Monday, April 11, 2011

C'est Fini (for the moment, anyway) ...

If you look up OCD in the dictionary, there I am.  When it comes to change, I simply can't do just "one" thing or piece, I have to do several.  I become obsessive about it ... sadly, I'm not kidding!  Please tell me I'm not alone.

Case in point ... our sitting room.  This is what it looked like not too long ago:

And, well, in my attempt to lighten and brighten, giving it a Pottery Barn *coastal-y* feel, here she is today!  Just a tad different, right?  (lol)  There is a whole laundry list of things I've changed within the last few weeks!  It started with me bringing in the loveseat from our great room and adding back one of our wing chairs.  I then added white slipcovers to them (from Sure Fit).

The pillows on my loveseat (from PB and one covered with blue fabric) used to live in our master bedroom):

 I then added a linen slipcover (also from Sure Fit) to the ottoman.

I then changed out the window treaments ... almost knocking someone over at a local fabric store to snatch the fabric up when I spotted it!  This is the same lush zebra fabric that is now on the bar stools in our great room:

One of the biggest changes is that I bit the bullet and painted the bookcase!  I attacked it with my new fave, BM White Dove.  I lightly sanded it ... painted one coat of KILZ primer, followed by two coats of White Dove (allowing pee-lenty of time for the paint to dry in between coats):

To continue the *coastal* feeing, I added vintage nautical wallpaper to the back of the bookcase (using double-sided tape):  I intentionally darked the colors in this picture so you can see the details of the paper better.  (Feel free to click on pic to enlarge):

I had fun accessorizing the bookcase ... a sea fan serves as a backdrop to this clear hurricane (filled with sand, candle and shells) and a small anchor (Home Goods).  Of course, I had to add one of my vintage books that, coincidentally, has wonderful shades of blue on the cover):

And, thanks to Layla at The Lettered Cottage for this fun Spring saying that I printed and added to my mirrored frame:

Because of the soft splashes of blue in the wallpaper, I thought I'd add more blue accents, so I brought this table in from my master bath.  I then added leftover zebra fabric to the lampshade and painted the once gold vintage mirror BM White Dove:

After the paint dried, I sanded random areas to expose the gold (click on pic to enlarge, if you'd like):

Brought in the trophy vase for a pop of silver (and, oops, I need to finish hot glueing the fabric to the shade):

I also brought in these prints that used to live in our master bedroom:

So, now, pretty much, our master bedroom is empty!  Gee, I wonder what that means ...

Thanks so much for visiting!  I'm off to decorator's rehab!  As I'm sure I'll be kicked out, I'll be back soon so show you how I made the "GATHER" sign above the bookcase!

Have a great day!  I'm off to party at:

BNOTP/Metamorphosis Monday
Dittle Dattle/Amaze Me Monday
A Stroll Thru Life/Tabletop Tuesday
Coastal Charm/Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays
A Silly Little Sparrow/Toot Your Horn Tuesday
The House in the Roses/Show off Your Cottage
The DIY Showoff/Project Parade
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia/Tuesday's Treasures
The Stories of A to Z/Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Type A/Anything Goes Party
Southern Savvy Style/WUW
Elements Interiors/Whassup Wednesday
Momma Hen/Whatever Wednesday
DIY by Design/Swing into Spring
No Minimalist Here/Open House Thursday
The Shabby Chic Cottage/Transformation Thursday
A Soft Place to Land/Decorating with Maps
Common Ground/Vintage Inspiration Friday
Designer Garden/VIP Party
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating/Flaunt it Friday
Finding Fabulous/Frugalicious Friday
Miss Mustard Seed/Furniture Feature Friday
Thrifty Decor Chick/Before and After Party



Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said... Reply To This Comment

Awe Becca, I love it! I have been in a lightening and brightening mood lately (painting, stripping window treatments down, etc). I just want open, airy, and clean feeling. There is absoulutely nothing wrong with any of us who change things.

