Sunday, January 23, 2011

It all started with a coffee table

Am I too late? What is the official cut-off date to wish everyone a Happy New Year? Let’s give it till the end of February for those of you, OK, OK, those of US, who are already behind schedule.

January has come in and is quickly passing me by, so I’m going to take a breath and try to catch up.

I have a really big event that I’m involved in at the end of February so when I’m not sewing, sanding, painting, soldering or MOST IMPORTANTLY, lunching with a girlfriend, I’m working on this event. So please bare with if my blogs are a little far and few…..OK, where was I? Catch up….

Since we were home for the holidays and stuck inside because of the rain for a good portion of the days, I had nothing better to do than redesign my living room.

It all started with a coffee table…

I had found this incredible coffee table with a brass inlaid top at a thrift store. Yummy. Like most things I buy, I had planned to take it to the Flea Market to sell, but you know how that goes. I decided to use it in my living room. First I painted it white and suddenly, everything in the room looked like it needed updating. Next thing you know, I redesigned my living room without ever leaving my house or spending a dime!

First I stole the lamp that was next to my bed and placed it on a side table. The shade from my room wasn't quite right, so I traded the lampshade from one lamp to the other...

Next, I reupholstered 2 of my dining room chairs with a neutral latte linen and sewed matching pillows to hide some of the cherrywood. (Don’t love the color of the chairs, but the dinning room is next on the extreme room makeover, so I want to do all the chairs at once and I’m not sure what I plan to do with them yet)

Brought in a chair from the garage that was also headed to the flea market...

I love the way the clean modern lines of this chair brings a mixed look to the room....
Changed the placements of 2 mirrors...
I bought this mirror about 15 years ago at a Flea Market for $25. It's been in so many different spots in my home over the years and now it's above the sofa....

Sewed new white/cream ruffle pillows for the sofa...

Rearranged the placement of family photos and other knick knacks...

Painted a side cabinet in the room to match the coffee table...

And VOILA…a new living room! White and Neutral color palette phase of the moment that I am in love with! Simple, crisp, clean with all touches of french touches to complete the room.

There are still a few changes that need to be made, but it’s coming along. New curtains are a must and I think I've found just the right ones. I keep telling myself, Patience is a virtue.

No sooner had I redone my room, when my issue of Country Living arrived in the mail and the cover reflected exactly what I was aiming for in my living room. I read every page with a fine tooth comb!

Next the dinning room is on the agenda to be updated to match the living room….stay tune.


  1. Beautiful makeover Rose, and it has your signature touch! Can't wait to see what other beauty you will create!

    Best wishes in the New Year

  2. Hey Miss Rose, I haven't seen you in so long!
    I love your redo, that table looks absolutely PERFECT with the color and pattern on your sofa.
    Everything looks so crisp and chic, great job!
    Maybe I'll see you at IVF next month :o)

    Big Hug,

  3. Hey Rose...I love it! A beautiful makeover...I also spied that gorgeous bench in your living room!! Great job, can't wait to see the dining room...and what about that bedroom you were working on???
    Hugs and hoping to see you soon!

  4. Hi Rose, Happy New Year!!!...I think we are both on the same schedule. I absolutely LOVE your has your special signature on everything. Miss you and hope we can catch up soon.


  5. Hi Rose,
    Boy do I know how that goes. One change always leads to another. It looks great!
    Can't wait to see you Valentine pillows.
    Have a great week,

  6. I love your living room transformation-everything looks so good together. It's funny how one piece can lead to a whole area transformation--I have had that happen many times :) Love the outcome of your room.
    Thanks for sharing,

  7. Hey Girl, I love a makeover on a budget! I just did one myself!! I need to get some pics on my blog! Your room looks great! Love your pillows too!

  8. You are so talented, Rose! I love your decorating touches and how you use the items that you already have. The living room looks gorgeous!!