My Living Room is Finished!

I painted my living room blue last weekend and the results are in!  I snapped photos yesterday morning while fixing oatmeal for my 5-year-old and intermittently picking up a crying 2-year-old. So while they're not top notch photos, you'll get an idea of what I've done!  Presenting my very blue living room:







And just for fun, here's a before shot:









I painted with Benjamin Moore's Symphony Blue, which took four coats.  It was crazy but worth it.  Most of the room is comprised of furniture I already had on hand. However, there are a few new things in place.  The primary purchase was a set of red ikat curtain panels from Castle Creek Designs on Etsy.  They are beautiful and I'm in love with these curtains.  The other new piece is the red tripod table pictured above from West Elm - an early Christmas gift from my husband.  It was on sale!


Where did everything else come from?  Here's the breakdown:

Everything below came from Craigslist:
pair of yellow Midcentury chairs
pair of blue barrel back chairs
brown sofa
both sofa side tables
coffee table
circular table between blue chairs

Thrift Store
all four table lamps, each lamp was 5 dollars or less
(I spray painted two of them in turquoise)

Etsy
red ikat curtains from Castle Creek Designs
grey chevron pouf by Aleta Fae - I won from a blog giveaway at Head Over Heels

Joss & Main
blue Ikat pillows on sofa
lumbar ikat pillow I won from a blog giveaway at Deliciously Organized

Pottery Barn
red paisley throw pillow and blanket
area rug

Stuff I made:


And just for fun... here are photos of our eat-in kitchen and dining room, both of which share space with our new living room... 







P.S.  All of the art in the photos below were painted by my son, Walker. 
Our dining room is like his little gallery.





Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to go bold and paint my living room dark indigo blue.  I love the look of it, as does my family.  It's warm, dramatic, energizing and just plain fun.  Have a GREAT weekend!

Finding Bohemia

Our homes, just like our bodies, seem to grow and deteriorate at the same time.  Its a beautiful opportunity to appreciate and even revel in the natural order.  One of my favorite chairs is fraying and at a point where most people would replace or re-upholster.  But I love the chair's shabby and well-loved look.  Maybe its important to respect the decay and live with it for a while before mending the holes, shreds and thread bare bits that expose our underbelly.  Living in harmony with wear and tear is one way to find that special kind of bliss I call Bohemia.

Map of Bohemia 1896

via Decorology

via Desire to Inspire

via Abigail Ahern

via Anne Kata

via Design Labyrinth

via Moon to Moon

via Architectural Digest

Leslie Williamson Photo

via Two Tall Blondes

Roman Blinds

All of my windows are flanked by floor-to-ceiling drapes - full sized panels that feel very grand and lush.  I have always loved the look of long curtains, but all of these beautiful Roman shades are so fresh and simple that I might have to give them a try.  What style of window coverings do you have in your home?  ...or do your windows go commando?

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New Fabric in my Kitchen

I love my little red and aqua kitchen, but every once in a while, I like to switch it all out.  The easiest way for me to do that is with fabric.  I had this Orla Kiely tablecloth from Target, but it was too big.  So, I hemmed it into a square to fit our breakfast table.  I'll probably use the remaining fabric to make a pillow or a purse or an apron or... any ideas? 


I also stitched up some new cafe curtains.  The great part about having small ring clips is that the sewing part is exceedingly easy - more hemming.  I bought the fabric from Via's Place on Etsy.  Here is a before photo:



Here's a closer look:


And the vintage wire market basket on the table is in my Etsy shop.  Until it sells, I thought it would be sweet on my table filled with little white pumpkins.  Yes - they're left over from the fall, but that's how I roll.

Turquoise Wire Basket