Living Room Makeover

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After Saving Grace, and getting excited about her new look, I decided it was time to make a few changes in the Living Room.  I initially was going to put her in the foyer, but realized #1 she’s too big and #2 she needs to be in a room and be the focal point.   The Living Room gets the least visits in the house (actually I’m the only who goes in there, and that’s to put music on and water the plants).   The room wasn’t bad looking, but I felt it needed to be freshened up.  The walls and window treatments blended too much and beige was the “safe” color I chose.  It’s Spring and now I’m ready to give it that much needed attention.   Picking out paint colors was the hardest.  I couldn’t figure out which direction I wanted go, but once I got the color – the rest came easy.  After accomplishing a makeover in the DiningRoom for $100.00 I decided to challenge myself again.  Let’s take a look at where I started.

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My target points were: I wanted the color to flow from the Dining Room; I wanted to create an accent wall; I needed to soften the look of the buck stove and change the area rug.

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I took the plunge at trying my luck at the stripe wall.  I really like how it turned out.  The fireplace and buck stove still needed a brighter look and thanks to my friends Nicole at Design it Vintage  and Meredith at ArtsandClassy, they gave me great suggestions that eased my fear of painting it white.  Thank you ladies!!  Your input was well appreciated.  The room looks so much brighter, and cheerful and I can’t be more pleased with the new look.  Here comes picture overload .. Lol..

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Same area as above, but I painted the mirror with Rose Gold metallic paint.. She looks so much better.

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See how much brighter the fireplace looks 😊

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A view from the dining room is where Grace sits

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By using the same window treatments saved money (besides I still like them) and now their true gold tone color really shows from the new wall color

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The brass etagere was purchased for $30.00 a few months ago for the shop. Since we had to close unexpectedly, it found its new place here.  Now I have a place to display my vintage glass swan collection

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I just couldn’t throw away that swatch of my favorite cheetah fabric from Sheba, so I covered a small vintage book and placed it under her ( for a pop of color)  Now I think I’ll cover the other two as well.

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The other two books are covered and made a big difference

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Clarissa came back to this room and sits gracefully in this corner

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My plants are getting more light.  The Franco Albini ottoman (a Goodwill Find) holds my favorite DIY tray makeover ($2.00 item).

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The view into the Living Room looks brighter and I love how it flows into the Dining a Room.  The room looks more spacious.

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And if your eyes zeroed in on my peacock lamp, here’s a closer view.. (I love peacocks, too)

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She was snagged at Kirkland’s ( on sale of course) and the florentine vintage wall sconces were  $5.00/pr.  The striped candles were yours truly DIY.

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My carribbean girl artwork was purchased last summer when we went to the Bahamas for the family reunion was framed in an old frame I had in storage.  I just touched up the gold rim and oiled it.. It was a perfectly good frame- so why buy new.

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The only brand new items in this room makeover are rug and bamboo plant stand, which were purchased at Home Goods and the white planter, purchased at Ross’s.  Everything else are ThriftScores, DIYers and vintage items.  So there you have it.. My accomplished $100.00 room makeover.  Oh and if you’re wondering about the other furniture.. I sold it – so I actually made money on this makeover and this really was free. Yippppeee!   So, let a sista know what you think 😉  Next up – my foyer.   Anyone else up for a Spring makeover challenge?  Join me.. Let’s do this!

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Until next time lovies – Thrift your house into a home !  Smooches

Jamala

Pillow Talk

I know there’s a lot of  pillow talk going on right now – and why?  Because pillows are the easiest way to update the look of any room or furniture.  Now it’s time for me to join in the conversation – I began my pillow talk this past week.  Spring is coming and I wanted to add a few of them around the house.  After having new pillows on Grace, I realized it’s time to refresh pillows around the house.image

My story began with this gorgeous fringe I found while clearing out a closet.  I actually forgot I had it and when I saw it that’s when it hit me.. Pillow Time!

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Can’t let good fringe go to waste..  So next stop.. The fabric shop.   I’ve been on my animal print kick for a while, and luck be the lady, I found the perfect fabric that satisfied my wild side.   The fabric was $15.00/yard ( I know.. Ouch) but I couldn’t resist.  My savings came in the pillow forms.  Again, I got lucky (on the thrift side) and found feather down pillows at Goodwill for $1.00 each.  I removed the old fabric and created 3 new pillows for less than $20.00   Here are my new pillows:

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Not bad right.. The fringe really gave the pillows a high end designer look. I’m loving my “J” style pillows, and there are  few that I’ve been fiending over that I’d like to share with as well.

