Sunday, August 14, 2011

My Favorite Room

After showing you our newly re-done kitchen, I promised I would show you my most favorite room in our house: The Living Room. But first, I have to show you what it looked like before we got our hands on it...


The floors were in terrible shape and that brown color looks like somebody barfed up a chocolate creamcicle on the walls...



So we weren't quite sure what we were going to do with this room, but it kind of came together on its own. We started by refinishing the floors... huge improvement! Then the orange paint and new blinds. The khaki color behind the couch was Seth's idea. He called it a "reverse accent wall." It's the color we used throughout the rest of the house and it's called 'Keratin' by Kwal. As you can see, we don't have much on the walls yet... any ideas?? 

The first real decorative thing we got for the room was the rug. It's one of my favorite things in the room and it came from Lowe's. Then, we knew we needed to get some furniture as we only had one sectional couch which was definitely going down in the family room with the tv. We didn't have a ton of money to spend on furniture, so we looked around at a lot of different things. I hadn't found anything I was too crazy about until  I found this patio furniture set on sale on the Target website. Yep. It's patio furniture! Awesome huh? Now if it gets dirty I can just take it outside and hose it off! I did get new decorative pillows as the ones that came with it didn't match too well. I got the flowered pillows from an Etsy store called Pat's Table (way cute stuff at a great price) and the green leaf-print pillows from Walmart. My "weeds" in the tall glass vase in the corner are an old purchase from Ikea (though I've seen them there recently) and the other vases are old purchases from Ross. I thought we did pretty well with a small budget and I love the way it turned out!

So there you have it! My favorite room. Let me know of any ideas you have for my blank walls. So much space to work with!


heidi said...

Oh, Karen! Your favorite room is MY favorite, too!

It's just... astonishingly gorgeous. And SO BRIGHT. I just love the colors. I can't believe it's the same room!

My only wall-suggestion is a mock suggestion... a framed picture of the way it used to look so you never take its new and incredible BEAUTY for granted!!

heidi said...

Re-reading, I have to confess: my comments fall far short of expressing my awe and appreciation for the beauty of your re-vamped house.


It's Me said...

Looks fantastic! I like the furniture. I don't think I would have ever thought to look at patio furniture - but there you looks great!

Gerry said...

You did an amazing job changing the whole room. That place looks fantastic! It's a room with a very lively feeling, and it still looks like a comfortable place. The furniture makes the place very gorgeous.

-Gerry Bossier

heidi said...

Who is this Gerry guy?

And he's wrong--it's not the furniture--it's YOU. Your smile makes any room very gorgeous!

Karen said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments! Very nice to hear!

Collette Smith said...

I. Love. That. Orange.