Friday, August 3, 2012

Before It's Over ...

I wanted to share our *summer* great room!  Annnd, to show a subtle change done earlier this summer.

Below is how our great room looked last Fall ... can you spot the little difference between then and now?  Yes, we lightened the walls ... yippee! 

We (meaning, I) decided to paint the walls the same color as our dining and sitting rooms, which is BM's Manchester Tan.  Since our home is one big open floorplan, I thought it'd be a nice change to have them all the same color so that one room would flow into the other.  We're enjoying the change and will soon be carrying the same wall color into our kitchen/breafkast room, as well!

While we're in here, I'll show you around our *summer* great room.  First stop, the buffet:

A small demijohn from TJMaxx:

A tall, inexpensive lamp and fun, vintage boat (both from Home Goods):

A rustic anchor and oversized lantern frommmmm ... you guessed it, Home Goods! 

Of course, in keeping with the nautical theme, I simply *had* to wrap the base of the candle with nautical rope, add a small starfish and layer a sea fan behind:

Up above, I found this beautiful piece of art at Home Goods (last year) and was glad I finally found a fun spot to hang it ... I love the serene feel and soothing colors in it:

Come on over and sit a spell (if you can find some room in between the pillows)!

Pillow covers (from Pottery Barn) are pretty popular in our home.  I love being able to change out the covers to suit the season!

A simple vignette sits on the coffee table ... hmmm, *who* emptied the decanter?  Oops:

On our mirrored tables sit the brown lamps that were once on our dining room sideboard.  And, an inexpensive pot filled with faux fern leaves serves as a easy filler for that spot, too:

Sp-EAKING of lamps, this little diddy by the sofa got a little makeover (pictured from last Fall):

No surprise that a bit of leftover Annie Sloane's Old White made its way over the gold:

Lastly, our summer, nautical mantel, which I already shared, but, since it's getting ready to lose its summer look, I thought I'd show it one last time:

I can't believe that in a few, short weeks, I'll be decorating for Fall, will you?!  In the meantime, I've gotten myself in a bit of trouble in the kitchen ... it's going to take awhile (along with pleading with talented neighbors for their carpentry skills since both John and I aren't doing too well in that department), BUT, I know I'm going to love the results ... stay tuned!

Have a fabulous weekend!



  1. Love, love, love every photo! Your house is beautiful! I can't wait to see your kitchen.........have a great weekend!

  2. Every photo looks like a magazine! It's all gorgeous! I always love your seasonal additions! I can't wait to see what you're up to now! I know it will be fabulous!

  3. Your room is lovely and everything is arranged so nicely.

  4. Becca, as always, your home looks wonderful! I love all of your lovely vignettes...I know you're dying to start decorating for fall!

  5. i never leave your blog continue to inspire me to make my home as pretty as yours is.

    my daughter recently showed me a "pin" of one of her favorite christmas mantels...can you guess whose it looked like? yours!

    get busy on that fall decorating so i'll know what i'm doing this year (LOL)!

  6. The new color is lovely, Becca, & looks very similar to what we have going on here in some rooms -- hoping to carry it throughout, little by little. Great painting over that gorgeous mirror -- love that!

    Good luck with your kitchen project. We are doing some major projects in our kitchen as well, & I'm dang "antsy" to be able to share on my blog. The Man often gives me the eye roll, & says he doesn't understand how I was always so patient with our children & even more patient now with our "Grands," but have no patience with us (mainly him) getting our projects finished around here. I have no answer that would satisfy! I do believe I'm in good company!


  7. So pretty Becca. We also did some lightening up in the open area of out home. I am very pleased with the results as well.
    Your home is very luvly .
    Awaiting the new kitchen.

  8. It all looks beautiful Becca! Hard to believe its almost time for fall.

  9. Becca,
    Lovin' the lighter color on your walls, and all your pretty vignettes.


  10. Very Summery looking room, Becca! I've got pillows all over the place, too. I feel like I'm always telling people to "feel free to move the pillows". Personally, I like the back support. I wish it was just a few weeks until Fall! This has been such a horrible humid Summer. I run from the house AC to the car AC to whatever store's AC.

  11. I always enjoy looking at your beautiful home! So inspiring! Looking forward to your kitchen update. Have a great weekend!

  12. Becca, Everything is gorgeous! I look forward to seeing the changes in your kitchen. I know it will be as beautiful as the rest of your home.

  13. YOur room is gorgeous. Love how you accessorize everything. The new color is great too. Hugs, Marty

  14. Becca your room looks beautiful!! Looking forward to seeing more of your up too!

  15. So pretty! It's coastalicious!:) I love your entry table display and the print as well. We have a Home Goods opening in town I can hardly wait. There was supposed to be one really close but it moved across town, but so worth the drive. I never did find a large sailboat while on vacay but did find a smaller one I love. It's on the mantle. I have recently come across a very large one at a resale store with a beautiful aqua blue hull but do not care for the above $200.00 price tag they have on it. Oh well!

  16. Your room is so lovely, Becca. Very soothing. I really like the new color. The new paint color alone totally changes the look of everything. Can't wait to see what in the world you're doing in your kitchen!

  17. Looking great! I know Becca just a few short weeks and here we go again decorating for Fall. I can't wait.

  18. Your home looks light and airy and full of summery charm! I can't wait to see you warm it up for the fall.
    I must admit I am love your buffet... everything... it would be hard to take the summer elements down, they have found such a beautiful home!

  19. I always enjoy your home decorating. You have such a way of bringing everything together so perfectly. I enjoyed seeing the beachy theme you have added this summer. I look forward to seeing what's in store for the fall season!
    Hope you are having a wonderful summer.

  20. Oh, my! Your family room is so beautiful - every snap! You have the touch for decorating for sure.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  21. Lovely! I enjoyed looking at your arrangments. I too LOVE fall and can't wait for that season each year. It used to signify going back to school myself which was kind of exciting....then it meant my kids would be going back to school and I would have some peace and quiet in the house for part of each, it's a special time of good smells and pleasing color combinations in the woods and gardens all around. Speaking of the pillows on your couch....what do people do with all those pillows whne they sit down? I've found that they are not always that comfortable to sit with, although they do look great on the chairs and couches. :-)

  22. So the colors and so lovely!

  23. Can I ask you what those lovely branches are? IT looks like a mix of faux, along with some real ones? I would love to replicate the look!!

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