Monday, August 4, 2014

~decorating a room doesn't happen overnight~

When we first bought this house back in 1998, our living room had natural tongue and groove cedar walls and ceilings. I embraced this by decorating with a lodge feel using leather couches, pine furniture, deer heads and fish.

Then around the year 2008 I decided to paint the walls to lighten it up.
This change had me wanting more white so we bought a slipcovered couch from Ikea and I was on the hunt for the perfect coffee table.

I made some picture frames out of vintage chippy wood and hung a boat oar on the wall under them.
This picture just made a big debut on HGTV.
You can see the story here.
It got a ton of nasty comments.
Honestly, it bothered me at first, but in the end, I realize my house isn't for everyone.
How boring would it be if every house were the same?

Present day……

Today there is a bit more color in the room with the raspberry red pillows. I found a great $5 coffee table {trunk} at a garage sale that suits us just fine.
I hung rows of black and white photos of Crystal Lake {where we live} from the past, framed in Ikea Ribba frames.
We upgraded our sofa and now have one from Pottery Barn.
The lamps are a bit more substantial. A score from Home Goods.
I am a sucker for layers and a bit of animal print, so the jute rug and zebra rug are perfect.

Long story short, it takes time to create a comfortable look that represents you and your family.
If you pulled a room together overnight it would look like Pottery Barn page 127.
Who wants that?
Shop for the perfect accessories, and don't buy anything unless you love it.
If all you can afford at the present time is an Ikea couch, by all means, go for it!
There is nothing wrong with Ikea!

We live in this room.
Yes my carpet is a hideous brown that I'd rip up in a heartbeat and install hardwoods if I could, but money doesn't grow on trees and with 2 dogs and kids, it's perfect for where we are right now in life.

And for everyone afraid to get a white sofa, I can only say that you are missing out! They are the worlds easiest to keep clean! I cannot tell you how many spills we have had on this sofa and you just whip the cover off and throw it in the wash. So easy!

Good luck decorating the room of your dreams!



Lauren @ Bless'er House said...

You received nasty comments? I'm seriously shocked. I adore this room! I'm slowly learning the lesson that a room has to evolve. I keep feeling like I have to race to get it done but no idea why. Thanks so much for putting it into perspective for me! (And this makes me feel tons better about living with our carpet without having the finances for hardwood.)

Anonymous said...

I just clicked on the link to HGTV's Facebook picture. I gotta tell ya.....I can not BELIEVE the comments that are posted there!!! Wow. People are really, really mean for no reason and say things that make no sense. Gosh. People obviously don't realize that it may be an old picture....a before picture.....or that it may, possibly, be a real person's picture and that they are reading their comments!!! What has become of this world??

WhiteWhispers2u said...

I have always loved your decor and why others have to be so nasty is beyond me.Clearly nothing better to do! I don't care for to many others decor but I sure wouldn't say anything hurtful.

I look back at some of the decor I had in my home and I can't even believe I went there.Lol

As long as you love it that's all that matters!

Lani said...

Love your style and your blog! Sorry that people feel the need to be so rude and negative. Keep doing what you love! XO

Alexis Gradwohl said...

I saw the nasty comments on the HGTV FB page and wanted to yell at the people. We don't even "know" each other but I felt like I needed to defend my favorite blogger! We just moved into a new house. We have done some major changes and we are so happy with them. It is our dream home and I don't care if others don't like it! They don't live there we do! I like what you've done over the years. Changing with the times.

The Herlings said...

Good for you Melanie! You know, I've NEVER thought your room looked bad. I never even noticed your carpet. When I compare the now picture to the one with the white chippy frames, I do like the look now better, but liked it the way it was too. I think your room is morphing naturally which is natural and authentic. And while, I couldn't do all white rooms, I really appreciate and like the look of people who can do it and many times think, why can't I do this right?!

Hannah said...

omg! people are soooo mean!!! my heart was hurting for you! :( i love your style...don't change a thing. and wouldn't you love to look in the houses of the nasty commenters??? HA! my paneling room has had about 5 looks in 8 years!

Anonymous said...

"Pottery Barn page 127" I cracked up when I read that =) Your absolutely right on creating a space over time, who wants to do it one night anyhow? I love the thrill of the hunt for things and also like you mentioned, money doesnt grow on trees, so just buying bits and pieces here and there ensures your buying what you truly love. Thank you for the continued inspiration! xoxo ashley

Dyanna said...

I have been following your blog for a long time now. I love your style. I read the Facebook comments and it made me so mad! I wanted to reply to every one of them! Why do they feel the need to say nasty comments? Guess their lives aren't so good. I, too, would love to see inside their homes (and I would love to leave a comment on what I think of their homes!)

