Written by Jenny McFarlane

Before and After: LustLiving Interiors blogger’s living room makeover

LustLiving blogger, Olivia Nicole Silk, updated her living room for Revamp Restyle Reveal, and we got the lowdown on how she styled her 1920s theme makeover

Lust Living blog's living room makeover for revamp restyle reveal blogger interior design project

Image: Olivia Nicole Silk

Blogger Olivia Nicole Silk of LustLiving took part in the Instagram styling project #revamprestylereveal, where she updated her living room alongside nine other bloggers.

We sat down with her to find out how she transformed the space in such a short space of time and the inspiration behind her Great Gatsby inspired makeover.

Talk us through the before and after

lust living blogger's living room before the revamprestylereveal interior design project makeover

Image: LustLiving’s living room before makeover, Olivia Nicole Silk

‘I went with a dark charcoal grey colour for the walls, a pink fireplace (yay) and a pink marble effect wallpaper teamed with gold accessories including a brass fronted bar cabinet – I’ve always wanted a bar cabinet! Thanks to the new side cabinet we’ve been able to get a bigger TV, which as sad as it sounds is very exciting! The room now is a lot braver and has more of a wow factor! I’m so happy with it.’

Talk us through the concept featured in your revamped room?

Lust Living blogger's living room makeover for revamp restyle reveal interior design project

Image: Olivia Nicole Silk

‘I’m known for white walls and pastel colours – I’m not particularly adventurous with colours so I’ve challenged myself to push my boundaries and go bold with dark walls and to step away from my usual Scandi-Boho style and add more of an Art Deco feel.’

What design elements have inspired it?

wood effect wallpaper and gold pineapples in blogger Lust Living 's revamp restyle reveal makeover project living room

Image: Olivia Nicole Silk

‘The Great Gatsby is my favourite film (décor-wise) – I’ve tried to take aspects from that era like the bar cabinet and mixed them in with existing items to create an eclectic, luxe feel.’

What, if anything, did you make yourself?

Interior design blogger Lustliving's living room with fireplace and new alcoves

Image: Olivia Nicole Silk

‘Well I can’t take credit myself, but Matt (my other half has built the sideboard cupboards (one of which is secretly a doggy den) and shelves in the alcoves!’

What do you think is important to consider when decorating a room like this room?

Lust Living blog's living room makeover for revamp restyle reveal blogger interior design project

Image: Olivia Nicole Silk

‘As important as the design and look is to me, with it being the living room ultimately the most important thing is that it feels cosy given that we spend the most amount of time in here. Dark colours, soft textures and a bit of mood lighting can give a room a really cosy feeling.’

What key interiors pieces do you think make the room and where are they from?

‘We replaced an old standard radiator with a traditional Colosseum radiator from Soak.com and it’s unbelievable the difference it has made to the the room – plus it gives off so much more heat so I’m made up with that. Then it has to be the sideboard from Maisons Du Monde which we are using as a bar cabinet – it gives some real character to the room with it’s feature brass front.’

What do you think makes a house a home?

Olivia Nicole Silk, blogger from Lust Living's living room makeover for revamp restyle reveal - a blogger interior design project

Image: The made over living room, Olivia Nicole Silk

‘Dogs. And a lot of blush pink.’

What are the main advantages of redecorating a period property over a new build?

‘You are much more likely to add value to a period property by renovating it, there isn’t always a great deal you can do to new builds – it’s not as easy to put your own stamp on them.’

What’s your biggest trend prediction for 2018?

‘I think we are going to continue to see more and more Art Deco type décor – furniture in particular, rich woods with luxe brass finishing.’

Can you share some of your top decorating tips with us?

Lustliving blogger's sofa and mirror in her living room for interior design project revamp restyle reveal

Image: Olivia Nicole Silk

‘Always use a spirit level. Chalk paint is your best friend when it comes to recycling furniture. Always wash your brushes/rollers after you’ve finished painting – otherwise you will go through hundreds during your lifetime. In dark rooms hang a mirror opposite the window to create more light. Don’t be scared to add a bit of pink or gold.’

What tips would you give to budding interior designers about getting into the industry?

‘Take inspiration from everywhere, Pinterest and Instagram are great sources of inspiration and instantly accessible. Take aspects from different styles and create your own style. Don’t be afraid to experiment.’

Why is Revamp Restyle Reveal such a great campaign to get involved in?

‘Because the great thing is that anyone can get involved, even if you don’t want to spend a lot, you can completely transform a room with DIY’s and a lick of paint.’

Are you a fan of Olivia’s living room makeover? Let us know by tweeting us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page.


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