I am in desperate need of slipcovers, (so I can re-paint the sunroom) lol, and see the one you got from sure fit. Do you love it? Is it good quality, and would you order from them again? I need it for furniture that we use daily, and need something that will hold up and possibly can be washed. It gets costly paying for new upholstery when you want a change, and I have never bought slip covers. Would love an opinion.

Judy said... Reply To This Comment

Look for me at decorator's rehab b/c that's where I belong too! I love how you've brightened up things and reused/repurposed lots of what you already had. I've been thinking of getting one of those Sure Fit slipcovers for my loveseat in the sun room but didn't know they had ottoman slips too! I have a square leather ottoman that's in the sunroom I might have to order one!

Love the new light and bright look (but I love all you do!)


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

Wow, Becca, you have totally changed the whole look of this room! It definitely does look more beachy and coastal now!

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

Becca, you and I will be there together. What a whole new look. Love the bookcase white. Great idea using maps in the back.

LC said... Reply To This Comment

Wow! What a wonderful transformation, Becca. Everything looks fabulous in this room. I love the creamy zebra fabric...and the pops of blue are perfect.
You've been a very busy girl. Love everything!
have a happy day~

At The Picket Fence said... Reply To This Comment

OH MY GOODNESS!!! Are you kidding me? That is waaayyyy more than I anticipated from your little "teaser" yesterday! It looks absolutely beyond gorgeous and I am just wondering if you ever manage to sit down. LOL! You have definitely been busy and it is all so lovely and ready to welcome in some warmer temps! :-)
Love it my friend!

Emelia DiCarlo said... Reply To This Comment

WOW Becca, just gorgeous! You and all the other special bog ladies can out do any day HGTV. I love your sign and how you placed and edited perfectly your accessories. I wish I had the stores you all have and my mom in Charleston. Thanks for the dreamy photos and sharing your fresh new look.....take care, Emelia. Hugs too for such a great blog.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said... Reply To This Comment

OMG BECCA I LOVE LOVE the way this room turned out!! It looks like a page out of PB! The bookshelves look fantastic painted white it really pops in the room now and I love the other painted piece too! The mirror looks gorgeous and love the silver champainge bucket with the branches! Love the new lighter and brighter look! See you at the next meeting because I belong there with you (LOL)!! Martina

Farica said... Reply To This Comment

OMG, girl, I love, love, love, love, love to infinity ALL of it!!!! You are soooo not alone with that OCD problem. I've changed my master bedroom TWICE since Labor Day weekend (that includes painting and the works). Yeah, that's a little crazy for sure!!! The bathroom just got changed last year, and I'm still in the middle of that drama right now. If it wasn't for having to cover all these night events at the school, I would have been finished long ago. I've only got about two more weeks, so I'm hoping it will be soon. The way I see it is this...decorating IS our therapy, it is our REHAB, and Lordee mercy, if it wasn't for that, we'd sure enough be C-R-A-Z-Y!!!!

Gypsy Heart said... Reply To This Comment

Ok, first question ~ Do you ever sleep?

#2 ~ Can you please come to my house?

Looks absolutely stunning! You've done such an amazing job with all of it. When, and IF, you have some time...could you please let me know about the process of painting the bookcase? I've read several blogs but still afraid to tackle an armoire I want changed. Also, did you hot glue the entire lamp shade cover on? So many questions, right? :-) The mirror is awesome and of course, I adore the zebra fabric.

The room looks like something a professional decorator would do. Don't go to rehab...hang your "shingle".


Roberta said... Reply To This Comment

Looks fantastic! Know how it is when you start one project in one room and before you know are doing the entire house ;) The last pictures makes me think that you might want to paint the chandelier white as Just sayin'
Have a great day, fondly, Roberta

Creative Decor by Brooke said... Reply To This Comment

I loved the room before, I love it now too. Two totally different looks. I am always amazed at all the decorating you do. You must have a totally easy going husband. I would never get away with so much changing, although I would love it. Your new room is gorgeous, what a fun change.

Karen said... Reply To This Comment

The room looks fabulous and I love what you did with the bookcase!

