7.02.2013

Casual Family Room Before/After and Our Puppy

Here are some changes that we made 
to my client's family room.
Her new living room updates are here.

Lisa had a brown sectional that needed color...

She liked this Pindler and Pindler Devon Pearl fabric 
and that was our starting point.
We had 24" down and feather pillows made.  
She added the smaller pillows from Target. 
(Nate Berkus line on sale.  Good job, Lisa! 
I suggested getting zippers put in them for down inserts
...but Lisa doesn't mind the foam inserts).


Before
After
This piece was too "light" here.  
So, the dresser from the living room 
(that was replaced with new built-in book shelves
was moved in here.


lumbar pillows pull out more of
the blue greens...such a nice thick linen.

They also needed a bigger breakfast table 
than the one above
We got this one from Restoration Hardware...
It was fun styling everything with 
Lisa's great existing accessories...
what we could not use went into the garage and may rotate out later.
I always like a candle on a coffee table.

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We have a new addition to our family!  
An eight week old Boston Terrier, 
named Chief.

my boys

My daughter, Alie, and I are "co-mothers."
She gets to buy Chief's toys and 
I get to pay for everything else.  Hmmm.  
Alie says, "Chief may not be 
'classically handsome', but he IS cute."

My sister adopted Chief's brother, Judge
(who is classically handsome, by the way).
...she got the whole family to pressure me
into taking this tiny guy 
(it just seemed too soon since Rocky died 
and I was considering a larger, rescue dog).  

Well, Chief has stolen my heart.

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55 comments:

  1. Isn't it amazing the difference a few tweaks can make in a room? Just love the pillow fabric! Your new puppy - could he be any more precious...

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  2. Sorry I wasn't able to see you and meet your new puppy in person! Love what you did with the sofa and the rest of the room! ~Vicki

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  3. Beautiful makeover...love the Katana fabric! And that puppy.....well I can see why he stole your heart:)

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  4. Puppy love. !!!!! Now how to get your son & my daughter to meet?

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  5. Chief is adorable! And your son too! Love these fabrics. I think I have a swatch of that Pindler and Pindler fabric in my dressing table. Best, Beth C.

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  6. Hi Mary Ann,
    You are so talented. I love all the changes. Your son and the puppy are gorgeous. 😊

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  7. Mary Ann, Love all your fabric choices! As usual :) wonderful transformation! Your little puppy is darling! xxleslie

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  8. Let me just say that there is nothing wrong with your gene pool! If I was from another century I would get Emily's dowry in order;) Ha! Besides that important bit of business, you do fabulous work and I especially appreciate that you keep the spaces real. Have a great week. b

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  9. What a difference "Mary Ann" makes!! I love what you've done to this formerly "drab" room! It's come alive and looks so relaxed and inviting. Adding more white and touches of aqua along with her fabulous accessories have really pulled the room together and it ties nicely with her living room re-do. Great transformation!

    Oh...and your new addition to the family...how absolutely precious is that little Chief? Just from that picture, he's stolen my heart! But I have to disagree with you because I think you now have three classically handsome men in your household!

    XO Gail

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  10. Beautiful combination of colors and patterns. Moving the dark chest in there made a huge difference. Great Job Mary Ann!!
    I love Chief's litte face he is adorably cute and your son is classically handsome!!
    kathysue
    PS I got that same fabric sample as the lumbar pillows yesterday, unfortunately it won't work for me, but it did intrigue me.
    xo

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  11. Beautiful job. Love the fabrics and from this old lady your son has gorgeous eyes. I am sure there must be a lucky girl. Chief is very cute.

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  12. Chief is adorable....love the new look in your client's home especially the RH table.

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  13. Great transformation, I love the coffee table try and all the items on it, so summer!
    ..and you new addition simply precious.

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  14. Chief is adorable....love his ears!

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  15. Congratulations on the newest family member-adorable! I love your work on this family room. The dresser was a perfect fit for that space. I love how you work with what the client has. Another job well done!

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  16. Such a great space! I love what you did! And your boys are adorable!

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  17. Beautifully redone. And cutest little puppy ever.

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  18. What a darling picture of your totally handsome son and that precious little puppy!!

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    1. How much did Tommy pay you, Lauren? Or is this Tommy's alias?

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  19. Both your 'guys' are adorable - congratulations on your new family member! Alie is a pretty smart girl and a shrewd business woman :D The changes you made are great (as always). I like how you moved the dresser in and changed out the chairs to white. Nice!

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  20. Mary Ann Chief is adorable...happy for you :)

    Wow, the changes in that room are fantastic. I am in love with those white chairs...what a difference the white fabric made! I've always liked that inspiration fabric (I call it Jelly Bean...not sure why, I think it's called that by some makers?)...anyway, love it! Another beautiful room by Mary Ann :) xo

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  21. Wonderful job on this living room, Mary Ann...it looks bright and so chic. I love the dresser on that wall and the white chairs...the pillows and accessories keep everything flowing so well!

    Congratulations on your new puppy! My daughter just adopted a five month old Boston Terrier that looks amazingly like Chief, or what Chief will look like!

