Thursday, September 10, 2009

~living room make over~

You have been so patient!
Shall we start with the before photo?
Very woodsy, rustic, warm and cozy, but dark.... After........
New ektorp sectional from Ikea with the svanby beige linen slipcover.
Love it and we have already had one ketchup incident that was easily removed with a little resolve!
I had this oar on the wall before, hung it up exactly where it was.
This basket was a flea market find from a ways back, and I already had the lamps.

I love fresh flowers and especially lilies because of the scent of them!
Our temp. coffee table is this leather Pottery Barn ottoman.
It actually works for now so it might stay!

Here is the matching Pottery Barn chair.
They were both craigslist finds, or scores I should say!
Super comfy, love them and they make my husband happy!
I already had the round white table, it is from TJ Maxx.

I got this old suitcase at the flea market I went to a little while ago.
I filled up these utilitarian shelving units (had to have them to house the dvd player, etc)
with vintage metal locker baskets and old sap buckets.
They now hold kids' dvd's, remotes, etc.

The wall color I went with is Oatmeal by Ralph Lauren,
2 coats of Kilz primer and 1 coat of paint, and one arm with more muscle in it than the other!


An overall shot of the room looking into the adjoining dining room and kitchen.
My handy hubby built these columns that flank either side of the opening going into the kitchen.
I painted them out, as well as all the window trim with a white from Ben Moore in a "soft glow"
The pictures on the wall are in frames I made out of vintage chippy wood.
The couch is piled high with pillows, mostly cream to match the couch, one is a ticking stripe and one is a burlap feed sack pillow I bought from The Barn House Boys at the Farm Chicks flea market!

I opted to leave the ceiling wood.
It was a win win situation for my husband and I and I am happy I did. It's still cozy and not too "shabby"
We just hung the Veranda chandelier last night so sorry to say it wasn't in these pictures!
We took down Mr. Deer head and replaced it with a 47" flat screen flanked by topiaries.
The same pictures I had on the wall before (only another wall) now are hung on either side of the fireplace.
They are black and white pictures from Crystal Lake in the 40's.



This table was another one of my finds at the flea market a few weeks ago. It's a whopping 7' long! The legs were too short so I removed them and added 4'x4's painted out Ralph Lauren roadster white. Now it's the perfect height!
I love the rustic planked top!


Here is a shot from our kitchen and shows the detail of the columns.

A HUGE thank you to my friend
Kim
for taking these photos!
You are the best!
xoxo


87 comments:

Katie said...

O.MY.GOSH....looooove it! :) It flows so nicely w/ the rest of your home. You are such an inspiration~Great job, girl! :)

Stacy Jacob said...

LOVE IT...Man, you did a great job. I love the sofa. I can't believe it is Ikea!!! I loved the room before, but now it is just exceptionally gorgeous!!!!!!!

Colleen said...

Love your transformation! It is just so cozy and bright and beautiful. I am in the market for a sectional and am thinking of the exact one you have. The ketchup really came out with just resolve? That is good to hear. I have three kids and a dog ... What made you choose that versus the PB slipped sectional? Besides the price ... :) Great job. I love reading your blog.

Elma said...

Oh my word you did the most beautiful job!!!! I just LOVE it. This room is Gorgeous!!! I think I need you and Jennifer to help me with my house!!! Great job. I will be looking at this post for a long time!!!!You know this should be in a magazine:)

Becca said...

WOW! It is so much brighter. Love the look. Becca

Pat said...

Melaine, did you hear the huge gasp? That was me when I saw your room. You are have so much design talent. This room is truly magazine worthy, especially before and after shots. As always, an incrediblly designed room. I LOVE it, it was well worth the wait.

Heather at We Are Five said...

WOW! That looks amazing!
I love how it is light without being white. It looks so kid friendly that way. I want to snuggle up on that couch with a cup of coffee and British Country Homes!
Great job!!

Thompson Tales said...

Melaine, I LOVE IT!!!! You did such a wonderful job....love all the pillows on the couch, so cozy!!!

Lissa said...

it's gorgeous, simply gorgeous! how did you do it so fast?!?!

Chris said...

What a wonderful change , all gorgeous , love love it .
Chris
Just Beachy

nell ann said...

It looks like a new, completely different house! So light and bright. I am super jealous. I bet you just sit there and stare at it's awesomeness. Great job -- and compliment your hubs, too!!!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

You went for it, girl! I love every inch of it and can't wait to paint our brown tongue-and-groove. (Did you have to sand yours down first, or did the Kilz do the trick?)

amy said...

my jaw just hit the floor!
amazing! so glad for you that your hubby agreed to paint the paneling. looks great!

AndreaW123 said...

Melanie....so worth the wait...it is beautiful, absolutely! I love it all, but really love your frames that you made...

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

This is incredible. Thanks so much for sharing. Lovely, lovely, lovely! : )
M.L.

The Old Painted Cottage said...

I've just witnessed a total slice of heaven. Melaine, this is mouthwatering gorgeous indeed. Beautiful job!

oxox
Jennifer

Courtney Baker said...

This looks amazing!

blondiensc said...

