Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Look for the Living Room Using Things I Already Have

Shhhh don’t tell the decorating police but I use to have a faux/fake (whatever same difference) tree here! I know, shame on me. I don’t usually follow the rules…….decorating rules that is. I do keep them in mind and pick and choose which ones I want to implement. This is one decor rule that I decided to follow………sort of.
nook1 09 046 I tried to find a picture of our living room with our BIG fake tree but I couldn’t find any evidence. This was the best I could do. Do you see it all the way in the back left corner?
When Christmas rolls around the fake tree goes out in the garage and the fake Christmas tree comes in. The old switcharoo, one fake tree for another. The decor Gods would have a heart attack. This year I really didn’t want to bring our “everyday” fake tree back in so I pulled some things out of a closet and came up with this…….
There are all things I already owned. I pulled the lamp from our bedroom which we really were not using. The chair was a hand me down from my Mom. The black and gold frame was an old GW purchase, black and white prints and frames were also a old GW purchase, plates you guessed it, an old GW purchase. We’ve had the little rug forever and I never want to put it down. It’s just to pretty to be stepped all over. The pillow was yet again an old GW purchase, the red blanket was a house warming gift from my cousin (5 years ago), and the basket use to be next to our couch.
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I just love these photos. I knew when I saw them at GW that I would find a good use for them. I think they were $1.99 each.
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I took a little black paint and dirtied up the frame. It was bright gold before. There is a funny story behind these plates but I’ll share that on a later date.
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Ahhh, much better sans the BIG fake tree. It makes me smile! :0)
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Before After
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Remember before when I said I was sort of following the no fake plant rule? Well I still have these guys and I don’t plan on getting rid of them. Take that Décor Gods whoever you may be!
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To see the post where I fancied up this oil dispenser turned soap dispenser click HERE

35 comments:

  1. Oh Honey, I'm all about breakin' the rules. In fact, in my decorating world, there are no rules. I think fake greenery adds warmth to a space. Yours looks beautiful!
    Kim

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  2. It looks great!! I am sad to say that I have one of those fake trees.
    Have a great day!!

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  3. It looks great! I love rearranging things for a new look. Good job!

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  4. Now that is a cozy corner! Thanks for the inspiration. I'm off to redecorate with things I already own. (wink)

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  5. You have some great stuff just lurking around - it turned out so cute. I really love the plates!

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  6. Love your corner! It's perfect.
    I love to go shopping in my house! :)
    ~Amy

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  7. I love how you re-did your corner with things you already had! It looks really great. LOVE those prints of chairs that you got at Goodwill!

    Manuela

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  8. Looks great. I love the plates inside the frame. The rug and chair are great and now you have an extra seat for company. I am trying to get rid of my fake stuff. It gets so dusty anyway.

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  9. I really like you photos of chairs hanging on wall! Corner looks great!

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  10. Wow this looks so wonderful! I love what you've done!

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  11. Rules? We don't need no stinkin rules! ha! It looks fabulous! Love it! Well done!

    Cheers!
    Tina

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  12. I really like your soap dispenser idea:) I'm gonna try it. The space you filled is really nice now.

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  13. Great job, Kendra! Your litle nook looks so cozy. I really love the plates inside the frame. Great idea!

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  14. I break "their" rules also. Question - Who makes these rules anyway? :-)

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  15. Don't let rules hold you back from what might make you happy. I love the way the corner turned out. Those prints are adorable as well.

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  16. I love it! It turned out great! What good use od things you already had!

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  17. Love it! The prints are great and I love them there. I have a cut glass bottle that I have used for my dishwashing soap for years, but I love the plain glass with the fleur design. I have to go read that post now, too!

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  18. That looks fabulous! It really opens up the room too! You did a great job!

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  19. actually, faking it is the in thing! Either way, you always impress me! Your place is beautiful!

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  20. Your GW corner looks stunning...you did a great job! Hope you have a FUN weekend and look...a new follower...ME!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  21. What a lovely change! I really like the chair photos from GW. Dee Dee

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  22. No fake trees here, but lots of fake flowers. I love the black and white chair prints! What a great comfortable little corner! If you need some green that you cannot kill, try an Angel wing begonia. Just ask how I know you cannot kill it! Happy decorating, Karyn

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  23. You did a great job replacing the big fake tree as you call it! I love that you repurposed with things you already have, too!!! Hugs, Lana

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  24. Love the oil dispenser and as a soap dispenser.

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  25. Very cute; it's amazing that you just used things you already had!!

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  26. That is so pretty! I love the balance it has. The framed plates is spectacular. I love the plates. Please share where you bought them or the name of them.

    Adrianna

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  27. Whoa! I think your living room looks awesome!

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  28. Oh neat redo. I am a interior designer in UT. Feel free to come and check out my ideas on www.designingandmotherhood.blogspot.com Take care, Staci

    I welcome new followers!

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  29. i love it! So cute!!! Great re-do. Let's call it a FREE-do!!!

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