Marianne said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca, this looks awesome! Would someone please tell my husband that it is okay to paint the furniture when you tire of looking at it. I just showed him the pic of your sitting room and he just shook his head. Men! The bookcase looks fantastic. Amazing what a little bit of paint can do to something!
Marianne :)

Marianne said... Reply To This Comment

Hi again, Did you get the wing chair slip cover from sure fit. I have one that needs a face lift and I'm debating between reupholstering it and getting a slip cover.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said... Reply To This Comment

Wow is all I can say. This is my first visit to your blog. I saw your link at BNOTP today. This is just incredible down to every last detail.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said... Reply To This Comment

I'm from SC too, and I am now following you. Come visit me at:

Jill said... Reply To This Comment

Luckily, we all get to benefit from your OCD. :-) I need some of your energy! Everything looks beautiful!

Allyson Pecilunas said... Reply To This Comment

Love it, Becca it is GORGEOUS!! I love it it's so fresh and clean and fabulous! I love the pops of blue and that zebra fabric is just stunning! Love it girl!! Awesome job!

Miss Charming said... Reply To This Comment

I love the bookcase-it looks amazing! You did such a wonderful job on this room.

Kelly EHG said... Reply To This Comment

Becca!!!! It is beautiful!!! What a wonderful transformation!

Kelly EHG said... Reply To This Comment

Becca!!!! It is beautiful!!! What a fantastic transformation! If you love what you do, as you obviously do, it is not an addition, it is simply your creative side manifesting!!

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

Becca Becca Becca!!!! Girl you have been BUSY! I love the changes :D Everything is fabulous, the curtains, the slip covers, the mirror, the painted bookcase, and the list goes on and on. You really need to do a 101 on how to accessorize a bookcase for those who are challenged like me! I can't wait for the tute on the gather sign.... it was the first thing that my eye went to! Seriously

Linda K. said... Reply To This Comment

Wonderful transformation! You've got a good thing goin' here. Lots of hard work for sure.


Tammy@Beatrice Banks said... Reply To This Comment

This is beautiful! I think change is a good thing. I'm in need of some myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

Pattie said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, I just white it makes everything look s good....


Karen said... Reply To This Comment

Becca your room is gorgeous. I love everything you did. Have fun redoing the bedroom now LOL.

Sally Lee by the Sea said... Reply To This Comment

What a transformation! We'd love to feature this room re-do on our blog...let us know at sallyleecandles {at} gmail {dot}com

Tammy @ Type A said... Reply To This Comment

what a difference, beautiful. I have a party that goes from Tues afternoon - Thurs, I would love for you to share this.

Cheers, Tammy

A Vintage Vine said... Reply To This Comment

Becca....WOW, I love these changes...when you change girl you really change!!!! How are the sure fits...I have heard good things about them!!

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

Wow, it was so beautiful before, and the transformation is just stunning. Love the use of the maps. The mirror is fabulous in white also. Everything looks wonderful. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Yvonne@StyleBurb said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, I love your room transformation! Everything looks so fresh and coastal- so great! I am in the process of updating my family room and ordered the same slipcover for my wing chair. It hasn't arrived yet, and now that I see yours, I can't wait for it to get here! Are you happy with yours? I love your white-painted bookcase, too. Thanks- your newest follower- Yvonne

Jeanette said... Reply To This Comment

Oh Becca I know what you mean. When I get an idea in my head I just want to keep going with but most times what puts a reality check on my head is wallet. The wallet officially tells when I have to stop and perhaps wait for the next paycheck! I love the open and airy look, it reminds me of the beach!

Sue said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, Your lightening and brightening paid off big time. It's so much cleaner a look. Really love your fabric- was that you that nearly knocked me over?! I get wild hairs and end up transforming everything, too. Thank goodness I'm in the biz, because new furniture an accessories are expensive when paying retail! Even still, I like to shop yard and estate sales for castoffs people don't appreciate. So, are you gearing up for the bedroom now?
~ Sue

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca, I love the new look! Your white slipcovers look fabulous, and the bookcase looks great painted.


white life© said... Reply To This Comment

It‘s so nice that I found your blog about your link on 'My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia'. So I’ve scrolled a little and like what I see. Now I’m your new follower! ;)

Take care

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment


You're not alone, girl! I do the same thing. My dining room gets a makeover about once a month...LOL! I love the new lighter and brighter look! I think you've achieved that PB Coastal feel! Love the blue dresser, Gather sign and how you used the maps. Looks great! I'll be back to see the tute on the sign!

