Friday, March 7, 2014

Pulling It All Together-The Comforts of Home Living Room

I have loved following Penny and seeing how she has totally transformed her new home.  I love her style and how she has taken a rather bland room and made it warm and inviting with her special touches.  I know you are going to love seeing how she Pulled It All Together.

Hi Everyone!  My name is Penny and I blog over at the Comforts of HomeI was thrilled when I found out that Marty wanted me to participate in her new series, Pulling It All Together.
Marty is the queen of the vignette. I love to watch her change out her counter tops and table tops.  She comes up with some wonderful ideas.
I had to choose a room for Pulling It All Together, and I chose my living room.

We moved into this house a little over a year ago.  When we bought the house, the living room looked like this.

It had stained white carpet and greenish beige walls.

Now it looks like this.

So, how did I pull it all together?  We removed the old carpet and had hardwood installed.  We painted the living room a soft yellow called Belgium Waffle by Olympic Paints.  I purchased fabric and made the curtains.  A lot of the furniture came from my previous home, like the cheetah print chair, which was purchased at a local furniture store about 4 years ago.  You can see it in my old home, here.

When we moved, we down sized to a house half the size of our previous home.  So the big sofa had to go, and we purchased two leather chairs in it's place.

That gave us a grouping of 4 chairs and we can pull other chairs in from the den, if we need to.

Most of the other pieces of furniture and accessories have been purchased over time.  Some new, some from antique stores, some from thrift stores.  I love the look of a home that wasn't put together in a day.  I am always on the hunt for something special to add to my home.  I love Country French style, so when I spotted this French confit pot at an antique store in Blowing Rock, NC, I snatched it up.  It is the one in the middle below.  The taller one I purchased on Ebay several years ago, an the smaller green one came from another antique store in Asheville, NC.

They are sitting on top of a wine cabinet that we have had for many years.

It sits on the left side of the fireplace.  When we bought this house, we originally thought we would build bookcases on either side of the fireplace, but then decided we liked the look of free standing furniture better for this home.  In order to balance the other side of the fireplace, we found this old 1940 English cabinet, that we used as a bar/liquor cabinet.

The piece above the painting (by a local artist) is an old piece of copper gutter.  We bought that at a salvage place.  It adds some height and create balance with the taller wine cabinet on the other side of the fireplace.

The tray on top of the cabinet came from Pier 1 and the decanters from Amazon.  The silver lions head ice bucket was picked up at a local antique store.  I should probably polish it, but I love the patina on it.

The brass quail, came from an antique store, the concrete urn filled with orchids, came from a near by garden center.  The tray on the coffee table was gifted to me by a friend as a house warming present and is made from reclaimed lumber.

We purchased the Swedish style clock several years ago.  It was originally black and I recently painted it.  You can see more about that here.  The wood painted panel above the TV came from a shop at Biltmore Estates, and the wrought iron piece above is an antique pieced purchased at a local antique fair that happens in our town once a year.

I scatter copper, brass and old leather books as well as decorating books around to warm up the room.

So there you have it.  How I Pulled It All Together in my living room. Thank you Marty for letting me share this with your readers.  I would love them to come visit my blog and see what I am up to!  They can visit by hopping over to The Comforts of Home.
Isn't this a gorgeous room and one that just invites you to come in and relax.  Thanks tons Penny for sharing how you Pulled It All Together.  You need to pop over to her blog and check out more of her home, it is stunning and I love how she is pulling every room together.  Her kitchen and breakfast area is another of my favorites that you don't want to miss.

Now I want to know how you PULLED IT ALL TOGETHER.  If you would like to showcase one of your rooms, send me an email at

 I am joining the following parties:
 Craftberry Bush for Inspiration Gallery Thursday
  The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
 No Minimalist Here for Open House Party, Posed Perfection for All Things Thursday Hop
 Katherines Corner for Favorite Things, The Vintage Farmhouse for Creative Things 
 A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden,  
 Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday
 From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
 The 36th Avenue for 36th Avenue Party
 Imparting Grace for Grace at Home, My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Fri
                                            French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
 The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Fri, Common Ground for Be Inspired Fri
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home ,
 Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Fri
 Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Fri ,Rooted In Thyme Simple & Sweet Fri.
 Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Linky Party
 Redoux Interiors Friday Party,

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  1. Penny is a master! It has been a great pleasure to watch how she does it through the years. Just when I think I might do something that she has done, she has moved on something new. And always, always, it looks beautiful. Thank you for featuring The Comforts of Home.

  2. Penny has certainly pulled her room together well. Thanks for sharing Marty! Have a great Thursday. xo

  3. Penny I love the seating and how open the rooms feels. Very pretty. Love that Swedish clock it is awesome. Thanks for featuring Penny.

  4. Good Morning Marty! Thank you for inviting me to participate in your new series!

  5. Penny has done a great job of pulling it all together in this room, as she has done in the other rooms she has shared.

  6. I love Penny's style and beautiful home!! Great feature Marty!!

  7. It all looks beautiful Penny.. I love your simple elegant style.. I wish I knew how to be less " heavy handed" with my decor.
    if I ever get rid of this monster sofa I think I'll go with a couple of chairs too.

    thanks so much for sharing your home and your technique for achieving it with us, Penny and thanks to Marty for having you here...

  8. Penny has surely 'pulled it together' . A luvly open and warm living room. Thanks for sharing Penny, and you Marty for the feature.
    Happy Thursday ladies.
    HUGS, Gee

  9. You have a true talent and much patience! I enjoyed traveling through your peaceful home. Thank you for allowing us all in! Your drapes are magnificent!

  10. It's a beautiful room! I really like your furniture arrangment, looks like a great place to sit down and chat. My favorite parts though are the English cabinet and orchids. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Very nice to have Penny join you Marty. She has a beautiful and very 'put together' LR. Great inspiration!!

  12. Love your pretty living room with so much light.
    Thanks for stopping by Timeless Treasures with a nice comment.
    Audrey Z.

  13. Great home, such wonderful details!
    Thanks for the tour Marty and Penny.
    I am trying to get caught up with blogging Marty. I just love what you have done to your living room! Such lovely choices, those curtains look perfect! Hope all is well my friend,

  14. Penny is a master at pulling it all together. I've followed her blog for years, and she has redone several homes. Penny has beautiful style. Thanks for spotlighting Penny's talents.

  15. Hi Marty,
    I spotted something very Swedish in your beautiful home.

    Those 3 books is swedish "Nordstedt is a famous Swedish family last name". That means, The Nordstedt Family book.

    Swedishness is hot there too? LoL*

    Hope you have an enjoyable day and GB you both.

    Hugs from D´Box.
    /Cc girl

  16. Fabulous job pulling this room together! Feels so warm and welcoming.

  17. What a beautiful, warm and welcoming room! And I LOVE the patina on the brass birds! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  18. Beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing, Marty!

  19. Beautiful home! Lots of inspiration! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  20. Wonderful makeover. Such a nice space. Thanks for sharing.

  21. I love your blog. This is a cool site and I wanted to post a little note to tell you, good job! Best wishes!!!