6.13.2014

Before/After: Creating A Fresh, Inviting Living Room

On Wednesday, I drove forty minutes from 
San Francisco to my client, Dana's home in Walnut Creek.  
The temperature was in the
low sixties in SF and close to 90 degrees in Walnut Creek.
Seeing the cool greens and blues in 
Dana's new living room was refreshing and calming.
This was a garage sale find of Dana's.
The foam seat had turned rock hard.
Now it's a soft place to sit and have a drink.
Can you see how the piping on the pillow 
is the same fabric as the seat material?
Here is the matching ottoman before...

Since no one ever sat in the living room, 
the sofas were in good shape, 
just a bit drab and dated.  So, we recovered them...
 in a neutral Anna French oatmeal linen, 
with the skirts removed and
new legs added.  We also and changed arms.

These are the soft colors that Dana loves...
and are reflected in the pool beyond the window.
This corner was one of the first things I did for Dana using
things she already owned.  Which is the way I like to accessorize…
then just add pieces to update like...
these pillows...

Liana made the beautiful pillows for us.
The Restoration Hardware wool rug grounds 
the space along with a 
new Crate and Barrel black pedestal table 
and Jamie Young floor lamp.
Good to have some black in a room.

And in the adjacent dining room  
we made a few changes, too.

We used an aqua and tan Greek Key print
 to recover and update the dining chairs.


 The gold walls were painted 
Benjamin Moore Bleeker Beige.
We hung the mirror vertically and 
brought out more of Dana's collections.
(I'm encouraging her to buy more transferware 
on her travels so we can expand the vignette).

It all started out like this…
To this...
Dana, your husband has his "man-land", the kids have the family room
...now this is YOUR room! 
Invite your mom, sisters and the rest of the Walnut Creek ladies over to break it in.

Thanks for visiting.

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37 comments:

  1. Beautiful fresh and inviting transformation!! You were almost in my neck of the woods!! I am sure Dana is very glad to have found you to help her make her home so lovely. Another GREAT job by Mary Ann!!
    Happy weekend,
    Kathysue

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  2. Nice work! I love the color and pattern combinations you used and the wicker chair with a cushion is lovely.

    Corbin
    Decor-Eat

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  3. Mary Ann, Beautiful! The changes are wonderful and I love the blue chair fabric.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  4. Fantastic job Mary Ann!!!! I love the fabrics and truly brightened up the whole space ! You all must be very pleased!

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  5. Beautiful job Mary Ann! The fabrics are gorgeous and make the space cheerful and updated. They must be so happy!
    -Shelley

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  6. Those lamps look fabulous. Great call, Mary Ann. The whole thing is wonderful. I am trying to get done everything you told me to do so that I can have you back!! I want a room like Dana's.:)

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  7. Completely wonderful! Love the changes - amazing what some styling can do too! M.

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  8. Very, very nice Mary Ann: it all looks so put together, and yet so natural. I love the wicker side chairs/garage sale find…and the sofa minus the skirt with new legs is totally transformed. Our 15 yr. old sofa still has the skirt, and all has seen better days, so you have encouraged me to think about that project once again!
    Have a lovely weekend,

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  9. I don't know where to look it's all so fabulous!!! Really, this is one of my favourite make-overs in blogland. I'm in love the the yard sale chair/ottoman and the sofas don't even look like the same ones. The dining room chairs MAKE that space; you took them from drab to FAB! I couldn't have imagined how chic they could look. Could you share the resource for that fabric? You may have just solved my DR chair dilemma.. CTD

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  10. I may have missed it but where is that gorgeous glass coffee table from?

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    2. The coffee table was made years ago for me by John Wheatman and Assoc. located up on Union St. in the city. Sadly they are no longer there.

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  11. I don't know where to look it's all so fabulous!!! Really, this is one of my favourite make-overs in blogland. I'm in love the the yard sale chair/ottoman and the sofas don't even look like the same ones. The dining room chairs MAKE that space; you took them from drab to FAB! I couldn't have imagined how chic they could look. Could you share the resource for that fabric? You may have just solved my DR chair dilemma.. CTD

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  12. Mary Ann, what a great job - you took dull and dark to new lovely light decorations. The fabric's are so beautiful - great job.
    Mary

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  13. BEAUTIFUL transformations!! Love how light and bright everything is. You are so talented Mary Ann!

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  14. MaryAnn - this is so pretty! Amazing how lightening up really does transform everything and your brilliant design mind too of course!

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  15. Very pretty MaryAnn.....all those gorgeous blues that I love so much:)

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  16. What a transformation! The sofa is an especially dramatic change. Love the new look! The trim in our home is painted BM Bleeker Beige, the same as your client's dining room. I agree with your recommendation to add to her transferware collection. What a lovely space you've created.
    Claudia

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  17. Wow, Mary Ann! Just beautiful, as always. LOVE the rug and the fabric on the ottoman and chair.

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  18. So beautiful, Mary Ann! You gave her rooms a gorgeous new look.

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  19. Wow! This is just gorgeous. I love your vision. The yard sale chair is spectacular, the pillows beautiful, the rug is perfect and what an amazing transformation on the sofas. Killer, Mary Ann! I also really love what you did to the dining room. Really, really lovely.

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  20. Gorgeous! Love that coffee table too!

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  21. Mary Ann this is beautiful! Great before and after photos and as always, I like your choices of material. Everything is so light and bright..love it!

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  22. Mary Ann! I LOVE this!!!!! so beautiful. love the rug and the fabrics. just beautiful!

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  23. I am thinking you have a very happy client! Just gorgeous, Mary Ann!
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  24. Beautiful......the colors are all soooooooo gorgeous!!!!
    ~Des

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  25. It looks just beautiful!! I love your fabric choices and the colors are just perfect.

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  26. Wow beautiful transformation Mary Ann. Just adore the addition of the blue to this room and the custom pillows and new sofa fix. It's amazing what just a few tweaks can do. Great idea hanging the mirror vertical and adding the plates. Love it all. Hope you are enjoying your summer in the city! x Kim

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  27. Dana...your home is gorgeous! Isn't Mary Ann just the best? Such a beautiful transformation and I love how she uses some of your things and some new things too. She is genius at what she does...I know because she's helped me with my living room. Great job Mary Ann!!!!

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  28. Wow great job! Everything looks amazing, so beautiful and fresh.

    Reliable Upholstery cleaning Brixton

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  29. Maryann I love what you have done here! Everything has your fresh, clean stamp! Such beautiful fabric choices and wow did you open up that room!!

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  30. It's all so pretty Mary Ann!

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  31. Gorgeous job, Mary Ann ~ love the soft pretty blues!

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  32. You always amaze me with your talent…a gorgeous transformation! Just love the colors and the garage sale chair looks amazing!!

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  33. What an amazing transformation! Love the beige and blue combination.

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  34. An amazing transformation! The soft colors, the sofas, the rug....Is the living room also painted in Bleeker Beige? That is one of the colors I'm considering for a project.

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