Back To The Condo

Yesterday, I headed over to the condo.  I didn't go to do any work.  I simply went to take inventory -- to make a list -- of all of the unfinished projects that I still need to finish before we get the condo on the market. Oh my.  My list is much longer than I had anticipated.  Several of the things are just small things, like paint touch ups … [Read more...]

A Velvet Sofa – The Starting Point For My “New” Living Room

velvet sofa in green - from ninemsn real living

The other day when I shared that I was taking my living room in a new direction, a few of you mentioned that a velvet sofa would look great in there.  Honestly, I had never even considered a velvet sofa, so I got onto Pinterest and Houzz and started searching.  And oh my!!  I'm hooked on this idea now! So when I went to look at fabrics the other … [Read more...]

Fireplace Makeover — From Craftsman To Traditional

fireplace makeover - from Craftsman to Traditional - with tile toned down

Once I finally had a clear vision of where I'm heading with my living room (more elegant and traditional with a few contemporary and modern touches), I knew that my fireplace needed some work.  For those of you who may be new around here, I built my living room fireplace from scratch at the beginning of this year.  You can find all of those details … [Read more...]

Four Reader Suggestions That Have Inspired Me In The Last Day

In all honesty, there have been hundreds of reader suggestions that have inspired me over this last year.  Even though I don't always have time to respond, I really do read every single comment on every single post (on the blog and on Facebook), and I very often feel like the most spoiled person in the world having so many people send me awesome … [Read more...]

Beautiful Moulding – Wall Trim Ideas For My Living Room and Entryway

Beautiful wall trim moulding - wainscoting with grasscloth - dining room my Michael Abrams

Now that I've kind of changed direction with my living room, I'm trying to figure out exactly what I want to do with the walls.  I've known from the beginning that I wanted some kind of wainscoting or trim design on the walls, and that hasn't changed.  But now that I'm not doing the teal walls, and I'm opting for more of a neutral wall color with … [Read more...]

A New Direction For My Living Room

items that are staying in the living room

Let me forewarn you -- if my constant indecision and mind-changing irritates the heck out of you, you might want to skip this post.  :) The fact is that I've been feeling very unsatisfied with the direction I'm going in my living room.  And once again, I blame it on my kitchen.  This is the thing -- if ever I designed a room that most clearly … [Read more...]

DIY Marbleized Back-Painted Glass End Table

marbelized back painted glass end tables - 29

This weekend, I had so much fun getting crafty and experimenting yet again with back-painted glass.  And this time, my experiment ended with something that I can and will actually use -- marbleized back-painted glass end tables for my living room! It started when I was just playing around with my living room, trying different furniture … [Read more...]

Upping The Elegance Factor In My Living Room

adding elegance to living room 1

The other day, someone commented that now that my kitchen is finished, my living room might need a little do-over so that it will match my kitchen in terms of elegance.  At first, my heart sank a little, because I knew that she was right.  In comparison, my living room was just looking flat and dull.  But then I got to looking around, and realized … [Read more...]