A Touch of Animal Print

We had recently purchased our home sight unseen, for the second time, and I had just started the @thegoodwrench account on Instagram.  While filtering through DIY projects, I noticed many of my peers were doing something called the “One Room Challenge.”  Basically, it’s an excuse to tackle a project around the house with a group of people across the world, and a massive support system along the way.  I was sold and knew I wanted to tackle a living room makeover with a touch of animal print.

Since I had recently discovered this gorgeous rug on the Anthropologie website, I decided this would be the main inspiration for my living room makeover.  It was my all-in-one animal print inspired mood board.  In all honesty, I actually had no idea what a mood board was.

View of the “Leopurrd” rug in formal living room.

I ordered the rug, months before, but due to pandemic related shipping issues, it took almost 5 months to arrive.  Fortunately for me, the wall color the previous owner used was colorful, vibrant and the perfect complement to the rug.  I did not need to paint.  Instead, I tackled the design and décor of the room. 

The Original Setup

The listing photo of the gorgeous and massive dining room “Before” turning it into the “Leopurrd Room”

Prior to moving into the home, our now living room used to be the dining room.  The previous owners had a solid, single piece dining table that was to-die-for-stunning. I believe it could seat up to 12 people. They used this large room for this beautiful set.  We don’t have a large dining set so I swapped the light fixture and turned it into our living space.  It was literally that easy to transition the room.

The “After”

Once I had the light fixture, the rug and the sectional couch (I had purchased this from Arhaus a few months prior to the ORC), it was time to do something about this dropoff into our sunken living room.  I referred to this dropoff as the “step of death.”  With three small kids in the home, I needed to do something to block off these steps. I contemplated many things, but was really looking for an excuse to build something.  So, I ordered these planter boxes, and built these wooden inserts to house faux plants from Hobby Lobby.  It was a perfect, inexpensive solution that I love mostly because the plants are maintenance free (wink* wink*)

DIY Planters to block the “step of death”
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