Living Room

Marian ParsonsLiving Room, My House23 Comments

I always get such a great response when I post about a slipcover and I promise I will break it down in a tutorial for you.  Honestly, I took pictures while making one a while ago, but they were taken at night before I used my Speedlight and they stink.  I have several pieces in the “hopper”, so I’ll get some good pics of the next one.  Until then, I do have a mini slipcover tutorial and a post about making you own piping.  These will be helpful for those who have basic sewing skills and want some direction.
By the way, thank you, Karli (from Rocky Bella) for featuring my slipcover in your post today.  As for the Craig’s List chair, I say, “Go for it!”
Also, one of my tips for mixing decorative paint was featured today on Tip Junkie.  There are lots of other great home decor ideas listed today, so check it out!
So, I have the rearranging bug at the moment and my living room is the latest project.  This room has been really tough for me.  It’s gone from the “left over” room to the “I don’t really know what I want to do with it, so I’ll just do the most boring and predictable thing.”  Can I get an Amen?  So, in keeping with my decision to finally make some decisions, I rearranged the furniture, pulled down the boring curtains and have been playing around with my stuff.
This is still very much a work in progress, but I’m trying to inject more interest and personality
I absolutely love the wall color, but this room does not have any overhead lighting, it has dark floors, and this deep color on the walls makes the room feel even darker.  I’m thinking about changing it to a very pale blue. 
This is a “before” picture of the living room.  I moved the curio to the left of the double window by the front door.  The desk moved in front of the double window and the sofa went straight ahead. 
Here’s what’s on the to-do list
Find or make two small matching chandeliers to hang on either side of the sofa in front of the windows
Make curtains and pillows
Move French side chairs from family room into the living room
Maybe change the paint color
Paint the two side tables
Find a round ottoman for in front of the sofa
Finish framing and hanging family photos 
Find a rug
Find a lamp for the desk

I’m sure more will be added, but I just wanted to share my progress. Any thoughts or ideas from you geniuses out there?  By the way, this is all your fault.  We all really need to stop egging each other on when it comes to decorating.  The blog world is dangerous…and I love it!
Miss Mustard Seed
Living Room

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23 Comments on “Living Room”

  1. Gosh, I LOVE the textures and patterns you have going on in that room, especially the vignette on the table. BEAUTIFUL!

    I'll be looking for your slipcover tutorial – I need an inexpensive one in my newer color scheme for my Ikea chair. Thanks for all of your inspiration!

  2. I'm laughing because I just moved my seating in my living room this evening. I even have a music wreath hanging in an old frame between the two windows just like yours. I moved my love seat off the wall and created a whole host of new "problems". It now needs another piece of furniture. I love what you have done with the space so far you have such beautiful pieces.

    This is the before, it's to dark to take any decent photos tonight!
    http://littleredhen4.blogspot.com/2010/02/weekend-projects-and-other-things.html

  3. Oh I'm hearin' ya. I actually ask myself all the time if I'll ever be done. Once upon a time I was done and then I moved, but that was before blogland. I have a feeling we're all in this for the long haul. And yeah, it's great fun. 🙂

    I do like how your blues bounce off your darker woods, very nice! But I can certainly see why a softer hue would also inspire you. You KNOW what we'll say. Go for it for no other reason than so we can watch of course. 😀

    Donna

  4. I think you living room is looking very nice, but I am all for more light in the house. So go grab that paintbrush and start attacking those walls. We will be here to cheer you on!

  5. Here we all are, cheering you on to paint the lighter blue color in your living room. LOL! And none of us have paint roller in hand to help you paint!!!! But I too think it is a good idea. I am liking very much what you are doing. Your vignettes are awesome.
    I just rearranged my living room "corner" into a work space for a project I am working on. I needed a long open space and now I have it. Woohoo!!!
    I will put it all back, sort of, when I finish the project.
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  6. Maybe a lighter blue? The deep living blue is lovely, but maybe a touch lighter to usher in springtime? Really is looking lovely – I'd could just sink into that couch with a good book and the summer breeze drifting through the windows. Summer? Oh dear, I've got a ways to go yet!

  7. We love your style! Always puts us in mind of Williamsburg revisited with a trendy twist. Just gorgeous. So clean and simplistic yet so much to capture the eye. I hope things in G'burgh are getting shovled away. We are getting 6 more inches here in S.W.Pa today. Ugh!
    We're Luvin' It!
    Dana, Darla & Greg
    the Redneck Junkers

  8. Oh thank you, thank you, thank you for the tutorial on the slipcover – I am going to be brave and tackle that project.

    Good luck on your paint color, I prefer light colored walls after having dark accent walls in all my rooms. I got tired of the accent walls and decided to go white and accent with colors on furniture and accessories.

  9. I love your room color now, but if you want to lighten it up you may want to check out this new color I put in my guest room on my post today. I went from pale blue to a beautiful gray that has blue undertones. It is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, a very soft grey almost taupe. Found it in House Beautiful and I love it.

  10. Your rearranging looks great and I love all of your antique furnishings and the wonderfully interesting pieces you have on display!

    I love the current wall color, but I can see those walls washed in a beautiful pale blue as well.

    Kat 🙂

  11. You have some beautiful pieces, and I must say I'm still drooling over your slipcovered settee. I think it is way past the infatuation stage though.

    I agree with Donna from Funky Junk Interiors, changing things up in our homes keeps us inspired and going for the lighter blue will be an exciting change we readers could look forward to.
    You have a beautiful home and some really great pieces.

  12. And I was thinking it's all YOUR fault. Now that you've got me painting again and Donna has me re-decorating and re-organizing my house. I just started blogging and I'm re-doing everything. I love your blue. It looks like the exterior blue on our house. I just began a venture (adventure!) of re-doing my entire house (on my blog). Who do I think I am? The main portion of the interior of my home is pale blue. If you want to take a minute and go take a look (add some words of wisdom!! please!) if you get a chance please stop by.

    I LOVE:
    the round ottoman idea
    the dress hanging on the wall

    BTW, there is so much personality in that space I feel like there are living beings in the room!

    I can't wait to see your shop in Gettysburg. We're hoping to visit in the spring before or after we install new windows and gut our bathrooms. We're all insane, you know???? I love it too!

  13. My aunt has a room in her home that has dark floors and the walls are a very pale blue…it is simply lovely, and is my favorite room in her home! I think your room would look great like that too!

    Blessings, Grace

  14. Our guest room was also a dark blue and it just sucked up all available light right into the walls, lol. It's now a lighter, more aqua blue called Cape May that I love. It makes me happy every time I walk in!

  15. I love your desk, it is such a nice looking piece. I hope you feature it on your blog sometime. I really like the way you decorate your home and thanks for sharing.

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