- Begin by painting. I always suggest picking up a quart of my recommended color(s) as well as 2-3 similar ones, and trying sample sized areas on the wall before you purchase more of the color you love most!
- Install Mantle
- You might ask a trim carpenter to help properly install the new mantle on your current fireplace.
- Install Shutters
- Smith & Noble, as I've mentioned up above, offers free in-home measuring and design services. They'll come over and make sure you're getting the color and size you need for your home. You can also order sample of their colors to get as close of a match to your wood as possible.
- Replace current light fixture with new chandelier.
- You might ask a trim carpenter or electrician to help properly install the new light fixture.
- When you're ready to place furniture, start with the rug to define the space.
- Position the rug approximately 1.5 ft out from the fireplace wall, as shown in floor plan.
- Next place the rest of the furniture, starting with the largest pieces and working your way down to the details.
- The entry bench will likely arrive later than the other items due to it's back in stock date. Don't let this stop you from setting up your space.
- Place accent chairs kitty corner from each other, as shown in the renderings and floor plan.
- Mount the floating bookshelf beside the fireplace, centered.
- Set the end tables next to their respective chairs.
- Place the lamps according to the renderings.
- Fill pillow covers with inserts and set in place.
- The pillow inserts are purposefully 2" larger than the covers they'll go in. This is always recommended as it ensures a proper fill for the covers.
- Above, I've included faux plant options for the smaller plants in the room, and a link to Earl May in Ames for the two larger plants.
- To pot plants in a basket (not waterproof), be sure to seal the basket completely on the inside, whether with plastic lining or with a second (solid) planter.
- Insert the painting into the frame and secure.
- Try simply setting the framed painting on the mantle and leaning it back against the wall to see if you like that (incredibly easy) look.
- If that's not your cup of tea, mount the framed painting approximately 8-10" above the mantle.
- Accessorize as desired and you're done!