Looks fantastic Melaine, do you ever sleep? Love all the pillows on the couch and the 7' table...gorgeous! Now come to my house and help me! :)

Jill said...

Melaine, it turned out awesome - do you love it? More importantly, how does hubby feel??? Great job, I am totally considering that sectional for our basement - let me know how you are liking it.

Cheers! Jill

maitlandmommy AKA Sheri said...

you know, when i first saw your earlier post - i thought "BUT i really LOVE it the way it is" but.oh.my.gosh. THIS is GORGEOUS. I love it. It's still so warm and i love that you kept the ceiling natural. It's great.

Fields of Linen & White said...

It looks like a home in a magazine. The walls came out beautiful and I love the couches. Did you say you found the couches on craisglist, or did I read wrong?
Love it, you must be so happy!
Cheryl

Robin said...

I'm speachless!

The whole room is so crisp and cozy. The colors are perfect and all the different layers are such a wonderful addition to the room.

Wonderful job.

Vintage Junky said...

FABULOUS! love it!
SMiles!
Michelle

Kurstin said...

love love love it! wow you have a good thinking eye!! beautiful!!! great job!

Angie said...

This is FANTASTIC!!!! SO worth the wait!! enjoy!

Bethany said...

it is beautiful!!!! I LOVE it!!!

Jen said...

I'm sure this is a silly question, but can I ask how you hid the cords and plugs to your tv? Can an electrician add a plug to an existing fireplace-I thought this had to be done during construction? Thanks and I LOVE the makeover!

Laurie said...

Wowwwwww!!! What a transformation! It looks great! Fantastic job, thanks for the inspiration!!!

Susan said...

LOVE IT!! I got giddy with excitement when I read that we would finally see the end results. Love your blog and have been following for awhile but first time to comment! Love all you do!

Laura said...

Beautiful transformation! I also would like to know how you mounted your TV. I have a huge stone fireplace like yours, and have been afraid to try this.

KarenSue said...

How beautiful! I have been looking for a color to paint my wood panaling. I love yours. And the sofa! Don't you just love slipcovers? They are the best. You did a great job and it's you because of all the great deals. Not picked out at a show room-never! I was at the Farm Chick Show. I will be there next year. And Chaps also.
Sue-Orlando,Fl

haleys cottage said...

Love it! Your quick, it would have taken me months.

Rachel said...

Beautiful! You did a wonderful job!! It looks amazing!!

Lettered Cottage said...

Everything looks just fan-tab-u-lous! Your taste is exquisite and I wanna come visit!

Layla

erin said...

LOVE IT! I love that you kept the wood on the ceiling too. Very cool!

Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful! Just the right mix of dark and light to show contrast. I love that the chair and ottoman are darker...just enough extra punch to take it to the top! Love it! Tami E.

Kathy said...

Oh Melaine, it is perfect! I am so glad you left the wood and didn't sheetrock that makes it all the more special! Your blog is special, thanks for sharing, I look forward to it everyday.

A.Love said...

OH WOW!! I want to LIVE there!! NOW :) Kim took gorgeous photos!

Chris said...

Absolutely specTACular! One of the best transformations I've seen in a long time! I love every detail!

Dianne said...

Loving the contrast between the ceiling and the walls. Keeping that ceiling was so smart. Great job on all of it!!

Shannon said...

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! It looks so fresh and cozy! Love the wire basket! You (and your hubby) did a beautiful job!

georgia girl said...

beautiful. absolutely beautiful.

Country girl said...

gorgeous.... and you got the chair and ottoman from craigs list... you are so lucky.... loved everything in that room.... especially the slipcovered sofa...

Full House said...

Very fine job!!! Completely magazine worthy.

I want some of your Halloween lie the one with the owl. I'll go convo you through the Etsy shop.

love,

Christina

LuLu said...

Fantastic! WOW love the whole room, the detail is amazing!
LuLu

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

I loved the room before, and the transformation is unbelievable. All the elements I love, natural wood, painted wood, whites, creams, leather seating, stones, slipcovers... and those gorgeous pillows.

Bambi said...

Oh,Melaine,it looks wonderful. Can almost hear the room itself going "awwww"!! Love your sofa. You have a gifted decorating touch.

Room to Inspire said...

Melanie it looks great! I love the room...it is just perfect!

Chelsea

Erin said...

WOW! I would copy your house room by room if I could. I love the couch!!! Your blog gives me such wonderful inspiration!

{ L } said...

Wow, this is simply stunning. What an incredible makeover! I love the walls. :)

Lori said...

Fantastic job, an incredible transformation.

Jen R. said...

It's wonderful! It looks like a magazine picture! Jen

Gretchen said...

Love, love, love your new living room. By the way how did you do the old wood frames?

Pony Girl said...

What a great space makeover...I like how you didn't completely lose some of the original character of the room.....yet it really looks like much of the style you feature and are inspired by in your blog! :) I'm sure your hubby is happy with it too and I bet you just want to spend all your time on that couch in your "new" room! ;)

Stefanie said...

