Cottage Living Room Before and After

Remember that cottage living room that I designed with Cassity for HGTV Home/Shaw Floors?

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how to get this eclectic beach cottage look

That room inspired reader, Wendy, to change previous owner’s hunting cabin style into a lighter lake cottage style. She apologizes for the cell phone quality pictures but like me, I knew you’d be able to see past that to the “wow!” 

“Trust me when I say the entire cabin, while in good shape structure-wise, was decorated in a super-kitchsy cabin/lodge/hunting style.  Lots of bear and moose decor.  Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I wanted to steer it in a lighter, lake retreat style.”

before

cottage living room makeover

“Before…every. single. wall.  Hunter green.  Blah.  All this furniture was left by the previous owner, so I used what I could to save money.  The sofa and one of the chairs, which I slip covered.”
 
after
 
“I had a fairly small room to work with, a minuscule budget, and a pretty ugly starting point.  Lots of paint, Craigslist finds, DIY and a few new purchases (thanks Pier One and Home Goods).  My only disappointment was not being able to incorporate that red chandelier of your room…the husband said The Ceiling Fan Must Stay!”
 
 
I love that our eclectic beach cottage design inspired Wendy’s own beautiful lake cottage version…
 
She also dressed up builder basic interior doors using a beadboard wallpaper….
 
before
after
 
Now I may be a little biased but didn’t she do a beautiful job with her version of the room? What do you think?

Living Room Before and After

Liz from Darling Dwellings recently submitted her living room before and after and I knew you’d want to see it too. When something dungeon-like is transformed into bright, fresh and colorful, I’m motivated to paint a room, move things around, shop and dig into DIY. It’s so fun when others see potential when it comes to turning a place into our home.

Her living room before was dark, but look at that gorgeous ceiling and there’s hardwood under that purple carpet!

living-room-before

After some DIY attention, she now has a bright funky space that fits their modern style.

living-room-after

You can see more of Liz’s home tour at Darling Dwellings. Thanks for sharing, Liz! LOVE the transformation, modern mix and those gorgeous drapes!

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Easy DIY art at Nalle’s House

Meet: Anu from Nalle’s House.

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Anu is sharing a few links to a two part DIY modern art project she created for her living room today.

Part 1: DIY framed merrimeko art

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Part 2: DIY Number Art

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These projects were super simple and the black and white make a big impact in her lovely living rooms…

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What’s on display in your living room?

There is a lot more DIY to see over at Nalle’s House. Go ahead, stop by and check out all of her DIY projects and home tour.

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Hating Martha, Loving Janel

Hello! Janel here from Hating Martha!
It is such an honor and privilege to be here.
Roeshel is the coolest. And her blog is pretty great too.
Oh wait…here is a picture of me. So you can picture me talking.

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Yep, picture that while I share.

Okay, recently I shared about my Living Room’s jazzy new makeover.
I wanted to be sure to share it with Roeshel’s readers.
See, Roeshel has great style. And sometimes, sometimes when I
am in a decorating pickle I sneak on to her blog and look at her
house. Then copy it. Ha!! Don’t tell her.

See if you can see some hints of Roeshel in these pictures (the after ones…doh!)
I Spy Roeshel …

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That coffee table I made from 2 wood pallets and a couple large tiles.
I “white washed” it with white spray paint for a beach look.

before_after_2

That area rug I made from 10 small rag rugs. It cost a grand total of $20.00. Crazy right!
The slipcovers I splurged on. I chose white for the sofa because my kids love to snuggle with the animals. I wanted to be able to bleach it if necessary.
All the pillow were made without sewing. Safety pins, beads, and fabric.

before_after_3

The corner gallery wall and nautical dresser were past projects.

 

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Wooden pallet art, DIY octopus table, and painted IKEA chair are all past projects used for this makeover.

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And my favorite…a buffet that was a lost cause, which I repainted.
I added vintage directions as wall art and some of my favorite pieces from my home.

Did you see Roeshel’s inspiration? Well, I hope so. Or I just paid her a terrible insult.
If you don’t like the new redo…Roeshel has no inspiration whatsoever!
I don’t know what you are talking about?

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I used shades of cream, white, and grey whenever I was in doubt.
And, I used blue as the central accent color…in all shades.
Natural elements were used as much as possible for accessories.
I tried to copy Roeshel’s wonderful way of keeping history and style married together.
She does a great job of making a space feel “lived in” even if it was just, just decorated.

