It’s all about the Hamilton’s baby.

It’s all about the Hamilton’s baby.

Have you ever brought something new and fun into your house, and then sadly realized that its wonderful newness gives everything else The Blahs? Like, say you buy a snazzy new rug.  But as soon as you roll it out, you discover that now you hate the way your big heavy coffee table hides most of it. And your frumpy old loveseat can’t even deal with all that snazz.  It’s not even the right color anyway.  And come to think of it, neither is your entertainment center.

What’s a girl (or guy) to do?

Well.  You could just buy different stuff.

That’s one solution.

“Hey, that’s not very doable,” you say.

And I say, Poppycock!  Elaine did exactly that, and spent a whopping $10 on this entire room refresh.  TEN DOLLARS!  One more time.  TEN DOLLARS!!

Go see how she did it on her blog Visual Meringue.


Simple changes make a huge difference on this living room makeover at

Simple changes make a huge difference on this living room makeover at



  1. Mumzy
    May 29, 2014 / 7:23 AM

    Seriously??? $10? Awesomeness!!!!!!

  2. May 29, 2014 / 9:05 AM

    Best $10 ever! Fan-dang-tastic! 🙂

  3. Peggy
    May 29, 2014 / 11:17 AM

    I notice that the ‘after’ photo was taken during the day and so the glare from the lamp is not an issue as it was from the ‘before’ photo. Also, there seems to be a new couch and coffee table; maybe these were shopped from another part of the house? Removing the clutter, putting the plant in a more visible location, and taking the shot from a more pleasing angle–eliminating the adjoining room doorway and including the window/curtain–and having a beautiful scene on the TV have really helped the room come together. Excellent work, Elaine!

  4. LeeAnn
    May 29, 2014 / 3:11 PM

    Very nice!!

  5. Seamstress
    May 29, 2014 / 5:15 PM

    I had to go to the blog to find out all the details. What a girl after my own heart, that Elaine with her wheeling and dealing on CL….my mind’s in a whirr!

    That is why I never bring anything new and fun into my space. The dreaded ripple effect you described, Lindsey, can be avoided only by carefully purchasing used pieces with the same degree of dinginess and dust.

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