Modern, Sleek & Glam Apartment Living Room Makeover

Before we delve in, we all need to take a brief moment of silence for my white Moroccan shag rug.

Born: January 2016    |    Thrown in Dumpster: April 2017

A small apartment space gets a makeover in a few hours and for under $200 with items from Better Homes and Gardens.

Rest in peace, sweet rug.

What was I thinking buying a white shag rug? It was lovely while it lasted (albeit…not very long), and our Roomba would always get stuck on it. It went from white to ivory to gray over the last 15ish months, and I finally decided I had enough once I really looked at my living room. My style is Sleek, Modern & Glam, especially when I’m in a small space (and don’t want clutter!) like my current apartment. Dingy, dirty rug totally wasn’t fitting my style.

We are moving in 4ish months, so I needed a new rug that was neutral enough for now and later when we’re in a house, and the Better Homes and Gardens collection, found in stores and at Walmart.com, is always my go to place for affordable décor. They seriously never let me down, and this partnership with them allows me to spruce up my spaces.

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A small apartment space gets a makeover in a few hours and for under $200 with items from Better Homes and Gardens.

The Better Homes and Gardens Distressed Ogee Area Rug looked so beautiful on my Macbook screen, and I adored the pattern. It’s large scale, easy to vacuum/clean, and the hardest decision was whether to go with cream gray or gray. Since I have a gray sofa, I thought and hoped the cream beige would be a bit on the lighter side. And I was right!

A small apartment space gets a makeover in a few hours and for under $200 with items from Better Homes and Gardens.

This rug is so comfy under foot and it laid flat almost instantly. I love that it was packaged with these shower cap like things (seen above) on the ends because they helped alleviate those pesky curled corners.

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

Since I was getting a new rug, I decided to also see what décor from Better Homes and Gardens I could inject into my space, and I instantly fell in love with these gold hurricane lanterns. They come in both a small and large size (both under $20 each) and they’re a must-have decor item.

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

The gold frame is super thin so it truly has a modern look that would fit into any type of décor whether it be farmhouse, transitional, eclectic, or girly glam.

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

I bought both the small and large versions and I love how they add some drama to my coffee table and living room space. I enjoy coming home and lounging on the sofa with the warm candlelight glow from my hurricanes.

You could also put some succulents or mini bud vases in the lanterns for an outdoor table. I look forward to filling them with mini ornaments and jewels during the holidays as part of a centerpiece.

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

Pairing the lanterns with some cheap supermarket carnations and some books helps pull it all together.

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

Now my space feels clean, glam, sleek and totally updated for under $200. I am seriously so obsessed with this rug. It was a total steal for such a ginormous rug.

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

I also did a quick switcheroo with my living room curtains (also by Better Homes and Gardens, as is my lovely TV stand) to lighten up the room. Down came the gray velvet…

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

And up went the white sheers. What a difference! A whole new space in less than a few hours.

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

You can shop this look here:

Distressed Ogee Rug

Small Gold Hurricane Lantern

Large Gold Hurricane Lantern

Metallic Damask Curtains

Crossmill TV Stand

And to help you with your next décor purchase, I’m giving away a $50 Walmart gift card! To enter to win, simply click over and leave a comment on which Better Homes and Gardens item(s) you would love to buy if you won the giveaway.

A small apartment living room gets a makeover in a few hours for under $200 with a new rug and gold decor from Better Homes and Gardens.

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75 Comments

  1. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    April 12, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    Love the new rug and the lanterns. Gorgeous

  2. Krista
    April 12, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    Definitely a rug! I had the same issue with a cream colored shag rug!

  3. Dee in BC
    April 12, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    I'd like a new rug for my dining area and possibly an ottoman for putting my feet up while watching TV.

  4. Julie Raye-Rod.
    April 12, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    I would use it towards the Better Homes and Gardens Rolled Arm Accent Chair

  5. Sharon Williams
    April 12, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    The new rug looks so much better and fits your style better, too! I'd get several lanterns-those are seriously a huge steal and are so versatile.

  6. Heather Sebastian
    April 12, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    I would use it towards the Better Homes and Gardens Grayson Ottoman Storage Bench

  7. reFresh reStyle
    April 13, 2017 / 12:18 am

    Love the new rug!! Love your style, so pretty!!

  8. Jamala Wallace
    April 13, 2017 / 4:48 am

    Your space is always glam! I would love to have the hurricanes..

