My super busy season is here, and I’m about to cause some massive chaos in my house for about a month and a half, and then we’ll be into full scale fall and Christmas decorating. Before that happened, I thought I’d give you all a little tour of a project I worked on last year–FINALLY decorating my front rooms. With a little help from Rebekah Dempsey from A Blissful Nest, I now have a space I love! Not to mention, momentarily clean while I took these photos.
For quite a few years my formal dining and living room was my studio space. I changed the way it looked so much, I never really bothered to decorate it. In our new house, the photo shoot mess was what you saw when you walked in the door. I think I walked in one day and got so depressed at looking at my nice new house “decorated” with all my photoshoot cast offs and wanted to cry. That’s about the time I contacted Rebekah.
This is what we started with! Bought a rug that I hated (waste of money), there are props from at least four different shoots in there, and a really attractive chandelier in there. It looks crazy different now.
My “studio” was something I had a mental block against re-doing. Afraid to pick a painting, afraid to invest in furniture I wouldn’t like in a month…etc, etc. Rebekah took some of the items I had, chose a few key pieces and helped me turn my mess into something I think is pretty magnificent!
This was the plan she handed to me–Rebekah created the design and told me where to go shopping!
I purchased almost everything she suggested–my favorite piece being the painting by Parima Studios. When I was out shoppping at Home Goods, I ran across the wood footstools and fell madly in love with them. I brought one home (not two as I should have) to see if it worked in the space. It did, and by the time I got back to Home Goods, the other one was gone (!!!) I spent a fair amount of time internet stalking until I found it’s match. Worth it.
She had my buy another of the World Market wingback chairs I already owned. Because, teal. I would never have put pillows in these chairs, but now that they are there, I love the way they look.
The silver and glass table looks so modern in the room, but a bit of coral and seashell on top and a plush rug you want to go barefoot and run your toes through soften it a bit. Also, the kids liked to try to climb under this table and “hide” when I first got it–look at all those difficult to get through holes! Put a stop to that quick, as any fingerprints are to be removed from said table immediately. It’s mom’s space, and usually the only one clean in the house.
Since the rooms are adjoining, she laid out a plan for my dining room as well. It’s sadly not finished yet! I have new upholstered chairs and a rug on my wish list still. We did paint the wall a scrumptious deep teal at Rebekah’s recommendation, and hung a mirror that was in another part of the house on the wall. Hopefully I’ll get to the rest over the next year.
Totally my favorite thing in this room? My new crystal chandelier. I fought her on this design decision, but in the end, it was the right one. And we all love the rainbows that dance across the room when the sun hits the crystals in the afternoon.
Rebekah has a TON of great decorating ideas on her site, A Blissful Nest. From how to style a coffee table to ideas for decorating your rooms, she has so many quality interior design ideas. Stop by and be inspired!