Tag: living room

How I am Decorating Rental Home Using What I Already Own

January 12, 2019

I thought I would share a couple photos of how I decorated the rental we are staying in with our existing furnishings. Pulled pieces from different bedrooms, living room and storage to put together a few pretty rooms.  Might as well make it nice while we are living here!

Remember the spare room we had to fix for guests coming to visit here?

Before:

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I used our old bedframe that was previously in a guest room in our old home. Lamps I pulled out from storage, to work with carpet. The bedding and even window treatments are also taken from closets where I was storing them.

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Nothing fancy or magazine worthy, but I think it came out nice:Read More

Double Post! Readers’ Questions Answered PLUS Stunning Before & After Exterior Photos

January 5, 2019

I have not written a post in awhile, so I thought I would start the New Year off with an double dose of decorating fun! Here are a few questions I have received recently from readers:

Hi Kelly,

“This is what I am working with. I recently purchased a home that has emerald/forest green kitchen and bath counter tops the cabinets were a medium brown and had gold hardware. Since replacing the counter tops is not an option and I am working with them. I have chosen a grey almost slightly shaded brown for my cabinet color and have purchases a light grey for my walls which flows into my dining and den area where I have a large wall that has a rock fireplace with built inns. My problem is in the den there is chair rail molding not the pretty kind and taking it up is not on my want to do list should I paint the chair rail the same color as the wall to make the room flow or should I make them pop. I will be painting kitchen and hopefully funding some type of backsplash I am considering just going with hunter green subway tile and just going with it lol. “Also should I paint the built ins the same color as the walls or a contrasting color like the color of my kitchen cabinets also I want to brighten up the stone fireplace but not to much and am unsure if I should keep the fireplace mantel the original wood because I am adding a custom variated wood island in the kitchen area. I trying my best to blend it all together without it looking to log cabin style lol going for more farmhouse.”

Before photo:

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My advice for her back splash working with the emerald green counters, is NOT to buy a solid green subway tile. I think it will be too much green! Here are a couple ideas I would consider to work with the green counter tops for a back splash:

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A neutral back splash or a tile with a bit of hunter green in it would work best. Choose the one that will work best with counters and cabinets. I think your kitchen will look great after painting and adding a new back splash!Read More

Reader’s Favorite Posts of 2018

December 31, 2018

Hello everyone! Happy 2019 to you all. While I am working on new content for January’s Newsletter, Roominations, coming out later this week, I thought I would share my top ten reader viewed blogs of 2018 with you. I know you want to see them again! 🙂

Number Ten- A close tie!:

Color Crush: Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron

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And the tie vote for #10 is:

Color Crush: Van Deusen Blue

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I love finding great paint colors and highlighting them. A lot of color crushes out there!

Number Nine:

Gallery Wall Grid Style

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Hanging art grid style not only looks great, it also takes up a large space over the sofa, like ideas here, which is not always easy to do.

Number Eight:

Lessons On the Other Side of Buying/Selling a Home

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If you are thinking of selling your home, there are a few good ideas and suggestions included in this post.

Number Seven:

Another Home Project Completed

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My black wall- I love it!

Number Six:

Benjamin Moore’s Aura® Grand Entrance®

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Gorgeous front door colors!

Number Five:

Best Colors That Work With Revere Pewter

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Ben Moore’s Revere Pewter is still one of my favorite paint colors because of it’s ability to play well with other colors.

Number Four:

Color Crush: Benjamin Moore Collingwood

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A soft, beautiful neutral without strong undertones.  Works well with white trim and with stained wood.  A pretty perfect color!

Number Three:

Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Best Selling Blues & Greens

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Number Two:

Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Best Selling Neutrals

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A great list of neutrals that includes photos and undertones.

And the # 1 Top Voted Blog post:

Updated: Exterior Grays

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Exterior grays are still very popular going into 2019. Helping homeowner’s find the perfect gray for their exteriors was my busiest # 1 color consulting projects of 2018!

Happy New Year’s! Good luck for all the adventures you will be part of in 2019!

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Kelly  xo

Simple DIY Pillow Project

April 21, 2018

As you know, a quick and easy update for your home to celebrate the warmer temperatures outside, is to add new, white and bright pillows to your living room and bedroom:

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I have so many pillows, but I need new ones! haha I found this fabric that I fell in love with right away at Greenhouse Fabrics:

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I have not sewn in over 15 years but felt I would remember how to sew a simple pillow! I ordered one yard to make 2 18” pillows. I made a 20”, ( 18” plus 1” seam allowance on each side) square pattern out of brown paper and cut out:

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Funny how I remembered exactly how to thread the sewing machine, fill a bobbin and figure out the seam allowance! (half inch):

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Be sure to leave opening 10-12” on one side to later insert pillow insert. After sewing right sides together, I trimmed the corners and turned inside out. I ironed out any wrinkles and pressed under 1/2” on open edge. After I inserted pillow insert, I sewed up the edge and that was it!:

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I forgot how much I enjoyed sewing. I LOVE fabric. I miss not being able to go into a fabric store and be able to touch and feel everything, although there are a lot of places to find beautiful fabrics at great prices, such as  Etsy and Online Fabrics.  I think they came out beautifully! I am happy I did not have to spend a fortune for unique, one of a kind, perfect pillows.  What can I make next? Have you sewed anything in awhile?

I also cleaned out this messy corner:

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What projects have you been working on?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly  xo

Another Home Project Completed

April 7, 2018

So nice to be able to say that, isn’t it? I love finishing up projects, especially ones that were on the list forever.  My husband Mike was involved, so it might have taken just a little bit longer to be completed. His project priorities are not always the same as mine!

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The magic of paint! My previous red wall, Ben Moore Raisin Torque 2083-10, was a great color for awhile, but I have wanted to update for at least six years now. I wanted something different and unique.

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We had the custom cabinet made about ten years ago and still love it. It used to be an empty alcove when we bought house. See the previous yellow walls? They were painted Ben Moore Honeymoon from the Affinity collection.

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I thought with the black TV,  black walls would work perfectly:Read More

Saturday Project- Restyling My Living Room

February 10, 2018

I probably should not show anyone, but this is what my living room has looked like since after Christmas:

living room before

Just a bunch of things thrown together after the Holiday’s.  I decided to make an effort to change up the room after I found this throw I fell in love with at Home Goods:

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I don’t know if it was the color, which I have nothing of, but I just loved it and had to buy. My existing pillows, (which I have owned for about six years, just saying), did not look great with the new throw because they were too beige. The beige pillows with white throw below is a good example of Dirty and Clean together. They do not work well together:

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