Monday, January 11, 2010

Step into the *Pah-lah* ...

Happy Monday, everyone !!  So, it's a balmy 80 degrees here in Myrtle Beach, and I'm on my way out the door for a day of fun in the sand and surf.  NOT, but oh how I wish!  Actually, we're still being poisoned by these fer-eeeezing temps that just don't want to leave us.  I really shouldn't complain though as the arctic weather has forced me to stay inside and decorate.  The shame !! 

And, since there are a few "before and after" (and winter decorating) parties,  going on again in blogland this week, I thought I'd, once again, crash the get togethers and subject you to more of my recent ADD. See my sidebar for a link to Susan's BNOTP and also join Melissa over at the The Inspired Room.

So, welcome to our sitting room (the room that seems to have no purpose and no activity, except when I walk by and move something around).

BEFORE: This room has had many different looks since we moved here.  This was the most recent ... it was *okay,* but I didn't care for the "principal's office" feel to it ... seemed off balance ... the rug was too small ... the paint was the same as the other common areas ... blah blah blah. 

So, I went with Ralph Lauren Metallics Paint/Lush Brown for the walls:

Painted the ceiling Ralph Lauren Metallics/Golden Candlesticks:

Added panels to the existing valance; a large, rich rug (Lowes + clearance = score!) and a small, leather ottoman (thank you, HomeGoods):

Found an accent table from good ol' Kirklands, hoping it'd work in that spot, along with a super soft and cozy animal print blanket to warm the room up for the winter:  

Added more "knick knacks" to the bookshelf, which I'll never be satisfied with:
And, finally, had to complete the room with a gift to my son from my parents ... a baby (literally) grand piano.  Here's Linus (a/k/a my sweet dinosaur covered Jax) banging away on it.  Oh how I wish we had room for a real one !!  

Okay, lemme have it ... how'd I do?  Even though it will, unfortunately, still remain an unused and unappreciated room (except by our cat, Eden), does the (hopefully) cozy feel make you want to retire to one of the wing chairs after dinner with a classic novel in one hand and perhaps a brandy in the other, while dawning your favorite Snuggie?  Or, maybe engage in a sophisticated game of chess?  If so, FANTASTIC !!  If not, where did I fail?  As for John, me and our gang, we're heading out to the man cave (a/k/a garage dedicated to all things NY Yankees) to act like the unsophisticated crazies that we truly are !!  I'll take you there soon.

Thanks again for stopping by !!


Treasia Stepp said... Reply To This Comment

I love those paint colors. I am going to write those names down for future reference for my living room. Just love it all. Nice redo.

Cat said... Reply To This Comment

I'm so glad metallic paint was invented. Looks great!

Kathy :) said... Reply To This Comment

I think you scored...the color makes your bookcase cute is your little Jax??? daughter Jacqui is nicknamed Jax...

All the best,
Kathy :)

Liz said... Reply To This Comment

Oh, BECCA, BECCA, BECCA...........I want to replicate that room, I LOVE IT!! How'd you do, you ask? You did a *phenomenal* job!! I love the warm color on the wall and ceiling. I love the chandelier, the rug, the lamps, and the curtains. I love it all! The ottoman is gorgeous and the chairs and the throw blanket are fabulous. Everything is so well coordinated. The paint color just makes all your pieces...POP! Boy, have you got talent. You and Melissa's decorating styles are similar, you both should be doing this for a living. Truly, you should! =)

Thanks for sharing. Liz

Amy@TheLemonCottage said... Reply To This Comment

It's gorgeous!
I love the paint color. Beautiful!
I would love to have a room like that. So very pretty.
Great job!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said... Reply To This Comment

Yes, a brandy and a good book is the image I got! You did a great job and I love the paint colors!

Shanna said... Reply To This Comment

I can only say "WOW"!!!!!!!! What a tremendous job you did with that room!

Painter's Place said... Reply To This Comment

OMG!! I love this!! I think I'll paint my 1/2 bath this color. Thanks for sharing!!

Melissa Miller said... Reply To This Comment

OMG!!!! Becca you are AMAZING with home decor'! I adore both of the metallic and stunning paint colors. You are seriously making me want to paint a room some where in our home ASAP. The table from Kirklands and all of the furniture is gorgeous. You are a pro at accessorizing as well. Sigh....:)

Love, love, love it all!!!!

