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!
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I’m picky about what I’ll display in my home or clients homes. I do like rooms to feel personal and decided my mantle needed our last name initial. This DIY was pretty simple and recommend you making your own.
Supplies you need: Burlap, paint, pencil, font type, glue, and frame
The process: Find the frame you’ll be using first. Make sure it fits well on your mantel and I recommend using a glassless frame. If you use a frame with glass then glue your fabric on the glass.
Measure the area inside of the frame. Cut your fabric to size. No worries if you’re off a bit, as I was then just grabbed some trim I had and glued that layer on to cover my mistakes. You can use any kind of plain fabric. I like added texture, so went for burlap.
Find the font you want to use. There are so many fonts out there. Check out tootledoo designs, as they are amazing! You can write anything you want, a full monogram, entire last name, or just an initial. You may want to enlarge one of the fonts and copy it, make a stencil and trace on your fabric, or freehand it using pencil.
Once you’ve drawn your letter, go ahead and use a smaller brush to apply paint (any kind works) on the outline of the letter. Then fill in the entire letter with paint.
After the paint drys decide if your letter needs anything else. You may want to outline the letter in another color, or glitter…think about what makes sense with your style. Go ahead and use clear glue on the surface of your frame. Affix your fabric and let dry. Add any additional trim on the inside of your frame.
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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 Our tv was in a cabinet which was outdated as well.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.
There is nothing more magical to me than seeing All White. When I look outside after a fresh snowfall. I admire an all white outfit and even more so an entire room in white. Here are my all White picks. . . . oh so fun!
When it comes to giving a gift why not give something handmade. When someone is taking their energy to create a handcrafted good, I call it Art. There is nothing I find more beautiful than when I know someone handmade a great gift.
Birch bark Journal by Three Trees Bindry
Layered Wooden Cross Candle Corset by Fine and Funky Designs
Linen Napkins by Pillow Link
Gold, Pearls & Leather Necklace by LiatGiladJewellery
Gold Zag Try by Up in the Air Somewhere
I love a home that has a lot of layers and accessories. The best way to achieve this is to use various collectables, art, books, pictures, flowers, candles and vaces. I find the areas in a room I’m drawn to feel like they were layered at different times and items were accumulated over the years of the owners’ life. The best way to ‘fake’ it is to buy items from unexpected places, such as tag sales, thrift stores, flea markets, auction houses, on line and don’t forget to revisit your own items hiding in that attic. Most people like two colors, but I find more the better. I’m drawn to an eclectic arrangement of unexpected items, textures and colors. Which ever you enjoy, a couple colors or several, try different looks and items in your space as you never know what will happen, you just might like it!
I love how neutral these accessories are in light grays and cream and work perfectly with this beautiful blue color shown in the handmade art and books.
Mostly white & lime with splashes of color. The twigs brings nature into this traditional space.
Layers of vintage items add so much interest to this space.
I love how these accessories pop on the dark colored shelving.
Whites and creams shine when layered together and pop with a dark background!
I love the balance between functional and decorative accessories grouped together.
White on white is so chic and so in control!