Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A House Makeover for Summer and Spring

Let me just begin with the fact that I am blessed with the best Daughter-in-Love God could have given me.  For many reasons!  But, for the purpose of this blog I'll go with the reason she allows me to play decorator in her home.

While up there earlier this month, she asked what I thought we could do to freshen up what was to her a very tired looking decor in the family room.

She knows how to speak my love language!

This is the large rug that anchors the family room.  I love the rich tones.  We have always pulled out the russets for accessories because she and I both love those colors and they also compliment the wall colors.
After giving it some thought I decided to go in a totally different direction than we have in the past.

I went shopping and found several items that pulled out the teal shades in the rug and took pictures to show her.  She liked what she saw so we both went shopping with son's credit card in hand.

This is a view at what we got to just look at for a while and get family input before removing any tags.
 She had been using this sofa table on a wall in the breakfast room but liked using it here near the sofa.  It also balances the large TV on the other side of the fireplace.  The urn is an old Southern Living at Home piece that we both love and liked the way it pulled out some of the gold tones in the picture and rug.  She may add some neutral floral stems to it in the future.
We thought the picture was perfect to unify the color scheme throughout.
I think the use of pillows is a great way to add color and this family loves their throw pillows.
 We found everything at TJMax, Kirklands and Pier 1 and almost everything was on sale.
We moved this beautiful large Fleur-de-lis to another wall and replaced it with this mirror.
After moving the table, we needed something on this wall under the chalk board the family loves to use.  I found this table that picks up the teal/gray colors.  It also serves as a beverage or desert buffet when needed, plus adds needed storage for napkins, etc.
We found these trays and chargers at Kirklands and love the way they carry the theme into this part of the open space.  We even found matching hot pads.  We leave no leaf unturned in our decorating.
The family approved of everything so this is the finished product.  DIL will probably add something to the mantel when she finds exactly what she wants.  We just ran out of time this trip.
 Everyone loved how bright and summery it looks now.
 The glass pelican was brought in from another room because we thought this was the perfect new home for it.
 This white tray and colorful dishes add a neat touch of organization to the large ottoman/coffee table.
 This is a good view of the mirror and how the rug anchors this whole room.  She will also be adding a window treatment at some point when she finds what she wants.
We didn't stop there.  This was a table in the adjoining dining room.  It needed a makeover as well.
 I moved the large mosaic tray on the wall and floral arrangement to the foyer and brought in some beautiful bronze pieces from a set used in the office.
   They tied in beautifully with the new bowl I found.  We also brought down from the Master Bedroom, this picture that just seemed perfect here.  DIL has picked out a new lamp that will replace this old one.  I loved the simplicity of the light urn on the bottom shelf.
 The foyer couldn't be left out as it sets the stage for the rest of the house.
 The Master Bedroom was already using these colors so now, the flow is complete.
 So what do you think?  Did we pull off our goal to make the house more ready for summer and spring?

Linking to Amaze Me Monday #163
Elizabeth "Libby" Day
Elizabeth "Libby" Day

Hello, My name is Libby. I enjoy reading good books, painting, blogging, spending time with friends and whatever my "Heart" leads me to do. Welcome to Beauty Without Within.


  1. Oh YES! Really lovely. I can't think of anything I'd enjoy better btw then getting to re-do a room with some fresh decs or just a new or different feel. Soo fun. You two did a great job!

  2. Oh how pretty!!! It looks so "beachy"...I was looking at Bed and Bath yesterday at all the pretty toruquise and blues....oh how I wish I was brave enough to use these colors. Smiles

  3. Well, good job ladies! I love the sea foam/aqua colors. Very refreshing looking.

  4. Libby...I cannot tell you how much I love what you did! You have such a great eye for decorating. Bravo!

  5. I simply adore your flare for decorating!!!!!!!!! You are the best my friend!


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