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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Living Room Summer Look ~ Met. Monday


Thanks again to Susan for hosting this wonderful Metamorphois Monday. Be sure to visit her @http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com to see all the wonderful posts.

When we moved into our new home and I discovered that my carpet wasn't beige but cocoa, I couldn't use my favorite reds and golds. The red made the carpet look pink and the gold made the carpet look dirty. So I finally found some dark peach tones and pulled the room together with cocoa, chocolate and peach. Looked good to me and so there it stayed. I have never been one to change things very often. Just put it together and leave it alone. Then I started seeing all the beautiful rooms you gals change all the time and my dear friend Kathysue changes hers for the seasons, so one day I told her I thought it would be nice to have a cooler summer look since we live in the desert. Now this lady has more decorating talent that accidentally drips off her little finger than I have in my whole body. She immediately said "Oh, I think a cool blue/green, linen and white would look great". Perfect, so off to the fabric store I went.

These two pictures are the before with peach.




I found three great fabrics. One with tulips, a stripe and a plaid. The tulip linen was on sale for $3yd, the stripe is an outdoor fabric and the plaid is a tablecloth from Ross. I thought the colors worked great together, and inexpensive at the same time. Out came the sewing machine and off to work I went.





I had already been collecting white dishes and accessories from frequent shopping trips to the Goodwill, so I started pulling everything out and trying my hand at tabletop vignettes with all my thrifty finds.



The fairies I borrowed out of the yard and with a new coat of whitewash, they looked great. Isn't that little face just precious.



All of the accessories are my Goodwill treasures or things I already had.



I used my grandmother's platter as a tray for the tea set, and her little glass candleholders. These were always on her table.



I thought a luncheon size tablecloth looked more casual for summer. Notice how the blue/green pops out in the painting. Somehow I never noticed that before.



Even the books on the end table are from Goodwill.



I love the much cooler look of the room, it just seems so refreshing to walk through it. Now when the summer months hit those all too often 110 and 120 degrees, I can think of cool breezes and ocean waters. Well, I can dream anyway. Thank all of you ladies for always inspiring, and most of all thank you Kathysue, you're a special friend.

I appreciate you stopping by, I always look forward to your visits. Hugs, Marty

66 comments:

  1. Marty...Every time I look at these pictures, I am amazed all over again!! I can't believe how a few changes in fabric and accessories can completely change the whole room!!! I LOVE the difference! Great job, my friend!!...Debbie

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  2. I agree with Debbie,a very nice change.Good for you Marty,enjoy!
    (((hugs))) Cyndi

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  3. Marty this is just beautiful girl..what a differ a color can make..and you are so right about Kathysue what talent she has...thanks for sharing marty..I am just getting ready to do my Met Monday also..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  4. I L-O-V-E this transformation and the light and freshness you've achieved. Beautiful!!

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  5. Beautiful changes. You've gotten me thinking now about the spring looks that could happen here pretty quickly. :)

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  6. What a fresh and fun makeover! I love how you made a new room with items you already owned. The rooms look fabulous!
    ~Michelle

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  7. Amazing what some simple changes did to transform your room! Bravo! It looks fabulous!

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  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!.....i mean your before pictures are lovely but oh your new accent colors are so pretty, totally my fav colors. Our sofa is a mossy green and most suggested red as accent but i just couldnt seem to find the right red and when i did it wasnt a calm feeling for me. I too love soft colors so im doing green/blues and cream.
    thanks for sharing
    hugs
    janet

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  9. Oh I just love it! Just a few basic yards of fabric and a tablecloth. LOL - I thought you had a new pic. That is amazing. And you are sooo right about our Kathysue. :-) Now, kindly bring over your sewing machine, I have some projects for you. :D

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  10. Hi Marty! I have always loved your living and dining room I love the before and I love the after. Isn't it wonderful to change a look just by switching pillows and other accessories? I love all your goodwill finds. Sorry for sounding like a broken record but I really love them! When you come help me in our yard, you can stay in our guestroom..LOL! You know you are ALWAYS welcome even if you do not help me with the garden...Christine

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  11. I can't believe what a huge re-do you got out of such a small investment. All the fabrics are lovely. It really is a beautiful room - and one you would want to sit in all day long! Well done! Linda

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  12. Love the refreshing and crisp change. Great colors and love, love, love the big mirror.
    Happy Monday, Candy

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  13. It's beautiful! I love the cool colors!

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  14. Great way to liven up the room. Perfect combination of colors and gotta love all the treasures from Godwill!

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  15. Ilove them both! amazing how easily you changed the whole look and feel of the room!

