Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sunday Favorite - Living Room Summer Look

Thanks to Chari @ Happy To Design for hosting this new event, Sunday Favorite. What a fun event, this gives us a chance to see some older posts that maybe we missed, or ones that we would love to see again. Be sure to stop by her blog to see a list of all the participants. You will find so many wonderful posts to enjoy.

My repost is a post I did earlier changing my winter look in my Living/Dining room to a summer look. I had fun making the changes, I hope you have fun seeing it again.

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


  1. Wow, what a fantastic transformation. I can't believe what a difference a little bit of fabric and a few accessories can make. By the way, I adore the painting on the wall behind your dining room table, and the mirror above your couch makes me weak in the knees! Lovely house!

  2. Gorgeous! I love the touch of seafoam with the brown. Lovely!

  3. Oh Marty I am so glad to see this wonderful living room again girl..Loved it the first time and now to see it again WOW!! just beautiful girl..thanks for sharing...may you have a great weekend my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  4. Marty...this is so dramatic...showing how you can change a room from season to season! Even changed the look of the painting! Love seeing all your family treasures and the way you have them displayed. So glad you reposted this for Sunday Favorites! Susan

  5. I've always loved your home, Marty. You can show it to me 10 million times and I will never tire of it..Christine

  6. Hi Marty...

    My friend I'm so pleased that you decided to participate in "Sunday Favorites"...thank you so much for the sweet "shout out" for this new Sunday meme!!!

    Girl, you couldn't have picked a sweeter post to share with all of us once again!!! You know, I remember when you first posted this fabulous living room on RMS! Wow...for some reason that just seems like years ago...hehe!!! I love this room then and I love it now! But I'm just thrilled with this new Spring/Summer look!!! Of course, this pretty aqua has really become one of my most favorite colors lately! It's so sweet and light and fresh and serene!!! Well as you can see...I love the colors you chose! Hehe!

    Ohhhh my's really just changing out a few accessories can make such a difference and give an entirely different look and feel to a room!!! Seriously, these small changes had such a drastic effect...the "before" and "after" photos of your living room should be published in a magazine!!!

    One of the things that I just can't get over is the difference in the looks of that painting hanging over by your table! When you added the aqua accents, it changed that painting so much that it looks like an entirely different piece!!! That just amazes me!!! have really inspired me to consider doing the same thing to my living room! The change would be so much fun...something different and fresh!!! design wheels are a turnin' here, my friend! I need to talk to Kathysue and see what she would suggest to do with my living room! I'm sooooo glad that you chose to repost this one!!!

    Thank you so much for your sweet compliments on my Tea Rose bedroom...I really do enjoy the cottagy feel in that room...and it's so different from the rest of my house!

    Well Darlin'...thank you again for joining in with "Sunday Favorites"!!! Have a super Saturday and weekend, Sweetie!


  7. Hi My Friend! I am just loving this event! Your room was one of the first that I fell in love with on Micassa. It is classic in style and although I thought it could not be improved upon when it had the peach tones - I was wrong! It is like it is a whole new room that has taken on another life.

    I am so glad I got another chance to see this beautiful room. This event is perfect for letting us re-visit some fave rooms just like yours.

    Hope you're having a great weekend - you Puttzer you! ;-)

    Hugs, Barb

  8. I'm very partial to tea things and I saw some really nice ones in your rooms!!!!

  9. I love the before and after pictures! The spring colors are so fresh and impart energy. Thanks for visiting!

  10. Marty I still can't believe what a pretty color choice this is for your living room!
    Kathysue was right on.
    It is so beutiful with the neutrals. It just pops! The room is elegant yet welcoming. Just like it's owner.
    I'm very happy to view this again anytime.
    Great post for this new meme!

    Have a blessed Sunday my friend.
    ~Melissa :)

  11. MArty, I loved this room the first time I saw it, it is stunning, and I love it now. thanks for stopping by, I am glad you had a good day at the GW, I did pretty well too, I will take some pics and share them tomorrow. Sue

  12. Marty I love this post. Your living room is gorgeous! Just gorgeous!

    Oh, Sunday morning, please come by my blog, I have something for you.

  13. I just love your living room, it is so elegant. I love all of the touches and accessories around the room, and those curtains are beautiful.

    I am so glad you shared this one again, I really enjoyed it.

  14. I do love your living room, and I absolutely adore that fabric on your skirted table and on your d.r. table. All of the white accessories really help the brighter look (and of course, you're just tempting me to come to your GW with you)! That is so smart to whitewash your garden statute and bring it in the house. laurie

  15. * I REMEMBER this!!!... And MOSTLY because I was reeeeally IMPRESSED with alllll of your TALENTED CREATIVITY in changing over to a lighter summer look!!! You should be SOOO proud of it all~~~ it truly looks just WONNNNDERFUL!!!!!!!!!! Sooo glad you shared!!!

    I recently did a summer change & just love it too!! Isn't this alll just TOOOO MUCH FUN?!?!?!?!

