People who know me well will tell you that I’m a person of convictions. I feel strongly about things.
Things like properly brewed coffee. What is the point of drinking weak coffee? If it doesn’t jolt you awake you might as well just become a tea drinker. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! 😉
And there are some clothing styles which were debatable the first time around but are downright horrid when you see them making a comeback…ahem…stirrup pants!
I also firmly believe that when decorating your home it is important to honor the architecture and style of the house itself. It doesn’t have to be a confining thing but if you recognize the fundamental roots of your home and then infuse it with your own personality, the marriage between the two is seamless.
When we first moved into our home, decorating the living room was fairly low on the priority list. This house was quite a bit bigger than our previous one and with a 5 year old and a toddler I didn’t have much time or energy to devote to this rarely used space. Plus, frankly it intimidated me. I was still figuring out my style and the green carpet was definitely a hindrance. It dictated which colors I could use and well…here you have it.
This is my living room BEFORE…as in 2009 before. Yep.
Ours is really a quintessentially traditional home. It just lends to a more formal style but I really didn’t want it to feel stuffy. Slowly but surely I made little changes here and there but until we could get rid of the green carpet, nothing was going to ever seem quite right.
Here is the same room last Christmas.
And here it is now.
New carpet, mirrored chests on either side of the fireplace, 2 button-tufted chairs and lots of other little changes have all come together to create a space that is soothing…warm…kinda traditional…kinda french country…and very ME!
If it were possible to be in love with chairs then these two sweethearts would have my utter devotion…actually, they do!
Don’t you just love the multi-colored fabric buttons? I swoon every time I walk into the room and see them there and I’m swooning now just looking at this picture. Swoon, swoon, swoon.
For years my husband had been asking me if we can get rid of the glass coffee table that has been sitting in our attic. And for years I’ve been telling him that I could just feel in my gut that we were meant to hold onto it. After all, we purchased it as newlyweds and I knew one day it would find it’s place of honor again. The MOMENT those carpet guys left I was hauling it out of the attic!
Our fireplace is perfectly centered in the room and I’ve always felt like it needed to be flanked by matching pieces. Kind of creating a “built-in” look. These mirrored dressers (found at Tuesday Morning) did the trick.
These chippy door frames with iron inserts were the perfect way to add height above the cabinets. I would like to tell you that I scoured and scoured flea markets and went hither and yon to find them. I would like to say that I was driving through the countryside and spotted an old barn sitting at the top of hill of wildflowers and after pulling open those creaky barn doors I discovered these gems lying their in all of their chippy glory.
But, I can’t. Cause I got them at the craft store. It’ll be our little secret, OK?
My grandmother’s china cabinet was moved over to this wall and is a perfect fit.
This cabinet will never be painted.
This room and I have come a long way. We’ve honed our style. We’ve waited and saved and waited and saved in order to make choices which I believe will last us along time. Oh sure, we’ve made a few mistakes along the way. But just like any great relationship, it has only served to make us stronger!
And, remember that green carpet? Well, it wasn’t only in this room. Yep. Just like stirrup pants, it wouldn’t go away! It was also in the dining room, office, on the staircase and down the upstairs hallway. So in the coming weeks I’m going to have more fun makeovers to share with you!
Until then, thanks so much for joining me in saying farewell to green carpet (stirrup pants) forever!
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