Well, if you liked what you saw stop by Hating Martha and say hi!
If you don’t like what you saw…hmmm…yeah, you can still stop by!
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Living & Dining Room before and after

Hi Blog Friends! I’d like to introduce you to Maggie from

The Reformed Ranch

A couple of years ago Maggie and her husband purchased a 1951 ranch in Texas that needed a lot of work. They knew it would require a lot of commitment, but they both love do-it-yourself projects {who doesn’t?!} and knew that they could tackle it on their own.

living room before

The room that needed the most help was their living room, which looked more like an Italian restaurant than a cozy country cottage. The amazing after…

living room after

Their goal was for the space to feel organic, like it had been collected over time. Maggie found that by purchasing only the things that they love, the space, in turn, feels more cozy than if they were to go to one store and buy a lot of coordinating items.

DIY living room

window seat

built in book case

Here are some more tidbits about the makeover:

  • The wall color is Olympic “Toasted Almond” in flat and the color on the trim, built-ins, and fireplace is Olympic “Ultra White” in semi-gloss
  • The decorations are from a variety of discounted home stores including TJ Max, HomeGoods, Tuesday Morning, Target, and even Walmart. They also found a lot of great things at resale and antique shops. {Sounds just like my own decorating plan of action!}
  • The curtains are actually painter’s drop-clothes from Lowe’s. Maggie wanted something light and airy, but also didn’t want to spend a ton of money since they needed 8 curtain panels. They fit perfect in the room, and the $9.99 price tag wasn’t too shabby either.
I love the rustic/vintage details.
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The dining room was also in desperate need of some help. The walls were also faux finished and the room was just dark and dingy.
Maggie and her husband installed beadboard for some cottage charm. They installed wallpaper on the top portion of the wall which gave the room the elegance it deserved as a dining room.
Because they’re fans of an industrial farmhouse look, they installed two industrial outdoor light fixtures on the wall.
The chandelier is a DIY West Elm inspired knock off.  $10 price tag by using an old lampshade and a lamp kit.
They purchased the buffet from an antique store and painted it a coral shade of red to coordinate with the couch that is in the adjoining living room.
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Beautiful transformations! See more DIY from Maggie at

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DIY Project Parade and Wallpaper for Windows Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winner has been contacted via email. Congratulations, Elizabeth G.!!!
It’s that time of the week! Time to share your latest do-it-yourself projects. I’m always so inspired by your creativity and hard work.

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I’m still slowly making progress in the family room. Our living room and family room are joined by a set of interior French doors. Both rooms serve similar purposes. The living room is where Mr. DIY and I hang out and watch tv. The family room is where the kids hang out. So a little privacy between the two rooms is preferred.

French doors in living room

Wallpaperforwindows.com has a huge selection of decorative etched, stained glass and privacy window films. I chose a light frost privacy film for the windows (just measure size and quantity in the order and they cut to size). It’s a translucent film that obscures visibility through the glass. Perfect for allowing the light to shine through but gives a little privacy between the rooms. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to install too!

First, I cleaned my windows. I spritz the glass with Windex, wipe with a dryer sheet and clean with a paper towel. I think I saw this trick on Pinterest and it works so well.

window cleaner

Once the window was dry, I gathered my supplies and washed my hands:

wallpaper for windows supplies

Optional: helper

  • Spray bottle with water and a few drops of dish soap (do not shake)
  • Window film
  • Squeegee (credit card type tool provided with my window film order)
  • Paper towels

Mist the glass with the soap/water solution.

spray glass

Peel away the window film from backing. (I recommend pulling away from the long side first, not the shorter end to prevent crease/fold line.)

peel away wallpapersforwindows frosted film

Place onto misted glass. I love that it’s vinyl and not “sticky” (It’s adhesive-free! No residue when removing in the future). Film can be easily moved around for perfect placement.

frosted window film tutorial

Once in place, mist the film with soap/water solution. Working from the middle, squeegee the film (this pushes the water and air bubbles out).

squeegee

Simply dry with a paper towel.

wipe window

It’s that easy.

See the difference?

window film comparison

frosted window film comparison

Privacy!

Before BEFORE (before we moved in)

Before

After

(I can’t wait to show you looking into the living room from the family room…working on it!)

eclectic traditional living room

Wallpaperforwindows.com is giving away a $75 store credit to one lucky DIY Show Off winner! Giveaway starts today and ends Friday, Apr. 6. Open to US and Canadian residents only. I chose the light frost privacy film but there are more options:

  • Colored window tint (not just frost but a rainbow of color selections)
  • Frost
  • Leaded glass-look
  • Stained glass-look
  • Etched glass-look
Great option for decorating mirrors or privacy/decorative accent for doors, windows sidelights, etc.!

