decorating dilemma update | sarah’s fireside room

Marian Parsonsdecorating dilemmas

Do you remember Sarah’s fireplace room?  We talked about it originally back in August and then I gave you an update on her progress in December.  Last week, she checked in with me again to share their progress.

Like most real, non-TV makeovers, Sarah is working on the makeover project-by-project, slowly over time, as life and budget allows.  In her e-mail to me, she shared this, “…sometimes I feel like everyone else is flying past us. We do everything ourselves and usually get our materials second hand. I read a couple of weeks ago that it took you seven years to get your kitchen the way it is and I got teary eyed. I understand that endurance.”

It does sometime get tiring when a makeover is a marathon and you wish you could just beam yourself to the finished room…sit in it and have your tea and enjoy the glorious done-ness of it all.  I have personally found that when I am patient with a makeover and allow it to develop over time, I get a much better result than if I try to force it.  That’s when choices that I often regret happen!

Anyway, back to Sarah’s room.  When she first sent pictures of her room along, asking for some help, there were many things going for it, but it felt a little disjointed and there were a lot of “default choices” in the room.

Sarah painted the two rooms in a soft white to unify the spaces…


The kitchen was a rust color, which was pretty, but it didn’t really connect with anything else going on in the space…


They also trimmed out the doors in a “farmhouse style trim”.


I love the new arrangement on the sideboard, too.


They built and installed butcher block counters (finished in MMSMP Hemp Oil) and added that great little built-in shelf under the counter.


It’s backed with some scraps of bead board wall paper!  Clever.


Sarah also made slipcovers for the wing chairs out of antique hemp sheets.  She used my five part slipcover tutorial as a jumping off point and made adjustments, so they would work on her recliners.  If you’re interested to see how she made the slips work on the recliners, you can read her blog post about it HERE.


Slipcovers are magical.  There was nothing wrong with these chairs, but the fabric just didn’t fit the direction Sarah was going.  They retain all of their comfort and function, but now they fit the design.  Magical.


She finished them with buttons along the back, which look so beautiful.  Like “vintage pajamas”,  Sarah put it.


That blue monogram and the nubbiness of the fabric are both perfection in my eyes.


They still have more on the to-do list, like brick veneer to back the wood stove, a newel post makeover, and she selected this print, found on eBay, to hang once the brick wall is installed…


You know I approve of the cows!

I’m sure Sarah will share the room with me when it’s completed, but if you want to follow each step, you can do so on her new blog, She Holds Dearly.

decorating dilemma update | sarah’s fireside room

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