A Look at the Living Room

Last night as I was sitting in my living room catching up on some of my favorite rags, it occurred to me that other than slapping a few pics up on my House Tour page I’ve never really shared many of the rooms in the house.  The living room is bright and sunny and frou-frou-ish and the sole room used primarily by me!  Seriously, the littles only tear through here on their way to somewhere else and Honey doesn’t linger long in a room without a tele.  So, it’s my quiet little book reading, wine drinking, girlfriend hanging happy space.

Here’s how the room looked before…

And here’s the after – after paint, floors and furniture:

My bridal portrait (dubbed “Mommy’s princess picture” by the PCP), taken in Forsyth Park hangs over the settee. 
Mother made all of the throw pillows in the room.  Even the gorg organza and silk rosette.
The little’s homecoming gowns hang in shadow boxes over the antique desk.
The coffee table houses treasured books, nests with found egg shells and a found cluster of shells from the coast of Savannah.
Two luxuriously comfortable chairs complete the seating area and my very favorite side table of all time showcases my now retired collection of replicas of Savannah’s most historic homes, including the Olde Pink House where we celebrated after our engagement and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist where we said our “I do’s.”
A signed print from my favorite coastal artist and one-time Savannahian Ray Ellis hangs over the chairs.

I literally squealed with delight when our armoire and two bookshelves from our last house fit perfectly between the two existing built-ins.

The armoire doors open to reveal a little bar.  When we moved we used every last lick of furniture, with many pieces finding a home in a completely different room with a completely new purpose.
The mirror from our old powder room hangs inside, and Honey installed a rope light under the top lip for ambiance in the evening.
The bookshelves showcase silver framed family memories and other collected and consequential accessories.  I flipped the dust jackets on the books inside out so that they would be all white, making for a cohesive look and nice contrast against the dark wood.

Paint – wall color is Benjamin Moore Seaspray and the trim is in Alabaster

Floors – unstained white oak
Drapes – Brewster Toile
Settee – Ethan Allen; Pillows made by Mother
Sconces – TJ Maxx
Rug – Ballard Designs
Coffee Table and Antique Desk – from local shoppes
Shadow boxes – see here for details
Chairs – custom from Calico Corners
Side table, armoire and bookshelves – Rich’s

From my grandmother’s name plate to my grandfather’s old movie reel to the feathered balls that graced the dessert table at my very first baby shower, nothing in this room is insignificant to me.  And I just adore that!

Tickled pink to be featured at Shabby Love!

Sharing at Kelly’s Korner!

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27 thoughts on “A Look at the Living Room

  1. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring your living room on my blog on Friday. Come by then to grab a button!


  2. Your living room is stunning, such a fabulous transformation. I love the furniture and all of your accessories. Such a lovely and inviting space to sit and relax. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  3. I love the way that bar with the gorgeous mirror is tucked behind those doors! The room is beautiful – and I think I have the same rug in my bedroom! By the way, I hope you get a surprise delivery too! Have a nice evening.

  4. Wow…what a makeover. I can't get over the transformation. Those pillows are gorgeous. Thanks for partying over at DIYbyDesign.

  5. Your living room is absolutely gorgeous! There are too many things I like to comment on anything particular; just love it all! Come by & visit my blog & say Hi! I am your newest follower!

  6. Such a gorgeous room … I love the soft color palette, but with the beautiful dark wood pieces! Your sentimental treasures are lovely, and I love the handsome armoire … adding the bar was genious!

  7. What a beautiful living room you have! I am in love with the armoire turned bar, the mirror is perfect for it! And I adore toile, the pillows that your mom made are gorgeous!!!

  8. That is so beautiful… Its such a nice idea to have a room to ourselves… I have a room like that, just for me, and I was going to make it my office hang out space, like yours but in the mean time of getting the money to do it I completely changed my mind and am making it office/workout room now. Thanks for reminding me to take before photos!
    Have a Great Week!
    ~Rainey~ @ The Project Table

  9. What a great room! My living room before we moved was my spot for reading, visiting, relaxing, too. Many times my family would walk by looking for me and not even realize I was sitting right there! It wasn't a frequently used room by anyone else, which was a shame. Love how you were able to repurpose your armoire. What a great idea to turn it into a bar area.

  10. What an amazing transformation! This room is simply beautiful. I love the couch and your pillows. Is your mother willing to share how she made them? Everything is so well coordinated and how clever to hang a mirror in the armoire! Thanks for sharing your beautiful room.

  11. The mirror looks perfect in your armoire. What a beautiful room. I was born in south Georgia. Still love going back to visit. Audrey

  12. Saw your den on House of Hepworths today and have been purusing through your blog. You have amazing taste and decorating skills.

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