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How to Decorate Your Room Over time

Posted in DECOR
on July 11, 2017

 

Hi! And welcome back to the latest installment of the Room by Room Summer Showcase, hosted by my friend Amy of My Life From Home.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, my friends and I will be sharing one room in our homes per week through August 15th. I’ve already shared my newly made-over foyer.

Tips on decorating a room over time - buy quality furniture

This week, we are visiting our living rooms.

We all have them – those rooms that are constantly in a state of change. There are a few rooms in my home I’ve had the opportunity to make-over from scratch, but as a rule, that isn’t the typical way to do things. Not only can most of us not afford to do that, but it also doesn’t make a lot of sense to try to make-over a room all at one time because a truly unique room evolves.

Full Living Room - How to makeover your living room over time

For us, our living room is THAT room. We’ve owned this house for over ten years and have made numerous changes, each one getting us closer to our “dream.” If you have one of THOSE rooms and don’t know where to start the process, here are a few ideas that I found made the biggest impact as the room evolves.

We Painted

If you’re looking for an immediate change, this is where to start. Try to relax when you’re picking a color – don’t feel like you’ll be living with the decision for the rest of your life. If you don’t like it, you can always paint over it!

For example, when we first moved in, this room had dark wood paneling, chair rail, and crown molding. The same tobacco-colored walls found in our foyer were in the living room as well. The fireplace was red brick and not trimmed.

Initially, we decided to keep the dark wood throughout, save for the paneling. We chose a light yellow for the walls and olive green on the paneling. It was dark. Very dark. Our leather furniture faded into the walls. I didn’t spend a lot of time in there.

So, we painted again. We went with white on all of the trim and Behr Marquee paint in Painters White. We love it. We may paint again, but if we don’t, I’ll still be happy – that tells me we got it right!

How to makeover your living room over time - paint color

We also added a white, trim surround onto the fireplace and painted the fireplace bricks to compliment the kitchen tiles.

How to makeover your living room over time - fireplace makeover

We’ve started making over the stairs, but it’s a work in progress. Nothing to see here – moving along!

How to makeover your living room over time - staircase

We rearranged

Our living room has seen more than a few configurations. With a large family, we are always looking for the most flexible floor plan with the maximum seating.

How to makeover your living room over time - use ottomans to extend your seating capacity

We use ottomans throughout the room, both upholstered and ceramic, to extend our seating when necessary.

We added lighting

Probably the biggest and best investment we’ve made was to add overhead, recessed lighting. There is a sunroom off of the living room that sucks a vast majority of natural light from the living room. A lighter color paint helped significantly, but it wasn’t enough – it still felt cave-like.  If you have a low light room, and you can afford to add recessed lighting, it would be well worth the investment. I can’t tell you what a difference it made.

How to makeover your living room over time - lamps

Two of our lamps came from Lowe’s Home Improvement. Ironically, we found the same lamp at Goodwill a few years later! Someday, I’d like to give them a makeover or to mix them up with some other styles – next on my list!

We re-used furniture

My husband had the leather sofa and loveseat before we married and it’s been great with kids as far as spills go – it’s completely washable. When it comes to sofas, you get your money’s worth so be sure to get the best you can afford. We’ve had this set for over ten years, and it’s still going strong. I do, however, get tired of the dark color and may at some point do a slipcover to change things up.

How to makeover your living room over time - coffee table

Believe it or not, our coffee table is nearly twenty years old. It was one of those great TJ Maxx finds! I love the herringbone inset pattern on the center of the table.

How to makeover your living room over time - herringbone inset on coffee table

The end tables are also pre-blog purchases. They are a bit small for the size of the sofa.. one day I’ll get around to giving them a make-over as well. For now, they work.

How to makeover your living room over time

The bookshelves came from my husband’s office when they were redecorating – you can’t beat free! I have lofty plans to use them for built-ins with closed storage to hide all of the kid paraphernalia – we’ll see what happens!

We Accessorized

To keep our room feeling fresh, we frequently change things up in the living room. You may remember these pillows were in my game room earlier this year, and have now found their way downstairs.

How to makeover your living room over time - throw pillows with dragon

Our other accessories come from all over the place – things I’ve made, vacations we’ve taken, thrift stores, T.J. Maxx, Target and some from loved ones and each other.

How to makeover your living room over time - camel accessory
Plants and flowers bring life to our living room. More often than not I use faux. It’s easy to move them around the house for pops of color, and I can’t kill them.

How to makeover your living room over time - plants

Trays keep coasters and books neat and tidy while adding a pop of color or contrast.

How to makeover your living room over time - tray with books and other accessories

We purchased the rug before the lighting was installed to help bring light to the room. Now that we have a bit of light to play with I think our next rug will be able to incorporate some color.

Artwork

The artwork is the area that I struggle with the most in my living room. The furniture is large, and I am always looking for art to balance that out, but my tastes change so frequently that I’m afraid to invest in real art for fear that I’ll lose interest in it.  Instead, I strive for objects d’ art to act as long term temporary solutions.

How to makeover your living room over time - botanical print

The large botanical print above the sofa we’ve had for over ten years. I know it doesn’t accurately reflect our style but I like it, and until I find something that I like more it will stay.

How to makeover your living room over time - scrap paper collage

It’s almost time to retire the scrapbooking paper collage, but I’ve not decided on a replacement.

I change the art above the fireplace with the season, flanking each side with art that either matches or compliments one another.

Take your time

 

If you have a room that is also in a state of constant change and you don’t know where to start, try adding new paint and inexpensive accessories for an immediate impact. Then, when you are able, look at adding quality furniture and art.

How to makeover your living room over time - left side of room

 

Here is what I’ll be working on in the days to come – most of which is merely a dream at this point!

