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A Friend's Living Room

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I was recently asked to help a friend/neighbor with her living room.  She wanted to recover her existing sofa and chairs and rework the layout of the room to make it more useable.  I love working on projects like this that are close to home because the homes in my neighborhood are all very similar yet very unique at the same time.

This image shows the newly recovered sofa and chairs.  I found the fabrics at 1502 in High Point and they worked perfectly with the existing rug.  My friend wanted the room to have a serene feel with a bit of freshness.  Nothing crazy or extremely colorful.



 For starters, we chose BM Coastal Fog for the walls.  The new arrangement left us with few options for lighting placement and because the room has the space, I recommended a sofa table with large lamps.  I have used these lamps from World Market several times and really like them.  I will say that they look much different in person than on the website - by the way, they are no longer available on-line? 



A few other details - the pillows are all from etsy.  The round mirror will add a different shape to the room, breaking up the squares.  The barrel table will go between the two swivel chairs.  The coffee table is obviously, well, a coffee table.  We are also planning to work on the built-ins by changing the color and style it up a bit.  This has been a slow process making small changes a little at a time.  Sometimes those are the best projects.

13 comments:

  1. Looking great. Love the lamps you are using.

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  2. I love what you have in mind for this space, Rene. I have to check out those lamps!…we have had a major lamp deficiency in my house because I can't commit :)

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  3. This is lovely Rene! It is always good to see rooms where people work with what they already have. You have done a wonderful job breathing new life into this space!

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  4. I love a clean house for the weekend too. I actually go grocery shopping on Thursday nights and clean on Friday so I can go into the weekend in a blissful state. Your house is so beautiful!

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  5. Looking good! This is real life decorating for many of us - small changes over time - to fit our real life budgets!

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  6. The room will look wonderful. I love the lamps! I've been looking for something like them and sure wish World Market still had them!

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  7. Oh, such pretty fabric choices. I have been eyeing those lamps. So much fun to work on Rene. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. love the plan! Your blog is lovely, so neat and clean. I was looking at whose blogs Mustard Ceiling designed and yours is one of the best.
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  9. This is real life decorating-making small changes over time. I think the pillows that you are suggesting will bring all the spark and energy into the room. I love how you use Etsy to obtain your pillows.

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  10. I really wish we had a World Market store near us, maybe one of these days. I love those lamps and they are a great addition to this space. I always get bummed when items are no longer available online too - maybe if you call they can still ship to you? Great work Rene! That's a nice room and I love the built-ins and fireplace.

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  11. Looks good, Rene. I like the serene colors....

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  12. Hi Rene--So happy to have found your blog today! I can't wait to do some more perusing and reading--there is so much good stuff here. I found you through Camille of The Vintique Object--she posted a pic of your front door--so pretty! Looking forward to more.

    -Lane

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  13. I agree, the best projects are those that develop over time. Plus, when you get along so well with your client, why not take time and enjoy the process?!

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