Kassie said...

It's amazing how brave people are behind a computer screen. This makes me so mad and I don't even know you! lol!

Little Farmstead said...

Thank you for sharing Melaine! Love the transformation and reminder that a room doesn't "happen" overnight! Your style is amazing. Sorry that those who don't share the same taste feel the need to be unkind. Keep up the great work!

Kristin said...

I love this post! I've been a stalker oops sorry! Follower of your blog for some time. Forget the negative comments. You are amazingly talented! I love seeing your home it always inspires me to work on my own.

Susan said...

Those that can't "do" have lots of time to tell others what they are "doing"is wrong. Since you live at the lake perhaps they would like to take a long walk off your peer! Lol

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

You are so can't put a room together overnight. This room has always been a favorite of mine!! LOVE the pretty pop of color you added!


Wow there sure were a lot of mean and grumpy people on the HGTV post! Your home was beautiful then and is beautiful now and what counts the most is that you and your family love and enjoy it!

Judy said...

i can't believe some of the rude and hateful things people said about your beautiful home...i've loved everything you've ever done...all the way back to RMS days! i try and live by the notion that if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.

your home is my all time favorite melaine...carpet and all! said...

I love your look and follow your blog because of I love it! You have great style and design skills but it may not be for everyone, but don't sweat it! Be proud of your home and how beautiful it is.....there are many of us who would LOVE to have a home like yours!!! Some people are just jealous. They just are, and when women get jealous and feel insecure they tend to get catty. So given this, that whole carpet comment was done in poor taste and I would love to see the carpet of the person who made the comment!!!! I be she has pet stains and crusted food on her floor! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh it just bugs me to no end when people are downright hateful towards someone else's...LIVING ROOM!! Really?! Your home is so lovely...managing to be styled so beautifully while still looking comfy, lived in and inviting. - Jordan

Peggy said...

Okay, so I saw the nasty comments on HGTV and just had to shake my head! Whatever happened to "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all"? Every one has different tastes in decor. By the way, I loved that room and thought it looked comfortable and inviting... not some place where you have to be super worried and feel as though you have to sit on the edge of the sofa for fear crushing something. And the updates I love them as well. I totally understand about letting a room evolve as well as our style evolving. Any way, keep up the good work and thank you for being an inspiration!!

Erin P said...

Just chiming in to say to heck with all the comments too! My jaw dropped as I read through them! Shame on people, so sad! I'm glad you're keeping your chin up about it...all of the rest of us that adore what you've done appreciate your inspiration! FYI, I happen to like the fact the carpeting in someone with a very low decorating 'thrifty' budget it always helps me to know that places can look like a million bucks for those of us that don't actually have it! If every aspect of the room was perfect I think it would somehow seem even more unattainable! Having said that, I will say I never even noticed the carpet until I read the comments...There is touch other ooey goodness going on to notice! :) Keep on keeping on!

Erin P said...

Just saw my spelling errors, sorry...long day! I hope you get my jist! :)

Anonymous said...

I've really been noticing that myself. It takes time to build a room. Especially if you're living in a rental and moving around from time to time. The rooms keep changing! (I'm still obsessed with those red pillows :)

Unknown said...

I love where you've taken this house! Your style has grown and the house with it. Well done!

I have a question which I hope you can help me with. We have just purchased an old Queenslander house which has VJ walls and ceilings (tongue & groove) that have been finished, possibly with a varnish. We would like to paint them white. Any tips on how to escape the dreaded sanding before painting?? I'm thinking ceilings here, as they are very high! ;-)

Thanks heaps. Hx

Melaine Thompson said...

You can either prime then paint, or skip that step and use Annie Sloan paint! Good luck! It's sure to be gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Ignore the meanies - your house is awesome! What's funny is, one person said "lose the ottoman" and the next person said "HGTV, where can I buy that ottoman?" - lol. Also, there are many more that love it than hate it. Keep up the good work!

Unknown said...

Wow, as has been said here already, if you can't say anything nice , don't say anything at all. I will never understand some people. I truly believe they are just unhappy and disatisfied with themselves. I do not comment often and I do not know you Melanie but I look forward to checking in with you every morning as regular as my 1st cup of coffee! I devour every post and absolutely love your blog. I think you are amazingly talented. And as someone above said, I never noticed your carpet either, however, it also makes me feel better as we too are living with carpet in a few rooms that we hope one day to replace with hardwood. It just hasn't been the priority and with kids and pets it is not on the top of the list. And noone ever comes in my home and says anything nasty to me. They love my house and how I style it (I take many ideas from a certain amazing blogger I follow :)
On another note I too have white slipcovered furniture and have no regrets either! When I think they need it off into the washer they go and look good as new!
Keep up what you do so well Melanie! There are so many of us who adore you! Don't give those nasty comments another thought!!

