Living room tour

Hello friends! I hope it looks and feels like spring where you are. Here in Pennsylvania, we are currently buried under about 9 inches of snow, and it’s not showing any signs of letting up!

To remind us that spring is here (eventually, right?), I thought I’d share a tour of our living room, decorated for spring. I was perusing the home tour tab on the blog and noticed a lot of changes have occurred in the living room since I last posted about it.

One of the biggest upgrades has been replacing the carpet with solid hickory hardwood. I still LOVE this hickory floor after living with it for several years now, and we get many compliments on it. We bought the floor at a discount from Lumber Liquidators and installed it ourselves.

We changed the paint color on the walls from Iced Coffee to Valspar’s Feldspar Pottery, a warm gray color. The new leather sofa and loveseat are from Value City Furniture. The side chair is from TJ Maxx, and the rug is from Wayfair.

We purchased our micro grand piano a little over a year ago. We love it and play it every day.

I added a few inexpensive decor pieces from Hobby Lobby and Gabe’s on the mantel for a fresh, spring look.

Check out this post to learn how to make your own Pottery Barn-style birch candles.

The tobacco basket is from eBay. It reminds me of South Carolina, where my husband and I lived for several years while serving in the Air Force.

We bought new side tables and a media console from the Rustic Pine Collection at LaFuente Imports. This furniture is very affordable. We choose not to spend a lot on furniture pieces because we have children and a rowdy pup.

The matching branch lamps are from Pier One Imports.

The Bible under the lamp is a Dutch Bible that’s been in my husband’s family for years. I try to weave meaningful heirlooms into my decor when it makes sense. It helps to personalize a space and make a room feel extra special.

The monogrammed pillows are from Ballard Designs.

Since we live near a lake, I like to infuse lake-themed and nature-inspired pieces into my decor.

Tip: Decorating your home to complement its natural surroundings and the period in which it was built can be a fantastic way to help it stand out (in a good way) and feel unique.

So there you have it, an up-to-date tour of our living room. Happy spring!

Tale of a tired china cabinet (a furniture redo)

Hello friends! I hope you’re staying warm. We’ve been experiencing very cold temps here in Pennsylvania. Bring on spring! 

Today I wanted to share a sneak peek at my next furniture project. I found this china cabinet – or buffet and hutch, whatever you call it – on Craigslist for $40.

We had to drive a little over an hour to pick it up with our trailer, but it was worth it. It’s a solid piece with a traditional design that’s not too fussy … right up my style alley.

I have visions of this piece completely redone and sitting in my dining room. Here is the finish I am going to try and replicate:

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The cabinet has some interesting neoclassical features, such as the lions head hardware. If I had to choose a style that I lean toward, it would be traditional. Traditional furniture takes inspiration from English and French styles of the 18th and 19th centuries such as Baroque, Rococo, Romantic and Neoclassical. In my home, I prefer furniture with less ornate details, but I do appreciate substantial pieces that showcase good craftsmanship and quality materials.

Matt thinks I should keep the lions head knobs. If I do, maybe I’ll spray paint them a darker bronze color. What do you think? Should I change out the hardware … keep it and spray paint it … or leave it alone?

The silverware drawer is felt-lined, which is kind of cool. It just needs a good cleaning.

Here are some of the products I’m using to refinish the piece.

Stay tuned for progress on this project coming soon!

Have you ever defined your own furniture style? The following article may help provide some clarity: https://www.homemakers.com/styles.

Total room redo with furniture & decor for under $450

Hello friends!

I am currently neck-deep in purchasing our next flip house, so I’ve been preoccupied with that deal. I’ll be sure to share more details about that as soon as the deal closes. I’ve been this.close to buying several different properties this year, so I’ll believe it when the deed is in my hands. Until then, I’m cautiously optimistic. 😉

Today, I wanted to share with you a recent room makeover I did for a wonderful local non-profit organization, Crossroads Pregnancy Center. A dear friend of mine from church who serves with me on our praise and worship team is the director there.

Crossroads purchased a house in town, with the intent of moving to that location and having a bit more space for all the services they provide. This house needed some updating and, although I didn’t have the bandwidth to help out with the entire project, I really felt led to get one room completely updated, furnished and ready for them, at no expense to them.

I volunteered to tackle the renovation and furnishing of a counseling room, and they graciously agreed to let me have free reign in making over the space. This project was so much fun! Below is what the space looked like before:

A great space, but it felt a little dated. I didn’t want to mess with the knotty pine walls, the brick or the floor, so I focused my attention primarily on the ceiling and furnishings. I also gave the space a really good scrubbing. It’s amazing what a little elbow grease and squeaky clean windows can do for a room!

I painted the ceiling a bright white (I love Zinsser® Ceiling Paint) and added an inexpensive light fixture that, I felt, matched the period of the home.

From there, it was time to do some thrifty shopping to furnish and decorate the space with what was left of my budget (I spent about $60 on the light fixture. I had the paint on hand).

I picked up these two wicker wall hangings from the Salvation Army Thrift Store for $4 total.

I spray-painted them Tranquil Blue.

I deglossed this chair in my basement and spray-painted it a satin black. (I had all the paint on hand for this project, so no money was spent.)

The chair on the left below was rescued from the side of the road a few years ago. I paid $50 for the rocker on the right at a local consignment furniture store. The pillows in the room were scrounged from my basement.

The 5’x8′ rug was a steal at Gabe’s® for $29.

The clock on the wall is from my basement. I bought the couch at a local furniture store for $250 on clearance. Oh yea … I did pay for one pillow. The pillow on the left is from T.J. Maxx®. I couldn’t resist that gorgeous pattern. It was $20, I think.

The mirror art on the left I bought on clearance at T.J. Maxx for $7, I think. The painting in the center of the room and the faux palm plant was scrounged from my basement.

The curtain rods were $1 at the thrift store and the four curtain panels cost me under $25 total at Gabe’s.

Overall, I think the space now looks like a wonderfully inviting and updated room, perfect for counseling clients. What do you think?

Total cost of all updates, furniture and decor for this project? Under $450!