Saturday, September 13, 2008

ta - da - help from designer friends.

Earlier this week, I hollered "HELP!" I think it was Melissa's charge to bring in the autumn season and my own heart to create sanctuary that inspired me to do something else. I've also had his underlying sense of feeling frustrated with the a lack of creative ideas in making this space inviting and more like a sanctuary. It's a hard room to work with because of the tall ceilings and because it's long and narrow. What was - wasn't working for me. Here are some pictures of our remodel of this area.

So, in light of all this, I felt stuck and so I put out the call for help and posted some "this needs to change" kind of pictures. Women took on the charge and responded. Help came from every corner of the county. Every woman had wonderful ideas which all seemed to complement each other.

So, with a little help from my designing and inspiring girlfriends and my strong hubs who moved furniture around - I have this new look and we're are loving it - Simple Home - Sanctuary indeed.

I knew it was good when my daughter, Candace walked in and "ooohheed" and said, "It looks less cluttered." That's a good sign.

Of course I've got a few more touches to do - make new curtains (darker) and ask hubs to raise those rods to below the arches and find something with a bit more color to replace the mirror on the mantel, but overall - this space where we tend to spend the most time - is now much more inspiring.

Not sure that this little table stand will stay there, but for now I needed light by my "foo foo" chair and it's all I had. And I'm thinking the lamp is a tad too tall.

I'd had these family pics over the blue sofa before - which I learned pretty much got swallowed up on the big wall. Nice here! Take note of the one on the upper right - it's my favorite pic that expresses the faces of our five grandkiddos - and it's all about cupcakes.

The traffic flow is better with this room flip. It's more inviting.

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Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Can I just say WOW, so much better! The furniture arrangement is so much cozier. I like your little table next to the chair. It is light and airy enough to work!

Good for you and hubs, a job well done! Enjoy your Saturday!


Mrs. Sidney said...

This room looks so inviting!!

Amy Bennett said...

Wow, that is a fabulous makeover!!

Rachel R. said...

Wow; huge improvement! I think I'd still move those family photos up higher, though - so it's closer to level with the armoire.

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