10.19.2015

Blue & White Personalized Living Room Makeover--Before/After


It's been a fun collaboration with Melina and Dave on the makeover of their living room.  Melina can "run with the ball" on certain things, saving me time (and I think she enjoys it).  Dave can do the tough work like precision picture and curtain hanging.

Where we started... 
The curtain rod raises your eye up and the artwork embraces the room.  Comfortable Lee Industries sofas were purchased in a tightly woven, oatmeal fabric.  We are hoping that they are cat-proof...so far, so good.

Remember the fiasco with Noir coffee and end tables...splitting wood after they were delivered?  Noir said they would exchange them but if it happened again they wouldn't take them back! Ridiculous.

 So, we sent them back.  We replaced them with this classic black coffee table and pedestal end table, which I like just as well.
Melina's brother is a photographer and they were going on a family trip to Hawaii... brainstorm idea for our personal, one of a kind artwork!  We used custom bamboo frames with grass cloth mats and hung the art uniformly,  two inches apart.  Now they can relive their vacation everyday!
Some people don't like a television in the living room...but it does make it more useful.  They already had this media center from Pottery Barn.   Say good by to the faux flowers on top--they lived a good life.  I suggested pulling the arrangement apart and using the blooms to accessorize gift packages.
These baskets on top are good for storage and elevate the height of the media center.
The speakers are there but your eyes are drawn to the new, lighter accessories.

We bought blue and white china from Wisteria and a wholesale source.  I suggested that Melina look for "slightly used" books from Amazon and she found good ones at substantial discount.
Removing some of the shiny book jackets softens the look.

The Hana Rug and curtains are from Restoration Hardware.
Liana made our indigo pillows.  We used GP&J Baker Cottesmore, Ralph Lauren East Indies Stripe and Ralph Lauren Kintamani Geometric.  This round rattan tray from West Elm adds texture.

The club chair is from Restoration Hardware and upholstered in Perennials fabric.
All finished...just add popcorn.  Coming up next...changes to their family and son's rooms.

I like a good joke.  
So, when Tom asked me to perform with two other classmates to this song at our informal, college reunion...
I said yes 
(plus, I was relieved he wasn't asking me for something harder like a fundraising speech).
Late Saturday night, we wore black skirts, heels, red lips, looked bored and strummed fake guitars.  EVERYone danced.  Even though I was loaded with attitude (and acoupla beers), I noticed some people taking photos of us with their phones.  Uh oh. "Might as well face it..."

ALSO fun...
Post photos of your dog(s) on Instagram with #Decordogs  
At the end of the week, Cindy Hattersley and I will select a winner...and the prize will be something fabulous (like what, Cindy?) a free pet-friendly resort vacation.  But probably more like tasty dog treats from San Francisco/Monterey.  
Ok? Chief and Beau want company...   #Decordogs

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33 comments:

  1. The room looks alive with the pops of blues! Love your suggestions. The changes are remarkable!

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  2. Beautiful transformation! The room is so inviting and so much brighter! I always enjoy seeing you work your magic in a space. And I will add some cute dog posts to Instagram...it's not like I don't put her pictures on there all the time anyway! Enjoy your week!
    Shelley

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    1. Great Shelley!! Post with #decordogs not#decor_dogs---that won't work.

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  3. Mary Ann , the change is astounding and I love,love the art wall!! Wonderful, you are the best.
    I bet you are a great performer!
    Could I ask you to email me as I cannot seem to find yours....
    xoxo
    Karen
    The Arts by Karena

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  4. I messaged you with my email on facebook!

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  5. The room looks lovely...but hey I thought I was going to get to see a video of you!!

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    1. Well...I saw that one exists...eeeeek! Not pretty.

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  6. At a wedding circa 1992, me and the other bridesmaids "performed" this song as well. I have yet to see the footage but I remember how fun and completely hysterical it was! The room looks amazing! I can't believe those tables cracked again and that the company would not stand by them?! What in the world?
    Marcy

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    1. They only cracked once...but that was enough. I was afraid they would do it again.
      Bet you looked A LOT better when you performed!

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  7. Terrific makeover, what a difference!!!

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  8. The new room looks great! I really like the idea of vacation memories as art - so much so that I've been doing this the past 5+ years with our beachy getaways too :)
    I can't wait to instagram our little cutie, Foxie. She's the sweetest and most mild mannered rescue dog ever
    Darlene
    www.BundleMeBaby.etsy.com

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    1. Love to see a photo, Darlene! Of your art and Foxie!

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  9. great transformation mary ann! i have been looking at noir of late, that does it, who needs the headaches of poor quality and a bad attitude
    debra

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    1. Yes...I personally have three pieces from Noir with no problems...but I'm worried about the future with new pieces.

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  10. I can't believe it's the same room! YOU are genius!

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  11. Beautiful changes!! The room looks so alive now! I have hung two travel photo galleries as of late, I love how they personalize a room. Your arrangement with the verticals and horizontals looks so fabulous, I have to pin that to my art board! Thank you for sharing how you work your magic!

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  12. HI Mary Ann, love what you did! As always:) As an FYI, I found out from our vet that there are little nail covers that they can put on cats to protect furniture and for dogs, to protect floors/give them grip on hard woods. I just ordered some, so will let you know. Have a great week! b

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    1. Yes, Brenda....I's love to know. Melina has been letting her cats out during the day and they seem less destructive.

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  13. Nicely done...I love how you combine beauty with function and comfort...feels so welcoming...nice job!

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    1. Thanks, Tina. Your shop is an excellent source for blue and white china! I tell my e-design clients about it if they don't already know.

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  14. Another wonderful makeover with your special touch! Great job, always love the pillows from Liana. You always add just the right texture and accessories, edited and beautiful.
    Kathysue

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  15. Love the transformation...it looks so much better..I'm afraid to order anything from Noir now. ...I cant believe they wouldn't stand behind their products!

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    1. Well, at least they took them back...but we had to pay for shipping.

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  16. I hope you never tire of me saying how wonderful you are and how your room makeovers are just off the chart stupendous. love the blue and white :) and the pillows are divine!

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  17. Love this transformation! Where were the sofas procured? The pillows are fabulous - as always. Let’s see the video?! Please. :-)

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  18. Just beautiful, Mary Ann. I love reading your blog and have been following you since you were in Southern Cal. I love that you are in the Bay Area now. You have such beautiful views of the City and I always enjoy your posts! (I'm a Bay Area girl myself.) If you ever find yourself in Santa Cruz I'd love to show you around to my favorite design shops!

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It's SO nice to hear from you!

 
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