Brown Couch Blues: Mini-Makeover Before and After

We were just supposed to re-do Melina's living and dining rooms (where most of the budget went).  But you know how that goes...suddenly you realize other things don't look so hot.  Like in the family room.  

The brown sofa had to stay...but the dilapidated pillows--no!  In fact, if you have pillows like this, your sofa would look better without any throw pillows.   I can be harsh.
In come lighter, fresher pillows and a throw blanket.
The Ballard giclée looked smaller and softer on-line when Melina bought it.  Here is the online photo:
...notice the difference?
We replaced it with this one.  It's more soothing, a better size and they can take their time looking for original art if they want.
The new coffee table is also from Ballard, and the tray (on sale now) and glass shadow box are from West Elm.  Most of the other accessories were already owned.  
The family room is open to the kitchen.  Melina heard me thinking out loud about wanting to update pendants.  
These pendants from Pottery Barn (good price and on sale) look current especially with the filament bulbs.  
We also added the one of a kind, industrial, iron pedestal bowl.  Just a little refresh without breaking the bank.
Melina is in great shape!  When I was working at her house she made this for us (although another time I heard her ask her husband to bring home burgers for dinner :)  

One more thing...I noticed this helpful marble chart at Ann Sacks.  Do you have a favorite?
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  1. That brown couch went from the Frog to the Prince!!!

  2. great post Mary Ann! Love the refresh of her LR- just takes a professional eye! Love the pillows and art. Thanks for the tile chart from A. Sacks..Have a great weekend. xo Nancy

  3. Mary Ann you know just how to best help your clients and get them them a big bang for their dollars spent!!
    Love the huge change that the art and pillows made in the living room! Did you say where the pillows are from, custom?

    The Arts by Karena
    Autumn Artistry!

    1. Yes, Liana made the pillows for us, Karena. She does a great job.

  4. Beautiful! We have a brown couch also and have used orange, plum and tan but I love your combo of blue and silver!

  5. The pillows and throw made all the difference. Gorgeous.

  6. Mary Ann, I love when you think out loud! :-) Juliet

  7. Mary Ann-I used 2x8 marble in Thanos for my kitchen backspash with a herringbone pattern behind cooktop. We love it!! The counters are Ice White granite.

  8. You are amazing. I love the fact that you were able to lighten the brown sofa with just a few items. Melina's house looks great. Just in time for the upcoming holidays.

  9. Thanks for the Turkey Flatbread recipe. It looks really good! That was nice of your client to give you lunch. You deserve it for working wonders on her home.

    Celia Becker www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

  10. What a huge difference those new pillows and throw made - the sofa looks a billion times better!

  11. Wow, what a huge difference new pillows and accessories made. The couch looks great now. That's why you're the best at what you do!!

  12. It's amazing what a few changes can do! The couch looks so pretty with the new pillows and accessories in the room!

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  15. Ohhh...I need to get this board - super helpful!

  16. I love how the simple changes can make such a huge impact. Love your style.

  17. You are so good at what you do! Taking that dull room with a brown sofa and making it look updated and fabulous using most of her things and adding a few new pieces is genius! The new pendants in the kitchen make such a difference too. Love it!
    Have a great weekend...xo Gail

  18. I always love seeing your before and after shots...what a difference! Can't believe how much brighter the living room looks and the pillows are wonderful! Happy weekend!

  19. Another job well done! Such a difference it all makes.

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