ShantyGirl said... Reply To This Comment

Umm when I start a decorating tangent my hubby goes "oh no here we go again" So I am add too!
I adore what you have doen in your living room it is so airy clean and crisp looking I too love white dove and am using it on several pieces I am redoing for my living area it is the perfect white for furniture!

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said... Reply To This Comment

You did a fabulous job Becca! I love it all!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said... Reply To This Comment

Love the changes, Becca. I am trying to move toward those colors, myself - so soothing! BTW, that's great about all the French speakers/teachers in your family! Fantastique! Oh, I have the same gold rimmed goblets that you showed in your first pic, and I have used BM Dove White on all the trim in my house - great color. Also, I have been following your blog for a while, thanks for becoming a follower. Linda

Amy @MaisonDecor said... Reply To This Comment

It looks amazing after the transformation. I love the painted cab most of all. Inspired that you did the map wallpaper on the back...

Shelia said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca! Oh, I love your changes! You've been one busy little gal and it paid off! I loved it before but now it looks so totally different. I like that you put the mapped paper at the backs of your hutch! I love that! Pretty and fresh and light and now I'm tired thinking of all you've done. :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said... Reply To This Comment

Hey Becca,

Isn't it amazing the effect that a lick of paint can have? Obviously, there's quite a lot more than just a lick of new paint!!! It's looking lovely. I really like the way you feel so free to switch everything around. It must keep your house so exciting!


Sharing with Sherri said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca, I'm sooo glad you stopped by to visit since it lead me back to your blog! I've been looking around through this and your previous posts, and I'm really lovin all the changes you made in your beautiful home.
I'm also trying to add some lighter and brighter touches in my home as well. I Can't wait to see more of your inspiring ideas! So I've become a new follower and look forward to getting to know you also!!

Hugs, Sherri:)

Hugs, Sherri

Gail said... Reply To This Comment

Oh Becca, trust me you're not alone! I think we all would be admitted to decorator's Love the transformation of your sitting room. It looks gorgeous.

Have a wonderful day,

Tammy @ Type A said... Reply To This Comment

thanks for sharing this at my party!

Tammy @ Type A said... Reply To This Comment

thanks for sharing this at my party!

Jemsmom said... Reply To This Comment

YOWZER!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh, what an absolutely different feel to the room! I love it so much!!!!! I am in a beachy mood! You are one absolutely amazing woman with a true gift for decorating. I am going to drive 2 hours, kidnap you, and bring you home with me for one week! Seriously!!!!

Theresa said... Reply To This Comment

WOW It is gorgeous and has so many personal touches everywhere! The bookcase is beautiful white and well everything else is equally beautiful. xoxo

CAS said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, it's just beautiful. I love the slipcovers and that whole "coastally" look -- so fresh. I do so understand that "OCD" thing, & I've been told by The Man that he thought about looking into a 12-step program for me. Huh!!! He doesn't even know how bad it's going to be when he puts me into a new house! So, when are you redoing the master bedroom? LOL!!!

Debra@Common Ground said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca, I'm knocked out by the change in that fabulous room! I'd love you to link up with Vintage Inspiration Friday, my weekly party, I'm posting in just a few minutes!
so glad you came by!!
xo, Debra

Lamp Tramp said... Reply To This Comment

Your changes are just beautiful, love everything!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said... Reply To This Comment

Wow Becca! You have really been busy. I love, love the new lighter look. Your new cutains and slipcovers are fabulous and what a great idea with the maps. Thanks for joining my Open House party!

angie @ the cellar door stories said... Reply To This Comment

the bookcase looks AMAZING!!! and i love the "gather" sign! great job!

