Why One Blogger Redecorated Her Already Fabulous Living/Dining Room

Decorating triple threat (blogger, designer, host of OWN TV's Home Made Simple) Nicole Gibbons is always looking for an excuse to revamp her New York City apartment. This year she was feeling shades of blue, so she repainted her walls (from gray to Farrow & Ball's Green Blue), replaced her sofa (from tan suede to teal velvet), swapped out her dining room chairs (from traditional to peacock-hued faux lizard skin) and filled in extra space with blue and white porcelain eBay finds. "I moved in here seven years ago when I was in different phase in my life," Gibbons says. "Now, my home reflects where I am today."

"For whatever reason I felt like the room was closing in on me," Gibbons says of her old space. "Maybe because the gray was starting to feel darker and I wanted to make things feel more vibrant."

Her New York City living room BEFORE....

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The living room AFTER!

WHAT STAYED: Her vintage coffee table (an eBay find!), her Ikea curtains that she hacked with luxe trim (), X benches (goes to show that sometimes good bones only need new fabric!), and vintage bamboo-style mahogany side tables.

TV area BEFORE....

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TV area AFTER!

Dining area BEFORE....

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Dining area AFTER!

Sofa and side table BEFORE....

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Sofa and side table AFTER!

DESIGN RESOURCES

Sofa: covered in velvet. Side Chairs: Vintage covered in . Flowers: . Side Tables: Vintage faux bamboo mahogany. Painting: By Nicole Cohen via . Lamps: . Wall Color: . X Benches: Vintage upholstered in leopard fabric from . Dining Table: custom. Dining Chairs: Vintage covered in faux lizard skin vinyl from . Pendant Light: Mary McDonald for Robert Abbey via . Buffet Cabinet: . Bookshelves: Slim shelves from , DIY painted gold. TV Cabinet: Vintage via eBay. Rug: Safavieh via .

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