  9. jc
    April 13, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    Love the new rug and curtains. The curtains really brighten up your space! I would love to have the Arabesque Quilt.

  10. Donna
    April 14, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    i'd love new patio furniture

  11. Jennifer H.
    April 14, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    I love the Better Homes and Gardens Metallic Trellis Gold Foil Curtain Panel in grey.

  12. Casa Watkins Living
    April 15, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Loving it all Monica. The rug is perfection. Nicely styled with your gorgeous gold accents.

  13. Prasert
    April 17, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    i love the outdoor patio lighting items

  14. kellyr78
    April 17, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    I would love to buy the Better Homes and Gardens Beverage Tub with Metal Stand.

  15. Elena
    April 18, 2017 / 1:39 am

    I like the Indigo Paisley Bedding Comforter Set.

  16. Chrissy
    April 18, 2017 / 2:31 am

    I would use it to buy the BHG Microsuede Pieced Bedding Comforter Mini Set for my toddler's new big girl bed!

  17. Tabathia B
    April 18, 2017 / 2:36 am

    I would get the Better Homes and Gardens Irongate Lamp Shade

  18. Natalie
    April 18, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    I would love to get the Better Homes and Gardens 15-Cube Organizer, Staggered Wall Unit and put it in my living room.

  19. Julie Wood
    April 18, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    I would get Better Homes and Gardens Circle Block Area Rug, and the Better Homes and Gardens Blackout Thermal Faux-Silk Back-Tab Window Curtains!

  20. lindilala
    April 18, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    the storage bench looks greatlinda

  21. Elle
    April 18, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    I would love to get the BHG 12 Cube Organizer in Espresso.

  22. Mita
    April 18, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    the Indigo Paisley Bedding Comforter Set.

  23. Heather G
    April 18, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    I would buy this if I won Better Homes and Gardens Piers Gray Mix and Match 16 Piece Dinnerware Set.heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

  24. Shelly Peterson
    April 19, 2017 / 12:28 am

    I would buy the Better Homes and Gardens Cameron Textured Print Area Rug.

  25. Melissa
    April 19, 2017 / 1:42 am

    I like the floating Shelf bundle

  26. Melissa Craig
    April 19, 2017 / 2:22 am

    Better Homes and Gardens Thick and Plush Bath Towel Collection

  27. susan1215
    April 19, 2017 / 2:27 am

    I like the Better Homes and Gardens Rustic Table Lamp Base, Distressed Wood

  28. Kristen
    April 19, 2017 / 2:48 am

    I like the Woven Fringe Throw.

  29. LauraJJ
    April 19, 2017 / 3:53 am

    Oh I really love the Better Homes and Gardens Kids Sealife Bedding Comforter Set! We are changing our little ones room and that would be so cute!

  30. Barbara Montag
    April 19, 2017 / 7:53 am

    If I won the gift card I would get the Better Homes and Gardens Crossmill Bookcase with Doors.thank you

  31. Heather Panjon
    April 19, 2017 / 9:40 am

    I like the Better Homes and Gardens Teal Medallion 12-Piece Dinnerware Set, Teal. entry name- heather hayes panjon

  32. Lauren Denver-Potter
    April 19, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    If I won I would get the faux wood blinds for my windows. My house needs them badly!

  33. Jen
    April 19, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    I'd love to get a new indoor/outdoor rug for our sunporch!

  34. Kim
    April 19, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    LOVE those Starfish and Sand Dollar beach towels!

  35. Monique Henderson
    April 19, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    A new rug!!! I am oogling your distressed ogee!

  36. Betsy Barnes
    April 19, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    If I won, I would purchase the Better Homes and Gardens Adjustable Arm Metal Floor Lamp.

  37. Jessica Naca
    April 19, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    I would love to buy the Better Homes and Gardens Crossmill Weathered Entertainment Wall Unit! I love the color of the finish.

  38. Kelly Tupick
    April 19, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    I would love to buy the romantic purple Better Homes and Gardens Extra-Absorbent Textured Towel Collection.

  39. Stephanie Kennedy
    April 19, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    With so many great items from Better Homes about Gardens I don't know which one to choose!

  40. Jeanne Coulombe
    April 19, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    I would buy a rug for my living room.

  41. Joanne
    April 19, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    I love the candles but, what I really want is that TV stand!!

  42. Susan Genna
    April 20, 2017 / 12:33 am

    I would love to get some new accessories for my dining room.