Things I’d like to change in my living room:

  • Make-over the end tables
  • Focal wall above fireplace
  • Slipcovers for Sofa and love seat
  • Rug
  • Staircase make-over
  • New Flooring
  • Over-sized artwork
  • Travel gallery wall
  • Lamp Love

Thanks so much for taking a look and be sure to continue the living room tour by hopping over to visit my friends!

 

Colorful Views of a Fun Functional Foyer {Room by Room Summer Showcase – Week One}

Posted in DECOR
on June 27, 2017

 

Hi! Come on in! Welcome to our home – I’m glad you’ve dropped in! I’m so excited to be starting this Room by Room Summer Showcase, hosted by Amy of My Life From Home. My friends and I will be sharing one room in our homes per week, starting with the front entrance – which makes sense if you think about it – through August 15th. You’ll get to see the good, the bad, and the ugly. And, rest assured, in my home, there will be ugly!
For me, the foyer is the perfect place to kick-off this showcase, as it’s not only the main entrance to our home but after it’s most recent make-over, it’s also my favorite room. The honeymoon period is far from over, AND it’s the only room in my home that I don’t have a running list of things I’d like to change!
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For a full recap of the projects we were able to tackle in the entryway, check out the final reveal, but for today, let me introduce you to the area – don’t worry about your shoes – feel free to leave them on.

We like the spaces in our home to be a little bit whimsical, with bursts of color and pattern, starting with our front door! The bright blue greets us whether we are saying hello or goodbye.
 
Our front entrance is a bit awkward – the staircase takes up a significant part of the foyer. It also connects to four other rooms – talk about doorway central. But, it’s light, bright and with a recent bout of design ingenuity – think floating furniture –  now, it also provides ample storage, as well as a place to sit!
The floating entryway table provides display and drop space, and closed storage for seasonal items, as well as our pet’s items, such as his leash. The table’s modern design is a refreshing change in our ultra-traditional style home. It’s floating design saves enough space for two small cube ottomans.
Our staircase makeover is one of the projects we are most proud. Although a time-consuming project, the finished result is worth every minute of effort. If you click on over, you can see how we transformed the entire staircase using paint and a whole lot of elbow grease!

A stair painting tutorial

Stairs from top down with painted runner

A few years ago we did some work on the hall closet, taking out the closet bar and installing shelves for shoes, along with coat hooks. With so many of us in one home, hooks made much more sense for keeping things neat and orderly. After some years this solution is still working for us!
coat closet makeover view 1
coat closet makeover view 1
Of course, as I’m walking you through this room, I’m creating a list of things that I could change, which I’ll take as a sign to move on. I hope you’ll stop by next week when I’ll be sharing a tour of our kitchen. I don’t love that room nearly as much. 🙂

 

Thanks again to Amy of My Life From Home for hosting this showcase! In the meantime, be sure to check out all of the front entryway eye candy from my friends!

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How to Make Your Front Porch a Showstopper this July 4th

Posted in DECOR, HOLIDAYS, OUTSIDE
on June 22, 2017

Reusing many items you likely have around your home,  you can have the best front porch in the neighborhood this 4th of July. These ideas cost little and but are big on patriotic fun!

I’m so excited to be participating in Garden and Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop for the second year in a row! I had such a fun time creating a functional and charming outdoor seating area in my driveway last year. Many thanks to the always sweet Tara at Lehman Lane for hosting this fun hop and be sure to check out all of the other Garden and Outdoor spaces from my blogging buddies at the end of this post.

As for me, I’m talking about my front porch and the 4th of July.

For me, the 4th of July brings to mind a time gone by.  Parades, fireworks, apple pie, picnics and ice cream cones, cook outs with hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and corn on the cob – banners on every door and the flag flying high on every front porch, which by the way, has a pitcher of lemonade ready to serve! It’s America at it’s best, but with a nostalgic spin.

With the 4th quickly approaching, it is time to get into the patriotic spirit. What better way to celebrate than to decorate your front porch during this festive day?  Reusing many items you likely have around your home,  you can have the best porch in the neighborhood that’s little on cost and big on patriotic fun. *This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Please see our disclosure statement for further information. Thanks for supporting Knock it Off Kim! 

How to Make Your Front Porch a Showstopper this July 4th

START WITH A FLAG

An easy and inexpensive accessory, nothing says 4th of July more than Old Glory!.

ADD THROW PILLOWS TO YOUR SEATING

Adding red or navy throw pillows to our  DIY Upcycled Handwoven Rockers softened the modern style. These cushions are made with quick-dry filling and outdoor fabric to make sure they hold up to the elements.

ACCESSORIZE

What says Americana and summer more than a bicycle? It’s funny, this bicycle of mine doesn’t get a lot of use in the riding department, but it certainly makes an adorable planter.

The blue ribbons holding the basket add a nice pop of color. When my husband saw I’d parked the bike at the front door, he only shook his head. We’d recently decided I should get rid of it because I don’t use it, but clearly,  I’m a hoarder, and will do anything to keep it!

A few decorative signs, an antique-style wall planter, and plaques complete the look.

 PLANT FLOWERS

Red, white, and blue, with shots of yellow flowering plants add color and texture to an otherwise neutral front porch. I love how the colors pop off of the white and turquoise in the bicycle.

PUT UP A PATRIOTIC DOOR WREATH

I made this DIY Red, White, and Blue Swag Wreath years ago but it’s still one of my favorite things to ring in the fourth. The tea-stained fabric has a nostalgic look that I love.

 

ENJOY IT

With a few additions to your front porch, you’ll have an outdoor space to enjoy long after the 4th of July!

How are you planning to show your red, white and blue?

 

 

 

Be sure to check out my blogging buddies outdoor space ideas!  Thanks for stopping by!

Garden and Outdoor Spaces Ideas for your front porch

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