Monday, August 12, 2013

Like a Dream Come True......

For months, I dreamed of a new space.....pinned ideas.....visited local furniture stores, waiting for inspiration to hit......

And, finally, it not only slapped me up aside the head and said "Work with some of the color palette you already have, girl!!!"  

At first, I was contemplating painting the walls and some of the wood pieces in the living room.  Keep in mind, these are furnishings that I have had for-evuh!  But, they felt dark and dated with the darker fabrics (particularly the black curtains framing the windows) that were in the living room.  Also, although I simply love Laura Ashley GOLD 3 (love it enough to have it in my last three homes!), I wasn't sure I wanted to continue to work around it......

However, when I found the sofa with soft teal, green and gold, I realized that perhaps I could live with the soft gold on the walls.....and some of the items that were already in the room. 

Over the last few weeks, since the furniture was delivered, it has slowly come together.  I carefully went through and selected only pieces that I really liked and eliminated some clutter.  I also fell in love all over again with the wood tones that stayed in the room, since they looked totally different than they did with the colors that surrounded them previously.  And, finally, I have reached a point where I am ready to show it off!!!

The curtains were a real challenge for me!  Initially, I envisioned something in a soft teal blue at the windows.  But, these ivory sheers, with delicate embroidery, won me over.  I am loving all the soft natural light streaming through.  They are Laura Ashley, purchased at TJ Maxx, $29.99 for a package of two panels.

I got my little touch of teal in this lamp, found at TJ Maxx ($39.99).  The burlap shade works well and adds another bit of texture to the room, don't you think? 

The biggest change in furniture placement came as a result of putting two chairs in front of the wide front windows, as opposed to the sofa in its old spot.  I used the same mission-style end table that we've had for years.  But this opened up the area in front of the windows tremendously!

The flat screen went up on the wall and we repurposed the base of the hutch and put the top part in storage.  This still gives us plenty of places to stash stuff out-of-sight and provides a solid piece to balance out this long blank wall.   The glass-fronted barrister bookcases shifted over behind the new sofa and contain all the small items and photos that would be out collecting dust otherwise. 

I knew I wanted to keep this painted table because it has the perfect colors to complement all the fabrics in the room.  And, since we don't have a fireplace and mantel, it provides a place for simple vignettes, which will undoubtedly change with the seasons.  This piece was picked up at a colleague's pre-garage sale. 

The piano stayed where it was.  Oh, I tried to move fact, I did move it!  But, it ended up going right back to this spot and it seems very happy there.  The large western print above it went to another room and a soft white framed mirror provided a fresher touch on the bare wall above the paino. 

As with the little green table, the top of the piano provides a surface for a few pieces that will change with the seasons.....a display for vignettes. 

Even the clock was switched out - I found this one with a touch of pale teal at Big Lots ($14.99) and knew it would work better than the darker clock we had before.  

This low round table works nicely in front of the smaller-scaled sofa.  Some of my picture books and birds sit on top and provide a little personality. (Birds from Kirland's, $2.99 each.)

So, you see, only about half the stuff in this room is actually new.  The rest just looks different or was shifted from another room.  Overall, though, I am pleased with how light and room the room feels.  The soft gold walls now provide a warm backdrop for the new color palette and give a soft glow to the room.  Everyone comments on how much larger the room looks!  I just know that when I walk in, it feels welcoming and peaceful.  

It begs me to sit down and study the little details......or, maybe just lay back, relax and do a little of this.....

I'm so glad you stopped by today!

Linking up with ~

Alderberry Hill's "Make the Scene Monday"
Savvy Southern Style's "Wow Us Wednesday" 
Oh, and by the way, can anybody tell me how to treat my little Kolanchoe plant that it is on the round table, now that the blooms have faded????  Help!!! I do not have a very green thumb and I want to see if I can get it to bloom again!

Hugs to ya!



  1. I LOVE it! It looks like a totally different room! Great job!

    1. Thanks, Amber! We are really enjoying the changes....and I already have Fall and Christmas decorating all planned out, of course! LOL

  2. It's lovely! So open and airy looking and very comfortable too.

    1. Thanks, Paula. Did some lounging around in front of the tv this evening and it feels very comfy and cozy in there! It is such delight to feel like the project is completed.

  3. Beautiful, I love your lamp with the burlap shade!!!

    1. Thanks, Therena! I thought I was going to run out of local stores that carry lamps before I found this one. But, the moment I laid eyes on it, I knew it was the one! Kinda like "love at first sight"....

  4. Very nice! I like the wispy-ness of the green plant sitting by your new lamp.

    1. Angela, that is a genuine plastic asparagus fern! I fell in love with the look of this plant after having some success with real ones in hanging baskets outside. These are much less effort - just have to dunk 'em soapy water, rinse and air dry once in a while! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Such a lovely and inviting room. I love the colors. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that is ongoing. Hugs, Marty

    1. Thanks, Marty! I stopped by, linked up, and got inspired!

  6. You did a wonderful job redecorating the room. It is amazing how just moving things around some makes such a difference! We have an old piano that the previous owner left - wayyy too heavy. Fortunately, our children play piano! Loved reading your post!
    I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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