Have a great week. Brrrr...Stay warm!
~Melissa :)

Rue said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca :)

Geez.... a little cold weather and you go crazy! LOL Your living room looks beautiful!! I would love to sit in there cozied up with a good book or maybe wine and cheese ;)


Moments of Grace said... Reply To This Comment

I am freezing as well here in Winston-Salem. Brrrr!
Your room, however, is warm, inviting and completely wonderful. You rate an A++++ with me. You always do such a lovely job with your room decor---I never tire of looking at the photos. Please keep them coming!!!
Blessings to you today.

In Grace,

Melissa Miller said... Reply To This Comment

I do LOVE the color so much! I'm looking around our home thinking about a re-do in our tiny half bath downstairs. Sounds like fun! :)

Denise said... Reply To This Comment

I love where you positioned the chairs, and the richness of the wall color is amazing, makes the whole room look super elegant :)

Myrna said... Reply To This Comment

Hiya Becca! Thanks for stopping by!
I just popped in for a quick visit...LOVE what you did to the walls, gorgeous paint color! Your home is beautiful, so warm and cozy feeling!! I put you on my 'favorites' list so I can come back when I have time to linger..
Nice to meet you!!

nannykim said... Reply To This Comment

WELL, WELL!! I finally found a blogger here in good ole Horry County!! I love your room and I can't believe you wouldn't use it for reading a good book. It looks so much better in that rich color and with all of the new stuff!! My home is feeling a bit envious!! My house blog is at (I have several blogs)

Ps. my home was not built for these cold temps!

Sandy said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful Job!!! I love it. Very rich colors. The larger rug is much better. Nice, elegant and cozy. No more Principal's office!

Cathy said... Reply To This Comment

So beautiful!!! You have created a wonderful room for enjoying or just admiring;)!!! Love the color and all of your new additions!!!



Stephanie Lynn said... Reply To This Comment

Love the colors - it warms the space up and makes it so cozy! Great job!

Staci K. said... Reply To This Comment

What a warm and welcoming room - painting the ceiling with that gorgeous metallic is a stoke of genius!!

Kristens Creations said... Reply To This Comment

Very Very pretty! So warm and elegant!! I'm the same way about my bookcases...never satisfied. I'm going to Dallas market on Friday and I know I will see tons of beautiful accessories. I will have to control myself!! I noticed your chess set on the ottoman. I just ordered one from Amazon and can't wait for it to get here. I've always loved chess sets for some reason. I'm hoping it looks good on my coffee table. Looking forward to seeing more of your house!! Kristen

Kristens Creations said... Reply To This Comment

P.S. YOUR bookcases are perfect btw...

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Becca said... Reply To This Comment

Thank you EVERYONE for such sweet notes !! Mimi, the metallic paints were a bit daunting to work with, as they tend to show roller marks. If you go slow and do the paint in an "X" pattern (and allow a few hours between painting coats), it should turn out just fine. (There are plenty of "oops" moments on my walls, but, hopefully, they're not too noticeable. LOL Take care, Becca

Tammy@InStitches said... Reply To This Comment

It's so warm and cozy now. Your house reminds me so much of mine, we must have the same builder ! We have the same wood floors, tile, cabinets, arches, glass blocks over the tub.... we even have some of the same furniture ! Love your style ;) Stop by for a visit.

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Lori said... Reply To This Comment

Oh Becca, I'll be right over with my home work and a novel! Its utterly amazing what the paint did! So very gorgeous! I think you'll be in there alot more! I know I would! Bravo to you! Lori

"Dove" said... Reply To This Comment

Looks amazing. Very warm and inviting. The paint choice is divine. Love the rug and throw too.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said... Reply To This Comment

Wow the paint and new rug made SUCH a is so warm and inviting. Bravo!

I came over to visit today from "A Doctor in the House" blog. Your blog is lovely. I will be back again to browse and visit soon!

Stay Cozy, Carrie

GapGirl said... Reply To This Comment

Just fabulous!!!

kimmcl said... Reply To This Comment

Omigosh, are you kidding? It's gorgeous!!! You are one talented lady! I'm sure glad I'm not the only one who suffers from ADD though! Ha! Glad I found you.

Playing Sublimely said... Reply To This Comment

oh la la...loving that color...and loving your blog. Yes, I have been here before. Lots of great eye candy over here and I am glad you liked our kitchen. It was worth the sweat!

Melissa Miller said... Reply To This Comment

Thank you so much Becca!!! I do feel like my "old self" again these days!

