Sunday, January 31, 2016

Using What You Have

I've been wanting a new living room suite for some time.  The one we had wasn't very good quality, and had become worn and looked really bad.  We shopped for new furniture, but nothing has caught our eye.

I love cottage style, and have had a sofa and love seat stored in my basement for several years.  I think I bought it in the 80's.  But it sat in the living room at the old house, and was never used.  Then when we moved here, I used it in the dining room (as a sitting room), until we bought the larger dining room suite.  Then we moved it to the basement, covered it up, and there it has sat for several more years.  So today, my husband and stepson switched out the old, took it to Good Will, and brought up the set from the basement.  I warn you, it is floral, and would not suit the taste of lots of folks, but I'm going to make it work for a while, until I find what I want.  It's like new, no stains, the springs are in wonderful condition, and it is very comfortable.

You know when you change one thing, you have to change a lot more, and I am in the process of changing the room to have the cottage style.  This will be a work in progress, so I'll be showing you what I do.

I brought a round braided rug down from the bonus room to use.  It's been around for a number of years too.  It was bought in the late 90's at Penney's Outlet in Atlanta for only $18.00!  It has held up incredibly well too. 

I switched the curtains to a sheer with tiny embroidered roses on them.  These will do until I find what I want.

I moved the large dark bombay table to the dining room, and brought this table I painted, in to use as a desk.  I also brought in the chair I refinished last year.

I added to the gallery wall, and will switch out some of the pictures in the room gradually.  I have some pictures with roses, that I plan to bring into the room.

I added the name sign that Rachel (my granddaughter in law) made for us for Christmas.

I lightened the mantel by painting the shutters in BM Wythe Blue, left from painting the front door.  I took away the red heart shaped bottles, and added these pink hearts that I made a while back.

I changed the coffee table vignette to include aqua and pink.

I'll be tweaking the room until I get it like I want it, but this is what I've done so far, and I'm liking the change.  This furniture is smaller scale than the last, and makes the room feel bigger.

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