    XO,
    Jane

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  22. Ok, Mary Ann, the room is perfection as always, but let's talk about the adorable creature here! OMGoodness!! How adorable can you get. We grew up with boston terriers, and they are amazing dogs. My son has a 6 month old.
    The pillows on the sofa brought the room to life. Love what you did here.
    Teresa
    xoxo

    ps- already following you on bloglovin'.

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  23. Beautiful makeover! Your puppy is so cute!!! My daughter just brought home her second boston terrier Lola. she is nine weeks old, and looks just like chief. Luke her other boston terrier is two years old. They already love each other. Have a happy time with your cute little puppy.

    Kathy

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  24. Chief is soo cute, and so tiny! I don't think Teddy was ever that small:) Enjoy him....nothing like a new puppy or new baby to add to the mix. Great makeover, love the fresh crisp vibe of the after and the colors are wonderful. Great job Mary Ann!

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  25. ok first things first - chief is the CUTTTTTTTTTTTTTEST. Way to go! i love him already and full expect plentiful updates, POR FAVOR!

    second - you really helped make that space breathable with all that you added - the light pillows, redoing her cool chairs. bravo!

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  26. Good job with that brown sofa! That Pindler pillow fabric really sets the scene! Your new puppy is adorable!

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  27. Hi! Congrats on the puppy ;) Adorable! Can you share where your clients purchased the matching side chairs (reupholstered in cream?) I LOVE them -- have been looking for so long for chairs like that. Thanks - beautiful work!

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  28. Too cute! and I have to say the "other" brother in the photo is classically handsome - he could do ads for Ralph Lauren for heaven's sake!! Happy 4th, friend! M.

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  29. Chief just stole my heart as well! Congrats on your new addition!

    Susan

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  30. the space looks amazing, mary ann. and the pup makes my heart sing!

    smiles.

    michele

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  31. Fabulous changes, Mary Anne!
    Chief is adorable- loving him does not mean you miss or love Rocky any less. He will stay in your heart forever.
    xo

    Mimi

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  32. Adore all of the pillows! You have an amazing eye for mixing color and pattern. Following you on Bloglovin and that puppy is adorable. I have a client with a Boston Terrier and I always look forward to seeing her. She's sassy!

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  33. Chief is such a handsome little guy. Your client's home looks amazing. I love the white chairs with the dark pillows.

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  34. Your project looks so pretty I love that fabric on the pillows. And Chief omg soooo cute.

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  35. Love the "new" room and especially love the impact pillow and furniture rearrangement did for this space.
    Sarah

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  36. OK, your room redo looked fantastic--but your boys both made my heart go pitter patter. I've always loved boston terriers, but never seen one so tiny. And your son is so handsome!

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  37. Oh I love chief!!! And not to mention the white upholstered chairs!
    Terrific job on that one.

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  38. You did it, you got a puppy! Way to go!!! You will never regret it with a face like that... So happy for you. He is adorable... Lucky him and lucky all of you! Love what you did with the room, of course, but a puppy????? LOVE>
    xo Nancy

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  39. Oh my -- that room is gorgeous!! Love it!! And your puppy -- what a cutie!! Our first dog ever was a very smart Boston Terrier -- such a great breed! Enjoy the puppy!!

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  40. Mary Ann please come tweak my home you do such a wonderful job. Your son is handsome but Chief is soooooo cute! You could still adopt an older/bigger dog too it's always nice having a friend just like you.

    Enjoy your Fourth of July Mary Ann!

    XXX
    Debra~

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  41. I love seeing how you go about changing a room and working your magic on it. I love the cushions that were the starting point for the decorating. Such a cute puppy - I can't believe how small he is. Do you worry you will step on him or lose him?

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    1. Yes...I totally worry about stepping on him...he has a 2 foot fence around his crate and he seems happy.

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  42. Came here for the cute Boston. Didn't disappoint!

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  43. MaryAnn,

    You've made a beautiful redo and really fresh looking too. Happy home with your son and new puppy (OMG cutie). Lots of hours of pleasure no doubt.

    Happy July 4th...enjoy!

    Bette

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  44. Beautiful house transformation, adorable tiny little puppy and handsome son. Life is good!

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  45. What a beautiful transformation! The cushions are amazing!!! The puppy is is precious!

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  46. Mary Ann...you did a fantastic job...love the new transformation of her living room... and your new puppy is adorable!

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  47. Hi Mary Ann, What an amazing change ( I need a good slipcover gal ) The room is much brighter and current, The white chairs and light accessories are perfect and the pillows, oh yes!

    I would fall in love with Chief as well!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Designers Series

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  48. The makeover looks great! And what a sweet puppy!

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  49. Beautiful update to the room Mary Ann! And your new puppy is so adorable...glad that you finally took the plunge!

    Linda in S.D.

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  50. Oh so very very sweet! Life is good with a dog to come home to!

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  51. The side chairs look so much better in white (duck?). So fresh!

    And I have never seen a Boston terrier puppy. Adorable! And your son's eyes are incredibly piercing!

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  52. Wow that living room refresh is so impressive! I'm such a sucker for big fat beautiful pillows and little itty bitty puppies. This post has everything I need. Congrats on the new addition:)

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  53. Oh oh oh oh!!!! Chief has stolen my heart too! I can see why you couldn't say no to him!!! The changes you made to Lisa's family room are so pretty - just the addition of the pillows is fab…..also moving out that small piece of furniture for the larger one makes such a difference to that space!

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