Friday, June 22, 2012

Living Room Reveal

Hello there! Remember me? I've been very neglectful of my poor blog this month. I didn't intend to go so long without posting, but it's been a crazy busy summer with all my kids' activities. Our days are jam-packed with swim practices and meets, baseball and basketball games, scout camp outs, band practice, cook outs and every conceivable activity under the sun.

I'm just trying to embrace the chaos this summer. I know there will come a time when I will look back on these days and miss them.

Since I've been away from blogging for quite some time, I'm excited to be back with a finished (or as finished as it's going to be for a while) room to unveil.

Let's take a stroll down memory lane to what our living room looked like before...

Before

The red walls and toile drapes were here when we moved in. I basically stuck my furniture in the room and lived with it.




But now it finally reflects my taste...






The makeover began with the removal of the white carpet that never stayed white. We replaced it with wide plank hardwood floors.



I had pillows made which breathed new life into my existing settee and chair. The new tufted pink velvet ottoman is one of my favorite pieces in the room.

My bird prints are finally framed and hung  ...



Not sure why I lost sleep worrying about my frame choice.



I really love them.


And, I got to add some more pink to go with my favorite ottoman :)



I chose a seagrass area rug to tie the room together.












My china cabinets were updated with a fresh coat of homemade white chalk paint. I painted the inside Wedgewood Gray to add some color to the room.



A coffee set that belonged to my great, great grandmother is displayed in one of the cabinets...



A mix of Anthropologie and Home Goods dishes reside in the other cabinet...


Aside from the pink ottoman, the only new furniture I added was the antique Louis chair, the garden stool and the two little ottomans under the table. Yet with paint and new accessories, the room looks entirely different.









I'm really loving the transformation of this room. I never spent much time in here unless I was playing the piano or listening to my son play it. Now I want to be in here as much as possible!

And, if life ever slows down enough that I can actually blog in peace, this will be the room where it gets done :)

Hope you are having a fun summer!!


Sharing at...
TDC Before and After

53 comments:

  1. Your room looks GORGEOUS!!! Love love that last shot!

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous! I love everything but that ottoman is to die for!

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  3. Carolyn- It looks absolutely gorgeous- so fresh and pretty. AND it finally YOUR room rather than living with someone else's color choice- Perfect- I would take that pink ottoman off your hands in a heartbeat!;>) xo Diana

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  4. The room turned out beautiful! It's a much lighter and more updated space now. I love that pink ottoman. It really adds just the right touch to the room.

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  5. Hi Carolyn! I have been out of the loop too for the past few weeks. WOW, your Living room is gorgeous. So light and bright and happy color splashed around.

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  6. Love, love, love it! I'm coming over and we are going to sit in there and chat and catch up in that fabulous room! I will wear my pearls because i feel like it's a 'wear your pearls' kinda room. GORGEOUS! Just like you! xo

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  7. Oh sweet momma!!!! That is divine!!! It looks like it came from a magazine! The pink ottoman... no words for it's glory!!! That is fabulousity!!!

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  8. Bee-uuuu-teee-ful!!!! And classy! Are your boys allowed in here? Tell the truth....is there a rope in the hallway that you tie across the doorway? All your hard work pulled this together and transformed it into such a lovely space. You made great choices.
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

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  9. Looks beautiful - quite a wonderful change! Love the pink velvet ottoman.

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  10. I've taken the summer off from blogging....but will continue reading others. I've been following your living room changes for the last year and am just LOVING the results! It's fresh and peaceful and soooooo pretty!

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  11. This transformation is just GORGEOUS!!!

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  12. What a lovely room! You've done such a wonderful job. Visiting from French Country Cottage. Would love it if you would share this post at my Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com Wishing you a grand weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  13. Wow, that is beyond gorgeous--magazine worthy! Love the fabric on the "neck roll" pillow.

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  14. Such a beautiful room. I love the grand piano...always give it star billing! The long (neckroll)pillow on the sofa has a beautiful fabric. Would you share with me the name and manufacturer of that fabric? I would really appreciate knowing. I have been searching and found nothing that suits. The blue background is so nice.

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  15. Thank you, Connie. The fabric is by Magnolia Fabrics. It is the Gootar pattern. Color is misty rain. You should be able to locate it online. Good luck!

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  16. What a pretty room. I love the colours and the personal touches. I also have a white cabinet with turquoise interior that I painted in 2009. Recently I was tempted to repaint it but I am seeing that this is still a popular colour combo.

