29 February 2012

Living Room Change~

Hi everyone,
I thought I'd show you bit's of my living room again. I painted a couple of walls and left the large wall behind the sofa white. I'll probably end up painting it a different shade of white next month. 
I changed some things around and I still need to buy curtain rods and hang up some sheers, but you can get an idea of what it will look like when I'm done. I also need a big rug for in front of the sofa.

I re-arranged the living room, this was actually how I had it when we first moved in and hubby liked it better this way, so back it went.
I'm not sure if you can tell, but I painted the wall with all of the windows a light gray called "Sterling" by Laura Ashley. I had wanted to do it "Pearl Gray" from Martha Stewart, but it was no longer available.

I have some wonderful vintage chairs coming to go around the table in front of the fireplace. So they will add a pop of color to that space.
I also decided to keep my yellow dresser because it holds a lot of sentimental value, and I really can't paint it because it has beautiful hand painted flowers on the drawers and it would just ruin the piece. 

The cabinet with the basket on top is my t.v. cabinet that I just painted. It was a bit too dark for my home in it's original finish, so I painted the inside a a combination of "Sterling" by Laura Ashley and Wedding Veil" by Benjamin Moore. The outside is painted "Bashful Blue" by Ben Moore.

 I got the wonderful monogrammed  grain sack pillow from the flea market a couple of weeks ago.

Sorry for the million photos.

On another note, hubby and I are completely hooked on the BBC show "Downton Abbey". I went last Friday to purchase the 1st season and had to run back Sunday night for the 2nd season. Now that I'm done watching both seasons I have no idea what I'm going to do. I just read that the 3rd season won't be out in the U.S until next year at this time. Really, that long? 
Anyone else hooked like me? :)

Hope you all have a lovely week.


  1. Hey Melinda. Your living room is beautiful. Your sofas are so inviting! Is that an old quilt box that you are using for your coffee table? I just brought a large one home from my mom's that was hidden in an out building. It smells like moth balls but it is beautiful.

  2. HI Melinda...yes crazy for donwton abbey!Your living room looks great ...love the paint combo's!

  3. I love those baskets on top of the "sentimental" desk you're deciding to keep. Adds a natural and textural elements to your beautiful living room. And with all that natural light coming in this are looks like wonderful place to hang out!

  4. GORGEOUS it is so fresh and bright.
    what light you have now, wish we had that much natural light in our home.
    What a world of difference it makes.

    I don't know how you find the time and energy to do all you do. I am good just to get the living room vacuumed, lol

    I have tried to give that show a whirl but just can't see what the hype is all about. I never could watch english television shows.
    They liken' it to a soap opera of old days with a good love story.
    I guess that is what our Amercian tv is missing with all the reality people miss getting lost in a love story.

  5. I just love your relaxed style...Beautiful , and I think your old trunk looks great!!! I invite you to check out my new post if you get a chance...Blessings Lori

  6. Totally gorgeous Melinda! Love your monogrammed grainsack pillow!

    I really like the color of the wall too. I am in love with grey. officially. :)


  7. Hi Melinda~~
    I just love it all. It looks so cozy:)You have put everything in the perfect spots.
    Hope you are having a wonderful day

  8. J'adore your living room, every single piece! Your hard work paid off. Flea markets, lucky you. I've not heard of one here that I would go to. Have a great week, Melinda.

  9. Your living room looks great. I'm lovin' that green trunk coffee table!

  10. Everything looks SO good Melinda! You have the magic touch, seriously. Hope all is well with you. I was thinking of you when I was at Trader Joe's today getting my flowers. I got orchids not only because I love them, but my friend that is a florist said if you change the water after a few days they will last three weeks or more!

    Take care,

  11. Beautiful job, Melinda! I just love everything you've done in there! Cozy, sweet, and chic! :)

    xoxo laurie

  12. LOVE your living room! I am soooo addicted to Downton Abbey too!! xoxo

  13. Looks amazing, Melinda....so fresh and clean:-)

    I need to check out this Downtown Abbey that everyone is talking about.


  14. Beautiful French baskets. I snap them up every time that I see them here. My French husband thinks I am crazy but is getting used to it! I am hooked on Downton Abbey as well....the Christmas special gave me a little bit of a rescue but I will be checking the BBC site for the new season.....can't wait.

  15. Hi Melinda! I love your living room, it is just so gorgeous! I absolutely love the "coffee table chest" color. The new color you painted looks perfect and I also love how you painted the TV console. Thank you for sharing all of the colors!


  16. It looks beautiful Melinda. It is so cozy. Also it's interesting. I have a piece next to my white sofa that is a similar shade and patina to your chest. I'll send you a pic sometime. I love the combo.

    Have a good one

  17. Your living room exudes comfort and style Melinda! I could just plop down on your sofa & take everything in. Great jobs on the painting.
    I saw the pic of you and Amy over at her blog - so fantastic you got to meet at Country Roads! You both look so cute & happy. Petite Michelle Louise & I are going treasure hunting this Saturday. Should be fun!
    Oh, and YES - I got completely hooked on Downton Abbey this season! I never saw the 1st season, but now you make me want to go buy it. :)

  18. your home is SO lovely, melinda! i just love your style:)


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