Before I tackled this room I spent a lot of time on Pinterest pinning pictures of pretty rooms that I liked. There is so much inspiration on Pinterest and whenever I feel stuck or I'm in a decorating slump its my go to, to recharge my decorating battery ;) Once I had a vision in mind I cleared the room and couldn't wait to get started!
First thing I did was take up the laminate floors to expose the original 100 year old wood floors. They got a fresh coat of white paint as well as the doors and woodwork. Since I wanted to paint the walls white as well I decided to go with a warmer shade to avoid it looking too cold and stark. I believe in mixing different shades of white throughout a room to make it feel warm and welcome. I chose Antique White by Clark and Kensington.
Once the room and floors were all painted I still didn't have any furniture for the room. Just a queen bed frame. I belong to a local antique and vintage buy and sell Facebook page and as I was scrolling one day I came across this French provincial bedside table and matching headboard up for sale for $80! I couldn't type SOLD! fast enough. A quick little paint job and it is now the perfect addition to this room and adds that French touch that I love so much!
This sweet bedding is from the Shabby Chic line at Target. I am in love with the linen blend and sweet crocheted details.
I found the crystal chandelier on Amazon and that sweet vintage sconce on Etsy. I already had this floor length mirror that I just propped up against the wall facing the bed.
This piece had been in my studio holding my paints since I didn't have a space for it in the house. Well, when I needed a piece to grace this wall I immediately knew this piece would be perfect! I love the unique shape, the pretty details and of course the magic of milk paint to give you that chippy paint look! I filled the shelves with an array of vintage finds I have collected over the years and a sweet photo of my Grandmother as a girl.
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I thought I'd quickly share my updated living room with you guys! I've been loving the blues but I've been craving a change.
I absolutely love to collect French antique hemp sheets. The patina, feel and texture of them is just so addicting and I love the character they add to a room. Another plus is that they are very durable and hold up to regular washing very well. That's why I use one to throw over my couch and I have 2 chairs upholstered with them as well.
I especially love ones with the monograms! Just look at that beauty and the old rust stains! (insert heart eyes.)
We have the Ikea ektorp couch and the back cushions were starting to get lumpy and losing their shape. Not only that, they were hard and always felt they took over most of the couch leaving you this tiny space to sit on. Till we can afford a new down filled couch I decided to remove the back cushions completely and replace them with throw pillows. I raided my pile of antique sheets to make pillow covers. I made a total of 7 pillows varying in size from 20"x20" to 18"x18." What a difference! Why didn't I think of doing this sooner? Much more comfortable and now there's room for both me and the hubby and George, our 4 legged baby :)
My go to for purchasing antique French sheets is Etsy. There are tons to choose from! Only downside is they ship from France so its usually a 2 week wait but it's a small price to pay for these beauties!
I'm absolutely loving the new look and I'm always amazed at what a huge difference something simple as changing out pillows can make. And as you can see someone else approves of the new look as well!
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I have a passion for photography and being creative; whether through painting furniture, doing DIY projects around the house or decorating.