It has truly been a busy and amazing six short weeks. To tackle not one, not two but THREE areas in such a short time borders on cuckoo. Add in three accelerated university classes taken at the same time and well, it’s official… I am completely crazy!
First the good news: I earned straight A’s.
Now the not so good news:
As you may have heard the weather here in Texas has been extremely wet and windy. This meant that getting the chairs painted was slow going so this led to a delay in getting them to the upholsterer. So, they will not be ready until Friday. Sigh.
Also, having just moved here six short months ago I am still in the process of finding quality people to work with. I interviewed several contractors to build the enclosed fireplace bookcase. The first two never showed up. It was a case of the third time is the charm. However, the bookcase also did not get finished in time. But these two small things are just another reason for you to come back and visit. (Glass half full always! :)
I have to say though the room is still looking SO much better than what it did.
First, let’s take a look at the “BEFORE” space.
The Previous Owner
Empty and ready to be painted “Cottage White” by Behr.
If you remember, this was my second inspiration board and I came very close to the inspired vision.
What is pretty amazing to me is that 80% of this room was created with secondhand/thrifted pieces.
We will begin with the entry. After all, it is the first space you see when you enter Storybook Cottage.
I found the large mirror at an estate sale, the chest was found by Mr. Décor in England over 20 years ago and the lamp was once a lantern we electrified and I painted to look like an antique copper light fixture. The ugly tile was covered with a jute rug found at Ross for $25.
I kept the tabletop vignette very simple. It was topped with an orchid I found at HomeGoods for $16. The chevron tray was a steal for just $12 at Ross. Nestled inside are two favorite books, a sculpture my mother, Karen, created and a thrifted Limoges dish filled with antique French keys.
Good thing those keys are so close by since they open the antique Belgian sideboard in the dining area.
The space feels a bit more modern with the addition of the artwork our son created. He recently received the good news that this piece was selected to represent his middle school for the town art exhibition. (Proud mom! :)
The table is dressed very simply with some chargers from Pier 1. The napkins and placemats were found during an after Christmas clearance. I love how the gold edge on the napkins links to the gold touches in the living room.
Here’s a closer look at the brass coffee table I found on Craigslist for $200. It is setting on top of a sea grass rug from Home Depot.
Keeping the decoration simple I used a few more books, a turtle magnifying glass, another floral HomeGoods find, thrifted shell coasters and an estate sale dish filled with sea salt chocolate. #slapmyhand
An area next to a staircase can be a bit of a challenge. There was also the added consideration that we needed to keep a clear walkway open. The solution was to dress up the area with a few thrifted paintings and a small chair from HomeGoods.
The rattan table was a great find from Ross a few years ago. It has hidden storage. I simply topped it with a capiz tray I had on hand, added a few books, thrifted bird container and a glass from Anthro filled with springtime tulips.
One of the bold choices in the room was the thrifted hutch. Many of you were hesitant when I said I was going to paint it green. But the color really balances out the massive brick hearth that is directly opposite of it.
I will switch out the dishware seasonally. It is currently filled with vintage “The Friendly Village” pieces by Johnson Brothers. The set was a recent lovely and VERY generous gift from cousin Sweet T and E.
Standing next to the hutch I captured a large view of some of the space. The sofa is an Ikea favorite.
It’s topped with a few HomeGoods pillows. I added a bit of “Florence” paint , which was used on the hutch, to the floral fabric.
On another wall is our bar cart which makes the space always feel like a happy hour. I just repainted an existing buffet and topped it with another estate sale mirror. While it may seem a bit “Palace of Versailles, Hall of Mirrors” this dark space really needs the reflection of the natural light coming in from the dining room window.
The bowl, which holds the pink roses, was a Christmas gift, along with the Palace Trellis stemware from the Fashionista, who works for the company. The gold chevron tumbler was a recent clearance find at Pier 1. It is actually part of a bathroom collection.
The lucite tray was also a recent clearance find from HomeGoods. I just topped the silver sparkly bottom with a bit of wrapping paper to work with the current color palette.
Of course I saved the biggest challenge in the space for last. The massive hearth. Keep in mind that the shelves to the left will soon be dismantled and new shelves and glass doors will be added. But still, an overwhelming improvement.
The mantle may change once the shelves are built. But for now a coat of paint did much to improve the 80’s oak situation. The art came from a great sale. I added in a bit of “Florence” paint to it as well as the two wood boxes. It really just ties the space together. The art hides a good portion of the brick that I was struggling with. In terms of decoration, everything except the turtle was a thrift store or long ago find.
Whew! I hope your eyes haven’t crossed from all the photos. I’ve actually already moved on to the next space in our home….the laundry room. I do hope you have enjoyed the reveal. Many thanks to Linda for organizing the challenge.
For all the mothers, an early Happy Mother’s Day!
I’ll see you on Monday with the chair reveal.
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