I was really happy with the elements that we got for the new room and we did lots t of work to transform the space. Some of the obvious things that we did were as follows:
- Get rid of the terrible yellow paint. We traded it in for something much calmer (we color matched Behr paint to Benjamin Moore's Cream Fleece.
- We got rid of the brown furniture and traded it in for a blue and white ticking sofa from Haverty's and 2 Ektorp white slipcovered chairs from Ikea. Love these!
- Traded out a oriental rug for a jute rug from Ikea.
- Got rid of the terrible maroon swag of fabric that the previous owners left for us (so nice of them!) Instead we hung our new drapes high and wide. The cream drapes are $10 drop clothes from Lowe's and the blue curtains are twin sheets from Walmart, all hung with drapery clips from Ikea.
Here's the full post that I wrote on Living Room Reveal #1.
In addition to all of the above, I also redid the fireplace.
Here's the full post on the fireplace makeover.
I snagged some awesome shutters at a salvage store that I used to frame out the entry space into the kitchen eating area.
Here's the details on my shutters.
But after all that, I still wasn't happy with the "coziness factor" just yet. So I got to work rearranging the room yet again. It was time to get the furniture away from the walls. When people push their furniture up against the walls, well known designer, Nate Berkus often describes it as "your furniture is under arrest." Get it? The furniture is "up against the wall."
Here are some shots of the newly arranged room:
As you can see in the above picture, the coffee table is an antique trunk. And I also stacked two vintage suitcases as a side table.
Details regarding the luggage can be found here.
I picked up the tin that is next to the sofa at a flea market for $5. We store our winter hats, gloves and scarves in it.
Then I added this sideboard to the room:
You can see how I brought this sideboard back to life here at Sideboard CPR. It was in serious need of some TLC. It used to look like this:
You can also see the details if what I used to decorate the top of the sideboard here.
And one last thing. I had two small side tables that I previously used on each side of my sofa. Once I brought the sofa into the middle of the room, the side table would no longer fit next to the couch. So, I shoved the two tables together and added a piece of burlap as a runner... and viola! I had a makeshift sofa table that nestled nicely behind the sofa. (Ignore the last of the Christmas decor- that's coming down today.)
Whew! Sorry for the long post! And sorry for all of the links back to previous posts. I just didn't see the need in explaining each project in detail when I've already covered it other posts.
Hope you like my new room. We adore it!