How to Take “Country” and Make It “Arty”

As promised, I’m sharing another before and after from the Nashville home featured Monday.  

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3 Simple Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Today I’m sharing three simple bedroom decorating ideas for your home. You’ll see how I used these tips when decorating a teenage boy’s room, but they are applicable for any bedroom or guest room.

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Country Farmhouse, City Farmhouse

Last week I spent a day at the country farmhouse belonging to the director of my older daughter’s school.  Every summer, the director hosts each grade of school children for two days at her historic farm located an hour outside of Nashville.  

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Can You Use Outdoor Furniture Indoors?

You may be noticing lots of sales and clearances for outdoor furnishings this time of year, or at least you should be.  When I saw this end-of-the-season outdoor furniture sale from Ballard Designs, I knew I had to share these great pieces at great prices that can be used INDOORS just as well as outdoors.

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Ballard Designs is one of my favorite online furniture retailers.  Great style, quality, and prices make them a great value overall.  This chair and ottoman is weather- and stain-resistant, which means it’ll hold up great with young children and pets indoors!  And you can’t beat the price:

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Ballard Design Ceylon Whitewash Lounge Chair and Ottoman – $369 for both, plus an extra 15% off

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Decorating for Smart People

Right before my Furniture Arrangement Workshop last Thursday night, a lady who was attending came up and asked me where remedial students should sit.

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Furniture Arrangement Workshop at Merridian 

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Spring Break is Decorating Time!

Winter is NOT my friend.  I just can’t stand cold weather and the shorter days that make me feel depleted of sunshine and light.  The change to daylight savings time really kicked my butt this year, but I am already loving the added daylight in the early evening.  After spending a lot of time indoors all winter, this tends to be the time of year that many of us get tired of our homes.  We want a little pick-me-up, but who can afford to redecorate every spring?  Since I’m on SPRING BREAK this week and not really working (well, we’ll see), I thought I’d share some ideas I included in an article a couple of weeks ago in The Tennessean about redecorating on a dime.

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A Coastal Living Room Makeover by The Decorologist

Happy Labor Day!  Sit back and enjoy a little trip to the coast today in this living room makeover.

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I showed you the make-over of this Brentwood client’s entry last week, and it made it into the Style section of The Tennessean over the weekend!  This is where this living room started:  it was a large, light-filled room filled with treasures my client had collected over the years from the flea market.  The problems we identified were:  the orangey-brown fireplace from the 1980′s did not work with the beachy vibe she really wanted, the room felt unbalanced, the furnishings lacked cohesion, and it all just felt a bit cluttered.

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Living Room Before

 

Over the next several months, we worked towards creating an oasis of calm for this busy family.  The fireplace needed an update, but I didn’t think it was necessary to rip it out or cover it over – instead, we used the power of paint to transform it.

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Fireplace Before

 

 

Let’s start with another “before” of this living room:

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This is the “after” of the space from the same angle:

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Living Room Makeover by The Decorologist

 

 

Here’s a “before” from the other side of the room:

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Living Room Before

 

And the “after: “

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Before:

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Before

 

 

Isn’t the fireplace GORGEOUS now?  The new wall color is Benjamin Moore’s Iced Green, which plays into the coastal palette throughout the home.

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 Living Room by The Decorologist, Photo by Melanie G. Photography

 

 

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Design by The Decorologist, Photo by Melanie G. Photography

 

 

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Vintage globe I picked up at an antique mall

 

 

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Photo by Melanie G. Photography

 

So many little makeover projects went into making this beachy living room come together – I’ll  share the details and how-to’s of those, including the fireplace and furniture makeovers, later this week.  Stay tuned!

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