Friday, May 27, 2011

A Teeny Tiny Re-Work

Ok, we've lived in our home now for about 11 months. I think we've come a long way, but I still wasn't happy with our great room. I liked the framework I had set up, LOVED our furniture, cabinetry, fixtures, and wall color, but I felt a little like something was missing...what was it?

Oh yeah. COLOR!!! We had a cranberry colored rug in the living area and a few cranberry colored throw pillows on the sofa and chairs, but other than that we had this:
Beige, Brown, Neutral...
I kind of felt like Knit Knots would live here. If you are a parent, you know this guy. If not, Google 'Imagination Movers' on Disney Junior.
Anyway, I really liked the cranberry colored accents we had going on, so I decided to run with it. We had the kitchen area of our great room accented with a great cranberry colored paint, (Caliente from Pottery Barn's color deck) to start with. Check out how my green pottery collection pops out now! Before, it just blended in with the wall.

Even the clock seems happier! :)
Next, we added some color in the dining area. DH wasn't all that excited about spending money on a rug for under our dining table what with us having three kiddos under the age of eight. We solved that problem in one of those ways that is so obvious many people miss it. We got an indoor/outdoor rug! They are more durable than indoor rugs, so if the kids spill it should come right up. Even better, outdoor rugs are usually significantly cheaper than their indoor buddies. This one came from Ballard Designs. (Love them, BTW.) I also added some red picture frames, a red vase I got on clearance at Hobby Lobby...
...and my plaque!
Overall I am loving the re-work, and for not a lot of cash I got a lot more warmth in the room. What do you think?


  1. What do I think? I think you are brilliant! It's beautiful!

  2. Absolutely love it! It was nice before, but now it's spectacular. Good job!

  3. love it. Your color scheme is very similar to my mom's main living area. Really pretty and cozier than Knit Knots beige. =)

  4. Ashli-Could I please pay for a ticket for you to come out to CO to help me decorate my house? Pretty please??? :) You decorate your house so wonderfully! (By Tara)_