Saturday, June 23, 2012

living room makeover

 I've been saying for awhile that I'm going to show you my living room
since my house has been painted and is put back together now ~
so here it is!
I've been procrastinating on posting the pictures because 
the room is far from finished.

With my cousin's advice, I moved the console table to the
front entryway. Found a new mirror at TJ Maxx.
The lamp used to be in our bedroom, but I moved it into
the living room because I want to incorporate blue/turquoise/teal
(haven't made up my mind on this - still "playing") for pops of color with all the neutral.

Moved the buffet, which used to be at the entryway, to this other wall by the couch.
 Dogwood blossom pictures and rug are from IKEA.
Cousin had suggested teal pillows for the couch, but I don't like these in
this setting. I think they're too bright. So now I'm on the hunt for new pillows.
Buffet vignette isn't finished either.

The little side table to the left of the couch will also be repainted.
I might do that in a light blue and distress it a bit. 

 Cousin also picked out these two pictures for over my fireplace.
Quite modern and totally different than what I'm used to,
but I think I actually like these. Sometimes it's good to break out of
your comfort zone.

Bought the black cube at IKEA last weekend. Not sure if that wicker
chair is going to stay there. I'm also trying to decide what
in the world to put on that blank wall. Another picture would
clash with the two above the fireplace and would be "too much".
I'm thinking maybe three floating shelves above the cube
and then a metal art sculpture (in blues!) next to the shelves, above the chair.
What do you think? Any other ideas?
Oh, and please excuse the crazy shadows on the wall. One is me and the
other is from the window on the front door.

 Here's a close-up of the cube. You can see how I incorporated touches of 
blue into the displays.

 The other area of the living room that I didn't show was the windows.
They're on the wall next to the console table. All that's on these
windows right now are wooden blinds. On the hunt for curtains.
Still lots to do!


  1. Very pretty Melanie! I love teal/aqua in every room. I think your cushions are pretty, perhaps you could add neutral color pillows to tone them down? I think as you add more blues to the room, they will not be so bold to you.

  2. Hi Melanie! Love your new look. I think you have such a pretty couch. What about adding a lace slip over the pillow to tone it down? Or add something in the color of your couch in front of the current pillows?

    I love the change of the console table to the entrance. I thought that when you last showed the room. It is much better there since it is light and open. What about IKEA Lack floating shelves above the cube? They are in the same style and would carry it through on the wall. Or one impressive piece of ironwork or something in that style. It would bring that black through on the wall and combine well with the new pictures.

    I just had my mother look at a photo of my bookshelves which I was unhappy with and photos of some I like. New eyes do help as she knew right away what I needed to do to make mine look right again. :-)

    Hugs from Holland ~

  3. You have definitely toned things down a lot. If you don't like the teal for the pillows, may you could go with a paler blue. I love the look of white with dark brown and robins egg blue. Such a pretty combination. I never think that a wall can be overcrowded. The more the merrier in my book. I realize not everyone is like that. At first I thought you had some sort of stenciling on that wall, but then I realized it was shadows. :) Better to take your time with it all if you are unsure. It'll all come together. Have a great week! Tammy

  4. I agree with you on the pillows. I see pillows in the shades of the carpet - with maybe little dots of blue in them (somehow)... And over the chair - I see a mirror on that wall... Along with the shelves of course. Or a shelf under the mirror - then you could put candles up there and use it as a mini mantle....

    Linda in VA

  5. Floating shelves would be perfect for that area. I love the way your living room looks - you've done a lovely job with it.


  6. Mel,

    Keep the aqua pillows. Your cousin has a very good eye. The refreshing hue brings a gentle pop of color. Your living room looks fabulous.
    Great job.


  7. Everything looks great Melanie! I know what you mean, decorating is always a work in progress. We're always tweaking it!

  8. Melanie,

    I think you have done a wonderful job! I really like the artwork that your cousin picked out!

    Thanks for the inspiration!



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