Hi All 🙂 I’m very excited to show you some of the changes I’ve made to my living room over the past month or so. Here is my living room as it looks overall today (remember to click on any of the pictures you want to see larger)… That’s my sweet puppy Soleil in the picture (hence the name of my blog).
The changes I’ve made are subtle but perhaps the most dramatic change is the color of my ottoman. If you scroll down to a few of my previous posts you’ll notice it used to be warm colors. This year the fabric was ruined when we put the vacuum on top of it to vacuum the dust off of our ceiling fan. The roller in the vacuum actually burned through the fabric and ate away at it leaving brush marks. We lived with it like that for months and I’ve wanted to recover it but I haven’t found a fabric I think will work with our living room that I care to spend money on.
I ended up buying a cheap fabric drop cloth from Home Depot for around $13 near the paint department and sewed a cover for it. I haven’t yet secured it to the bottom of the ottoman. I had planned to use upholstry pins and just tack it into place so that if it ever was dirty or stained that I could throw it in the washing machine. The upholstry pins didn’t work because they have to screw into material and the bottom of our ottoman has wood in the way so they can’t be pinned in. I think I’m going to get some Velcro one of these days so I can Velcro it into place and let it still be removable for washing. You can’t tell from the pictures I’m going to post but the drop cloth has a nice texture and actually has a few colors running through it but it’s very subtle and the camera wasn’t picking it up. I’ve never dyed fabric before but I may even try dying it a slightly darker taupe color because this color blends into our carpet a bit much for me. Here is a close up.
Because it just looked like a sea of plain, light fabric to me I decided a solution to that would be to put a tray on it with some pretty accessories. Off to Home Goods (my favorite store on the planet) I went. I was actually really lucky to find this giant tray style basket for only $16. It’s a pale gray wood with dark gray rope handles. I bought the “bird cage” looking potpourrie container because I was specifically trying to find decorative pieces that weren’t vases or candle sticks. I tend to buy alot of the same types of things and then have a problem with the way my staging looks because it’s too monotonous. So, that was a good find. The metal looks like an old weather vane, like it’s been aged by the sun and lots of time which I love about it. I’ve never bought potpourrie but it actually makes the living room smell amazing and doesn’t involve me having to burn candles or Scenty wax. The silver mercury glass “genie bottle” I already had on my mantle but put in on the tray for height. I like to group things in threes which is why I bought the jar candle (also from Home Goods). It smells good; I like the silver lid which adds a bit of glam to the more rustic basket and goes with the mercury glass bottle. I also threw some Restoration Hardware magazines in there. You can’t beat free decor right?
Now– on to the mantle. Here is a close up. You may also notice the paint swatch on the wall to the right. Yayy!! I finally picked a paint color!! I’m procrastinating with the paint because I have to paint all of the white trim in here cream and I HATE painting trim and after painting lots of the trim in this house I’m OVER ITTTTTTTTTTT. I’ll get around to it…eventually…lol
Here are the details a bit larger. The large glass vase is from Home Goods along with all of the balls inside and next to it. The antiqued silver candle holder was given to me by my mother. She received it as a gift I think and it sat in our basement for years before I stole it for my house. It actually was bright silver but it’s tarnished since it’s been in my house and I actually LOVE the tarnish. Every now and then with it becomes TOO tarnished I’ll wipe it down a bit but I always leave some of it on because I prefer it that way over the bright silver. The cream vase and flowers are both from Michael’s.
On the right side of the mantle I have two cement containers that I bought from Home Goods and I was surprised at how inexpensive they were. They’re super heavy, excellent quality and they remind me alot of Resoration Hardware. I’m obessed with owls and I’ve had that guy for awhile; he’s from TJ Maxx. The books are all from the Salvation Army. Those are a recent find of mine and they were only 20 cents a piece!! The little cream vase is from Michael’s and I’ve had it forever and it’s never been on display in my house. The other side of it has a bunch of butterflies and things on it but I liked the plain cream showing better with my color scheme. Then there’s the section in front of the fireplace. The distressed solid wood candle stick is another Salvation Army find. It’s heavy and I love the carvings on the sides. It was already beat up and distressed which I like about it. I may distress it a bit more around the carvings a bit to make them show up better from further away. Or not. We’ll see. The green vase with the flowers has been out since we’ve moved in. I just normally have two of them on either side and I removed the red, orange and gold flowers from it now that I recovered the ottoman. I’ll bring them back out when it’s fall.
This is also a new addition for my living room. The two chairs were part of our 4 seat dining room set we used in our condo. For the past 2.5 years we’ve lived in this house they’ve been sitting in the basement unused. The antique dresser has also been in my basement for quite awhile. I bought it to use as a nightstand in my guest room but my guest room is at capacity with all of my scrapbooking supplies while my scrap room is under construction so I haven’t been able to use them. I’ve been sick of staring at this side of the living room being completely empty for some time and it suddenly occurred to me that I could use these items to fill up the space and put them back to use. I plan to refinish the dresser because it has alot of orange undertone to it that I don’t love. I’d like to make it look like a white-washed gray with some of the wood grain still showing through so that will be a project on my To Do list. I plan to leave the antique gold hardware as is because I LOVE IT. The pillows I put on the chairs were previously on my couch and I just moved them over there. The dresser is staged with more Salvation Army books, bronze candle sticks and candles I got from my Aunt Jan who recently passed, an a distressed cream vase from Michael’s.
So…all in all, I really like the result of the changes I’ve made so far. What do you think?