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Family room under construction

I’m working on the family room and still so undecided on a few things so I wanted to make a list of some things I’m loving, things that are inspiring me:

BHG family room inspiration

Love the bold patterned curtains!

{BHG}

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Thrifty Treasures

My trip to the thrift store this week resulted in two Venice prints. A little more expensive than I’d normally consider ($10/each) but the retail price shows $40/each and they have an old world feel that’s perfect for the living room.  $80 for $20. Not bad.

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I needed to add some steel wire to the back to hang {tips for hanging pictures on plaster walls}…

wire cable for pictures

and now they fill a previously empty wall space:

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My Colortopia – Inspiration Made Easy

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Looking for ideas to kick-start your next room redo? All the time, right?! At least that’s the case in this house. With a family room renovation next on our do-it-yourself list, it’s time to brainstorm and create a design plan. Walls are currently a boring builder white, 10+ years old and dingy. A blank slate!

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My Colortopia has a fun quiz to get me started. My results were pretty spot on. I like soft colors and neutrals.

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Take the quiz, let me know how accurate it is for you.

There’s more!

The My Colortopia tool gave me a selection of color palettes (one main color and two coordinating colors that I can use for trim or accents) to browse through, save, print, share and paint! It’s an awesome source for planning a room design!

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Start by uploading an inspiration photo in the MyColortopia wizard. Don’t have a color inspiration photo? Browse the inspiration gallery for ideas and upload one from there. I chose a photo from my own files with colors I like.

lime and teal, color inspiration

If there is a specific color you are looking for, narrow in on a smaller area when using the selection tool to generate colors you wish to see.  See how I shrunk the frame to fit blues and greens…

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 Once I clicked ‘show colors’, the magic starts. I selected teal lake and MyColortopia provided me with a custom color palette…

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Click a color from the selection to reveal an inspired color palette:

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The option is there to print, email or share the palette too!

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There’s so much more information at My Colortopia to kick start inspiration for your next room makeover including a blog post full of ideas written by some of our favorite talented DIY bloggers. Check it out!

I have been sponsored by Glidden brand paint to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

DIY Project Parade and re-arranging the living room.

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Winter gives me spring fever. I love being snowed in when I don’t have to go out but I can’t sit still and get bored looking at the same old thing (as if I have time to be bored) but staring at the same four walls day in and day out and looking at tons of inspiration (thanks to my talented blog friends!) – well, it makes me itchy to re-do and re-arrange. And so, my living room was the victim of my decorating bug. Today, I give you the evolution of the living room.

Earlier this week I shared what I’m reading and where I read

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Inspiring Living Room Reveal – The Painted Hive

When Kristine from the Painted Hive revealed her living room, my mouth may have been hanging open. I might have drooled. Mostly, I’m inspired.

Sigh…isn’t this straight out of a magazine? She has a beautiful home.

We’re starting our family room makeover (more on that coming Sunday) but I’d love to copy/paste Kristine’s living room into my family room.  If I was technically savvy…I’d make that happen. ;)

The living room is open to the dining room and it’s just has dreamy. I love the mix of rustic and industrial, don’t you? Some people just have a talent for pulling it all together beautifully…

One last peek, then you’ll have to visit The Painted Hive for MORE including details, more Pin-worthy photos, DIY, links, sources and cost breakdown.

Ready to see more of this beautiful room PLUS lots more DIY and decorating at the Painted Hive?  Click, be redirected and inspired {or envious!}. rustic, industrial living room makeover
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Book Nook

One of the reasons I don’t need the sitting room to be a reading room, is I have a reading nook in our living room which rarely gets used. Not that I don’t read. I just read most before I go to sleep at night. 

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DIY Wall Stenciling ~ Love Your Room

I love wall stencils {not being a fan of real wallpaper since the summer of 2007′s painted wall paper [3 layers] removal debacle…never again!} and Shoshanna from

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DIY Show Off – Living Room Before and After Reveal

