10.24.2014

How to Give A Tired Living Room A Lift Without Spending a Fortune

The husband over the telephone:  "It's dark and a little cluttered. JoAnn really wants this for her birthday."
 Later, with the wife in person, in the room: "We know it's time for an update.  We never sit in here anyway."  
Me: (thinking:  Be kind)  "I like the mantel.  But this needs a bit of work.  And the fake ficus needs to go." It looked worse than in this photo.
Wife:  "Oh, no Larry won't go for that."
Me: (not so nice anymore)  "Well, it's a deal breaker and you are going to have to consolidate some photos in here."

After...
The Bergere chairs are arranged closer to the fireplace.  We bought two linen/cotton slipcovered Comfort love seats from Pottery Barn (on sale), a seagrass rug, a beveled mirror, candle sticks and a garden stool.












The bookcases from Ballard add some architectural interest.  I hung their artwork on either side and used her existing accessories on the shelves.  The West Elm raffia tray is an easy update for an older coffee table.

But here…had to do it.  Beautiful custom linen and cotton pillows by Liana in Ralph Lauren Rimba Ikat and Peter Fasano Chamba. 
And with a pretty West Elm throw blanket that matches JoAnn's eyes.

Happy birthday, JoAnn.  Love, Larry.

Please sit in here now.
Also, when I moved things around for Project Design:  Gallery Wall, the antique shell prints went into our entrance hall...
The grass cloth mats tie in with the grass cloth fabric on the bench.  I like that.
Thanks for visiting.

34 comments:

  1. You worked wonders and the room is just gorgeous now!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  2. I like larry already...definitely a husband of the year contender in my opinion. and a very happy birthday to JoAnn. love it all. especially the pillows!

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  3. A terrific birthday present and what a difference you made Mary Ann!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    xoxo,
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  4. What a huge difference! The sofas….well, that did it for me. I love seeing these "quick and easy" (what a misnomer, right?) changes that absolutely transform a space. Nice, Mary Ann!

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  5. Good job! What a change! I commend you! Stand firm and getter done!!!

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  6. Wow hard to believe its the same room! Awesome....love the color palette and the new "cleaned up" version.

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  7. This looks wonderful...so did they keep the fake ficus? You do such great work, even when you're asked to keep things down cost wise.
    Karen

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  8. Nice job and I sure hope the ficus went away. Far far away!

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  9. It looks fantastic - especially love the cushions on te couch.

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  10. Such a beautiful difference, again you worked your magic!

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  11. Fantastic! A wonderful birthday present indeed!

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  12. You are the master at reinventing the living room! It is so fresh and pretty! What lucky clients!!

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  13. I just love your Before and After posts...it's always so fun to see you totally transform a space.

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  14. Masterful Mary Ann the magician, once again waved her magic wand and transformed the outdated room right into the 21st century! My dream birthday present would be to have you come and redo one of my tired, outdated rooms! You are SO good! I hope they are thrilled with the results!
    xoxo Gail

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  15. Love the redo and changing all the beige to white! They have to be thrilled! It looks so much better and beautiful! xo Nancy

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  16. So pretty! I'm with you, just a couple of family photos is enough and glad the ficus said bye-bye!! It's so fresh and updated looking! What a nice birthday!! Xo Kathy @The Daily Nest

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  17. Holy smokes!! JoAnn certainly got an AMAZING birthday present! Wow, Mary Ann, what a gorgeous difference (of course) ;-) And the husband is quite a guy, too.

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  18. I love the addition of blue to the room. Yes, I'm glad the ficus tree (fake) was a deal breaker. Do you remember when those were in vogue and trying to dust the leaves of those things?
    Brenda

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  19. It was fun to read what you were thinking. Love the after. Will you call my mom and tell her to get rid of her fake plants? She won't listen to me. Great job.

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  20. Beautiful fresh new look, Mary Ann! I'm sure your client is thrilled with your vision and the gorgeous outcome!

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  21. It looks great Mary Ann...your client must be thrilled!

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  22. This is an amazing transformation. I am glad that plastic tree is out of the room. This is now looking light and elegant and comfy. Awesome!

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  23. Thanks so much everyone. They gave the fake plant away. It's really nice sitting in their living room with the doors open and the fresh breezes coming though. Nice and cosy.

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  24. What a gorgeous makeover!! The space looks clean and bright - well done!!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

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  25. Now that's my kind of birthday present! The beautiful is such a fresh look - I bet it becomes their favorite room in the house.

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  26. Hi Mary Ann- I love that you said the fake ficus was a "deal breaker"--some times we all need a little tough love!--looks like it went a long way--Beautiful!

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  27. Great re-do! It is interesting how in a design project people often say they want a fresh look -- but then begin to impose limits immediately. That's the magic of being a good decorator-- getting people to see what you see something can be ... or at least trust you to let it happen.

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  28. Oh Mary Ann we have all been there! Thank God Larry went for all of your suggestions because that means he is a smart man:) It looks SO MUCH better!!!

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