Anonymous said...

I think your house looks great! Never stagnant, always fresh, and reflects you and your personality. Switching things up keeps it interesting and fun. You have a creative talent that sees something unique in ordinary things and you bring it to life with a fresh approach. Don't change your ways because of nasty naysayers. Remember, only dead fish go with the flow.

Cottage Dreamers said...

You handled it all with grace and class. Bravo!
And your home really is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I loved all of the positive comments left on HGTV's facebook page about your room...I hope all that offered words of support here will do there also as well. I loved your room the first time I saw it and love how it has evolved as trends and your personal taste has changed. My room started out with a victorian style, changed to primitive patriotic and now it is more pottery barn, this all due to how my taste and finances has changed, it's still a work in progress. What I love is that your home is beautiful even if it has older carpet, this is the best example of Nester's "it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful". What is also special is even with older carpet your living room has been featured on HGTV as well as magazines. Thanks for sharing your home even though you didn't have new carpet or it was old pictures, because of you I have been inspired throughout the years to do many things in my home although it wasn't and still isn't perfect. Your rock!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, some people just need to get over themselves! I can't believe people were so nasty. Your blog is one of my favorites, and I make a point of checking it every day. I have the Pottery Barn Basic slipcovered furniture and you can't even tell they are slipcovers, and they hold up really well. Keep up the good work, there are those of us out here who appreciate you.

Stephanie McFarlin said...

Applause to you Melaine, way to take the high road!! People are just haters not really sure what drives that but it's unfortunate!! Hugs to you!!❤️

Melaine Thompson said...

Love u Stephanie!

Suzanne J Dean said...

I loved both versions of your room, they represent YOU & what you wanted or liked at that time. People confuse stating their opinions with being given an excuse to be ugly & nasty. My number one problem these days is everyone has an opinion but no one can be nice about it any more...grrrrr. So as always poo to the haters...lots of us like it, HGTV obviously liked it and you love it which is most important.


Anonymous said...

I love your home, been following your blog for many years. Some of my favorite past posts were your cooking terms on your kitchen ceiling, your caesar dressing recipe, the vinyl numbers on your back door & your master bathroom.

In the end the only thing that really matters is that you & your family love the home you've created. Keep up the good work & the great inspirations!

You mentioned 2 dogs, I thought you had 3 labs since getting Harley back.

Best wishes Sherri (Florida)

Anonymous said...

When I opened my own shop in 2008, alot of people didnt get the painted white look. I actually had people come in say a rude comment and leave. lol
NOW evvvvvveryone is painting furniture .

case and point, some of us know what were doing , long before the trend.
Jenny The Cottage :)

Rhonda @ home.made. said...

I can't believe you got nasty comments,considering your room was inspiration for my living room makeover!
I replaced huge leather furniture with an IKEA chaise sofa and love it - it's taken me a long time to figure out what I like but that's okay with me.
So is the PB sofa that much better?

Anonymous said...

I often see houses that I don't like - whether it's on or on a blog. But I figure - while I don't like it - there is someone out there that thinks it's the best house they have ever seen - so who am I to comment about how "ugly" the house is.

If your house puts a smile on your face when you come home at the end of the day - that's all that matters.

Anonymous said...

Just have to say that I completely agree with you about the white sofa. We purchased the comfort sofa from Pottery Barn and love it more now than when we bought it 2 years ago. The slipcovers can be washed and it looks as good today as it did back then.

I also love your style and both your old and new room. We have been in our house for 3 years and it has slowly progressed as I have collected and found things that I love. It's a reflection of who our family is and honestly there's no place I'd rather be than home.

Bonnie said...

Oh my goodness, I just read the comments on the HGTV site. A whole lotta mommas forgot to teach their children any manners. I literally could not believe what I was reading.

But you are right about things taking time. And I laughed out loud about "pottery Barn pg. 127." So true!

Love your blog and your house.

Kathy said...

I love how the room evolved - and how it feels so "real" and comfy. I enjpy looking at many blog and magazine rooms that aren't my style but that are still lovely and have something to inspire the eye - so I am baffled at all that vitriol on HGTV... Who wants to waste their energy insulting a room - and show so little respect for the family who lives in that room?

Unknown said...

Great tips Melaine. I have always loved this room and have enjoyed seeing you tweak it over the years. Don't worry about the nasty comments on the link to HGTV, some people do not and will not ever have class. This is my style of preference but even when a home is decorated in a style that is not close to my heart, or not decorated intentionally at all, I would never utter a mean comment. Thanks for sharing your beautiful and inspiring home and ideas.

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