LivingRoom Transformation:  Here it is when we bought our home. Before, at time of closing:
Lots of strange angled corners to work with.
We repurposed this mirror by taking it down and framing it (more details here). It hangs in our back entry way.
The white walls were painted wallpaper. Fun!
We also tore out the nasty carpet and refinished the wood floors.
Then, I always wanted a red room. So – I painted the room red. It wasn’t quite what I pictured but I really loved it for a little bit. Excuse the mess. Some of these I snapped right before I began painting.
We installed French doors between the living room and family room.
We mounted the tv above the fireplace…I’m not sure if you can tell, but there aren’t a lot of options (wall 1=staircase, wall 2 = entry to hall and built-in shelving, wall 3 = French doors, wall 4 window/fireplace/window). It’s really not too high for viewing. We’ve adjusted to it being there. Our wood burning fireplace isn’t used at this time (another future project). Since behind the fireplace is a brick chimney and the walls are plaster, I currently hide the wires with garland (upcoming project to build up the fireplace surround will take care of that problem). Brick? Someday we’ll replace it with marble and I got a dirty look when I suggested we paint it. Mr. DIY does not like painted brick.
It didn’t take long before I didn’t grew tired of dark red. The room wasn’t getting any light. It just didn’t “feel” like the right color.
Here it is today:
Color is Benjamin Moore Smoky Taupe. It changes color in different lighting.
Mr. DIY’s leather chair has been replaced with another leather chaise. Compromise.
Updated pictures below.
My thrift store find – wine corks.
Vintage French linen pillows – Restoration Hardware
French pediment – Ballard (I plan on adding more trim to the French door to fill in the gap)
It’s weathered and says “Flanders Sweet Shop”
Drapery is from Target and Ebay. I ordered an extra panel to lengthen them. I love them framing the French doors.
I scored a bunch of vintage boxes and crates at an estate sale (3 are the same found at Pottery Barn for $24. I paid $8 ea!). This little box holds the remote controls.
Wall art from vintageprintables.com. Tips for hanging a wall gallery.
My style? You’ll see that I have a bit of interior design ADD. French, vintage, traditional, farmhouse and so on but the thing I love about designing my own space is that I can decorate with things I love and I don’t have to follow any rules. And we’re obviously not minimalists. It’s for us, not for a decorating magazine, right? We love how much taller and bigger the room looks and our mix of decorating styles works for us. I’d love new furniture but it’s not in the budget and this set from the 90s is in excellent shape. It works for now.
A few updated photos/fall decorated…
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after
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after
French doors in living room
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AFTER

aged, vintage inspired wall letters
What do you think?
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How To Get This Beach/Eclectic Cottage Look

Good morning!  There have been some questions regarding the details of the room Cassity and I designed. Then we’ll move on to the regularly scheduled DIY posts.
These are the final professional shots of the beach themed room:

With the exception of the handscraped Rockbridge Dusk hardwood floor and the beautiful Ikat panel area rug, the room, the furniture and accessories are photo props at Tribuzio Hilliard in High Point, NC.  So, nothing from this room was purchased via shopping from a store when we decorated.  Everything was selected from a warehouse.  It was the candy shop for DIYers!  Packed full of decorating goodies.
Here is a breakdown of the room details with links to similar furniture and accents as well as some DIY tips.
Hardwood & Area Rug

Handscraped Maple Hardwood (Style: Rockbridge/Color:  Dusk)and Ikat panel (Multi) by Shaw Floors HGTV Home collection. The rug is listed as contemporary and even has a traditional feel to the design.  We loved the pattern for our cottage room.  As Lisa LaPorta agreed, an area rug is a great starting point for inspiration in your home.

Ikat Panel (Multi)
Selected sample (large)
Wall Color

COPEN BLUE by Sherwin Williams for HGTV Home.

SW0068 Copen Blue
Interior/Exterior

Color Collections
Rustic Refined, The Streamlined Years
Color Family
Blues
RGB Value
R-192 | G-204 | B-198
Hexadecimal Value
#C0CCC6
Chandelier

We loved the detail of this chandelier when we found it and felt it added a touch of whimsy to the other red coral accents in the room. This chandelier was originally white.  Painting it antique red was a fun way to add color to the room.

SW7587 Antique Red

  • DIY:  Our chandelier was originally white. Paint a thrift store find/old brass chandelier.  Color shown is ANTIQUE RED by Sherwin Williams for HGTV Home.
  • Shop:  (better off with the DIY option with something like this because affordable red chandeliers are hard to find) Home Depot has a glass version.
Sofa

We were limited by what was in the warehouse but chose a neutral color and clean lines.  We both agree that furniture is a big purchase and should be neutral enough for when redesigning or changing accents in the future. Keeping big pieces neutral ensures many years of use and your money’s worth!

