Sunday, October 10, 2010

Lighten and Brighten

Hope you all are enjoying the day.  It's absolutely gorgeous here ... I have *no* business being indoors, let alone playing on the computer!

So, I'm taking you into our sitting room today.  Some of you may remember that it used to look like this:

It was a yummy metallic chocolate brown (Ralph Lauren Metallic paint in Lush Brown), which I absolutely loved.  However, because the furniture in there is dark, the room began to close in on me. 

After:  I painted the walls BM Manchester Tan, switched out the furniture, the rug and window treatments. 

The chairs and ottoman are from the great room (which also has a new look). I've ordered natural colored slipcovers for the chairs ... hope they work.  And, a smaller jute rug replaced the larger, darker one we had.  I like having more of the wood floor exposed:

I found this silver tray at a local *ha-uge* antique store called B&B:

I've moved things around in the bookcase and have added a few Fall touches there, as well.  Love the vintage Tequila bottle (also found at B&B):

A baby white pumpkin is perched on a nest of shredded paper which all sit on top of cute bowl I just bought at a friend's awesome gift shop called Crazee Birds:

Fun textured pitchers (and, yes ... a-NOTHER bird plate).  I also lightened some of my books up by wrapping them in painter's paper (from Lowes):

This fancy mirror once *lived* in the dining room, but has since moved here:

And, a fun find from Home Goods:

We're really enjoying the new look in our sitting room, especially in the afternoons when the sun pours in through the windows.   

Well, I hope you have a wonderful day!  I'm off to finish up the dining room:

I'm linking up to:

BNOTP for Metamorphosis Monday

Make it for Monday

It's So Very Creative

Transformation Thursdays

Inspiration Friday

FJI for Saturday Nite Special

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Your sitting room is gorgeous. Love the wall color before and after. The bookcase is beautiful and all of the furniture and accessories are perfect together. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

  2. Becca, it all looks so nice and bright yet warm and cozy. Love the changes. I like the clock you got at Home Goods. I picked one up and put it back. I do love clocks. I may have to go back and get it.

  3. Your room is beautiful. I like both looks! It is always fun to change out things, paint and move things around. Your mirror is gorgeous. I also like the fact everything looks amazing. Enjoy your day! Linda

  4. Loving the lighter, yet still warming, paint color!

    Liesl :)

  5. Oh my goodness--So your paint color really looks beautiful -It looks different in the different lighting -I bet you just walk around and admire the new look :-) I would. What labels did you use on your books? and the tray on your wall -what does the tag with the picture say and did you just wrap the jute around the tray --You have so many great ideas and everything looks lovely.

  6. Kathy ... I hope you check back in because your blog wouldn't let me leave a comment. THANK YOU for your sweet note above (and about my bead garland)! Let's see ... I picked up the labels (for my books) from Michael's (in the scrapbook dept). The tag on the tray in the dining room says "Legacy" ... and, yes, that is just plain old twine wrapped around the tray (I *stole* that idea from Pottery Barn)! Thanks again, Becca

  7. Beautiful changes Becca! I love the more casual styled arm chairs in here. What a great idea about making your own book covers to brighten up or change out a cover that is not so appealing. I love your new color but then I liked the old one too. Your furniture arrangement is very appealing too! Great job!

  8. Hey Becca! WOW! It looks so warm and inviting and I definitely love the changes! It really is nice having a more casual look and it makes it seem like a room you would really want to snuggle into with a good book. I'm sure that happens A LOT with all of your free time! :-) Thanks for showing us these great changes!




  10. I love the clock that you got at HomeGoods! It is such a fun piece. I liked the room before but I really love it after. Just a great redo Becca!

  11. I didn't think it would get better, but it does!!! I love how it is so light and bright, but yet so cozy and welcoming. Perfect! You DO paint a lot!!!! :-) Bring on the dining room!!!!

  12. I like it both ways! It looks great!

  13. You sitting room changes look beautiful, although I thought it was breathtaking before. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Love that lighter color! I am putting that one away in my "to try" file! Just beautiful!! Love it! And all your little touches are perfect! :) Well done!