I LURVE IT!!!! It fits in with the rest of your house now... so when are you making a frame for the TV? It would look so great with one of your beautiful frames around it. We made one for ours and I get so many compliments and it was SUPER easy. Let me know if you need tips :) Thanks for sharing with us!!! Oh and I will be at your garage sale tomorrow!!! :)

Christin&Co. said...

You blow me away!! This is incredible!! Do you travel to do design consultations? I really need your help!!Seriously fantastic job!!

Kelly said...

Wow! I can't believe how much better this looks!!! I love the cream color with the brown. Love your new sofa with all the comfy pillows and the addition of the chocolate leather chair and ottoman. I think you should keep the ottoman as your coffee table. It's perfect. I think this room flows better now with the rest of your house. Not too feminine and not too masculine. This is magazine worthy! Great job!!

Shannon said...

Beautiful transformation! It's amazing how paint can totally change the atmosphere of a room! Nice job!

Angie said...

I would love to know how you like your couch! I am thinking of getting the same one for our bonus room that we are finishing. Your room is beautiful! I love everything about it.

Rachel H. said...

It looks awesome!! I bet it was a TON of work!!

Candice said...

WOW! You did a wonderful job! So beautiful!

Linds@ THAT'S SO CUEGLY said...

GET.OUT.
Just found your blog! I'm putting your button on my scroll list A-SAP! I'm having a birthday giveaway today! Hurry over!

Linds

Beth Hollenbeck said...

GORGEOUS! AMAZING! INSPIRING! Just lovely and you must never that room as it is so cozy and beautiful!

cindy said...

Your room turned out GREAT! Nice job on the columns too....adds so much. Best wishes ~Cindy~

Mary Frances said...

Can you say, "Lake House Chic"? It is warm and inviting...you can totally see the whole family on the couch watching a movie or just Daddy napping or Mama reading or blogging! I totally agree with leaving the ceiling natural wood...that's what gives all the creamy whites warmth and makes it feel like a weekend home...plus it balances the weight of the stone fireplace...absolutely perfect and waiting for a fire and a college game on the flatscreen!!

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

OMG - I cannot believe how amazing it looks. I wish you could help me with my crazy room.

Claire said...

Just gorgeous Melaine!! It is completely transformed. I would totally do this look for my home but with my messy 1 yr old I doubt the white would be a smart choice. You sooo need to be discovered by mass media, you're a genius in the decorating world. ohhh how I wish you were my neighbor...

Kasey said...

omg...
beautiful.
and i have to say is w.o.w.
did you end up with the ikea sofa??
xo

momentum said...

I love it!! I'm dying to know if you love your couches or just like them after having them for awhile? I was going to purchase the PB basic, but saw your blog and now and seriously consiering the Ektorp!! Please do tell...

DylKat said...

WOW! It's fabulous! I really like the brown accents (ceiling, chair, ottoman)throuhtout the room.
Wonderful transformation!!

Samantha2818 said...

Wow this room is gorgeous. Very cosy and inviting. You did such a good job of making it very simple and stylish whilst not making it too girly - my husband would love the fireplace and the ceiling while I love the creams etc. Very inspirational.

Stacey said...

Amazing! You are definitely a girl with vision and ability.

Mrs. Limestone said...

Looks absolutely lovely!

Risa said...

I love the makeover!! Looks fabulous.

Cottage Rose said...

OH MY GOSH!!!!!! I so love your make over,,, your living room is just beautiful,, I love it all.. great job!!!

Hugs;
Alaura

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Melaine, what a beautiful makeover of that room. I love the lighter look so much & you found some real treasures. Love the leather.

Katy said...

WONDERFULLY delicious room! I bet you all love it. You did a great job with every little detail, thanks so much for sharing.

thedomesticfringe said...

Wow! I LOVE your living room!!! I also think your family pictures are amazing. Any of them would make an awesome Christmas card.

-FringeGirl

hootsmom said...

Melanie.... AWESOME JOB!! It looks so fresh and fab! I love the ralph lauren paint colors you chose! GREAT JOB GIRL!

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

It looks so good. It looks like the room belongs in your home now..flows good with your other rooms!

Mama B said...

I love your blog. I've recently started following you on my new blog, littlelizardking.blogspot.com
Thanks so much for sharing such creative ideas! You are wonderful.

Amber said...

I LOVE it! You did a fabulous job!!! The cream walls really warm up the room in a fresh way and I like that you left your wood ceilings their original color. I adore your stone fireplace. It adds so much character to your room. It is such a cozy room that makes me want to curl up on the couch with a book!

Susan said...

You did a lovely job. I adore the oatmeal color you chose. What a transformation!

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jsampson said...

Hi. Love, love, love your room. I'm thinking of ordering the Svanby beige furniture. I don't live by an IKEA, and so I can't see the colour. My walls are Benjamin Moore, Classic gray. Is the colour of this furniture more ivory or more brown? I would really appreciate your opinion.

AntiqueChase said...

stalker alert!! going back to this old post. what did you do with the Ethan Allen Horse wood sign? I see it's missing.... whispering...sell it to me... sell it to me... LOL

Rhonda said...

How is your ektorp holding up? I'm interested in getting one but want one that lasts... Thanks!

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