Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Living Room Reveal!

       No big huge changes, just a small touch here and there, but it's always the small touches that make the difference so I should be saying, BIG HUGE CHANGES IN THE LIVING ROOM!

       Yesterday I shared our new side table between our wing back chairs.
       I should explain what's going on with them. They are the same chairs that we had in the library. When Christmas came we had to clear out the library to fit our HUGE 12 foot Christmas Tree, with the Christmas Tree in the library we noticed how much more time we spent there. While it looked nice (in fact it was my favorite room in the house) we never used it and our house isn't big enough to have pretty rooms we never use! So the two chairs found their way into the living room, and the two slip covered chairs are nervously waiting to find out their fate, they could be re-homed somewhere else in the house or they just might find their way on to Craigslist! (Still waiting to decide the best way to use the library, I'm thinking office. And YES we will definitely keep the bookcases no matter what we use it for!) Maybe a big grand piano . . . although neither of us play piano :S errrr . . . scratch that idea.
       Now that we've got that out of the way, here's the new, more neutral/rustic look of our living room:

On the left of the fireplace is our new blanket rack. I am a HUGE fan of blanket racks (see here), it so much nicer to have a neatly hung blanket, then a crumpled mess on the couch. My other reason for a blanket rack is that, some throw blankets are so lovely they're almost like works of art! The yellow arrow is pointing to the future site of some fabulous artwork (fabulous artwork I have yet to find).

Next I'll talk about the mantel decorations. Since Spring has officially sprung I thought I would add some Forsythia Branches. I LOVE the small pop of yellow they add! Also, I thought what mantle is complete without some candles, I found the small black candle holders at Ikea . . . they were $5 for all three . . . $5!!!!

Then there's the little yellow throw pillow I sewed using my trusty envelope pillow cover technique! You might recognize the yellow fabric, I sewed up a set of napkins in the same fabric in this post!

A perspective shot (you can see our front hall console):

Another perspective shot (you can see my new desk too):

So there it is! Our new, rustic, neutral living room . . .I hope we've convinced you that beige doesn't have to be boring . . . beige with a little yellow that is ;).
One last look:


50 comments:

  1. I love neutrals and texture together! And the succulents look wonderful on that woven tray. It is so fun to refresh a room with a few changes :)

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  2. i luv it! and its not boring or bland at all, i think it looks so classy!

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  3. I love your room...but I think I love your dog more...How cute is he!

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  4. I love it but I love everything about your home. So pretty :)

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  5. Love how it turned out Ashli! We've recently gone neutral in our living room! And, I am loving it. As usual, Max is so darn cute.

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  6. I love your living room, especially the small pops of yellow! Very cute and classy.

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  7. I was a few days behind reading your blog, as I have been doing lots of cleaning! Thanks for the inspiration! I love your wing back chairs in your living room! Their tall backs are better scale with your tall windows. I love your new table, blanket bar, yellow accents and yoor terrarium! I've been wanting to make one but haven't gotten around to it. I love the idea of adding more plants to my home. I don't have a green thumb, but have managed to keep a houseplant alive for 30 years! I gave it to my husband for his first apartment when we were just dating! Well, I've got more cleaning to get to so I'm off! Btw, I've enjoyed our emails back and forth!

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  8. Gorgeous, I love all of it! Neutral is so calming.

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  9. I love it. I looks so warm and inviting! I love the blankie hanger rack. I also love that you hung that white clock low and over the sofa, genius I tell you. It looks amazing. I am working on figuring out my living room too. I am feeling a little stuck though. I think I need a little more warmth. Maybe some yellow?

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  10. Lovely room Ashli! All the different texture is what keeps a neutral room looking warm and interesting like yours. Love the blanket bar...brilliant!

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  11. Hi Ashli! I'm a big fan of your blog... I read it everyday! You're such an inspiration, and I love your home! If you decide to sell your 2 white chairs on Craigslist, PLEASE let me know! I'm very interested... I've been looking on Craigslist for a while now with no luck. You can reach me at kdbvan@hotmail.com
    THANKS!! Karen :)

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  12. Lovely! Where did you find your blanket rack? :)
    michelle@stafferlink.com

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    1. Homesense (aka. Homegoods)
      Hope that helps
      Ashli

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  13. I might miss the post about the clock, but I love your white big clock! May I know where did you get it? Thanks!

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    1. It's from Urban Barn . . . I payed $200 for it. There is a cheaper version on Amazon!!
      http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Instruments-Iron-Tower-Clock/dp/B0010ED58Y/ref=sr_1_17?s=furniture&ie=UTF8&qid=1332925691&sr=1-17
      You could spray it white and save yourself over $70!!
      Hope that helps
      Ashli

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  14. WOW! LOVE. Wishing my furniture was lighter, but with 3 boys and a hubby, I suppose my nubby brown is best. Fabulous redo and enjoy your 'new house'!

