I'm proud of myself. I'm taking risks. No, not literal ones (it's not my style to be all risky). I chose some bold pattens and slightly obnoxious colors that I may be completely over with in a year, but I like them now. That's what matters. On large pieces of furniture or pricey decor, I'm all about picking good timeless choices, but for $40 material, why not go with the print that makes you a little nervous? So, I did. Plus, it's still nasty out and I'm craving spring. I think the need for some flowers in my life really affected me while doing this room. I love spring. Love.
I still need to make a few more pillows, find things for my built-ins, and discover that perfect stand for under my TV, but I don't want to rush just to have a finished look, I want my room to evolve as I find things and have time to create "stuff" I like. So, here's what I've got so far. I know not everyone will like it, but for once, I walk into my house and think, "this feels like me," instead of, " I think this is what living rooms are suppose to look like."
I painted the fireplace all white a few months ago. Instead of pouring money into a new face for it, I just used paint to cover the atrocious wanna-be-bronze from the 60's. The fireplace is not currently usable because of damage to the inside, but I like having it for a focal point in the room anyway. I just threw some pillar candles inside brighten it up. It's not a beautiful crackling fire, but it'll do until the fireplace gets fixed.
I found a cute little window from Milton Flea Market and just used some material I had inside. I'm actually waiting on a new cut of the same fabric to come in so that I can actually turn the material the correct upright direction :) The yellow boxes were something I bought from SC a few years ago...I think they go just fine up there. The mirror is something that was in the house when we moved in. I'm not a huge fan, but I like it much better after painting it red and since I'm el cheapo, it'll do the job.
I know, the curtains are bright, but I think I like them. The little side table was from the market as well...it got a new coat of paint and looks just dandy. I need new pillows for the chairs, but like I said...it's a work in progress.
How adorable is this little wire basket I found? In a few weeks, you may see its appearance on my friend Heidi's blog. Keep posted on her site so you don't miss the adorable "bundle of joy" that inhabits my basket :)
I bought this old window and decided I didn't like the original paint job that was on it. So I used a weathering crackle glaze on it to kind of give it an aged look. I think it turned out well. I still may attack it more in the future with some stain and sand paper...we'll see. I printed off some botanical prints to fill each pane. I think I may be changing these out as I find prints I can't live without, but it's a good start.
My little seating area near the front door. That mirror was an $8.00 find! I repurposed a coffee table to make my bench.
I love this picture of Parker. If I had to choose a shot that most accurately portrayed his personality...this would be it!
My couch still needs some pillows, and my lamps are sad, but it's starting to come together. I may paint my lamps an oiled bronze color and buy new shades. Hmmm.
I can't wait for spring this year, but while the snow still randomly falls, my living room helps brighten my day. Have I mentioned how much I love spring? Thank God for March!