So when I set to work freshening my Living Room for Designers At Home, I was inspired by 2 things…a pillow I made from an Hermes scarf–a gift from Paris that a sweet friend brought me and a throw I picked up on my trip to Scotland last year with Traditional Home Magazine. That one seems double appropriate since Ronda Carman, the author of Designers at Home, though American, lives in Scotland and has for the last several years.
So by jumping off from the brilliant blues in these 2 inspirations pieces, I had a great time creating one of my favorite color combinations of kelly and peacock.
My living room has been seen many times in At Home in Arkansas, in Traditional Home for a full home feature and then for a fun entertaining segment again in Traditional Home last year. So without changing all the things I love about this room, I sure had fun making it feel bright and cheerful in a whole new way.
It’s amazing how just a few tiny tweaks can really liven up a space. You really don’t have to break the bank to jazz things up. I mainly used things I already had.
And we even set up a bar for entertaining guests all color coordinated and everything. Here are a few picks of the original design to remind you of what I added.
So how do you like it with a hint of blue? It’s hard to go wrong with such a cool hue, right? And I don’t know about you, but by adding some of my personality I think the room feels like it has more of a soul than before.
Here are my top 3 tips used in re-styling my living room…
1. Start with something sentimental or inspiring as your jumping off point. Memories of Paris and Scotland all come to mind when I see the pillow and the throw that set the tone for my blue accents. Now just being in this space makes me even more happy with thoughts of destinations I love.
2. Collections add personality to any space. My collection of design books make an appearance in this space, selected from my many titles based on their jacket cover. Displaying my books as a group of blue “accessories” certainly make a impact.
3. Share your interests…my necklaces make an appearance on the coffee table bust bringing in a fashion influence and acting as an extension of my personality. They also add a flair of the feminine, and I don’t know about you but I think the “new” version of my living room styling is definitely softer and just a touch more girly than before.
Now for some good news. This is where the exciting book giveaway starts.
Leave a comment on this post telling me what you like about my new living room styling to be entered to win your very own copy of Designers at Home, the new book that features my home. And to be entered a second time, send a tweet linking to this post and copy me @tobifairley, and share what you love most about the new and improved look there too. We will draw the winner of this fabulous Rizzoli book this Friday at noon CST. Good luck! xo,
P.S. Stay tuned for more reveals of the freshened up photostyling in my home. You won’t want to miss what a few small changes can do for a room.