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  15. Ashli - I love your blog and the neutral color palette of your living room! I also recently added a pop of yellow to my bedroom too. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your library!

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  16. Silly question. Where do you buy a carpet/rug like that?

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    1. We found ours at Home Depot! It's a carpet remenant that's been bound!
      It was $119 for a 9x11 foot rug!
      Hope that helps
      Ashli

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    2. Where did you have it bound?

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    3. It came bound, but I know End of the Roll (I don't know if you have one near you) lets you pick out your carpet piece and your binding!!
      Hope that helps a bit!
      Ashli

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  17. Anything you do looks fab.... would like to see a close up of the artwork either side of the clock. I can see the farm print but not sure what the others are? Care to share at some stage. Love the old blanket rack..never thought of that one.

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    1. I will definitely pop a post up about the art work this weekend!!!
      Hope that helps!
      See you this weekend ;)
      Ashli

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  18. Max is the cutest thing ever sitting there. He's so tiny in the photo..what a little doll. Your living room looks beautiful Ashli. Very peaceful and cheerful with the touches of yellow. I wish I had your sewing skills. Love your pillows. What a great idea that blanket rack is! You have done a gorgeous job with your home.

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  19. So pretty! And that Max is precious. He cracks me up with his cute little self. :)

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  20. Just perfect! I love the yellow branches and pillow. I am crushing on yellow big time right now! You did a wonderful job :)

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  21. This is the kind of sunshine it's ok to stare at. Your livingroom is definitely easy on the eyes... No distractions, yet the perfect amount of 'pretty' to make it interesting. It doesn't get much better than this!

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  22. Beautiful! Love what you've done. I love neutrals also:)

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  23. Love your blog! Just found it on Pinterest the other day, and it's awesome that you also live in BC, then it'll be easy to find items that you post on here! :) I love your living room, it looks great. I can't wait to own a place, and be able to do whatever I want to it! Can't wait for more posts!! :)

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  24. Not boring at all!! It's really bright and fresh! I love it!

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  25. I know I have popped in before, but revisiting from Megan. Just love your home. So inspiring. LOVE the blanket rack. Might need to do that soon.

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  26. What a pretty room! Where did you get the tray on the coffee table? That's just the thing I'm looking for!

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    1. The tray is from Jysk! www.jysk.com
      It was super cheap, I can't remember how much but it was definitely under $15!
      Hope that helps
      Lots of Love
      Ashli

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  27. I love this room! Where is your sofa from? Thanks!

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    1. It's a Stylus Sofa.
      Lots of retailers distribute it, www.stylus.com has a list of them!
      Hope that helps
      Ashli

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  28. What is the paint brand & color of the walls in your living room?

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    1. IT's Martha Stewart's Mourning Dove!
      Hope that helps
      Ashli

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  29. The blanket rack is adorable...where from?

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    1. Thank you, it's from Homesense aka. Homegoods.
      Ashli

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  30. I have been looking at this picture on my pinterest for weeks and I'm obsessed with that clock! I can't find one like it anywhere and would love to hang one just like it above my fireplace. Where did you get it? The living room looks amazing. I am a lover of neutral living rooms too. :)

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  31. Hi, I just found your blog, and I.AM.IN.LOVE :) Where are your white end tables from? They are exactly what I've been searching for! I'm really enjoying all your decorating. Everything looks just like I would want it :) Thank you for sharing! :)

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    1. Hi Meredith,
      The side tables are old Meltorp Console tables we had. Lee altered them a bit to make them fit.
      Here's a link to the post about them, I hope it helps!
      http://www.maillardvillemanor.com/2011/07/finally-side-table-how-to-by-lee.html
      Ashli

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  32. First - I am in love with your living room! I especially love the wall clock!! I read in previous post (from last year) about options on Amazon. I'm on the search, but had a quick question - what is the diameter of the clock? I need one just about that size and don't know what to look for. Any help would be AWESOME. THANKS! Alisha

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  33. I came across your blog via Pinterest and absolutely LOVE your living room! (Sorry I'm like a year late LOL)I've been looking for a wall clock similar to yours (I read above about options on Amazon). My question is, what is the diameter of your clock? It looks to be the perfect size for my space, so I just want to know what size I should be searching for. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

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  34. A friend turned me on to your blog. LOVE it. I also love your coffee table!!! Where did you find it? Thank you!

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  35. Hi there, I love your room! I was wondering where your coffee table is from, I love the reclaimed look, and was wondering if I could find one close to me, I'm in Vancouver!

    Thanks!!

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  36. Hi. Where did the large white clock come from. I want one too!

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