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  16. Marty, it is amazing how changing fabrics and accessories transformed your room. I noticed right away the change it made in the look of the painting; I even checked to see if it was the same one! Wonderful decorating! Just gorgeous.
    Thanks -- Cass

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  17. HI Marty, what a lovely change! I can't believe the difference. Your befores are so beautiful but as I continued down your blog - I just loved your new look! Very pretty and you chose excellently on your companion fabrics!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  18. Marty...this looks great! I love that KathySue made the suggestion and you new just what to do to execute the idea! You guys are a great team! Your vignette is beautiful! I didn't realized you lived in a dessert area...how neat. It was interesting what you said about the painting because I noticed the same thing. I didn't see any blues in the first pics but boy, they just jump right out after you mixed in the blues into you summer look! I would love to do this in my master bedroom...have a summer and winter look...right now I just have a summer look. Thanks for the inspiration and a great Met Monday post! Oh, and thanks so much for the wonderful comments you leave...I appreciate every single one of them! :-) Susan

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  19. I think it is so interesting that we are able to find each other's blog and have so much in common. I saw that for the History Channel. Did you see the Bush White House Tour today? Wonderful!

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  20. Marty, what a wonderful transformation. It gives the room and entirely different feel.. I love all your punches of white..Kathysue's talents are wonderful aren't they? She sure led you in the perfect direction for a cool summer look....hugs ~lynne~

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  21. How fresh and summery! Love it!

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  22. Oh Marty this room just knocks my socks off! You did a great job,Look at how beautifully you selected just the perfect pattern combinations and you used each fabric in the right application. Your sewing talents are amazing.I am with Barb come on over with your machine I could keep you busy for a long time. I promise I would feed you and give you water once in awhile,hehe. Great post and I think it will show others with just a few changes you can have a whole different room.Thank you for mentioning my name but my dear you picked out the fabs and you did all the sewing so let us give credit where credit is due. To YOU. love ya, Kathysue

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  23. Marty!! What a beautiful room...loving the fabrics...I am becoming a fabric lover these days;) French

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  24. Okay, I'm looking at the "before" pix and thinking "nothing wrong here-looks very pretty". Then I get to the "after", and I'm thinking "Wow"! Great job. laurie

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  25. Very cool Marty! I'm like you... I put it in there and leave it alone except for my bedroom. I change the bedding and draperies 4 times a year with the seasons! I don't know why... I just aways have. Now that my daughter is an Interior Designer she is helping me do all my rooms! I also got my inspiration here from all these wonderful decorating friends!
    *Rainey

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  26. Hi Marty,
    This is a fabulous Met Monday Post! What a difference, and what great ideas you have. I loved the before's and I loved the after"s. it just is amazing what you did with fabric and the goodwill finds! Cindy

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  27. Marty, this looks great. I've told you before how much I love the fabric you chose, but it's so much easier to see the full effect on this post. It looks like a completely different room. You are so talented, I love your vision for the room and the way you executed it. And I noticed the difference in the painting right away, it almost looks like a different piece. Hugs, Kathy

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  28. Hi Marty, I have always loved this room. You know that I am crazy about your big oversized mirror which is so perfect for the space. Anyway, I think I am beginning to get the idea. Like you, I get a look that I like and then I stick with it (some would call it a rut). But you (and Kathysue) are inspiring me to break out of my shell and try to change things up. I like the idea of a summer look and a winter look. You have done a great job. Someone else mentioned how the colors in the painting just pop with your new summer look. Actually, I love both looks. Your friend, Jeanette

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  29. Hi Marty...Your room is beautiful in both versions & I also love the way your painting works so well with the warm & the cool. I envy the fact you can sew...you did a wonderful job!
    ;-) Bo

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  30. I love your rooms! You are so lucky to find so many treasures at Goodwill. I never find any goodies in our's. Love your table with your grandmother's things.

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  31. ....and it looks lovely!!!
    Thanks for stopping by today.

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  32. I really like your Before room.... it's so warm and cozy. But, I really like your After room too!! It does have the lighter, cooler feel that you were going for. Especially like the new cushions on the sofa -- great combo of colour and patterns :-)

    If you can do all the sewing, you can definitely re-upholster a chair!! :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

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  33. The transformation is beautiful.
    Love the new living room and it's spotless.
    Excellent!

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  34. you never cease to amaze me! i can't get over what a difference a few changes can make. this room has always been a favorite...but now i see it in an entirely different light...it is a chameleon, and i love it. your blog is great...i am not that easily impressed, and you certainly are surprising and inspiring me on a regular basis! way to go!!! love ya' linda

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  35. What a great change. I think I'd better go check out kathysue's blog to see what I've been missing out on.

    Have a good Monday ☺

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  36. Wow! What a difference a little paint makes. It is a total transformation without a huge expense -Just what I love! Your home is lovely and it was lovely before. With great basic pieces it is amazing how you can change the look by simply adding different wall color, pillows and accents. Congratulations! You have a very nice blog too. Thanks for taking us such a nice tour of your home.--I throughly enjoyed!

