Living Room Before & After (Danielle Moss)

Living Room Before & After (Danielle Moss)

I’m a big fan of Danielle Moss (Breakfast at Toast/The Everygirl) and really appreciate how honest she is about not just the successes in her life, but the struggles too.  We all have them, trust me.  But, blogs are generally our “happy place” so let’s enjoy her gorgeous apartment!  Have you seen it already??  So bright and full of personality in the little details.

In true Danielle style, I love how she shares the unglamorous “before” photos.

*all images via Breakfast at Toast

Amazing what some paint and styling can do to a room!

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DIY or HIRE??

DIY or HIRE??

You might remember me talking about wanting to paint our media cabinets dark grey last week.  They are currently Sherwin Williams Divine White (flat) and Jamestown Blue (Sherwin Williams??) on the back wall.

And I want to paint them dark grey like this:

I actually don’t WANT to paint them myself, so I called the painter who painted my office for $100 (well worth it in my opinion) to get a quote.  I’m not sure what I expected, but it sure wasn’t $750!  He said he would paint it with his spray gun and the cost is really in the care he has to take in covering everything else in the house so it doesn’t get sprayed with paint.

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Our Living Room Sectional (Pottery Barn Pearce) – A …

Our Living Room Sectional (Pottery Barn Pearce) – A Review

Our sectional is from, the Pearce Chaise Sectional to be precise and I wanted to let you know the pros and cons in case you are considering this sofa for your home.  Overall, I would buy this couch again, but I wish the back cushions held their shape better.

This sectional comes in four pieces and can be configured so that the chaise is on the left or right. You have to be careful when placing your order so you get the correct piece.  

The couch is big!  It’s long enough seat several people and also to take an afternoon nap.

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A Favorite (Smaller) Living Room

A Favorite (Smaller) Living Room

I can’t get this living room out of my mind.  It’s a beautiful mix of masculine and feminine, a neutral color palette with great texture and personality.  The gallery wall is interesting and, if you can pull off a white sofa, go for it!  I’ve got a little toddler eating and getting grubby on the couch so it’s probably not happening here- although I have a friend who loves her white slipcovered sofas even with her own two little kids.  

I’m also crazy over the black-rimmed windows devoid of drapes- such great light.  And that convex mirror!

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Grown Up Coffee Table

Grown Up Coffee Table

Hi friends!  Hope you had a great weekend!  After a major deep cleaning on Saturday, I was hanging out in the living room realizing that I never shared our “grown up” coffee table with you.  Like many of you with small children, we had the easy-to-clean, safe faux leather ottoman as our coffee table for years.

It was from Overstock, fit our living room perfectly, but most importantly, was baby friendly.  I even put ugly rubber bumpers on the leg corners to be extra safe- yeah, first time mom:) 

After a couple of years, I couldn’t wait to get rid of it because it was just too bulky and boxy.

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Coffee Talk {Link Party}

Coffee Talk {Link Party}

Emily at Emily A. Clark recently found a fabulous coffee table for her home, which inspired her to host a link party where readers show off their own coffee tables.  I love getting a glimpse into everyone’s living rooms.  And here is a peek into ours:     As you can see, our coffee table is actually a leather ottoman from Overstock.  I love it because it’s large (39 x 39 inches), fits our space perfectly, was inexpensive, and will hopefully be safer for our little guy, who recently started doing this: Heaven help me! 

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Media Cabinet Makeover

Media Cabinet Makeover

Thanks to my blog friends, I was able to finally! choose a paint color to paint the back of the media center in our living room.  Most of you who commented here, voted for the blue on the middle shelf.  Well, little did I know that that color was called “Jamestown Blue.”  A color with my son’s name had to be the one:)  Before I painted the media center, which is a built in unit, it looked like this:

 BEFORE

1st AFTER

I left the cabinet like this for about a week, then decided to paint the wall behind the television as well. 

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Color Confusion

Color Confusion

I’m having such a hard time deciding on a paint color for the back of the media cabinet in the living room.  My husband is color blind and no help at all.  Thank God for blog friends!!  Here’s what I’m working with.  As you can see, it’s a pretty neutral color palette and I want to inject a little color.  I’m planning to remove some of the brown accessories and replace them with silver and white. These aqua decorative balls from Target are my “color inspiration.”   I will also be adding colored/patterned?? drapes in the future. 

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Sticks & Stones

Sticks & Stones

A few decorating touches have been added recently at our house..  For the living room, I found some tall sticks at Hobby Lobby ($11 a bunch, 3 bunches) for the large floor vases.  Stuffing the vases with loads of paper gave the sticks more height.  I think the new addition really pulls the eye up.  To see the entire room, go here.     Before The formal dining room really needs some help, but I’m not quite ready to tackle that room yet.  We have a table and chairs, but that’s it. 

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Family Room in Progress

Family Room in Progress

Since we seem to spend the most time in the living room, (and especially on the couch), I thought it would be a good place to start- decor wise.  I was thinking it should be pretty easy since we already have the sofa, a nice built-in media/bookshelf cabinet and good bones like dark hardwood floors and nice windows.  So far, here’s what I’ve come up with: BEFORE AFTER              

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Family Room Inspiration

Family Room Inspiration

I’ve been collecting images of family rooms that I love for some time now, long before I ever thought of starting my own blog.  I want to share these images with you, and if you know the photo source, please let me know so that I can give credit.  Most of the living rooms featured have muted, neutral tones that I find so peaceful and relaxing.  I admire how these living rooms are layered with elements that provide visual interest, something I find very hard to achieve.  Sometimes, after the basics go in, I get lost on what to do next to completely finish a room to give it that interesting look,

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Finding the Perfect Ottoman

Finding the Perfect Ottoman

Like I said yesterday, our sectional is great, but we need an ottoman for the middle to set things on.  So far, I’ve been using a tray on the actual couch, but I’d rather have the ottoman to put the tray on and hubs wants something to put his feet on.  I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect ottoman that fits the space without being too big (we need to be able to walk around it), too short, or too tall. I’m opting for an ottoman over a coffee table because I wanted something with a “softer” feel.  I was thinking I’d like one in dark brown leather to contrast with the sofa that is micro suede and colored “light wheat” and the rug we’ll be getting this weekend. 

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First Major Purchase for the New Casa

First Major Purchase for the New Casa

While the house is being built, I’ve been busy planning how we’re going to decorate it.  I’ve made many a purchase in my head:)  First things first, we’re going to need a new couch.  The couches we currently have are old, dirty, smelly, and have been generally demolished by our dogs.

I spent a long time researching couches at various retail stores and online.  We determined that we wanted a sectional so that we could lounge comfortably (we spend a lot of time on the couch) and accomodate several people.  The requirements were:  comfy, simple style, durable and easy-to-clean fabric,

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Living Room Redo (Townhouse)

Living Room Redo (Townhouse)

When Jimmy and I began dating, he had recently purchased a new townhome in a crack-den ridden, I mean, “transitional” neighborhood. He hadn’t really furnished, let alone decorated the place, unless you call having a bed, a living-room sofa set and a big-screen t.v. furnished. When we got married I got right to work in adding a woman’s touch. The neighborhood has continued to improve, but we knew that when we got married that the townhouse couldn’t contain us for long. For a long time we debated whether to move to the ‘burbs (new construction, more square footage and bigger lots for your buck but with a nasty commute to work) or stay in the city (expensive smaller lots with older homes but convenient to work and friends) and ultimately chose the latter,

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