4. love the navy, and what a great diy for that coffee table. those mcm legs!

  5. The navy and indigo look lovely with your neutrals. I’m a fan of blues and I like how you repeated the colours and varied the patterns.

  6. Love that coffee table! Perfect color and shape! 😀

  7. I love the combo of blue and white, very art deco and modern! Stopping by from What I Learned Wednsday to check out your blog and like your page on facebook. Hopw you’re having a great week!


  8. That Cobalt blue is stunning! Nicely done 😉 You are inspiring me to do a re-do of my living room! oh boy…;) Visiting from Crafty Fridays linky 😉
    Come visit me!
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  9. What a lovely home you are creating! I love your navy and cobalt colors. Years ago I switched from cobalt and white to my current turquoise, red and brown but you are drawing me back to that classic mix. New slipcovers and new pillows in all things blue? I can see this happening and soon. Love the light in your new place.

  10. Calm, serene, beautiful! I could definately relax in that room. Don’t tell Kristina I told you but she is jealous and wants this room for herself! Thanks for linking to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  11. Your coffee table is so cool! Love it! Especially since you pieced it together yourself. I’d love if you came and linked up to The Makers Link Party on my blog. Have a great day!

  12. I’m loving the Navy and white! I’m switching my living room to shades of blue as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Love your blue table! What a great color. I’m featuring in this week’s Power of Paint Party Spotlight. Thanks for linking up!

  14. Your style is so clean and has such an exotic feel to it!

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