Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Look Back at My Madness ...

***(Sorry I haven't changed out my Christmas header picture yet ... am working on that right now ... lol!)***

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with their friends and families!  I certainly did ... just can't believe it's over already.  Now that Christmas has been packed away, everything in my home just looks empty and depressed!  Time to pull out my decorating magazines for inspiration, as well as checking out your new awesome decor projects ... all of which are such inspiration for me!

Before doing that, I thought I'd hop on the band wagon and show a few of my "before and afters" from last year. 

First off, le mantle.  It went from this:

To this:

I later attacked our master bath, which went from this:

To this:

I then, of course, had to hit the bedroom.  This little fella went from this:

To this.  I love how soothing it is in there now:

I slowly moved my way around the house, preying on the sitting room next! Out with the metallic chocolate brown walls, which I did love:

 And, in with the lighter and brighter wall color (BM Manchester Tan):

My poor dining room was next.  It cringed when I came in with a ladder, paint rollers, tape and plastic mat.  It knew what was about to happen!  So long dark walls and china hutch buffetr:

And, hello fun, new light, bright and somewhat shabby dining room.  PS:  I'm happy to report that neither the shelves, nor the humongous mirror, have come crashing down ... yet.  Yay!

Moving into the kitchen ... we removed the black granite island top:

And, replaced it with a larger butcher block piece, that I don't have to clean fingerprints off of *10000* times a day!  I love having more room there for parties (great spot for all the yummy appetizers), Jax's projects and place for him to eat at times:

We also retired the red accent wall in the kitchen, as well as the window treatments, chandie shades and rug.  Before:

After!  I love how the SW Ivoire looks in here ... the lighting makes it look as though the back wall is darker; however, it's all the same light and creamy shade.  The PB sisal rug works really well in here now, too.  I've already changed the panels ... again.  Shame.

Lastly, the mud room makeover was fun to work on!  While I loved the red, monkey/palm wallpaper, it was time to set them free back into the jungle!  Before:

After!  Yipee.  I LOVE the beadboard that we added!  And, the paint color (BM Manchester Tan) is fun in here, as well (although, it's more of a neutral tan than it's appearing to be in this picture):

And, I'm really pleased with how the picture wall and coat rack turned out.  (This pic also shows a *truer* color of the paint.  As most people enter/exit through our mudroom, it's fun for them to stop and take a peek:

Well, friends, sad to say that that I shared above has since changed (imagine that)!  Nothing big, just accessories and placement. We did purchase new furniture for our great room, which I'll soon share.  I look forward to seeing what decorating trouble I get into this year.  Might be time for an intervention!  Ugh.

I'm going to stop by a few wonderful blogs for parties.  Please come on along and join the fun:

Elements Interiors/Whassup Wednesday

Southern In My Heart/Inspiration Friday

French Country Cottage/Feathered Nest Friday

Savvy Southern Style/BTB Party

Take care,



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

All of your before and after pics are wonderful. I can't wait to see what all you do this year. Great inspiration. Hugs, Marty

My Serendipity said... Reply To This Comment

Oh my..this makes me want to go home and get out the paint rollers! I need to start but where..ugh! Thanks for the inspiration!

Designs on 47th Street said... Reply To This Comment

Oh good grief! You put me to shame! I have great intentions, but move like a snail when it comes to home projects. I LOVED your before and after pictures and would be happy living with either. You are some kind of talented, ma'am!


Shelia said... Reply To This Comment

WOW! What a busy gal you were last year. I love everyone of your projects. Your befores were so pretty and then the afters were just gorgeous! You have the most beautiful home and you really do know how to decorate it! It's lovely!
Happy New Year!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

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

Wow, you did so much, Becca! It makes me think of all the work we did to our house and we were getting it ready to go on the market! We're still here, so I hav gotten to ejoy it, but we are going back on the market probably by the end of the month. I love the warm, dark colors and while we kept our walls light and neutral, I brought those colors {like you had in you dining room and sitting room} in with drapes, accessories and the furniture is brown.

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said... Reply To This Comment

All in one year?? LOL I am beginning to think we are long lost sisters. You know I like it all, but I really like the metallic browns that you had too. I need to try to be more neutral, but I am having a really hard time with it. I just like the deep bold colors. Maybe one day huh?

Vanessa said... Reply To This Comment

Hey friend! I just loved getting to take this little walk down memory lane with your house because some of these projects I had never seen! You have done some amazing things and your house is simply gorgeous! Every time I walk into my laundry room now I envision yours and I totally want to get crackin' on painting and adding some character. You are motivating me girl! :-)

Allyson Pecilunas said... Reply To This Comment

I love all of your before and after pics you are one busy gal!! I just moved in to my house Im trying to get it finished. Lots of work!! Come check out my new blog if you get a chance...