Interior designer, LindaG, makes some of the best pillows.. here are a few of my favorites

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Visit her blog to see more of her creations… You’ll truly be inspired

If sewing isn’t your thing, I found this gorgeous fur pillow here  .. I’m really considering this style in the master bedroom.

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And to mix it with some champagne bling would be great.. Like these here babies

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And if you’ve got money to burn (unlike your thrifty girl) tickle your fancy and check out the pillows featured on Chairish.

Here’s one last swoon-worthy pillow to talk about  .. Gotta love it..

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I’m taking it room by room for a Spring re-fresher .. But pillows are definitely in the making.  What are you up to for getting Spring ready?   Oh and I hope you enjoyed my little throwback Pillow Talk tune.. It’s one of my all time favorites.. Up next.. My One Room Challenge – Living Room $100.00 makeover.. Stay tune  .. Until then Happy Hunting ! Smooches!!

Jamala

 

Saving Grace

Hi everyone! I  hope you’re doing well, and I thank you for hanging in there with me during my respite.   I’m back again to share with you another marvelous makeover.  This time it’s a beautiful Recamier antique chaise lounge that was left by my dear friend Joyce.  She really had some of the most gorgeous pieces but they all need TLC, (one day I’m going to do an exclusive post about her).  She gave it to my brother, who in turn, relinquished it to me – Thank God, because his dog was about to destroy it… Uggggghhhhh… I wanted to beat him up (my brother that is).   Let’s take a look at this pitiful soul..

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Poor baby- 😥😥 .. I’m going to name her Grace.  She is a gorgeous, handmade chaise lounge, that has gone decades needing attention, and was looking really disgraceful.  This piece was appraised to be over 200 years old, (I know what you’re saying.. WOW!!).  Recamier chaises are also known as “ladies fainting sofas”  and you can read more about them here.   This particular lounge has more of a Caribbean feel because of the handcarved details, and choosing the right fabric wasn’t easy.  I chose a vanilla, tone on tone fabric that has a slight raised texture.  I also chose to use nailhead instead of gimp for the trim.  After two bottles of oil and a trip to the upholsterer for a magic makeover – she’s now full of Grace.

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Isn’t she lovely!!

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One thing I love about choosing an antique is some pieces are so rare which makes it more special.  I love her new look.  I chose to have a varied animal print pillow selection just to spice things up a bit.

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The nailhead trim really enhances the beauty and I really dig her sexy curves and carved details.

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I’m so happy about the new look and extremely happy she’s mine.

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After this makeover, I think it’s time to do an “ORC” one room challenge.  Like the Dining Room, I’m doing the same thing with the Living Room.. The $100.00 dollar makeover.   So– Stay tuned ..  If anyone else is up to the challenge, join me and let’s decorate together.  I’d love to see your “design on a dime” new look you create.  As for Grace, holla at your girl and let me know what you think.. I’d love to hear from you .. Until next time .. Happy hunting 😘

Jamala

$2.00 Tuesday

Hey Guys!! I know you probably think I’ve fallen off the bloggysphere..lol,  but actually I haven’t.  Between my computer acting up, my hands hurting and me just taking it easy, I’ve just been piddling along.  I’m still out here coming across items to share. I’m also making a few changes in the home, which I’ll be sharing with you this week, but in the meantime I’m touching base with a few more $2.00 Finds.

I found these two Mottahedeh french planters at an estate sale.  They had some rust inside but for $2.00 – I definitely think they were worth it.

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I cleaned them up and put a couple plants inside and they’re good to go..

 

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So two for $2.00  – I’m satisfied..

Now, check out what Lesley over  at ThriftThrift lucked up and found.  She was pretty happy when she scored this awesome American Eagle laptop case.

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Pretty cool huh??  I love that blue & white print.  Hop over to her blog and check out her other thrift finds.

And Erin over at Live Pretty on a Penny found a cute turtle at Goodwill which she glammed it up a bit to display with her other collectibles.

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It’s the power of paint and how it makes a difference.  That turtle definitely fits in with her other collectibles.  Visit Erin and see her beautiful home and how she designs on a dime to Live Pretty on A Penny.

We all enjoy our $2.00 finds and remember if you score a great deal use hashtag #urthriftygirlfinds to be featured.   After all, it’s not how much it costs, but it’s how you style it!

So happy hunting my dear friends😘

Jamala