    Warmly, Linda *

  16. It was great seeing your room transformation a 2nd time. Still fabulous!!!

  17. Gorgeous blues... no wonder it looks good. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Marty isn't it amazing how a few little changes can make such a transformation!!?? This is a lovely room and with that hot weather you are having already it's a beautiful space to stay cool!!

    May I ask what part of AZ you are in = my in laws are in Surprise and we go to visit several times a year-


  19. Both versions of your room are lovely.

    Have a Blessed Sunday
    from The Raggedy Girl--Roberta Anne

  20. Wow! What a difference changing the colors did your the room!! I noticed the change in the painting right away, and thought you had put a different painting there. I can't believe how your color changes made the color change in the same painting. Awesome! You did good here. Thanks for visiting me today too.

  21. Marty,
    This space looks so smart! I love, love, love your oversized mirror over the sofa. I am also a huge fan of thrift stores; and what great finds you found and were able to incorporate into this room. You have done a wonderful job transitioning your look to the different seasons. Your curtains are a wow. I enjoyed viewing this. ~Cathy~

  22. Wow what eyepopping arrangements you have created.
    You are so talented.
    The pictures were excellent .
    Thank you for sharing .
    Blessings and hugs,
    Oh my reason for stopping there is a sweet little lady bug award waiting to visit you.

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  24. Fantastic makeover! It is astounding what you did with just changes in fabrics and accessories; it looks like a new room!

    Your house is gorgeous anyway -- wow that is some mirror! I love big mirrors, they add so much sparkle to a room.

    Thanks for sharing! I think I saw this one the first time 'round, but it's more timely now with temperatures creeping upwards. Time to summer-ize!

  25. funny. You were on my list..and somehow it didn't get put on...I had only fourteen rushed to add you..only to find you already had been give the award from someone rushed back and went back to my 14..losing the honor of giving it to you. Sigh. is great to know that others feel the same as I do about your blog. It truely IS lovely and you deserve the award. It is often hard to find people with don't have some of the awards.
    I am wondering ..can you accept two?? :) Naw..I don't want to clutter up your side bar. Just know I thought of you and had you on my list of names.
    CONGRATULATIONS...I am delighted with their choice!!

  26. Marty,
    First of all, your home is just lovely. I can't believe the difference in the look with the cooler colors of the accessories you added. I love it that you used things you already had or from Goodwill. That is how I decorate too. I love it when decorating can be so beautiful but not cost much, if anything. Great, great job! Amy :)

  27. Beautiful! The new accessories really freshen the room for warmer weather.
    Mrs. Petrie @

  28. Hi Marty,

    Love your re-do. Love the greens, and the white shows up so nicely. The sweet fairie is just perfect! A perfect summer feel to the room!

    Have a great week

  29. Your friend Kathysue was right, I really like the touches of green and linen and whites. It really added pop to your room. What a nice summertime change. ~ Robyn

  30. Marty, this is just a beautiful change-out. I love the 3 fabric choices and then adding the white accessories...very refreshing, great for spring. Adding the fabric on the table just pulled it all together! I would have never thought of doing this in my living room. Thanks for reposting! Hugs, Crystal!

  31. Hi Marty, glad you reposted this! What a beautiful transformation. Love how you added the blues, it's really fresh and pretty! Thanks for checking out my red again! Kristen

  32. Marty,
    Please drop by my blog. I have an award I'd like to give you!

  33. Hi Marty! Oh, I remember your post and loved it then and I'm still loving it! Your friend has a good eye and the changes you've made are so beautiful! Love your skirted table and the little square on your dining table. You have some beautiful furniture!
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  34. Wow...your home is so lovely, very nice indeed!!Just wanted to say thanks for coming by,all the best, Chrissy

  35. Hey -- I'm back to comment again, to say THANK YOU for the suggestion to paint the old light fixtures in the hall bath. What a BRILLIANT idea (pun intended!).

    I'm going to give this a shot; much better than buying new!

  36. I thought your rooms looked great before. Then when I saw the after, I can see where it truly is an improvement. It's nice to have someone to give you input. Your home is lovely. Thanks for the nice comments about my kitchen.

  37. Your laundry room has so much charm, and I remember the living room with the blues - so pretty! Well cone! Linda

  38. Marty, I love this room and it is so nice to see it again. I miss having coffee here in the mornings.I might have inspired you, but it is you my dear that applied it and made a beautiful room. I think the change is remarkable and I am so glad you are enjoying it. I love sharing ideas with you and to see what you come up with. you are a talented lady and a good friend, Love ya, Kathysue

  39. I remember loving this post the first time around! Glad you chose this one.


    ~Really Rainey~

  40. Marty ~ This is so lovely, and your friend was just right, the new colors are beautiful! I have a mostly brown house, with lots of linen, ivory, taupe. I add bits of black and pink to mine to keep it from being too brown!

    Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault.

  41. Congratulation for your wonderfull blog , nice design,pleasure to walk on it,have a nice spring's day, greeting from Belgium.