Wednesday, April 07, 2010

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.









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!

I'd love to know what you think!

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56 comments:

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Great job! It looks so much bigger and brighter than when it was painted red. I love all the little french accents you have added around.
Beautiful!

chair up said...

Absolutely no apologise necessary, the more pictures the better!
I love the room in the lighter tones and you must be enjoying the fresh feeling it brings as you enjoy warmer Spring weather. It can't be an easy space to decorate and you have done a fabulous job!!
Angex

Red Door Home said...

You definitely put in a lot of hard work and it shows. Great job!

Liz said...

WOW...what a difference! The room looks bright and airy, well done! I like the accessorizing you've done and the new curtains. Great before and after pics. Thanks for sharing! ~Liz

Kim @ Frost Me! said...

I definitely love the after, after! So cozy but bright - awesome job!

Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
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Kathiey said...

Great job! The room looks great. I look for little things I can do and I think I am going to start collecting my wine corks and fill a decorative jar like the one in your thrift store photo. I better go buy some wine:-)

Shaunna said...

It looks amazing! And i know what you mean about red. I have loved red, but lately I need it in smaller doses...we painted our guest room red a year ago, and now...well, as soon as I can get our attic addition handled, it's going a pale shade of grey. :) Thanks for sharing with us!
shaunna

The White Farmhouse said...

I like this much better than the red. I love red though. The room looks so much brighter and bigger. Really like the furniture placement. Another great job!

The Brick Cottage said...

Great color! Your room looks so much bigger. I also have design ADD--it's so hard to get it under control when you love it all! I think your living room has an interesting mix of styles and textures and could never be considered boring or cooking cutter and that is a good thing!

That's good to know about the TV above the fireplace--it's really the best place for ours but I'm hesitant to do it because I feel it's soooo high. We might have to give it a trail run one of these days.

Sarah said...

****running arouend doing the happy dance**** Yay! I've been waiting for these pics for forever!!! The room is beautiful, Roeshel! I love seeing the transformation from when you closed until now. What a difference the light paint color makes. This room is way more in line with all your other room make-overs now. And the extra tall drapes are perfect. I love how you don't stick to one style (my problem as well)..it makes the room so much more interesting. I love all the little vignettes!!! You did an awesome job:)

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

Oh my gosh! It is gorgeous! I'm in a rush this morning, so I didn't get time to read everything, I'll be back later in the week!
Love, the new look!
gail

Brittany@Superwoman said...

Oh my gosh! It's 100x better! It looks so relaxing! Now if I can just get the motivation to do that to mine....lol!

val said...

It looks beautiful! I love it! So refreshing!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

The light wall color really gives your room a much more modern look. You really have put a lot of work into your home since moving in and it's really worth the effort.

kim said...

What a transformation. Love the new lighter and brighter wall color. Great furniture arrangement and accessories. Love the wall of florals.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love it, Roeshel! Love that taupe color you picked for the walls, too! It looks wonderful in the big picture, but I like to look at the little things, too. Like the pillows, the drapes, your pediment over the door. I think I just bought those same drapes from Target ~ the linen ones {$24.99 each}!

efedesigns said...

Lovely! It looks so chic and soothing. Very nice!

-Kim

suzanne said...

That is a gorgeous paint color! I love the window treatments too. The new color makes it look like an entirely new space. As always, you did a fabulous job!

East Coast Suburbanite said...

love it. Great job. It looks so relaxing and calming.

Mama Thompson said...

looks amazing.

Amber @ Two Nuts in a Shell said...

Awesome, awesome job! Loving it all! Your curtains are amazing--can you share more info about them? What are they made out of? Who was this seller?!

I love your design scheme. Until you pointed out all the different elements, I didn't even notice it wasn't all one "theme." I just knew I loved the feel and flow of the room.

Great job!!

The DIY Show Off said...

Amber was having a problem commenting. Testing to see if it works for me and here's Amber's comment:
Awesome, awesome job! Your curtains are beautiful! Can you share some more info with us? What are they made out of? Who is this seller (and do they have more)?!
I love the feel and flow of the room. Not once did I ever think (or notice) how many different "themes" you have going on. It's just gorgeous!
Great job!!

--
www.2nutsinashell.com

Thanks Amber! I will edit the post to include more information on the curtains. :)

Thanks ladies for making me feel better about my decorating mix!
~Roeshel

Shannon @ Posh Pieces said...

