Living Room Love: A Design Refresh in Alberta with Pottery Barn’s Carlisle Sofas


Ever get bored of your home’s decor? What once stood out as shiny and new can start to feel tired and old after it’s gone through the wringer. Yup, it’s time for a refresh.


Denise Nelson certainly knows that feeling. “I redesign my living room about every 5 years,” she says.  “I like to choose furniture pieces that are comfortable, stylish and don’t break the bank. That way I can have the option of changing my furniture for a new look.” We fell in love with her latest redesign — pictured here — on Instagram, and reached out for her top tips and styling advice.


One of Nelson’s daughters — Danielle Oakey — is an interior designer who can help her change up her living room’s look without straying from what she loves. “Sometimes it’s hard to get out of a decorating rut and move on to a more updated look,” Nelson says.


Previously, Nelson had one couch with two upholstered side chairs, which made the room feel very formal, so Oakey helped her choose two of our Carlisle Sofas. The pair offers plenty of seating for 6 people — important for a family with 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren!


We love how Nelson and Danielle Oakey Interiors chose our Walsh Console Table to complement the new design, too.


“Many people would second guess my white furniture with small grandkids — I’ve never sacrificed style because children are present,” says Nelson. “There’s nothing more adorable than my darling grandkids sitting on my gorgeous sofas!”

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