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A Little (dramatic) Change

September 27, 2012 — 7 Comments

So here’s the deal–I made a little change to the living room.  Yes, the beautiful living room that we had designed and put together for us one year ago for an HGTV Pilot. You might be asking: Why in the world would you change anything in that gorgeous, FINISHED, room when there are plenty of other untouched rooms that need work??? Well, that’s a very good question!  Truth be told, my personal style has evolved a lot over the last year, and although I absolutely LOVED the way the room was, I wasn’t feeling that it was as “me” as it could be.

Apparently I have a little affinity for the dramatic things in life.  (Side story:  when I was a kid my brother got me a sweatshirt for Christmas that had the Dairy Queen logo on it, but it said ‘Drama Queen’.  I was so offended by it and shocked he would even consider me to be dramatic.  All while being very dramatic about the shirt, I’m sure.) This love for the dramatic has come out in my design taste and I knew I wanted to take the chance and go for a bold paint change in the room.

BLACK!

Here are some of the pictures that gave me inspiration:

black walls

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Black Walls and rustic

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Black walls

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And without further adieu:

Before

Sherwin Williams Sealskin

Sherwin Williams Sealskin Black walls

Black Walls Rustic Fireplace

Black Picture Wall

So there she is.  My new, dramatic living room.  And I love her very, very much!!  I also plan on painting the red doors and red table a cooler color in the future.  I’m not sure if Kevin or Layla read my posts occasionally…but if ya’ll do–don’t hate me! :)  I was really so hesitant to write this post, but when I thought about it I was only hesitant because I thought people might not like it.  I get it; it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.  But it is mine and I LOVE this room!

On a whole other note: KITCHEN RENOVATION STARTS MONDAY! It should be finished in 3-4 weeks, then I’ll have a lot of accessorizing to do.  The planks on the walls are up (although base and crown molding aren’t yet) so here’s a sneak peak:

Wall Planks

Just wanted to give a little linky link to The Lettered Cottage for their official reveal blog.

It’s so funny hearing their perspective of the makeover verses mine.  In her blog she mentions how she kept telling me and Alex how we could change things after they left if we didn’t like them.  I was wondering why she kept telling us that throughout the week…was there going to be something crazy we would hate at the reveal?  Nope, she was just nervous.  We’ve been in the room going on 7 months and the only things that have changed are 1. I killed the tree that was in the corner of the room (totally on accident.  I can’t seem to keep plants alive.) and 2. added a couple more items to the built-ins. We LOVE this room.

Also, Layla wrote out the resources for paint colors & items used in the room for those who are curious.

Man, I’ve got to learn to take better pictures!  :)

Go check it out!

HGTV Living Room Reveal

February 25, 2012 — 19 Comments

It’s been nearly 6 months since five days of chaos ensued at our new house.  It was an unforgettable experience and we have a beautiful room to remember it by.  I blogged about the experience here.

Sadly HGTV ended up passing on the show.  *tears*  Layla and Kevin are such a sweet and talented couple I couldn’t have imagined that the show wouldn’t get picked up, but they explain it more over at The Lettered Cottage.

Our living room is A-MA-ZING and we had such a great time with the whole shabang…..BUT, I must admit….I was so nervous about being on TV!  You know how you hear your voice on a recording, then you immediately cringe and think “is that what I really sound like?!”.  Well, that’s pretty much how I felt about being on TV.  I am so thankful for the experience, though, and met some wonderful people along the way!

Let’s take a look back one last time of the room before:

And here’s the room as of today!

Isn’t she beautiful?  When we were filming, Layla showed me the design of the room on an iPad.  Alex and I were both shocked to see red doors leading out to our screened in porch.  We had talked about my love of gray neutral colors with a crisp & clean look.  I didn’t expect RED.  I must say, I could kiss Layla’s feet for pushing our design boundaries!!!  The wall of built-ins with the red doors are my absolute favorite part of the room.

Speaking of built-ins…they are such a deal!  They’re Ikea Billy Bookcases made in to built-ins!  They just secured them to the wall, popped off the old crown molding and placed it at top.  Wonderful!  I was also very happy to see some doors….you know, to hide the not-so-pretty stuff I don’t want laying around.

Pardon the blurriness. This table is such a great accent to the room. It really helps section off the room appropriately.  It wasn’t red when they got it, but one of the bloggers who came out to help spruced it up with this great red.

Didn’t they do such a great job with the picture wall?  The day of the finale was me and Alex’s one year anniversary and we had yet to print a single wedding photo. Layla made sure to take care of that.

I LOVE the coffee table!  When we came in for the reveal it was the first thing I saw.  Layla & Kevin got it from Southern Accents in Cullman, AL.  I will make it to that store some day in my lifetime!  They have great reclaimed pieces that I’d love to get my hands on to use throughout the house.

Here are some close-ups at the great, unique pieces in the room:

I don’t know why, but I am so in love with this little moss and the container it’s in.  Seriously, my favorite accessory in the room.

This chair was fabulously re-upholstered by a blogger who came out to help.  I’m sitting in it right now.  It’s so dang comfortable.

Isn’t the mantle succulent?  I could just eat it up!       Okay, not really.  But you get it.

Last but not least, here’s Abby.  She was patiently (or not) waiting outside for me to finish taking picutres…otherwise a blurry wag of a tail would be in every single shot.  Thank you, Abby!

What great memories we’ll have forever.