Love it! I especially love the color you chose. I think I might have to go out and pick up a chip to take a look at how that would work in my house. :)

Becky said...

Very nice work! I really love the new paint color and the way the room looks very put together. :)

Sarah said...

I love it. It turned out amazing!
God's blessings,
Sarah :D

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

Looks great! May you have many happy memories enjoying it!

The Neglected Nest said...

Love it lighter and brighter! What a transformation. The beautiful wood railing and newel post really steal the spotlight now- as they should!

Leslie said...

Great job, I adore the wall color and the vintage crates!

Silvia said...

Great job, It´s better now. Silvia (Argentina)

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

I am all too familiar with stripping painted-over wallpaper. Your room looks so nice and big now! I agree that the red was too much. I'm wondering if I will get sick of my red dining room eventually, even though only the top half of the walls are red....very nice space!

Meet Virginia said...

GORGEOUS!!! This looks amazing, you guys did a super great job!!

~Morgan

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Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

It's just beautiful! Wonderful job!
Take care
Kristin

Lana K. W. Austin said...

Great re do and I LOVE your design ADD....that means your style is YOUR style and not just homage to one era!
Hugs, Lana

Tricia said...

Oh my gosh! Roeshel, I'm speechless. The LR looks amazing! Magazine-worthy for sure. I love everything about it, and honestly, I actually think that the sofas look brand new in the newly freshened room. You guys did such a great job. Well, probably more accurately, you did a great job!!
Miss you. I hope all is well.

XO*T

Kim said...

You've come a long way, baby. It looks great, from the draperies to your thrifty treasures...

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

New room looks designerish - very nice job !!!!!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

The room looks wonderful. I love the color you chose for your walls. Love & blessings from NC!

Kansas Amy said...

It's beautiful. Hard to believe the before and after.. you've come a LONG way!

teri-free2bme said...

Love it! Love it! LOVE IT!

Great job and all the pictures are sooo great (no apologies!). Love the new smokey taupe over the red... good choice for a change! I enjoy you sharing your "vintage flea market finds", too. Thanks!

Single Stone Studios said...

LOVE the fresh new look of this room. It seems so very YOU!

thelennoxx said...

I just read the post on DTI and boy, what an amazing transformation! I think your home looks gorgeous, very light, clean and formal, but not stiff.. If you know what I mean? Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us!!

pk @ Room Remix said...

Great job, Roeshel! Absolutely love the new wall color - it makes the room look so light and airy. The window treatments (love that you lengthened them and mounted the higher) with that pediment above the french doors are perfect too.

Sandra said...

Those pictures could be in a home magazine are you kidding? The room looks amazing!

jenjen said...

It is beautiful. Seriously! You have done so much work and it looks beautiful.

XOOX
Jen

Embellished Bayou said...

It's beautiful, Roeshel! So light & airy! You did a fabulous job, thanks for sharing!

Hirondelle Rustique said...

Hey Roeshel! I LOVE your living room makeover, the colors are beautiful!

Everything works so well together and it looks so cozy. Glad to see you're still having fun :)

I'll try to come around more often! :)

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I love red, however, I am loving it gone in this room. Wow that new color made it look so different. Great job.

Tracey @ My House of Giggles said...

WOW! Your new room is just gorgeous! What a relaxing colour!

Come on over and link up at my Tuesday TALENT SHOW if you like :)

http://myhouseofgiggles.blogspot.com

Grace said...

That wall colour is perfect - very warm and cozy. I love how you took photos in all different lighting and the wall colour looks fab in all of them.

Cindy said...

Great makeover!!! I love it. It makes your 90's couch look fab! Hugs, Cindy S

awal.ny said...

Wow, the room looks amazing, great job. I too have tried the red, I guess I am not too much on the primitive side. Have great day.

Karen Lea said...

I LOVE your glass coffee table! Can anyone please tell mw where this is from???

The DIY Show Off said...

Hi Karen! Believe it or not, I got my coffee table/end tables/etc. from Walmart.com.

:)

Thanks for stopping by!

Roeshel

Melissa said...

My family room has seen several changes too - seems like everyone is going from dark to light in their decor!! Should do a link-up of room "evolutions" haha..... here's mine:

http://bunsinarow.blogspot.com/2011/03/family-room-redo.html

Melissa

Chandeen @ Designed by Chance said...

What a nice color. it really makes the room look bigger, and the doors and drapes are fab too. Overall, great makeover.

Deborah said...

Beautiful!!
So bright and fresh!

Deborah xoox

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