Design Time Carnival

Design Inspiration Carnival Mary is hosting a design carnival, in which people can post pictures of their favorite designs, pictures, paint color, etc. in their home. I am not the most creative person out there, but we have been trying to update our living room a bit and have made some changes that I am pretty proud of. Eight years ago we moved into my the house my husband grew up in. It was outdated and had wood paneling in just about every single room. Therefore we have pretty much gone through every room and repainted and dry walled (it has the old lath board). We did that in the first few years of our marriage, however we never really decorated the walls. My hubby and I are pretty indecisive people and can't decide on what to put on the walls, hence we kept them blank. As of recently, I have been studying our rooms more closely and decided that we don't look fully moved in. So, we tackled the living room. The color isn't exactly what I love (neutral beige), but it works with the carpeting we have. So here are some of our recent updates:
New furniture. Actually, we are still waiting for the chairs, so the living room isn't completely done, but it's getting there.

Was this:

Now this (the tricky part being, to keep the dog off):

New wall hangings, where the wall was blank. We still want to put up a mirror and some shelves, but it's a big improvement.

And a valance on our bay window.

Was this:

Now this (I made the valance myself!):

It has been fun updating our room, and spicing things up a bit, but I am definitely glad that we are nearing the end, because I want to be outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather (although I guess I haven't missed much so far - seeing as though it's mostly been in the 50's this week). Have a great weekend everyone!


Momma Roar said...

I grew up in a house where a room was always being hubby isn't a mr fixit and sometimes I long for those times of redoing a room just for the fun of it!!

Great valances, I actually just bought fabric last night to make some for my kids rooms.

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Love that valance...what gorgeous fabric. Those are the warm colors that I love.

I love that rod iron circle thing on the wall. So unique and I think black accents are so classy.

Great new sofa. Bet it feels good to sit in a new one.

Thanks for participating. I am definitely going to be on the hunt for some rod iron accents on my walls.

Christy said...

the valance looks great!!!! I love the rod iron clock--- I thought that when we were over the other night.


Totallyscrappy said...

I love that new couch!

Beth said...

Looks awesome!!! I love the new look of the living room. You did a great job sewing the valances!!!

Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

I love that rich leather! The window treatment is awesome, too. Ya'll have obviously done a lot of work. What a treasure to live in a house with so much family history, though!

Kris said...

Wow! What a difference! Great Job!

Lisa @ Take90West said...

I think it looks great...I love your new couch!

I'm Tara. said...

Hellloooo...remember me? :)

I love your new changes!! I am SO impressed with your valance. We made prayer bears at MOPS on Friday and it involved sewing a charm on. I traded a friend to sew my charm while I painted her wooden cross, it's that bad - so I am in awe of your talent.

ET said...

Very nice design style. I am amazed at your homemade valences! Sewing is an art I have never learned. And I just LOVE your new couch. Looks gorgeous and comfy. :)

Earen said...

Looks great!!

emilymcd said...

Wow! That is great! I love seeing home improvements. It shows the personality of a family.

I think your new couch and chair purchases will be a wonderful addition to your home. And your valence came out really well.

Way to go!