Project Adulting: Living Room Reveal

I moved into my apartment a little over 3 years ago, right after graduating. I’d always dreamed of having a beautiful apartment, but it just wasn’t my priority. Until recently, literally all my furniture was from Ikea. However, last year, I grew sick of coming home to an apartment that didn’t feel like it was truly mine. As much as I love to travel, I’m also a total homebody and spend a ton of time in my apartment when I’m in Toronto. So obviously, I wanted to come home to a place I was proud of!

That’s when I turned my den into a walk-in closet. Since my closet renovation went so well, I decided it was time to make my whole apartment more ‘adult’. This meant I had to tackle the biggest space first: the living room. I foolishly thought it would only take a couple of weeks to redecorate, I mean, it wasn’t like I renovating. Warning to those who are thinking of redecorating: that thought was so stupid that it doesn’t even qualify as a thought.

Truth is, redecorating takes time. Firstly, it takes time to find all the right pieces that work well together. Secondly, it takes a lot of effort to make sure everything fits within your budget. And lastly, it takes both time and effort to do all the handiwork that comes with a redecoration project. For example, never in my life did I think that a gallery wall would be laborious, but it was. It took several tries, misplaced holes in the wall, and a couple of broken nails. It also took a lot of time to mount the floating shelf. We encountered some unexpected concrete, and ended up purchasing three different drills, #TrueStory. That being said, this was my first major interior project, so there was definitely a learning curve involved. After weeks of hard work, I’m so glad that I finally have a home that is exactly what I’d envisioned.

A huge thank you to the wonderful brands I worked with for helping me bring this project to life. Direct links to the sources I used can be found below.


Couch: Structube

Accent Chair: HomeSense

Silver Cushion: HomeSense

Leopard Print Cushion: CB2

Large Black Cushion: CB2

Black on White Cushion: CB2

Black and White Checkered Cushion: CB2

Gallery Wall Travel Pictures: My own

Gallery Wall Paris Print: Mapiful

Gallery Wall Wanderlust + City Name Prints: Melo & Co.

Gallery Wall Frames: Indigo

Rug: Wayfair

Prints: Paper Provision

Triangle Shelves: CB2

Perfume Tray: H&M Home

Gold Lamp on Side Table: HomeSense

Large & Small Print on floating shelf: Paper Provision

Bookshelf: Ikea

Bookshelf Gold Ornament: HomeSense

Marble Dining Table: Article

Dining Table Chairs: Structube

White Pillow on Dining Room Chair: HomeSense



  1. April 26, 2017 / 3:58 am

    Babe!! your apartment looks absolutely amazing!! I’m in love!!!! so cosy and perfectly styled babe!!!


  2. April 26, 2017 / 9:12 am

    Lovely! I love that frame wall!

  3. Britta
    April 26, 2017 / 9:48 am

    Omg!!!!! Your place looks sooo amazing! I love how your style translates into your decor as well!
    I am redecorating as well! But I just need the new floors to be done first!

  4. April 26, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Obsessed with your living room ! So cozy and nicely styled ! Thanks for sharing Siffat!
    Have a fabulous day ahead !

  5. April 26, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    Your apartement looks so so chic babe! Love the bw/gold theme, so glam and stylish. Also love the triangle shelves? How stylish and a fun statement. Well done! Xx

  6. April 27, 2017 / 12:14 am

    Wow, your home is literal goals! I just love how bright and airy the new and improved space is. Adulting for real! Great job babe!

    xx, Amy

  7. miri
    April 27, 2017 / 6:49 am

    WOW, your living room looks gorgeous, Siffat. And so adult. I love your sofa and the armchair. It is a truly beautiful living space. Congratulations.
    Big hugs,

  8. April 27, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    Wow, interior inspiration for sure! Looks like it’s straight out of a magazine <3

    Enclothed Cognition

  9. April 27, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    It looks fantastic, Siffat!

  10. April 27, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    I absolutely love your apartment. It’s so chic and pretty. My favorite is the dining area =)

    Amy ❤️

  11. April 27, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    I absolutely love your apartment. I am only in high school but I have been dreaming of getting a place of my own and being able to design it how I want.


  12. April 28, 2017 / 5:35 am

    What an absolutely gorgeous space! I love it! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  13. Roy Smith
    April 28, 2017 / 6:41 am

    Beautiful apartment. It’s really stunning.

    Have a nice weekend!
    JC Unique Wholesale

  14. April 28, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    Love the decor babe! xoxo

  15. Amy Arnold
    April 28, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    Um, okay can I just say #goals. It looks amazing! I love the styling and the furniture.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  16. April 28, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Your place looks great, Siffat!! I love your lamp – very glamourous.


  17. April 28, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    Your decor is so stunning! I turned my den into a walk-in closet too, and am definitely ready for the next step. Having a place you love that feels like home makes such a huge difference in your life. Like you said, it takes time, but all of your hard work really pays off in the end xx


  18. April 28, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    Your home is beautiful! I love lovee the style.. I don’t know how you keep it so tidy but it’s beautiful! From the vogue books, to the smaller details like the perfume on the bookshelves. Ive bookmarked this page for the future when I eventually have a place! great blog!

  19. April 29, 2017 / 2:39 am

    Can you come to my office and decorate, pretty please?

    Your living room looks amazing, Siffat! <3

    Edye |

  20. Yiota
    April 29, 2017 / 8:00 am

    You did an amazing job!! Love the frame wall, I did a similar project last year but I used photos of us and I love it, reminds me of all the good times!! Happy Saturday lovely x


  21. April 29, 2017 / 10:10 am

    Let me tell you that you’re doing an amazing job, because your living room looks great!


  22. April 29, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    I’m dreaming of having my own apartment like this! It’s so elegant and edgy, you did a great job!

  23. April 29, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    Your living room is so gorgeous! I love all the little decorating details and the navy couch. I’m planning to do some redecorating this year as well. Wish me luck!

  24. May 1, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    I LOVE your decor. The black and white colour scheme looks super slick. Can I ask, where did you get the paper sac from for the plant? It’s such cute and different

  25. May 2, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    What a beautiful and homey space you created here Siffat, if my living room looked like yours I wouldn’t wanna move at all! I fell in love with the triangular shelves, so pretty! Love me a geometric piece 🙂

    Hope you are having a great week, gorgeous

    Saida | She talks Glam

  26. May 3, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    Your living room looks amazing! Redecorating takes a lot of time and planning but the result was well worth the effort!
    I love the floating shelves and that gallery wall!
    Great decor inspiration!
    Julia x