This is what you can do in 9 days and twelve hours of work! The deadline was tight, so I had to shop locally, which is limiting, but made the best of it and accomplished the goals of the space. The main requests for the room were to be functional, comfortable and colorful.
The office space is in an old brick building with new paint, floor covering & built in’s.
This office was the last to undergo any attention, so the funds were tight. Seating was important and I was able to find an affordable set. The color of the seating went really well with the room and the neutral cushions gave me a neutral palette to work with.
The bookcases just needed some rearranging of books and added a few other small personal touches, such as candles, plants and small vase and photos.
A sweet work of art, given to Lisa as a gift was hung above the loveseat. The art against the bricks is the first thing you see when walking to the office, but your eye immediately goes down to the blue throw that is draped perfectly between the colorful pillows.
The old desk was replaced with a sleek simple desk. The key to having an inviting office is the placement of the furniture. Floating the desk at an angle gave enough room for office supplies behind and opened up the rest of the room for a comfortable sitting area.
A pop of color is just what the room needed to tie everything together! Since the chairs are neutral everything around them could be very colorful. Teal and yellow are also found in the pillows on the loveseat and of course the books. The artwork is done by a local Dover artist, Caryn of “Creative Spirit Art Studio“.
Lisa Flynn of ChildLight Yoga~
If you want to stand out at an event, you must prepare well in advance to look appropriate and as beautiful as you can be.
If you follow this timeline or make your own, you’ll be sure to have a cohesive and polished look for any special event.
Spring ‘Wardrobe Essentials’
Sweater vest in oatmeal or tan, Navy or black blazer, Basic light weight sweaters in black & pop of color, Short sleeve shirts in black, white or gray & 1 pop of color, Skinny ankle cotton pants-printed & solid navy, Skinny jeans & white Jeans, Printed shorts, Skinny metallic belt, Printed colorful scarf, Ankle booties in gray or tan, Tan trench coat, Jean jacket, White button down, Denim button down, Ballerina flats in black, Loafer or Toms canvas slip-on in color or stripe, Tan wedges, Undergarments (thongs & push ups).
Black & white large stripe flowy skirt, Florals, Pastel everything, Cream or white blazer, Cutout clothing, Crop tops, Nude colored evening dress, Open toed or cutout chunky heels, Silk sleeveless blouses, Asymmetrical wrap short skirt, Boyfriend jeans, Aquamarine anything & nail color, Metallic accessories, Chunky knit cropped sweater in a pastel color, Tall or shorter gladiator leather flats, Lady- like jewelry- flower & pearls, Bright orange or pink lips- keep other makeup soft.
How to add Trends to Basics:
Dress yourself mostly with your basics and add a trendy item or two. Layering is the key to stylish dressing. Edit, look, edit again!
Skinny jeans, tucked in sleeveless silk blouse, chunky heels, trench coat, metallic belt and statement necklace
Date night casual
Asymmetrical wrap short skirt, tank, jean jacket, heels and scarf & statement necklace
Date night dressy
Nude colored dress, ladylike jewelry, trench, heels
White skinny jeans, tank tucked in, metallic belt and denim shirt over with Toms
White skinny jeans, silk sleeveless top tucked in, belt, ladylike jewelry, chunky sweater, ballerina flats.
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My house has exposed wood beams and everyone seems to enjoy how different they make the room feel. I find that when wood beams, bricks or early wood floors are added or exposed in a home, it adds so much depth and character to a home without trying. Here are some examples of rooms that feel like they have a touch of history to them. What I love about all these rooms is they don’t feel entirely ‘old’, the historical elements add character to these updated rooms. Classic mix!
photo credit Pinterest
After 13 years, last March I decided it was time to revamp the living room! We were using our 13 year sofa that was all wrong. The rug is only 10 years old, but I was ready for a new style. Since my kids were babies I’ve used a round soft ottoman with tray on top, but now the kids are 6 and 9 time to have some sharp corners! Our tv was in a cabinet which was outdated as well.
Cover the sofa or buy a new one….we bought a new one!
Painted the wall a new lighter creamy color.
Cover the chair or buy a new one….new one of course!
Swapped out the rug for a new style. My old style was more traditional and now I like cozy mod.
Ditched the TV, stand and ottoman
I wanted a more neutral and cohesive look when you walked into my living room. The focal point is the fireplace and after I painted it, it felt so fresh and light and that’s when I made the decision to start “Project Living room”.
The old wall color was a brownish taupe that worked really well with gold tones. Painting the walls was my first change and I went for a creamy color. The color really lightened up the room and gave me room to play with the upholstery colors. Before I was really stuck with golden/taupe sofa.
Moving away from brown tones to cream tones gave me the freedom to switch to gray. I loved going for a deeper sofa color since all the walls went so much lighter.
You can also see my old oriental rug in photo above with my old chesterfield sofa. Below is my new chevron rug in gray and cream.
I ditched the soft round ottoman and added two square mirrored tables that I had from three years ago. I picked them up at Target for $35.00 each.
Before my sofa faced our fireplace but once I knew I was ready for a change, I wanted to have a chaise on my sofa and move it to the right of our fireplace. The antique brown cabinet stores my china, candles and various decor items.
I didn’t want to have the TV in a cabinet any longer, so I talked my husband into getting a flat screen and console.
I found this stunning mirror and silver Paltrow Console Table on Joss and Main for $450. This console not only matches my coffee tables, but my starburst mirror that is high above my fireplace.
Though the brown paisley chair was so cozy with the matching ottoman, it was worn out and ready for a new home. Our new chair is in a solid light gray. By keeping the sofa and chair print free, I had the freedom to go bold on the floor and will have fun with throw pillows and blankets.
My New Living Room!
I accessorize with antique, new and collectables. The mantel turned out far better than expected. Several items are one of a kind, from various trips my father in law took. The large jar is filled with beach finds than my boys search endlessly in the summer on several Maine beaches. The other two tables in the room are antique finds. The mirror and copper bowl of over sized grapes are also antiques from our family. I’m not afraid to repaint things as you can see from the items that are hung high over the mantel. I have several framed photographs and figurines that are put away or in other rooms, but if there’s anything I can’t say enough is ‘edit’ and ‘edit again’. Less is more and quality is always better.