I thought I would share some summer changes in our living room...so come on in:-)
This room is truly a living room. We watch DVDs, listen to music, and the kids play here. It is open to the dining and kitchen areas.
I am a big fan of Cuban-born designer Vicente Wolf. I especially love how he often places furniture on the diagonal...especially in small spaces, like I have. I have done this before, but with the large leather furniture, it didn't work as well. Now that I have only my antiques, which are smaller, it works so nicely and really opens up this room.
I am, of course, using found and family things. A lot of the pieces, including my great grandmother's chaise lounge and table, have been in my family for well over 100 years.
The wagon wheel table my dad and I built holds a 100-year-old family photo album and some vintage cars he put together as a young boy. My kids love those cars:-)
The pink Asiatic lilies my mother gifted me with have been spectacular this year, and I am sad to see them go for the season. The brass candlesticks belonged to my grandmother, as did the blue Mason jar. One of the things I love to do when using a Mason jar to hold flowers, is to use just the canning ring to dress up the rim. You can use ribbon, twine, etc., but I like to see something there.
I do not ever want to see a TV unless it's on, and I have had this pine armoire for years to hide the TV. I painted the orange-hued wood black about five years ago, then distressed it a couple years ago and really love it this way. I added crystal pulls this winter.
My mother brought this candelobra back from Lebanon in the early 1970s, and I dressed it up with chandelier crystals. Some of you will remember the vintage pink Chinese silk used for the runner was passed down from a relative who lived in China in the 1940s. In fact, the settee, chair by the piano, buffet, and glass lamp on the buffet also came from her.
I'm still loving the pink and loving the grey distressed walls.
Pillows I made can be tossed on the floor if the kids are watching TV or playing...
I think that I have been able to put together a room that is not only comfortable for my family but also has the vintage, time-worn look I love, but not old and stuffy. We love it anyway, and that's what matters isn't it?
I have been tweaking things here and there for a home tour I will be part of later this year or early 2014, so I'll keep sharing those updates with you all. Just like the master bathroom redo, they are all low or no-cost updates that anyone can do. I really want to show that you can still have style and elegance on a non-existant budget. Really, you can--it brings out the creativity in you.
Thanks so much for stopping by:-)
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