Sunday, November 8, 2009

....And AFTER!

First of all, thank you SO much for all of your positive feedback re. the pillow! At first I was blushing, then I was beaming, then I broke into a cold sweat and became positively terrified to post the "after" pictures. I told Michael that everyone was so excited to see the new room based off of the pillow and what if I let them down? What if my room didn't hold up to the fabulous pillow? And you know what? It might not. BUT! I love it, Michael loves it, Thumbs is glowing with excitement, and I suppose that's all that matters. So enough talk, here she (or he) is!








And now for the specific details...

The coffee table (Ignore the somewhat wilted flower arrangement I created, it was for the baby shower we had last night and the gorgeous hydrangeas are now looking about how I feel. The white books are Peter Lik, our favorite photographer, and an Ansel Adams book signed by everyone who attended our wedding. And below the coffee table is wrapping paper from the party that I just now noticed. Oops.):

This is Michael's favorite part of the room! He loves rocking chairs and broke into a huge grin when we found this "mid-century modern" version at West Elm. It looks tiny, but we had a 6'3" man in it last night and he seemed quite pleased!


I think my favorite part of the room (besides Thumbs, of course) are the chairs. The color is so soft and pretty but the camera keeps pulling only the brown tones. They're actually more of a grey with blue and tan undertones that shift with the light. The curtains are a soft velvet (Sidenote: ironing 108" panels is exhausting):

The couch with the four pillows I purchased a few months ago!

Our blue/silver books on top of the bookcase. Michael's parents gave him the blue Waterford vases when he was in college and they finally have a home!


Side table. One of the first things Michael and I learned about each other was that we both loved Shel Silverstein. The white books worked perfectly in this room! The candle formation is usually a Christmas decoration but it works in here so it's become a year-round decoration:

Special thanks to this guy:

When we first moved to this house I hated the fireplace. I didn't think it belonged and found it very distracting. SO white. It's still not my favorite but I tried to decorate with enough whites and creams to actually make it look like it belonged in this room! Through the entire process I just wanted to put together a room that was serene and intimate. I'm so pleased with it!

Most everything in the room was a wedding gift or was purchased at Crate and Barrel or West Elm. As I mentioned in my last post, it is 96% complete. You might have caught the 4%--the bamboo portrait above our fireplace. It doesn't quite fit anymore since there is not a trace of green anywhere else in the room! We actually purchased two Peter Lik photographs in Maui and the other has quite a bit of blue and golds with a hint of green. It has yet to be framed but when it is it will replace the bamboo and the bamboo will move elsewhere. And then we'll be at that glorious 100!

20 comments:

Susie said...

It really looks great! I can't wait to see it in person this week!
Mom

Suzanne said...

That looks amazing! I want my living room to look like that lol

Jennifer said...

I think it looks awesome! I love the colors.

Lisa said...

You did such an amazing job! I love it!

Kaitlin said...

The room looks just as fabulous as that pillow!! What a makeover! :) Btw, I love that flower arrangement, wilted or not!

Laura said...

You did a beautiful job! An added bonus is the special place a Harry Potter book earned-I love it! :)

Heather said...

Wow! It looks amazing!

Mrs. A said...

what a great room!! Looks so cozy and peaceful and for lack of a better word homey.

Jax said...

AMAZING job!!! I would like you to come decorate my place... for reals.. lol! I'm also kinda jealous you have a west elm!! Sad we missed ya'll, but look forward to our next visit to Dallas when we're all hopefully more free (aka we didn't ride with his parents, only have one car, E wasn't studying for the CPA, you werent throwing a baby shower, ya'll werent having furniture delivered.. haha...wow, we were busy..) :)

The Emerson's said...

LOVE it! Such a simple, classy, understated look. I just can't decide what my favorite part is! It is a toss up between the double chairs ((fab)) and the rocking chair... I have a chair obsession, and love both options...the fact that you were able to make them work together in the same space was just more icing on the cake!! Great job :-)

Haley Nicodemus said...

The room looks awesome! Love the color choices and really love the window panels!!

Aubrey said...

Nicely done, friend. It is a serene, soothing, BEAUTIFUL room!

Emily said...

LOVE the room!!! The colors are perfect, and I love the modern feel. Can you come help us do ours now?? :)

Amber said...

Cute! I love it. Good job.

emotional diva said...

OMG. I am without words. Congrats, I believe this is a first for me.

*insert whatever wonderous amazing exciting compliment you got from each and every one of your friends and family and multiply by, say, a million.*

=) I still think you should have a painting of that pillow in there somewhere...hahaha

Leslie said...

I love everything about it! HGTV will be calling soon regarding your contract. :)

Ashley said...

oh my gosh what a gorgeous room! seriously it looks like it's from a magazine!

Erin said...

Looks great! Wonderful JOB!

Summer said...

Grrrreeeeaaat job, Merd!! Looks so beautiful!

Melissa said...

I'm super impressed! This was JUST as fun as watching a Trading Spaces or Fix it up show! :) I LOVE the room and the pillow that inspired it all! :)

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