Hello new clothes....He! I'm excited! :)

The DIY Show Off said... Reply To This Comment

Becca! (If you get this twice, my first comment didn't seem to go through to me.) I think you did a lovely job! I love the rich gold/bronze tones!

Thanks so much for linking up to the DIY Show & Tell. I'm a new follower - decorating is MY kind of adventure too! It's nice to meet you! ;)



Jemsmom said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca!!! I saw your spaces on RMS and commented on them at Christmas! You have a definite knack and I think we are very similar! Your little Jax is too cute! Your parlor is wonderful. So warm and inviting. I have a marble and cast stone chess set that we got in Italy that I can't wait to display! Great idea on the ottoman. We just moved to Charleston (hi, kind of neighbor!) and I am struggling decorating this home. I just knew what I wanted in my old house and can't figure it out here. You and I have very similar taste and your blog has given me so many ideas! Thanks so much and hope it warms up soon! I thought I lived in the South??? Where is the warm weather???? :-)

Becca said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Jemsmom!! I hope you see this ... I clicked on your name to leave you a note, but there isn't a blog to visit. :( THANK YOU for your sweet note. And, congrats on your move to Charleston ... you'll love it there !! Where did you move from? I hear ya' about this unusual cold weather ... I "think" it's moved on out, finally !! You'll have to post pics of your, undoubtedly, beautiful home (and Italian chess set, too). Whenever we've moved, it's always taken a few years to really "feel" the house, and how you want it to look, ya' know? I look forward to seeing what you do to your new humble abode. Take care, Becca

bec4 said... Reply To This Comment

Paint makes such a difference!

Funky Junk Interiors said... Reply To This Comment

It's drop dead gorgeous!

Step 2: get the brandy and go play chess. Just use it!

Thanks for linking up to SNS!
FJ Donna

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said... Reply To This Comment

That paint is a BEAUTY! Love the shimmer.

Prior said... Reply To This Comment

So rich looking! Love the ceiling medallion! Lezlee

Jemsmom said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca!!! Thanks so much for you note!! I do not have a blog yet. Just found out about this blogging thing. We will see! We have so much to do and I will become obsessed with it I am sure! I hope it will come together. It all just worked in my old house and it isn't "working" here! If you ever want a job, come on down to Charleston! I will pay you to decorate my house and feed you lots of she-crab soup and benne wafers!!!

Linda said... Reply To This Comment

Sounds like I have it too..."ADD"...thanks for the label.It all looks soooo AWESOME...just LOVE the paint color! Hope you have a beautiful Sunday!


Becca said... Reply To This Comment

THANK YOU, ladies!! I'm not deserving of your sweet notes. I'm just a chick with a bad obsession with decorating who can't hold a candle to so many of your talents. I look forward to learning lots from all of you !!

Terry said... Reply To This Comment

I love your room before but I really love it now! The paint colors, the ceiling, the rearranging, the accessorizing. Will you come to my house?

Confessions of a Plate Addict said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca! What a pretty and inviting space! I love the difference that paint and a new rug can make! I see that you are on, too...but then I started blogging and it took over my life! lol I also love it that your kitty likes to have a personal space! Cute little guy you have there on the piano! Happy Sunday...hugs...Debbie

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said... Reply To This Comment

I love it. YOur paint choices are just wonderful and painting the ceiling is just outstanding. YOur moldings are just wonderful. Love the table and chairs. Everything looks just wonderful. I would love a cup of tea and a good book in there. YOur rug is perfect too. Hugs, Marty

Kim said... Reply To This Comment

Much, much cozier. I like the wingback chairs moved, the paint...

Room to Inspire said... Reply To This Comment

Wowzer! It looks so warm and cozy - a great new look without a ton of changes. Love it.


Heather said... Reply To This Comment

OH my gosh. I love the wall color. It's so rich, warm and inviting. Great choice.
-Heather @

vanilla143 said... Reply To This Comment

This room looks like a wonderful restful place to read. Or have a morning cuppa tea.

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Hi! Can you tell me what paint colors you used in the room which has your wing back chairs in. It looks like you painted two different colors. I am wanting to paint our new home but was wondering if the metallic paints that you used in other rooms if it is real shimmery? It looks as though your walls have little or no texture at all. It looks really smooth but pretty. Is the Golden Candlesticks real shimmery? Thanks!!! Love your home it is very pretty and so clean and organized!