I shared my summer living room yesterday HERE, so I was thinking about all the changes I have made over the last few years and thought it would be fun to revisit some of the different looks.
When we first moved into the house, it looked like this.
Then I started moving things around, like I always do. I had dark brown leather furniture because I had young children. Funny enough, I had white slipcovered and white painted furniture for years before going with the brown leather and a more Mediterranean feel -- including things I had collected on my travels like this rug I bought in Turkey.
The living area is open, long and narrow so I have tried every possible furniture arrangement including this one. (I sure wish someone had told me how horrible my photography was then:-)
I started going for more of an English cottage feel and brought out all the blue and white transferware.
I continued my leaning toward more English cottage and made all these pillow covers starting to make things not so matchy-matchy.
I painted all the trim gray and still love that decision. I always hated the white trim and doors.
Then the *blue* bug bit me and I wanted a more American-vintage look. I started to add more family heirlooms and things mostly from the 1950s.
One thing led to another and I decided to sell the brown leather furniture as it was so big and bulky, I felt it limited my seating arrangement choices. To fill the void, I brought in an inherited loveseat and changed the blue rug to a white shag rug.
I then painted the walls starting with the dining area which became a medium blue, "Secluded Guestroom" by Colorplace. The living room got the old plaster treatment with joint compound and "Geneva Swan Grey" paint by Colorplace.
I added more hot pink with the blue.
Being a huge fan of designer Vicente Wolf, I continued to experiment with my seating arrangement on the diagonal. I love how it opens up the room.
I have also tried about 20 different looks on the windows! Last summer I had sheer curtains. I usually change these out with the bamboo blinds.
When I found the white French provincial couch for $50 at a thrift store, I changed the seating arrangement again, this time moving the piano to the dining space, moving the living area down, and putting the dining space at the opposite end. Got that?
I started out with the couch in the middle of the room.
But I felt like it really chopped the room, so I ended up putting it this way and that has worked really well for seating and with the dining space as well.
One of the biggest changes I have made is adding more and more family things and basically purging anything that is currently mass-produced. What I think that does is give me a more personalized and unique space.
And it really is all about your own personal style isn't it?
You can certainly see how my style has changed over the last few years in this room. I think having good neutral basics makes it easy to introduce new things especially different colors and textures. Even with the dark brown furniture, I still had a lot of options. Now with the white furniture, I can also easily change pillows and accessories for a whole new look and spend very little, or in my case no money.
This is how my living room has changed over the years. How has your style changed over the last few years?
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