    Love,
    Paula

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  37. Hey Marty,
    I love how you have completely transformed the feel and ambiance of your rooms with just a little attentions to fabrics and accessories. Beautiful job! I love it!
    Warmly,
    Alisa

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  38. Love the new colors!!!! And I too noticed how the blue in the picture popped after you added blue to your room. Great job!!!

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  39. What a simple, inexpensive and great change your little touches made! Great!
    Linda Q

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  40. Marty,
    As usual you bowl me over!! I love the summer look, I can see myself joining you for coffee and just feeling so relaxed and at home.

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  41. Wow, I'm an instant fan! The tulip fabric is beautiful! I love bargin fabric. Great idea using the small table cloth. The whole room is amazing. Isn't it fun putting a fresh look in a room? Although I thought the before was wonderful too.
    Kelly

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  42. I love the cool colors. I have always loved blues in others homes but they just never work in mine. Glad to see they look so beautiful in yours though!

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  43. Hi Marty,

    My goodness this is so beautifully done my friend.
    I adore the fresh crisp colors.

    It's gorgeous! Wonderful MM post.

    ~Warmly, Melissa ;)

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  44. Wow! Where to start?! First I have to agree with you about Kathysue...she is amazing! But girl so are you! I can't believe you just pulled out your sweing maching and "whipped" these up!! And pulled out some of your Goodwill finds....and everything turned out like THIS?!!The color scheme is sooo refreshing! I am GREEN (kind of a beautiful aqua blue green *winks*) with envy!! And you're a LV lover too? I'm so glad there's another one out there lol! I've had one of my speedy bags for a little over 23 years, and it STILL looks good!They last durn near forever!*winks* Vanna

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  45. Oh Marty,I love it before ,But I really love it now.it did really transform.yes,Kathy is an awesome decorator.Her home too is exquisite.Yours is lovely.And what a bout those finds,wowow.Our Goodwill stinks.DID I SAY THAT?Oops....Ann

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  46. Marty - thanks for checking out Kate's fireplace transformation!

    Your spring-influenced living room is so bright and inviting. Great work! Can I come visit?!

    Take care,
    Victoria @ DesignTies

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  47. I love the color, it makes such a huge difference. I immediately noticed the green in the picture. I had to look back at the old way to see the picture again. You did a good job.

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  48. What a great difference and I love your goodwill finds and the pretty fairies.

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  49. oh Marty, this is just beautiful, you are soooo talented, the colors are so nice and they go so well together,lucky u that can make your own curtains. I love this new look......ttys.xx.

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  50. Marty,
    You have done a wonderful job! I love the new colors and you certainly have a talent. I'm so inspired to do some new covers on my pillows.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Mumzie

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  51. It looks beautiful! I love it! :)

    ~Karla

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  52. Thanks for your sweet comment on my monthly savings challange. :)

    I love the transformation on the room. It really brightened everything up. :) Everything looks beautiful!

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  53. Thanks Marty for your visit. I do love it when you come over! Your comments are always so nice.
    Enjoy your day!

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  54. This is beautiful! Love the transformation. Although I thought the before picture looked great too! I think your blog design is also really cute.

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  55. Marty you've got to check out the linens at the GW! I seriously find the best stuff there! Could be that I have lots of older folks living in my neighborhood *winks* But I always find a great vintage thing or two in the linens dept. I kid you not, nearly ALL my sheets come from there! *winks* Vanna

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  56. The summer transformation decor is just beautiful...I love the colors and the accessories are wonderful.

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  57. Oh goody Marty!! I can't wait to see what you find! Vanna

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  58. Hi Marty, Your room turned out beautiful! I really love that tulip fabric. So pretty. I didn't realize you had a blog. It looks great! Thanks so much for your prayers (on my tooth) it's feeling much better today! Kristen

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  59. Hey there! I hope its okay that Ive tagged you for a "Where I blog" post. Details are on my blog :)

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  60. Hi Marty! I'm still enjoying your beautiful living room! Thanks for coming to my tea party today!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  61. Hi Marty,
    This is fabulous! I cannot believe your talent in pulling this together so effortlessly.....at least that's the way it appears! It truly is a cool(wink)room! Next time those temps go up, I can see you lounging and sipping lemonade in there! You really do notice the blue in the artwork above the table more! Pretty!

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  62. Marty, thanks for swinging in today.. I always love when you stop by.. your kind and friendly words always put a smile on face..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  63. unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! amazing transformation!!!!! i like it with the blues. Your house is beautiful - you've done such a great job. ok, I have one interior designing suggestion for you to try - take your mirror and put it in the dining room - leaning against the wall where the flower painting is, then hang the painting above the sofa. I think it would really change things up - and look great at the same time. if you do it, send me a pix= I would love to see if I was right or hopelessly wrong!!!!

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  64. Your home is just lovely! I have favorites in every room! The giant mirror in your LV is to die for!!!
    Thank you for sharing!

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