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Before & After: My Living Room

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I’m living the dream in my new living room! What started as a beautiful light gray color palette is embellished with bright cobalt, deep plum, and a little bit of leopard print. Seriously, everyone needs a bit of Leopard print.

We ditched the dark 70’s wood paneling and covered up the brick fireplace to wrap the room in a beautiful light gray and bring some life and light back into this space.

As you can see, 1970’s was alive and well in this “Before” space. The paneling was dark, the brick, while cozy, felt heavy with the dark beams and minimal lighting. Even the floors were dark! I covered the brick fireplace for a few reasons. First, I felt that adding a wood panels would help the space feel more modern. Second, this is the only place for the TV to live in this space, and the brick did not provide somewhere to hide all of the wiring needed. So all of that now lives neatly tucked away behind the panels! We added a beautiful surround and hearth top from Dekton by Cosentino to give it that little touch of glamour.

Now the floors are a lighter wood with a chic grey octagon rug in a David Hicks pattern from Prestigue Mills.

If you remember from my New House Diaries blog posts, my living room is long, and best suited for multiple seating arrangements. Here you can see a handsome area with the white sofa, newly upholstered tub chairs in my Duralee Spencer fabric, and someone can easily pull up one of my cobalt blue India ottomans from CR Laine to join the conversation! The floral drapery and ikat pillows bring the bright cobalt in without being too bold, and those custom, silk, plum-colored lampshades layer in my accent color on this end of the room.

You see that little pass-through to the wet bar with those charming shutter doors? Yes, I closed up that lovely hole in the wall and I’m not the least bit sad about it!

Now I have the perfect place to hang this original piece by Jane Booth that heavily inspired my color palette! My dogs and I love to sit on this gray velvet sofa which creates a second seating area where once again, you can pull up one of those great India ottomans to rest your feet and see the TV perfectly from here!

I removed those large open bookshelves and replaced them with smaller built-in units with octagonal detailed doors with antique mirror  to house all of the AV equipment on one side and provide great storage on the other side. Making those units a bit more narrow allowed for more space around the window so I could create yet another seating (and work) area!

These lounge chairs and ottomans are a great place to cozy up for a conversation, and during this time of year, to open Christmas presents!

And behind the chairs I tucked his great oval desk and pair of klismos chairs. Perfect for doing a little bit of work on my laptop in the morning with light streaming in from the window, and even better for putting together a puzzle or a mean game of scrabble on family game night!

I couldn’t be more thrilled with my new living room! And if you include the fun retro cushions I made for the hearth, I can seat at least 20 people comfortably in this room for holidays or entertaining friends. The color palette feels effortlessly chic and everyone can really spread out and take advantage of this large space. I’ll be walking you through more of my before and after reveals in my home soon so stay tuned!






Before and After: A Sophisticated Bedroom

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A master bedroom really should be a retreat – the perfect getaway for rest and relaxation. So when I started the redesign on my clients’ bedroom, I knew that we not only needed to give it a more modern and sophisticated update, but we also needed to make it a more relaxing room.

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I love natural light, but as you can see in the “before” photo above, this room was almost too bright. There were no window coverings to help darken the room for a great night’s sleep. The neutral walls, ceiling and carpet just bounced that light around, creating a too-bright effect. So I knew I needed to soften the light in the room, and to give the room a palette that would be serene and sophisticated.

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The combination of taupe, grays, and plums really gave the master bedroom a chic sense of calm. And new furnishings and accessories really amped up the style quotient, giving this room a fabulous and more modern update.

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And while my clients loved having extra seating in this bedroom, the old sofa they were using just didn’t work for them.

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I gave them two fantastic and comfortable chairs, with a shared ottoman that could work as both an extra table, or a place to rest their feet after a long day.

So what do you think of this Before and After? Didn’t it create a more relaxing retreat? Let me know in the comments section below! And if you want to see the Luxury Spa Bathroom that is part of this lovely Master Suite, you can Find it here.







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What Is That Color? Neutral Territory

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A bedroom is the perfect place for a quiet, restful color. And there’s no better color family to work with than the deeper neutrals, like this Sherwin-Williams Temperate Taupe. It creates a serene feeling with its grey undertones, and it’s also a fabulous neutral.


Because of the hints of grey in this paint color, it mixes well with the silvery greys and charcoals that I used in the carpet and upholstery. But you know what a color lover I am, so I had to pop in something exciting like shades of orchid to give these neutral walls some punch!


This color truly is the perfect backdrop for the lovely purples in the draperies, chair, and pillows. Together, the palette offers a tranquil oasis for my clients. And the accents here are strikingly close to “radiant orchid” which was the Pantone color of 2014 that so many people didn’t think they loved. But I for one think it looks gorgeous and chic!

So what do you think of this neutral territory? What neutrals do you like to use in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,