5.20.2016

Three Elements for A Quick Living Room Refresh and A One Pan Chicken Dinner


We refreshed Mary's Newport Beach living room with: 

1. an updated, new chair, 
2. wall to wall seagrass carpeting 
and my favorite thing:  
3. beautiful pillows!

Before
 The green and rust pattern in this carpet was hard to work with but the sectional had to stay.
Before
Before

Mary agreed to install relatively inexpensive wall to wall seagrass carpeting and spring for some gorgeous new designer pillows made by Liana.  
Now
This fabric, Kravet Couture Kaveka in Indigo, has some green that is in the sectional and on her walls, and let us freshen up by incorporating some indigo.
The Kaveka is a rich linen and the border gave us something fun to play with on a lumbar pillow.
We also used Peter Dunham Taj in Indigo and Green for a large scale pattern and a small scale pattern, Kerry Joyce Petite Fleur.

Thank you, Liana, for taking the photos since I couldn't be there!

 This is the Mila chair in sand linen that I spotted on sale from Pottery Barn.  I can't find it on the website now.  Seems you have to grab these deals when you see them!  I was glad Mary pulled the trigger as it was less expensive than recovering her old chair.  She found the stone side table at Home Goods.
Here is a dish I created that only uses one pan (easy clean-up).
  • Three boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • One half jar drained, halved artichokes (about 8 pieces)
  • 1/4 cup pitted Greek olives
  • four on the vine tomatoes, quartered
  • one small lemon sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • sea salt and pepper
Lightly coat the chicken pieces in flour and shake off.  Sauté in about three tablespoons of olive oil on medium high heat for about three minutes on each side. After 6-9 minutes, lower heat to medium...toss in all the ingredients and cook covered three more minutes.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. The lemons will have softened and I like to squeeze them on everything before serving (with a slice or two on the plate).  You could serve with warm pita or French bread if you like.


I flew back from San Diego on Wednesday and now I have a bad cold!  Anyone else sick this time of year?
 
Take care!

28 comments:

  1. What a nice refresh. Love the pillows & the carpet. Is the carpet comfortable on the feet? Looks great!

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    1. Karen, I have used seagrass in many of our previous homes and love it. Especially upstairs instead of wall to wall carpeting. It hides stains and can be layered with area rugs. It's not plush like carpet but my husband actually like the way it feel on his feel. Not for everyone though.

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  2. Great, effective changes of the room above..love it. Can you recommend a good resource ( i live in the Bay Area ) for natural fiber carpets? I like your selection of natural fiber samples on your recent post as well. What do you think of Abaca carpets vs. seagrass? Thank you for continued great ideas on your Blog!!

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  3. Thanks, Gay. The samples I was showing recently are from Stark and that showroom is to the trade. I have a carpet company that I use in so. Cal. called Aldens and I also have ordered rugs from All Natural Carpets on line. In my home, I have a Restoration Hardware Belgian sisal basket weave that I love. You have to make sure the sisal is not too scratchy. Jute is softer... I have that in my bedroom from Pottery Barn...but I'd like to get rid of it. Chief has chewed it up...and the weave is not as tight. If I were you, I would start with RH.

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    1. Thanks Mary for the very useful information on Natural Fiber Carpets. I'll check out Rest.Hard. selection.

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  4. Hi Mary Ann, Of course, your living room refresh is great! I love all the fabrics, that chair and the sisal rug. Not much work for a new, updated look! Bravo!

    I'm so sorry you've got a bad cold! Drink lots of fluid and use Ocean Nasal spray and snuggle up with Chief and a good book!

    Hugs...Gail

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  5. Mary Ann, so sorry you are sick, this time of year with the allergy season, it is easy for it to go into sinus infection, YUCK!!! Hope you rest and feel better soon. Beautiful job once again, love the pillows. Had to pin the recipe, have to try this weekend! Take care,
    Kathysue

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  6. Love the update and those pillows are perfect for a laid-back but stylish room!

    Thanks for the recipe, I was thinking of what to cook for dinner for tomorrow, now I won't need to!Feel better!

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  7. Hi Mary Ann,

    Great job on the living room...I love that side table. How come I never find anything like that at Home Goods? When I was there last all I came home with was a dog bed! :/

    Sorry to hear you are under the weather. My husband is a teacher and passed on a nasty flu to me a couple weeks ago. I haven't been that sick since I went to Mexico over 30 years ago! It hit me hard but then I was over it in a few days.

    Feel better!

    Linda in San Diego

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    1. Thanks, Linda...I coughed all night last night. :( Need better cough med.

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    2. Coughs are the worst, especially when you can't sleep. In the past the cough syrup with codeine did it for me...slept like a baby! Haha

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  8. P.S. I was just looking at your fiddle leaf on instagram, it looks so healthy! Mine is driving me nuts...do you ever have issues with scale and the sap they leave behind? I get them off with alcohol and do periodically wipe the leaves down with warm water to get the dust off and it was doing pretty well until recently. Ugh. I'm ready to ditch it and buy a new one!

    Linda

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    1. Mine doesn't have any sap at all...but I have seen that on others. I would ask at the plant nursery. I think they need good sunlight.

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    2. Yes I agree! Mine is in a southwest facing window but with the May gray we are having that could be part of the problem. :/

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  9. Every time I see a "little refresh" from you, I want you to come to my house! Happy weekend, Mary Ann!

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  10. Beautiful refresh!! Love the pillows! Feel better :)

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  11. love love love the pillows! another homerun mary ann! i was sick last weekend. ugh. i feel your pain. hope you feel better soon.

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  12. Hi Mary Ann!
    Please tell me you have a resource you can recommend for wall to wall Seagrass here in the Bay Area! I would love to have it installed throughout my whole house. Thank you!!!

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    1. I will. Seems it's not as common up here, Terri.

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  13. Thanks for the fabric sources!

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  14. You have me craving that chicken dish...yum! I love your ideas and wondering how you found seagreass to handle the day to day wear and tear? Love the look and thinking of it for my Palmetto Bluff house...and hoping its as durable as it is pretty!

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    1. It's very durable, Tina. I've used it in three homes, upstairs near the beach. Seems to hide the dirt from sandy feet...just vacuum... not to expensive to replace either.

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  15. One pan + chicken + artichokes = you got my number, lady! Can't wait to try this dish, I know it will be delish!

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  16. I'm so glad you showed wall to wall seagrass! That is what I'm planning on installing in my LR and DR and can not wait to get it done! Joni of Cote de Texas is the first person I knew who talked about it, and I absolutely fell in love.

    Looks great, and I love the pillows!

    Sheila
    xo

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  17. Pillows look great and so does the chicken recipe!

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  18. Your updates made such an impact Mary Ann. I love the blues and the seagrass, of course. A great room refresh.

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  19. I made the chicken dish the day after you posted it and...it was great! It was one of those nights when I looked in the fridge and thought "There's nothing to make anything!" but I happened to have all the necessary ingredients (except the Italian parsley we're growing has started to bolt due to the hot weather so I could only harvest a few lime-green pieces that looked like they hadn't totally given up on being green). I felt like it took all of 10 minutes--maybe 15, but it tasted like something I'd crave from a restaurant. Thanks for the great, new recipe! I'm going to share it with friends and family. :)

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    1. Thanks so much...I made it again last week with asparagus...you can use what you have but the lemons are key. Take care.

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