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  17. Carolyn, it is amazing! I love every inch of it!
    Debbie

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  18. Where is your loveseat from? I've been looking for one just like it for my living room.

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  19. Mary, I've had the settee for years, but it's Highland House furniture. I bet you could still find it :)

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  20. Beautiful!!! What a transformation! I love the palette and the new layout. Awesome job!

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  21. Oh my, just gorgeous! I am in love with your room!

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  22. So gorgeous~ I love everything in it! Those chairs are absolutely darling! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  23. It's beautiful! I love the color scheme. It's hard to believe that's the same as the first picture!!

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  24. Red walls be gone! This is absolutely gorgeous... I'd want to be in there all day too! :)

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  25. That couch and those pillows take my breath away. SO fantastic. You obviously have a great style sense. I always hate to see toile go, but you definitely made the right choice. Lovely.

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  26. What a breath of fresh air! Such a nice change from the red :)

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  27. Your room turned out simply gorgeous....What a stunning transformation...I just love the new fresh look.
    Wonderful job Carolyn!

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  28. This is so lovely and fresh! I love the colors you chose and am curious as to what the color is you have in the stairway area (it looks like my family room color - Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore, just curious). A beautiful space!

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  29. How lovely. That ottoman is the star of the show!

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  30. Hi, I found you via Remodelaholic. I love your room! Can you share what type/color of hardwood floor you installed? The color is just perfect!

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  31. Carolyn, it is simply gorgeous. I missed this when my internet was down. It turned out so well. Love the bamboo frames for the birds. Hope you link to wow, too.

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  32. What a great way to show that color doesn't just have to be on the walls to be a bold choice! That ottoman is the shining star - and looks amazing with the cool blues! Fabulous!
    Kelly

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  33. Oh I so love the transformation! I too have a mostly white living room...and even a black grand piano as well :-) Beautiful room!

    Like you, I'd love to get rid of our "never white" carpet too! It was here when we moved in. We might be lucky and there might actually be hardwood under it already! :-)

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  34. I love this room! Your transformation is breathtaking and refreshing, what an inviting room to walk into, Im sure all your guests will love it too!! Thanks so much for sharing, I love your taste!!

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  35. Outstanding Makeover! I love your style! ~Kristie

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  36. I love the bird prints! Mind if I ask where you found them?

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  37. Never mind...I went through your old posts and found where you found the bird prints :) I hope I can find the same book. I love the prints!

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  38. Amazing .... this room is just lovely. Wow....so beautiful!!

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  39. What a lovely transformation! Your living room looks so open and fresh :)

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  40. You living room is gorgeous! I love the changes you've made and I'm sure your family enjoys it too.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  41. OMG!! Your transformation is just stunning. So bright and airy and welcoming! Im your newest follower!:)

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  42. How wonderful! I love that gorgeous ottoman in the middle. Enjoy the fabulous start of the week, Kellie xx

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  43. This is so amazing! In fact I liked it so much I just featured this on my blog! Wanna take a look? http://stardust-decorstyle.blogspot.gr/2012/07/living-room-makeover.html
    Love, Olga
    PS your newest follower!

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  44. I'm looking to make similar changes in my living and dining. The red wall must go! But what to do with the red couch ...?

    :)

    Linda

    (Oh, love it and pinned it too!)

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  45. Carolyn, I adore the new look. Light and airy,perfect!

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  46. It's a great room to relax in, but let me know when life slows down enough to do that!

    ~Bliss~

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  47. Once again, paint conquers all! Gorgeous room, and I love your bird prints too! Do you have any more information on those (source)? And, that ottoman totally makes the room! Visiting from TDC.

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  48. Wow! What an amazing change. It doesn't look like the same room.. it looks much larger, and feels like the windows are larger since it is so much brighter.

    You have beautiful things.. i love the framed bird prints!

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  49. what a much more restful space. gorgeous!

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  50. The room looks so pretty! Love your pink ottoman.

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  51. Absolutely beautiful room. Love the wall color and the freshness of everything. And that seagrass rug, love it, too. Do you know how difficult they are to clean when dogs and/or kids make messes on them?

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  52. I LOVE the bird prints and their frames. Gorgeous!

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  53. This is so lovely and fresh! I love the colors you chose and am curious as to what the color is you have in the stairway area (it looks like my family room color - Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore, just curious). A beautiful space!

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