1.16.2015

Ranch House Living Room Before and After

This suburban ranch style home feels modern due to the large windows.  The owners built much of it themselves and knew it needed updating but they wanted to keep the character.  The wife, Carolyn has always had a love for horses and I thought it would be fun to bring this out.

This area is close to the front door.  

Here is one of the mood boards...

The chairs and ottoman are from Ballard Designs.  The seat cushions aren't bad but I'd like to see them upgraded down the road with down wrapping and nicer linen.  We just had a lot to buy at once!


It may not seem like a big deal, but painting the white frame on these shelves to match the walls softened the busy look.  


I suggested equestrian art for above the fireplace and the owners selected this.


The birch logs lighten the fireplace.  They came from a tree in their yard (I had to buy mine at the flower mart).  The velvet cheetah pillow fabric is by Kravet.



Carolyn and I spotted the beveled round mirror at Pottery Barn at the same time.  She immediately pulled the trigger...and on a lot of things that day.  It helped that she could use my trade discount.


They never sat in their living room and so there was no rush to invest in it...I hear that a lot!  But this is the first room you see and every spot should be inviting. 


Enter two Pottery Barn love seats in performance fabric (they have two dogs and teenagers).





Can you see having coffee with a friend in here now?  Carolyn has a green thumb, by the way.


Liana made the custom pillows.  Notice the matching ticking micro-welts.  The patterns are by Schumacher, Lydia Vine and Camberwell.





The large dining room has a new Pottery Barn chandelier and table and chairs.

Carolyn said they have had some great parties here recently.






The ceiling light fixtures had to be upgrade.  I gave them a few lantern choices and they selected the Hadley from Ballard Designs.
We purchased jute area rugs, but I would still like to see a patterned rug at the entrance and two cube ottomans by the coffee table.



Even their little dog matches the décor!



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45 comments:

  1. Beautiful changes! The Hadley is the one I found months after searching and finally buying a lantern - then I saw the Hadley and wished I had procrastinated longer!

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  2. i LOVE THE CHANGES, SO FRESH, SO INVITING!

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  3. Mary Ann- Wow-what a great relaxed, inviting look--I'm always inspired by what you do with well chosen Pottery Barn and Ballard pieces! The lanterns hanging all in a row add such wow factor to the room--and look like you planned it that way. You're so talented. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Bravo Mary Ann, great changes and big impact! Even the small details like the pillow welting make a lovely difference. I need to get more birch logs for my fireplace.

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xoxo
    Karena
    Featuring "Inner Spaces"

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  5. I'm dying Mary Ann! I love the furniture placement, the lanterns, the coffee table...dang it I love it all! me thinks a magazine will be calling you again soon.

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  6. Mary Ann such a beautiful peaceful space! Love the equestrian theme... everything is so perfect. great job!

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  7. Beautiful! First of all, I love all the wood tones in the home esp. the ceiling. I love that you added those lighting to put emphasis on them! Wonderful job!

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  8. You have shown us, so clearly, the before and afters! I get so frustrated with so many renovations when it's hard to compare the actual views…thanks for taking us to the same vantage point on these! And yes, really nice updates. The loveseats: wow, what a difference right there. Nice, Mary Ann.

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  9. They must be thrilled!! What a difference! It is wonderful! You are the master!!

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  10. Everything is fabulous! EVERYTHING!!!! I love it all! The change in lighting fixtures is amazing! The room arrangement is so comfortable! I simply love it ALL!!!

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  11. Mary Ann,
    What beautiful changes. The rooms look wonderfully inviting and yet up to date.
    Great job.
    Karen

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  12. Great makeover, Mary Ann. Those lights made such a huge difference. I have the performance slipcover on my PB sofa in the sun room and hate it. The back of it that faces the sun had weird brown spots show up all over it. Thank goodness they washed out. The fabric acts like a magnet and just attracts and holds onto everything. I wash mine regularly. Next set will not be the performance fabric.

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    1. That's too bad, Kim. My sister has the performance fabric upholstered sofa and it's holding up well...with two dogs. Spot cleanable.

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  13. Just ordered the exact same Hadley lantern for our kitchen! Could you comment on the ceiling medallion you used? It's just beautiful... as is all the rest!

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  14. Great job! Everything looks so fresh and comfortable!

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  15. Wow! I just want to keep looking and looking! What a fabulous transformation; so welcoming and up-to-date:)
    Nicely done!!!

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  16. What a wonderful transformation! Really love seeing the before and after pics and how you put your magic touches on a room to make it feel so fresh and up to date. GREAT job Mary Ann...you're the best!!!

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  17. Great before and afters! The rooms look very nice and updated.

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  18. Mary Ann you did an amazing job!! I love the succession of lanterns across the space, that is a gorgeous feature. Also the furniture, pillows and natural fiber rug freshen up the space so much!

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  19. Holy smokes, this is one of the best before and afters ever!! I love it, hard to believe its the same space..you are amazing!

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  20. You are the master at breathing fresh life into spaces. Fantastic!

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  21. I love the rustic vibe. It's nice to see all the warm wood tones not painted.

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  22. Mary Ann, this post is amazing!
    The light fixtures...they are so airy and beautiful. The details on those pillows...
    What a lift for that family!
    Well done.
    ~Lynne
    w/L

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  23. What a great transformation...love the fabric you used on the pillows...

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  24. You did an amazing job! It looks so much more inviting and current! X Sharon

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  25. People can scoff at PB all they want but you can get so much bang there!!! Great job on the updates Mary Ann.....She must be clicking her heels with that new space!

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  26. Wow! Great job Mary Ann! Your photos are fantastic. Great lantern from PB ~ perfect for the rustic feel here. More parties to come I'm sure;)

    Happy weekend! xxleslie

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  27. What a transformation! You did a great job bringing this home into 2015, and of course I LOVE the addition of the cheetah pillows...

    ciao xo

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  28. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! Even though painting the trim is a small change, it made a huge impact on the space. Love the chandeliers. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  29. Beautiful changes and love the way you turned that awkward fireplace wall into a seating area that greets you as you walk in the front door.

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  30. Your ideas and selections are gorgeous, Mary Ann. Updated, stylish and warm. I love the lanterns from Ballard. Happy weekend, L

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  31. looks SOOOOOO fantastic!! the love seats and pendants are my favorite!!!!!!!!

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  32. SO fresh and updated yet still relaxed and inviting!!

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  33. I just discovered your blog. I think you do fabulous work - love everything you do. What a pleasure it has been catching up with your current blogs!

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  34. Love all of your selections Mary Ann! The area with the two loveseats is my favorite - the perfect spot to hang out with some friends over coffee!

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  35. Beautiful! I really love all the pieces you have selected. The sitting area has especially tickled my fancy as I love light colors and the two sofas just look amazing. They make the space look so cozy, you just want to sit there and have a cup of coffee or read a book. And your client's puppy just seems to fit right in on those chairs. Thank you for sharing!

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  36. Yes, I can imagine having coffee in that room now with all that gorgeous natural light and your astute changes. As usual, you worked your magic Mary Ann!

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  37. Great Job! I love the use of white in the design, it creates such a fresh look.

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  38. This place looks awesome! I like that the furniture is in warm colours. They make the room look bigger and cozier.
    Eva, JeyClean

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  39. what lovely rooms now that they're redone. truly lovely.

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