  • DIY:  Add a neutral colored slip cover to your existing sofa or re-upholster in a neutral fabric. DIY drop cloth slip covers are a little challenging but affordable!
  • Shop:  Crate and Barrel, custom sofa covers http://www.comfort-works.com/
VeranoSofaCanvasF11
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Place art on the floor to create the layout you’d like to show off on the wall.  Find tips on how to hang art for a photo gallery HERE. Look for art with a theme.  Add a plate, wooden letters or mirrors for interest.

  • DIY:  Frame prints from books, calendars or printed from a site such as Vintage Printables. Do something unexpected. Mix in a canvas with framed prints. We used double sided tape to display a starfish on the square plate. Non-matchy letters were all painted a pretty oil rubbed bronze and sanded for a distressed look.  Round mirrors simulate port hole windows keeping within the nautical theme. {Tips for Hanging a Wall Gallery}.  Placing a mirror (from Michael’s) or convex mirror into a painted pie pan or plate could give you a similar look to the port hole mirrors.
  • Shop:
    • Small Sepia Nautical Art:  Amazon
2 Nautical Sailing Art Prints Bow Hull Ship Posters Sail Decor Sepia

DIY version using convex mirrors and pie tins:

    • Letters: Craft Cuts, Michaels, Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, etc.
nted wood letters come in many heights and thicknesses.

Accent Table
  • DIY:  Stack crates and top with glass for a vintage look. Often a yard sale or flea market find or build your own crates using reclaimed wood or pallets. Stamp or stencil wording and sand/distress for a vintage finish.

I have this accent table in my barn patio area:
Crate with an old vintage window top…


or use an old barrel as a side table like we did in our sitting room:

 Lanterns
  • DIY:  Accessorize varying sizes of lanterns with small plants for terrariums or add candles with sea shells, star fish or palm leaves.  Wrap candles with jute to add texture.  (Paint lanterns if desired.)
  • Shop:  Target, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, etc.
Knox LanternMini Lantern Tealight Holder
Horse
Horse Figurines

Mantel
  • DIY:  Use large wrought iron salvaged pieces or a small piece of iron fencing to make a statement and a large clock for balance. Accessorize with old books tied with twine and pottery. Shop thrift stores or yard sales. Find a shape of ceramic pottery and spray paint a pretty turquoise if needed.
  • Shop:
Timepiece - Large Distressed Wall Clock with Pendulum
    • Vintage Books - Etsy
Morph Vase
    • Red coral – 15.97 at Amazon
Worldwide Imports Painted Coral Red 5-7"
    • Cloche. Everything looks special under glass. Try Pottery Barn or search for glass sconces and globes (turn upside down)/etc. at thrift stores.
Lamps 
Southwest Turquoise Décor - 20" Azure Glazed Ceramic Jar Desk / Table Lamp - JCO-X4014
Accessorize
  • DIY:  Use a small old drawer as a tray for books.  Add vintage hardware to the sides for handles. Fill a bowl with glass orbs or DIY your own orbs using twine or seashells to add texture. Spray paint accent bowl if you can’t find the right color in thrift stores. Spray paint small urns and fill with grass.  Small thrifted ceramic fish or other themed accent can be painted to coordinate. Give an accent the spotlight by displaying it under a glass cloche.
Telescope
10x Magnification Tabletop Telescope
Side Chairs
  • DIY:  Search Craig’s List or estate sales for wicker chairs. Great texture!  Spray paint brown to freshen up or a fun color if you love the unexpected.  Add neutral cushions.
  • Shop:  Pottery Barn
Seagrass Wingback Armchair
Typography Ottoman
  • DIY:  Built it yourself (info on this coming soon) or give an old ottoman a new look using fabric similar to this:
Throw Pillows
  • DIY:  Sew or No-Sew using typography printed fabric or grain sacks.
  • Shop:  Pottery Barn and Etsy
PB Found Vintage Grainsack, Blue
Speaking of typography, love these trays from Pottery Barn:
Decoupage Typography Trays
Ceramic Garden Stool
  • So many wooden step stools can be found at thrift stores and yard sales.  Paint and distress if needed!
  • Shop:  TJ Maxx and HomeGoods seem to have the best prices for ceramic garden stools (under $50)
Console Table
Sailboat Art 

We hung two large vertical prints on the left side of the window to balance the art on the right.

Sailboat Sea Nautical Sepia Framed Print Picture
Coffee Table Book
  • Shop: Cabinet of Natural Curiosities, Amazon
Cabinet of Natural Curiosities (The Colored Plates 1734-1765)
Albertus Seba: Cabinet of Natural Curiosities (25)
Large Round Mirror
(shown far left)
  • Shop: Great price on sale at JCPenney!
Drapery

Hang drapery as high as possible to add height to a room. Expand rods past the window and “frame” window with drapery to allow the maximum amount of light into the room.

