My husband loved it, but as a female, I started really wishing it was a little less rustic looking and a little more pretty... I LOVE shabby chic and would love a house done in pinks and whites, but I'm pretty sure my husband would start tiring of that look before long..
I also love the look of country chic and cottage chic, but I'm not the kind of person that follows someone else's interpretation of what that look has to be...
I pretty much just decorated in Karen Chic... lol... I'm not sure what someone else would call the way I decorate, but does that really matter? Isn't the most important thing about decorating making a house your home, and decorating it so it represents who you are and what you like?
My husband really likes the color of red, and I do, too, so red became my pink, and I feel good about the end result, especially knowing my husband doesn't have to live in a house that looks too girly for his masculine self , and I don't have to live in a house that's too manly for my feminine self...
We're both happy with the results, and for very little money, our living room has a fresh new look.
|This is a TV stand one of our sons made by hand years ago, so it has|
a special meaning. We don't use a TV in the livingroom,
but still wanted to use it, so I painted it red and turned it
into a book shelf.
We bought a couple of new lamps and tried out the other set of slip covers..The living room is finally done.
I put this on another page, but thought I'd explain it again.. This fireplace was just a very plain, kind of ugly fireplace when we bought the house. I used scrap lumber to create the fireplace surround, added a few decorative wooden accents from Home Depot, and painted the wood pieces and mantel country white.. I really had no idea how to do this, but it really was very simple and improved the look of the fireplace 100%.
The fireplace does work, and had been used by the previous owners, but we didn't really want to deal with the wood and ash, so we bought a Dimplex fireplace insert. It puts out a great deal of heat, looks pretty darn realistic and doesn't cost that much to run...
It makes the room feel very cozy, too..
I really like these wooden signs and I found them at a discount store for only a couple of bucks each....
I bought this wreath from Hobby Lobby and decorated it with silk flowers purchased from Dollar Daze.
|Good words to live by....|
In an alcove between the kitchen and bedroom are these built in cabinets..
They were in good condition, but when I painted the kitchen cabinets, I painted these, too. I removed that dang wall strip, mudded it and painted the walls, too.
It took some doing to get those etched glass inserts out, and when I took this picture, I was still working on the 3rd one.. Those things were glued in there good!
This is a great place to put family pictures and nic nacks..
The last redo, I painted all the cabinets white and the counter tops red. I added lace curtain inserts and moved the nic nacks to curio cabinet.
My son gave me a set of Precious Moments "In The Beginning" Series,
so beautiful! I wanted them where I could see them everyday, so this area was perfect.