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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The Decorologist

 

 

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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!

How To Live Like You’re on Vacation All Year

When I started working with my client about a year ago, it was obvious to me that she was drawn to all things shabby, chippy, and beachy.  She called me in to help pulling those things together and making them work in her traditional suburban home.  

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Front Porch – Photo by Melanie G. Photography

 

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to show you the transformation of this fun family home that feels more like a coastal getaway than a formal suburban house in a Brentwood, Tennessee neighborhood.  We might as well start at the entry, which sets the scene for this sea-inspired space.  This is the way the entry used to look.  Unfortunately, this is the only before photo I have and it’s pretty blurry.

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Entry Before

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How to Make Your Home Feel Peaceful

After a long day we all want to come home to a place that feels peaceful — a place to recharge, restore and relax.   It’s one thing to create a space that is visually beautiful, but it’s quite another to create a space that can make you feel calm and at peace with the world.
 
 
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How do you design such a space?   I’m sharing my insider secrets on foremost design website, Houzz.com.  Click below for the complete article:
 
 
 

The Decorologist is in the Houzz

I didn’t start this blog because I was a writer, or because I longed to write.  I started this blog because I was bursting with ideas and thoughts that I wanted to put down somewhere, to document them, to share with whoever might be willing to listen.

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Sometimes I’m surprised by the attention The Decorologist (the blog, not the person) gets – the contacts I make with people is kinda astounding, especially when it brings unexpected opportunities.  If you are addicted to design and decorating and/or read design blogs, you have probably heard of  Houzz.com.

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Houzz is the internet’s largest database of design and decorating ideas – it’s an amazing site full of inspirational rooms by over 60,000 top designers.   Way before Pinterest, Houzz gave us a way to collect images in ideabooks for reference when remodeling and decorating our homes.  They also provide awesome articles about how to make your home look fabulous.

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Houzz contacted this little ol’ Nashville decorator a couple of months ago about writing some of those awesome articles for their site, and today my first article debuts!  It’s the first in an eight-part series about how to create a specific mood or feeling in a room.  This series is going to be chocked full of my best tricks-of-the-trade, the first one focusing on how to make a small room feel larger.  I guarantee if you follow my advice, you can add visual square footage to any room! 

 

So here’s the link: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/2212033/list/Mood-Makers–Small-Rooms–Spacious-Feel

This is not the title that I came up with – I’m seeing that I’m going to have to give up a little control because of editing and all that jazz.  It would be great if you left a comment on the article or add any tips you have for making a space feel bigger.  Me, a paid writer?  Who knew!

Knowing What to Change and What NOT to Change When Decorating

Here in Nashville, there are many houses that were built in the 1960s and 1970s.  I see a lot of entry floors from that era that look exactly like this:

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Existing Entry Floor

 

This client had grown weary of her dark, dated entry but wasn’t sure she wanted to completely redo the floor. 

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IKEA Bookcases – So Many Ways to Use Them!

The Expedit Bookcase is one of IKEA’s best-selling products, and it’s no wonder.  They’re inexpensive and incredibly versatile, making them the best value I’ve found in a bookcase.  They’re backless, so the color from the wall behind can show through.

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England’s Cath Kidston

 

Cath Kidston Ltd was founded in 1993 when designer Cath Kidston opened a tiny shop in London’s Holland Park.  She began by selling the vintage fabrics, wallpapers, and brightly-painted junk furniture she remembered fondly from her childhood. Her clever, witty re-working of traditional English country house style meant that her shop soon became a cult success. cath via telegraph co uk Englands Cath Kidston

 

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Gradually Cath began to design her own prints and products.  Her work is typically practical, quirky, and often with a distinctive floral print.  Her product lines now include women’s and kids’ fashion and an extensive range of homewares. 

 

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