  43. Ann Sheehan
    April 20, 2017 / 1:31 am

    I would like to purchase some pretty throw pillows and an accent rug to spruce up my livingroom

  44. bvice8487
    April 20, 2017 / 2:18 am

    I would get the better homes and garden Storage Ottoman.. 2 KIDS have a lot of toys scattered lol

  45. Bridgett wilbur
    April 20, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    I would buy some new Better Home and Gardens sheets for my kids room.

  46. Nancy Loring
    April 20, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    I like the 8 cube organizer.

  47. Julie
    April 21, 2017 / 12:31 am

    i really want to spice up my garden area

  48. Mary Cloud
    April 21, 2017 / 2:22 am

    I like the Beach Bicycle Throw Pillows – perfect for Summer

  49. Allison Swain
    April 21, 2017 / 4:40 am

    I'd like the Better Homes and Gardens Preston Park Bookcase/Room Divider, Set of 2, Mahogany.Thanks for the giveaway

  50. Nataly Carbonell
    April 21, 2017 / 4:47 am

    I'd like to get the Edison String lights.

  51. Tee Anderson
    April 21, 2017 / 5:26 am

    I would definitely purchase a Better Homes and Gardens Oversized Print Beach Towel, Global Medallion. So pretty and colorful.

  52. tat2gurlzrock
    April 21, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    I would LOVE to have the Better Homes and Gardens Contemporary Fountain.

  53. Shayna Brookman
    April 21, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    I WOULD LOVE TO PURCHASE THE BETTER HOLMES AND GARDENS KIDS COLOR BLOCK QUILT SET FOR MY SON 🙂

  54. Birdie Bee
    April 21, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    I would love the Better Homes and Gardens 20-Count Clear Glass Globe String Lights.

  55. Jen Rodrigues
    April 23, 2017 / 1:40 am

    Better Homes and Gardens Beverage Cart is what I would buy. Perfect for my outdoor patio set.

  56. Tina Woo
    April 23, 2017 / 5:13 am

    I love the Garden Peonies Berber rug.

  57. Susan Christy
    April 24, 2017 / 3:19 am

    I like the Better Homes and Garden Griffin Chair.

  58. Kaparee
    April 24, 2017 / 3:30 am

    I love the essential oil diffuser Moroccan scroll!

  59. Unknown
    April 24, 2017 / 11:46 am

    I need new everything!! Loving that Grayson Ottoman Storage Bench! TY for the chance!

  60. Erika
    April 24, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    I would choose the Better Homes and Gardens Metallic Trellis Gold Foil Curtain Panels for my master.

  61. Ty Beth
    April 24, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    I would get the Better Homes and Gardens Damask Ogee Curtain Panel for our front porch windows.

  62. Tracie M. Cooper
    April 24, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    I would love to purchase the Better Homes and Garden Pintuck Bedding Duvet Cover in Grey! My email is traciemcooper0515@gmail.com

  63. Daily Woman
    April 24, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    I would love to get the Bartley Area Rug.

  64. asma hashmi
    April 24, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    gorgeous!! Where is the basket under the coffee table from

  65. hamjenny
    April 24, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    I would pick the Better Homes and Gardens Plush Eyelash Shag Area Rug

  66. Lisa Queen
    April 25, 2017 / 2:22 am

    One thing I would get is the Better Homes and Gardens Piers Gray Mix and Match 16 Piece Dinnerware Set. I have had my eye on these for a while. Thanks!

  67. Elizabeth Brooks
    April 25, 2017 / 2:43 am

    I would assure the Bertly area rug

  68. mmstarla
    April 25, 2017 / 3:40 am

    Ahh, so many awesome items! Totally loving your décor in there. Love those lanterns! I would definitely pick up the Better Homes and Gardens Crossbar Metal Outdoor Lantern and also the Better Homes and Gardens 4' Bench, Dark Red! starla.batesATyahooDOT com

  69. Tammy Shelton
    April 25, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    I would get the whole Better Homes and Gardens Jeweled Damask Bedding Quilt Collection. So pretty!

  70. Barbara R.
    April 25, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    I would like to buy the Better Homes and Gardens 4-Piece Lamp Set. This set would brighten up my dark living room.

  71. latanya t
    April 26, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    I like the Better Homes and Gardens Suzani Area Rug or Rudlatany at gmail dot com

  72. Sarah Mayer
    April 26, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    I really want this: Better Homes and Gardens Azalea Ridge 3-Piece Outdoor Bistro Set, Seats 2

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