Decorating is a s-l-o-w process here at StoneGable. As many of you know, we are gutting every room in our home and making it over from from floors up… and doing most of it ourselves! Because we try to fit our room makeovers in between living our busy lives and work and family they usually take a back seat and are a long process. Our living room is the perfect example. We began this makeover just before our son got married two years ago and we worked on it. In between knee cap surgery, my son’s pelvic surgery, golf season, hunting season, gardening and lots and lots of family and company!!! Here’s the evolution of our living room…
Our living room is one of the sunniest, light-filled rooms in our home. It has great “bones”… lots of tall arched windows, a glass paneled door to the porch and french doors to the family room. It’s airy and open and is a great place to read and entertain!
My style is upscale traditional with lots of farmhouse charm. I like clean lines and LOVE neutrals with a pop of black for drama and great unique accessories. A tad on the upscale… very very comfortable… and always ME!
Here is how our living room looked when it was gutted and we had just installed the new hardwood floors. We were very lucky to find the exact same hardwoods as the rest of our home after 18 years! I would have loved a wide plank darker wood, but putting new hardwoods in our whole home was not in the budget!
The inspiration for this room was a painting I found at Eastern Market in Washington DC. It was love at first sight. The painting is called PARIS ON THE SEINE by Daniel Kessler. I loved the colors and the feel of this painting. Mr Kessler created a gilcee using our dimensions to fit the wall space. If you look at the painting you will see all the neutral colors I adore!
The first piece of furniture we purchased for the living room was a neutral Pottery Barn Comfort sofa. We chose a sofa with foam core/down wrapped cushions and the color was “FLAX”.
Because this room has sorta formal architecture it was important to decorate it a little upscale and yet relaxed! The sofa has great classic lines with a comfortable feel and the fabric has a nice dressy look.
The next decor element to come to StoneGable were two black side table… one large and square with a black leather top and studded detail and the other a two-shelved side table in black. I found these at Ethan Allen when I was meeting with Linda, a very talented designer, to pick out chairs. Both tables were floor models and on a super sale. The leather top table retailed for almost $1,000.00 and I got it for under $300.00! And the other side table was half of that! I am a great bargain shopper! SCORE!
The next decor element to come to StoneGable were the two bubble chairs. I had them upholstered in a soft white textured fabric. They came from Ethan Allen and are really know as the BRANDT CHAIR. Beautifully made!!!
It was during the time we were waiting or the chairs to arrive that we chose our paint color, Sonnet by Benjamin Moore! Oh, I love this soft neutral color. It goes with everything!!!!
Next came a very inexpensive rug from Overstocks. I knew very soon after I put the rug down that it would not stay, but I didn’t have a clear vision of exactly what I wanted. This rug is what I call a “decor rabbit trail”. I really should have not gotten it at all because it threw off my overall vision for this room until I got rid of it. It was quite formal and had no sass. I was looking for a lot less formal and little sass!
A new acid washed coffee table hid the rug for a little while!!! The coffee table also came from Ethan Allen.
On a shopping trip to help my mom find a chair for her home I discovered the CURLACUE chest from Hooker! Oh my goodness! I was star struck!!! This was a spectacularly gorgeous chest. Covered with linen and then painted. It has a hand detailed string-of-pearl design on the front of it. But it came with a huge price tag!!!
Because it was so far out of my budget I decided to replicate it instead of buying it. I found a chest about the same size on Craig’s list and bought the paints to get started on it, when I saw the Curlacue chest on Joss & Main for 1/3 the price. I scooped it right up!!! Oh, I’m so so happy I did!
My Curlacue chest brings me such joy every time I see it in the living room! It is truly my very favorite piece!
The rug was replaced with a very sassy zebra hide I found on Overstocks. Now, this is what I had been looking for! And I caught the vision for finishing the room!
While I was collecting living room accessories and embellishments I was also making the living room curtains and hardware to hang them…
And I was also painting a huge old, ugly, dirty hutch I got for song at a very nefarious looking thrift shop.
Here’s how it looked when it first came to StoneGable…
And here’s how it looked painted and styled…
Accessorizing and creating vignettes were my very favorite part of decorating the living room! I am the embellishing queen!!!!
Here are a few details…
I still have a few changes I’ll be making this fall… so stay tuned!!!
As you can see my living room has come a long long way!!! I’m sure it will continue to “EVOLVE”!
How about you? What room would you like to makeover?
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