Moving to New York was one of the most exciting and scary things I have ever done! The city is such a crazy place that can really tire you out, so I knew I wanted to invest time and effort into my new apartment to make it super cosy so I would have my own little oasis to come back to everyday.

Decorating a new place from scratch can be daunting. And expensive. I would love to have the budget to hire a professional interior decor, but that aint in the cards for me just yet! Thats why I was so interested when online decorating service, Havenly contacted me to do a room makeover.

The process costs just $199 per room and is all done online, perfect for people who are always busy (and constantly on their computers). Havenly sets you up with a designer, who asks you all the important questions about what you need for your room and then you receive two concepts that are fully shoppable.

For my living room, I mostly worked with my own items and the new leather couch we bought when we moved in. I got these cute pillows from the Havenly shop that added some much needed tone and texture to the room. Before and after photos bellow, plus decorating tips from Havenly!

PS. If you are looking to re-do a room, Havenly is offering Ascot Road readers 20% off with the code “ASCOT20”.

My apartment before:


Havenly Concept 1:

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Havenly Concept 2:

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My Apartment Now:

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5 Ways to Update Your Space from Havenly

  1. Refresh your bedding. Swap out your old duvet cover and shams for a fresh look! Choose a fun color or pattern that will compliment your space.

  2. Incorporate beautiful floral prints into your home. Choose a bold pattern to promote a contemporary feel, or subtle for a more calming ambiance.

  3. Paint the walls a bright and vivid color. Not only does painting give you more flexibility when decorating with bold colors, but it also creates a more open and relaxed space for you and your guests to enjoy.

  4. Liven up your space with new scents. Choose candles or diffusers with bold and woodsy tones to set the mood for fall.

  5. Bring in the professionals. Hire a Havenly designer to help! We’ll work with your budget and existing furniture to bring you a fresh perspective for the colder seasons ahead.

Happy Decorating 🙂

XO Cheralee


  1. Oliver
    23/09/2015 / 3:46 PM

    So Beautiful! Love that painting

  2. 07/03/2017 / 9:21 AM

    Amazing transformation, really feels like a warm cohesive space 🙂
    Would you mind sharing the name of the Havenly designer you worked with?

    Many thanks!