Monday, December 12, 2011

Living Room Before & After

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had wonderful weekends. I FINALLY wanted to show you what I've been working on every weekend since living room!

Aside from the hallway at my house, I never repainted a single room. The paint colors were nice and neutral and I just sort of settled for them. The sandy beige of my living room looked nice enough during the day but at night, it had a horrendous puke-y green undertone that drove me bonkers.

Aside from despising the nocturnal paint color, I also have never bought a new piece of furniture for this house. Everything I own came to me secondhand, whether it was a hand-me-down from family, a purchase from one of Wilmington's wonderful consignment stores or a steal from one of my show's set dec sales. I made do and lived like this for three years...

The living room was fine the way it was. I tried to liven it up with glossy black paint, Trina Turk pillows, a cowhide rug and black and white photography. But the couch- THE COUCH! It drove me insane.

Then one day, I found this sparkling Lexington gem at Custom Home Furniture...literally, it sparkles.

And so the games began...after coddling "Santa" and putting in a few $$ of my own, the couch became mine and the living room became a new space...

After MANY paint colors tests and lots of compromise, I finally painted the room Ben Moore's Ocean Air. What a breath of fresh air it has been! Do I think the room is perfect? No. The blue chair could stand to be recovered or replaced entirely and I need end tables to flank my sofa and sit next to the coral ( chair. But that stresses me out much less than a big ticket purchase.

The dogs still enjoy the furniture as well- what can I say, I like cuddling with them- but we cover the upholstery with a king sized comforter to keep dirt, drool and dander far away from the gorgeous tweed and brass nailheads.

So what do you think of this make-over? I refrain from showing you the dining room right now as it stands in a state of transition. But it's amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do...hmmmm...


  1. Amazing. So happy for you! But what happened to the cowhide rug???

  2. The beloved cowhide is in the dining room (not pictured). It's under construction and will be ready for an unveiling after the new year.

  3. Paint and couch made a HUGE difference, I love it!

  4. I love it! The renovations look awesome...only problem is we prefer the use of Behr paint vs Ben Moore (Joey has brainwashed us all!!)

  5. Breath of fresh air! Lovely. You already know who took your pillows if they disappear one day.

  6. Slinks, tell Joey that all the other paint in the house is Behr. H.D. still gets my money when it comes to paint and I promise I did try out a few of their colors for the living room!
    Em, I'll talk to the Elf on a Shelf about getting some pillows to you.


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