Kristen said... Reply To This Comment

The transformation is awesome! I'm always amazed when I see something go from dark to bright and airy with some simply white slipcovers and a paintbrush. Great job and thanks for sharing!

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Alison @ The Polohouse said... Reply To This Comment

Becca! You are truly amazing!
I too love change and I am forever moving things around but I am knocked over at your ability to paint and transform things!
I love all your accessories and may I ask, who is making the map wallpaper? Love it! I bought a lot of 88 old vintage maps on Ebay and have been decoupaging with them. I love map stuff!

The room is "enlightened".
Love it all!
Thanks for sharing.

Becky said... Reply To This Comment

Wow, this room is beautiful, I love the mix of colours you have used. I've just started following so look forward to seeing more of your projects.

Becky x

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful room.

You're invited to my "Party in Paris" today. I'd love to have you link up. I hope you will stop over!

Blessings, Renee

Lisa said... Reply To This Comment

It is so inviting!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said... Reply To This Comment

Just beautiful! Wow. I love that zebra fabric. It's stunning. I am so impressed with the transformation! Well done.

Lisa said... Reply To This Comment

What a gorgeous transformation you made in that room. So bright and warm. I love the blue piece. Fabulous re-do!

Magnolia Charm said... Reply To This Comment

you are definately not alone. I always completely change everything. Sr. hates it. I can't help it. I'm obsessed. but your room is sooo nice! I love it! :)

Cindy @ LeChaiseParfait said... Reply To This Comment

Love how this room is looking. Great ideas.

Sunshine and Lavender said... Reply To This Comment

This is so cute!! I love how you said it's finished for now... My husband laughs every time I say "i have an idea..." Looks great!

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

You are amazing girl! That is one major room transformation. I love the coastal clean look. Love that vignette too on the pretty blue side it!

EnchantedBella said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca, the room is beautiful. I love how the bookcase turned out. I have a big hutch that I am wanting to paint white. Just haven't found the time. Thanks

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said... Reply To This Comment

I love this makeover and how you used so much that you already had in your home. I'm featuring you in my Flaunt it Friday features, stop by and grab an I was featured button if you'd like. Thanks for linking up!! :)

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said... Reply To This Comment

PS: Yes, I have decorating ocd too, you're not alone! ;)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said... Reply To This Comment

I love this!!! So pretty, bright and just welcoming!
I'll be featuring it tomorrow :)

Amy@HomeRemediesRX said... Reply To This Comment

What a great transformation! The bookshelf looks wonderful in white and the touches of blue really bring in the "beachy" feel... nice job!

michelle said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca, I saw you over at Sally Lee's by the Sea and had to come tell you how beautiful your room is!! You did an amazing job and I love the colors you have chosen. That dresser is gorgeous!!

The Whimsical Wife said... Reply To This Comment

Popping in from My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia - What a transformation to the room! It's gorgeous! Love it!

MommaHen said... Reply To This Comment

total change and I love it! It's so cozy and cottag-y!

Judy said... Reply To This Comment

That's an amazing transformation. Don't worry, you are not alone. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party. BTW the slipcovers look great. I'm impressed that they are from surefit.

Courtney said... Reply To This Comment

It's absolutely gorgeous! I love the now look and feel the same way about lightening things up!! How beautiful! You must absolutely love it! :)

MommaHen said... Reply To This Comment

I featured you this week on WW!

Seaside Style said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, It looks fabulous! Great job.

Lil Nell's Home said... Reply To This Comment

Love your redo! So easy, breezy. It's amazing how something as simple as color really changes the atmosphere and feel of a room. Great job!

Designs By Pinky said... Reply To This Comment

You are GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you are back from rehab by now:):) Love all the changes! Does your hubby sometimes think he walked into the wrong house when he gets home, LOL! Mine used to:) It looks terrific! XO, Pinky

Debbie Tibbs said... Reply To This Comment


What is the color on the wall in this room? I love it!

And I love everything you did! Beautiful..........