  15. Hi Becca! Oh, your sitting room is so beautiful! I thought it was gorgeous before but you've made is even more gorgeouser!! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  16. I like it both ways. Great color choices.

  17. Gosh, Becca...I didn't think it looked bad at all in the "before" picture but the "after" effect is stupendous! What a nice change!

    You've got lots of great decorating ideas going on around your lovely home. I'm off to find some jute so I can that " benchmark" you!

    Thanks for sharing your talents!

  18. I love it all Becca! I really love your glasses on the silver tray!

  19. Looks fabulous! I can't wait to see the dining room. I'm starting mine and having some trouble. Can't wait to get some inspiration!

  20. I love it have a great eye for color. Cute clock, saw one like that at Pier I today, I stopped and looked at it for a while, thought where could I put that? Needless to say, I do not have it!!~

  21. Well, I love both styles/colors in the room. You've done a super job with the changes and it looks very warm and inviting. I just recently bought a clock similar to yours ~ don't you love it? I don't know how you manage to do all the things you do ~ the energy level is amazing!
    Thanks for sharing.


  22. I love the way it turned out. Much more cozy with all of your little touches. Love that vintage tequila bottle and silver tray. The faux pitchers are super cute too. Don't you love Home Goods?

  23. Hi Becca, so glad you stopped by my blog so I could find you. Love what you've done to your sitting room. I loved the brown paint too but agree, it's much for light and open now. Love the chairs and the paisley on the ottoman. It looks so much more inviting and relaxing now. I really like the "legacy" pic on your plate at the end of the post too. That's gives me some ideas to play with.

  24. Becca your sitting room is gorgeous. Loved the before just as much as the after. You did an awesome job. I so enjoy my visits here. You are such an inspiration

    Enjoy your day.

  25. Beautiful decorating! I especially love the white pumpkin!! :)

  26. Hey my friend! I know I've already left a comment here but just had to come back over and say thanks so much for linking this up to the party! :-)

  27. Wow oh wow! Becca every single time you change a room it just becomes better and better. I love it! I too want to lighten up at our next home. I adore the lovely paint color and the way you placed the furniture in the room. It really looks welcoming and elegant all in one. Gorgeous and stunning job in here!

    Happy weekend sweet friend!
    Warmly, ~Melissa :)

  28. both the hutches are just too good, in wood and black color they just look stunning, very good for displaying as well as storing the china and silver, the rooms have been decorated very nicely - Best Display Cabinets

  29. Becca, I absolutely love the clock (the shape is so unique). The white platters & plates are very appealing to me. I am fixing to hang some in a bedroom.
    I am joining you at Vanessa's.

  30. Becca... beautiful room! Love the new color and fall decor! So inviting! Kendra

  31. Wow, what a beautiful make-over, I love the more neutral color palette.
    Have a fabulous day!

  32. I love it! It looks amazing, although it was pretty great before too. I do love the way your things shine now! Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog.

  33. Becca, your home is beautiful. I would love to see metallic brown paint. I have vever seen metallic paint on walls. Sounds so pretty! I love your room transformation.
    Have a pretty day!

  34. Becca when I spotted the red vase I thought of you and Kim from Savvy Style. He! I knew I had seen it somewhere. Love it!

    Have a blessed week sweet friend. I'll see you after my little bloggy break. ~Melissa :)

  35. I love the changes!!!! Your house is so warm and welcoming!!! I love your clock too!

    Take care!

  36. Your vignettes and changes are stunning! That is the most beautiful area-well done!

    Best wishes,

  37. Very nice blog..Glad I found it! I'll be back.

  38. Beautiful Becca! I absolutely love all of the changes you've made. You really have a knack for decorating.

  39. You have such amazing style -- love everything about this!
    Can't wait to read more of your stuff
    Thanks for visiting me earlier and leaving your sweet comment -- hope you'll come back again soon
    Off to explore your blog some more...

  40. Fabulous new look! I'm in shock with all the work you have done. I've been very busy and I pop in today and there are 3-4 new posts since my last visit all with MAJOR changes. YOU GO GIRL!! All 3 rooms look phenomenal!! =) ~Liz

    P.S. When are you starting on Christmas? I need some! =)


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