As you know, I am a much better gardener than decorator! However my friend, Lorraine Edwards, has taken me under her capable designer wing, and is transforming our home . For years I have loved our furniture and the wonderful artwork and accessories we have collected, but not how they were arranged. No matter where I placed things, I was dissatisfied.
When Lorraine offered to restyle our living room I thought that would mean an hour or two of moving furniture. Boy oh boy, was I wrong! Following her direction, we relocated furniture and “shopped” the house for more pieces and accessories to update this stodgy room.
Such imagination and vision! An oak table from our kitchen entry was paired with wicker chairs from the garden room and became a new dining and game area. Just taking down the damask window treatments we inherited from the previous owners made a huge difference. Light sheers and sliding rings on our existing rods made for a lighter, brighter room. Lorraine arranged the Copenhagen blue and white plate collection into a lovely grouping on the wall. She restyled the dishes and glassware in the white hutch and secretary until they were magazine worthy!
The couch was moved and chairs edited to create a cozy conversation area by the fireplace. Artwork related by frame color was sized beautifully on the mantel and pitchers of flowers were added. Two small side chairs were tucked under the table behind the couch for watching birds out the window or accommodating extra guests at a party. Pictures I had stowed in the closet for years were unearthed, and Lorraine designed a wonderful gallery wall using them. Our largest, more modern oil painting was hung between two wall sconces. A pottery vase on the table and hammered steel birds echo the colors in the painting and wicker chairs. Woven birdhouses never made it outdoors because Lorraine pronounced them “Very Pottery Barn”. Even the chandelier got a makeover. We took the glass shades off and replaced the light bulbs with clear candle-tip bulbs.
Better flow and, even though there seems to be a lot more space now, we added seating! How can that be?? And did I mention that all of this was done for less than 100 dollars? Everything in this makeover we already owned except for the new sheers, light bulbs and picture hangers! Now we still have all our pretty furnishings and artwork but , at last, they look beautiful together.
You can contact Lorraine Edwards, schedule a consultation and see more of her work at YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND MINE http://www.yoursurroundingsandmine.com/
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