Judy said... Reply To This Comment

You really got a lot done last year, I'm impressed! I can't say I got nearly as much done as I wanted to in 2010 but I'm hoping to correct that in 2011. I've been so lazy since Christmas and haven't posted anything since 12/28....guess I'm a little burned out from everything. We're headed to the gulf coast this weekend for a little R&R but just as soon as we get back, I'm going to start tackling 2 big projects....sun room makover and a guest room re-do.

Happy 2011!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, you really accomplished a lot through the year! I still am drooling over the fireplace. It's my favorite :D You truly are amazing and so is your home!!

Happy New Year,

Traci said... Reply To This Comment

I'm tired just looking at everything you've done! I can't wait to see what projects you have in store for us.

Honey at 2805 said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, It's not madness, it's just beautiful!

Jemsmom said... Reply To This Comment

You have been one busy girl, but look at those fabulous results!!! Everything is so light, airy and classic! Just gorgeous!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca~ Wonderful rooms! Everything looks so beautiful! I love it all~ But really loving that mantle!!! GORGEOUS!!! Well done! Stopping by today from Vanessa's party~ Happy New Year to you and yours!! :)

CAS said... Reply To This Comment

Wow, you had a very busy year! With every scroll down your blog I thought I was seeing the best, but there would be yet another "best" and it didn't stop. Now I'm totally confused on which would be my favorite. You have an absolutely gorgeous home and your talents abound. I'm a new follower.

Victoria said... Reply To This Comment

What pretty rooms, I love how put together you place is!

Chrissy said... Reply To This Comment

Oh Becca, I am exactly the same way, I just changed around my bedroom yesterday (and the dog was looking at me with her head tilted). I have definitely mentioned paintin "again" a time or two lately. It makes my husband cringe ;) I have been told I am ADD, not necessarily always by a doctor, LOL.
Thanks for sharing (my husband does not like you right now though) all of your great inspiration. I am looking for to loving it here in Blogland and following you too.

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

You got so much accomplished! Everything looks wonderful. Wish I could get that much done around here :)

Vanessa@Southern In My Heart said... Reply To This Comment

Hey lady! Just coming back by to say thanks for linking up all of your fab projects to the party this week! I have a freakishly long email written back to you in my head that I am going to write out as soon as I can condense it a bit! :-) In my perfect world we could just meet up for drinks and talk till all hours of the night!
Have a great weekend!

Tricia - A Rosy Note said... Reply To This Comment

Great photos...I love before and afters. Your mudroom is so cute and very welcoming :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, you were busy last year. Great transformations. Your dining room likes a lot bigger with the new wall color. Great minds think alike.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca! Stopping back by to say thank you for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Monique said... Reply To This Comment

Your blog is simply divine!! Gave you the Stylish Blogger Award :)

Billie Ross said... Reply To This Comment

Love your blog so much I posted a link from my blog... thanks for all the great ideas!


⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said... Reply To This Comment

You really have made some amazing changes Becca. All fantastic too. Amazing how we evolve and finally figure it out...only to go change it again in the future of course, and think we have it figured out again. I would never change anything you have done though, as it is timeless, and very classic looking now.

Theresa said... Reply To This Comment

I just found your blog and I love your before and after pics! that is exactly what I want to do this year. I am inspired by so many of your pictures. Where may I ask did you find your bathroom sign? that would look great in my quest bathroom.

Traci said... Reply To This Comment

Great before and after were really busy! I love all your afters!!

Sue said... Reply To This Comment

Your home is lovely, before and after! I think your mantel transformation is my favorite though. It really transformed and highlighted your fireplace. Looking forward to seeing your changes for 2011.
Have a great day!

CalypsoInTheCountry said... Reply To This Comment

Wow! Some really great transformations! I don't even know which I would pick as my favorite! I do love the picture wall in the laundry room though!

Lorri said... Reply To This Comment

I LOVE the laundry room!

Tyla said... Reply To This Comment

Very nice. You have a beautiful home. Thanks for sharing.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, thanks so much for linking your beautiful home this week. I love your bedding.

xinex said... Reply To This Comment

Wow! You've been busy, Becca. And each and every room came out really gorgeous. Where did you move the dining room china cabinet to?...Christine

Life In The Thrifty Lane said... Reply To This Comment

Your home is beautiful! Great job on decorating each room.

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

I love your style! Your rooms look great! I look forward to following your blog!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said... Reply To This Comment

Loved seeing all of your changes! They were beautiful before but I love them so much more now. Wow. You are one talented lady. :)

Kathy said... Reply To This Comment

You have done such and incredible job, whatever is instore for us next year you can bet I am going to be coming around to see!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said... Reply To This Comment

Love all these changes....I have to say to me overall the Dining room was a HUGE one...I love it!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said... Reply To This Comment

Loved those photos! Your house is gorgeous. I think my dark dining room is about to go away, too. Thanks for the inspiration, and thank you for your nice comment :))