These days I am usually showing how small changes to a room change really make a difference. I am focused on these small changes to prove a point. You don’t have to spend a lot to make significant changes to a room. A pillow sometimes can change a room as much as changing a sofa. Let’s a have a look and I’ll show you what I mean.
First let’s start with the farm living room from 6 months ago. I actually liked the look. It was an improvement over previous versions of the room, and I was happy with it, except the ottoman seemed too small for the grouping, and I thought the rug should probably be bigger, and maybe the prints seemed to feminine for a farm living room. But really I just enjoyed the room, and thought I might change those things later.
When I got my Dash and Albert rug (the one I designed HERE) I had an extra rug, so I moved an extra rug out to the farm. The new rug was a slightly larger rug. I liked the pattern of the old rug better, but the size of the new rug was nice. At the same time, I moved this basket in here to act as a coffee table. I think the larger rug was an improvement and the basket was a much better size than the little ottoman. I was really happy with the updates.
Because I changed out the rugs in the kitchen (this is an open concept house) I felt I wanted to have a matching rug on this side of the rug. You can see the rug in the kitchen HERE. Then I moved to the even larger rug. It went well with the pinks and purples, but I wanted something not as feminine in here.
Next I moved to this large wall hanging. I felt the botanicals might be too feminine for the living room, but I adored them. I moved them to my bedroom HERE.
After I added the wall hanging, I realized the purple pillows were no longer going to work. I wanted to try darker pillows that coordinated better with the wall hanging, so I added these toile pillows to the daybed.
So what I did for this last photo was to put the dark quilt back on the daybed, add the toile pillows, the blue embroidery pillows to the chairs and add the blue French enamel pitcher and the tall candlesticks to the coffee table. If you compare this last photo to the previous ones, I like that there is more balance of darks and lights. I love how the toile pillows pick up the same colors of the wall hanging. I like how the the basket size is better for the daybed and the tall accessories seem better balanced size-wise. The blue pillows on the chairs echo the blue of the pitcher, and the center pillow made from ticking echoes the blue stripe of the chairs.
Had I known I was going to go with this wall hanging, I would not have chosen a lavender rug, but c’est la vie. It’s fine.
hi anita! I love those chairs! laura
Daisy Dianne Bromlow says
Your changes look Soooo much better !!! Doesn’t look like a woman’s room anymore. I wouldn’t change anything else .
Sandra Huntley says
I love the basket as a table, it looks terrific. The toilet pillows are gorgeous and look much better than the ones you had before.They look much better with the wall hanging, it brings some of the color down to the sofa. Great job as usual.
Denise V Cox says
Well, I iiked the previous room because I love purple! But, the changes you made to achieve the Farmhouse are wonderful! I love the new look! And, while I don’t think the wall hanging would be an item I would select for myself ( and I DO like Farmhouse decor) it it Made for this living room!!! You did a great job and thank-you so much for sharing your ideas with us!!
Denise.. Easton. Eastern Shore of MD..
The final result is so cute and cosy, well done !
Those changes really did make a difference. I find myself mixing styles, too, and ever so often, have to take photos and that helps me figure out whats wrong. You did a great job….
I am still enjoying your book that I won in your giveaway…The book itself is so pretty, I keep it out on a table in my living room. xo
oops…meant to add….
when someone picks up the book and thumbs thru it, I ALWAYS tell them “and look….she signed it for me”!!!
BJ, you are so, so sweet!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!
Love the look, the wallhanging is beautiful seems to be the focal pt. Very nice!
Sharon ledenlam says
It is so comforting to read about changing things around. My friends tease me about everything being moved and new pillows when they visit. Like the basket as coffee table!