Living room transformation

Jenna Halvorsen at The Suburban Urbanist is a stay-at-home mom who transformed her living space to make it a more comfortable space, and to create a play space for her young son. See how she transforms a living room on a limited budget with a few carefully selected accessories.


The last few weeks have been packed; I had my last day of work in the corporate world, enjoyed a week visiting family, am enjoying my first days staying home with my son Noah.  But I did manage to find some time to put the finishing touches on my sunroom design. This room has been a long time coming.

After several false starts and purchases, I am thrilled with the result and it was well worth the wait. Not only do I love the look, but it is super functional, adding a ton of seating, storage and play space for Noah. I added pillows along the bay window to create an additional seating area.



I kept the base of the room neutral, which will allow me to easily switch out accessories to change the feel of the room by season or holiday. I also added a second pair of curtains around the patio doors to soften the walls and bring in some additional texture.

Baskets and wooden crates also help conceal toys and books for Noah. These types of containers are especially useful if a living space is also used as a place to play for small children.

I created one focal wall of photography above the sofa to showcase some favourite family pictures. All white frames and matting help keep the look consistent.

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