Thursday, June 7, 2012

Starting Fresh...The Beginnings of a Room Makeover

After almost 8 years of living with a "formal living room" that I have never really been happy with, I am starting fresh and am excited to work towards creating a comfortable space that our family will enjoy spending time in.  I purchased this beautiful chaise lounge from a friend just a few days ago.  Thank you, Diane!  Ironically, she had just bought the "Pemberley Inspired Buffet" from me for her condo!  If I would have known a couple of weeks ago that I needed her chaise lounge, we could have worked out a trade! 

Everything about this chair reflects the cozy, cottage style I love.

My husband gave me a funny look when I brought it home.  Yes, the soft florals are very feminine, but I don't know why he would be surprised...he knows me well enough!  He didn't say anything though, just helped me carry it into the house and set it in it's place.  Last night I found him lounging here, reading the paper.  "It is pretty comfortable,"  he said.  I consider myself pretty lucky to live with three guys who don't seem to mind living with feminine, romantic decor.


Last fall I submitted a few photos of the room to Debra at Common Ground and she featured it in a design post where readers could comment with suggestions on how to improve the layout and feel of the room.  I received some great feedback and such wonderful ideas, many of which I am putting to use now!  However, I finally came to the realization that I wasn't going to get the look I wanted for this room with the Victorian furniture we inherited from my parents.  I kept buying furniture to coordinate with these pieces (i.e. the coffee table and secretary) hoping to create a cohesive look.  When I see this photo of the room, it reminds me of a scene from Victorian doll's house!  Cute, but not super inviting.  Thankfully, my mom now has a place for the settee and, yesterday we loaded them up in her truck and sent them back to her house!  I am hoping to sell the secretary and coffee table soon to help furnish the new room! 

I am going to try to be patient and wait for the right pieces at good prices to come along to complete the look I am hoping to achieve.  That may mean a few months of a big, nearly empty room with a chaise lounge and few accessories in it, but this chaise is so comfy and inviting that the room will still be enjoyed in the meantime, probably even more so than before.

This large ornate frame was a Craigslist find a couple of weeks ago.  After just one coat of Versailles with a little dry brushing in Old White and a coat of both clear and dark wax, I now have a lovely frame that picks up on the green of the leaves in the pretty floral fabric of the chaise lounge. 

I don't think that the frame will be empty for long.  I have a couple of ideas for it!  I will share an update soon!

I think this is going to be my favorite spot in the house.  Looks like it may be someone else's too!

Thank you for your sweet visit!

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Have a lovely weekend!

Best Wishes and Blessings,

Sharing this post with these fun link parties:
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Link Party at Shades of Amber
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Inspiration Friday at The Pickett Fence
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed


  1. I want that chair!! The fabric is stunning!!!!!! Love the frame transformation too!!

    I really hope you come over to The DIY Dreamer and share this at From Dream To Reality!

  2. oh, I know what you mean about the wait. 4 years for us, and it's still a work in progress! You will be so happy waiting for those perfect pieces though! :) love ya!

  3. It looks like you are off to a great start, Amanda! I'm sure with all the great pieces you find you will come across some wonderful additions for this room.

  4. Love the frame, goes so beautiful with the chaise.

  5. Your off to a great start in your living room. Look forward to see it evolve into a comfortable, pretty, inviting room. Love the chaise!
    Mary Alice

  6. I love your chair! The whole room feels lighter!

  7. I am already loving your room makeover! So much softer and lighter!

  8. Oh yes, this is going to be great! Don't you love it when you can finally get comfy furniture?!! Your room will be lovely. This chaise is wonderful!

  9. Love the chaise! Feels so light and airy. What an inviting place to just relax and dream!

  10. This room is turning out gorgeous! The chaise looks so inviting. I'd love for you to post at my link party at... Have a great weekend!

  11. Love the chaise. The fabric is great.


  12. Gorgeous!! I do love Victorian furniture, but your new chaise fits this room much better. I love it with your wall color, and I think you changing out the curtains to that beautiful color makes the room really pop! I love how the chaise really softens the room, giving it a much less formal and relaxing look. Beautiful photography you captured here.

    Happy Friday!

  13. p.s. I also love how you redecorated your mantel. It turned out very lovely!

  14. love your new chaise lounge.I'm getting ready to paint my living room,and can't decide on a color? But I'm loving yours. What color, and product did you use? if you don't mind telling.

  15. Amanda, Your chaise lounge is so pretty. I love it!! You'll get your living room ready in no time flat. I can't wait to see what you come up with. I love the secretary you want to sell though. Have you thought about keeping it and painting it to match the lounge in some way? Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful time getting the room together. Have a lovely rest of your weekend! ~ Jamie

  16. This chaise is more you! I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the space! :)

  17. Beautiful change! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  18. I am a friend of Diane's and loved this piece. I am glad it found a good home!


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