  • DIY:  Sew your own simple curtains using drop cloths or white linen fabric.  Rod pocket or using curtain rings with clips to hang.  Using white/off white twin sheets is also an inexpensive option.
  • Shop:  Overstock
Coffee Table

Rustic.

Holbrook Coffee Table
Subway Art and Easel
Reserved listing for dstiles84
Hopefully this helps with the details.  What’s your favorite part of the room?
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Our Living Room's Story and Reveal

First, do I have to apologize for tons of pictures? No? Good!

Oh – the fireplace built up surround isn’t completed or even started except that materials are propped up in the corner (I’ll leave those out of the after pictures) but if I wait until that is done to show you…summer could be over and I could decide to redecorate the entire room by the time we get around to it. So, I’ve decided to share what we’ve done since the rest is complete and I’ll save the fireplace surround and tutorial for another day.

Our living room has been through a few changes in the last three years!

Here it is when we bought our home. Before, at time of closing:
Lots of strange angled corners to work with.

We repurposed this mirror by taking it down and framing it (more details here). It hangs in our back entry way.

The white walls were painted wallpaper. Fun!
We also tore out the nasty carpet and refinished the wood floors.

Then, I always wanted a red room. So – I painted the room red. It wasn’t quite what I pictured but I really loved it for a little bit. Excuse the mess. Some of these I snapped right before I began painting.


We installed French doors between the living room and family room.
We mounted the tv above the fireplace…I’m not sure if you can tell, but there aren’t a lot of options (wall 1=staircase, wall 2 = entry to hall and built-in shelving, wall 3 = French doors, wall 4 window/fireplace/window). It’s really not too high for viewing. We’ve adjusted to it being there. Our wood burning fireplace isn’t used at this time (another future project). Since behind the fireplace is a brick chimney and the walls are plaster, I currently hide the wires with garland (upcoming project to build up the fireplace surround will take care of that problem). Brick? Someday we’ll replace it with marble and I got a dirty look when I suggested we paint it. Mr. DIY does not like painted brick.

It didn’t take long before I didn’t grew tired of dark red. The room wasn’t getting any light. It just didn’t “feel” like the right color. THEN I won a Jason Martin DIY+design consultation from Jason Martin at Desire To Inspire (See the advice HERE! Thanks Jason and Kim for the inspiration!). It’s been almost a year and finally…

Finally! Here it is today:

Color is Benjamin Moore Smoky Taupe. It changes color in different lighting. I first saw this color in Sarah’s livingroom and it was love at first site! If you like it too – check out her beautiful livingroom to see it again.

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Lamps – TJ Maxx



My thrift store find – wine corks.

Vintage French linen pillows – Restoration Hardware


French pediment – Ballard (I plan on adding more trim to the French door to fill in the gap)
It’s weathered and says “Flanders Sweet Shop”

Drapery is from Target and Ebay. I needed 8 + another to cut up and sew to lengthen them since I mounted my curtain rods near the ceiling. The curtains are ‘gray pebble’ by Thomas O’Brien. They aren’t a true gray, more of a griege color with a subtle pebble design. I got most of mine on clearance at Target so I don’t think they carry them anymore which is why I bought some panels on Ebay. I love the way they frame the French doors.

I scored a bunch of vintage boxes and crates at an estate sale (3 are the same found at Pottery Barn for $24. I paid $8 ea!). This little box holds the remote controls.


The Red Letter Words art I won a while back. It’s one of my favorite things and the quality is amazing.


Wall art from vintageprintables.com (Here is the post if you’d like more information).

My style? You’ll see that I have a bit of interior design ADD. French, vintage, traditional, farmhouse and so on but the thing I love about designing my own space is that I can decorate with things I love and I don’t have to follow any rules. And we’re obviously not minimalists. It’s for us, not for a decorating magazine, right? We love how much taller and bigger the room looks and our mix of decorating styles works for us. I’d love new furniture but it’s not in the budget and this set from the 90s is in excellent shape. It works for now.

Featured at Ballard Designs:

“Pruvost Plaque” by Roeshel

“Pruvost Plaque” by Roeshel

Roeshel has our Pruvost Plaque framing her French doors. An unexpected hanging place makes the Pruvost Plaque come alive, so naturally, we love her ingenuity!

Id love to know what you think!

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