Sunday, October 7, 2012

Living Room Makeover

BEFORE our living room makeover last winter,
 guests walked in and exclaimed about the colors,
 saying it reminded them of Miami Beach style.
OK, that works...we live in Florida most of the year.
...and BEFORE our 15-year-old lime-green leather recliner's
mechanicals broke down, we were content with the room.

About the same time, Cedric, our double chaise, covered in comfortable purple chenille,
had faded. We decided to make over the room and shift things around the house.
The lime-green sleeper sofa and polka-dot area rug went to the lanai,
 the lime-green recliner, rigged in a stationary position,
 went to a guest bedroom, and ReStore (Habitat for Humanity)
picked up our Techline office unit, two 1970s end tables, and Cedric for resale.
AFTER the room was cleared, I shopped for American-made seating pieces.
 Once again, I was disappointed in the large scale of it.
BIG American furniture has always been a problem for those of  us with
 small, cottage-size spaces built shortly after WWII.
Going for a lime-green, white and gray color scheme
inspired by the gray/white area rugs found at IKEA,
I painted out the violet section on the striped walls with a color called Pistachio
and brought in smaller-scale seating for six.
 An unexpected bit of serendipity turned up when we laid two area rugs together
 and their designs matched at the center of the room!
It created symmetry and a larger carpeted area to anchor the seating.
Too bad about the black box in an otherwise serene scheme~~I try
 to think of television as a hearth, the fire around which we gather together.
Like accepting a Kindle as a book with pages to turn with our hands.
 With the hot pink and purple gone, it's a quieter room~~like still water with a squeeze of lime.

We loved the BEFORE as much as we love the AFTER,
 the room, no doubt, reflecting the changes in us, body and soul.
Less energetic and colorful than we were 15 years ago,
 we're quieter and more reflective these days.



rosaria williams said...

I love it! It is quieter and more restful, but it still has that beach vibe!!!

I'm impressed with how everything, everything supports the theme.

S. Etole said...

You are very adept at decorating! Looks so serene.

Leslie said...

I hear you on the difficulty of finding small pieces for small spaces! This looks lovely.


Great work, Becky. I like both, too.

My daughters have a dvd that is a burning fire ... you can always pretend.


AntKaybe said...

Or instead of a fire dvd, you could get the fish aquarium. Wow, worthy of Sarasota Magazine. Welcome Back!

Beth said...

I like the serenity of it--the light colors on the walls keep a upbeat vibe to it.
About the TV, what about some of IKEA's artistic shelving units that surround or simpley accent the wall where the black box is? I have the 2012-13 catalogue and I think they might enhance your wall and draw attention away from the TV. But you are much more the decorator than I am. I decorate in my head, but rarely for real---I simply make use of what we have or are given and find a way to make it homey and not just a hodge podge of this and that.

Jeanne @ Collage of Life said...

Love your new abode still water with a squeeze of lime. Well said! The room makes you take a deep sigh and relax, just looking at it. Enjoy!
Jeanne xx

tammy j said...

your last paragraph . . . perfectly said!
i'm with you on all the weird gigantic furniture! huge!
what's up with that? i guess it's to go into all those mc-mansions they'll be in debt for the rest of their lives! lol. sad though.
actually not a laughing matter.
i love it when you share photos of your home near the sea. thank you!
but i liked that you named your
chaise cedric. a perfect name.
i'll miss old cedric.

Life 101 said...

The color and decor are stunning. My wife would arm wrestle you for that purple couch :)

Hanne Bente said...

Hello Becky
Nice pictures you show - with a beautiful decor.
Lovely to change.
Wishing you a lovely sunny stay in Florida.
Weather here pt: wind / solar + 9.0 degrees.
Hugs Hanne Bente

yaya said...

Wow, what a change! I love it! I love your description: "still water with a squeeze of lime"...perfect!

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Ohhh yea this is totaly zen. Love the new colors and the carpet and the sofa's and and and everything. thank you for heaving a peak into your space.
Be happy with your new goodies.
Hugs Dagmar

mimi said...

I love the new room, so fresh and modern and clean looking!Love the rugs!Well done!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Cool as a say I! Lovely Florida respite you have there!

Dimple said...

Your room is spare instead of frilled, and beautiful in its spareness. The TV would be less of a black void, perhaps, if it had an area rug similar to those on the floor mounted behind it to give a transition zone to the wall.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Gorgeous! So bright and lively :-)

tammy j said...

becky !!!!
am i losing it?
or is the dark grey background of your blog new?
it makes the colors stand out even more.
please say it hasn't always been this grey. please.
otherwise i am losing it.
oh well.
a new world every day. LOL.

RuneE said...

After having seen this I understand that we should have redecorated many years ago :-)

But I was born lazy ...

Cobalt Violet said...

Ahhh ... so gorgeous and peaceful. I'll be right over. :)
LOVE the color and those side tables! AND how the rug came together! Fabulous!