Living Room Deluxe Redoux

As promised, here is the living room in all it’s Maximalist glory, finally (mostly) complete since buying the house in October 2017. I completed all the painting and wallpaper in a busy two-day whirlwind of back-aching labor, and it was worth it! So happy to have this part finished. There will be a couple small odds and ends to come (like a proper curtain and rod and the main window) but it is for all intents and purposes Fini!

BEFORE

This is what the living looked like when we moved in, sans the previous owner’s furniture.

 

AFTER

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I LOVE how the room came out! The paint is 3 shades of grey, dark eggshell on the ceiling, medium on the walls and pale grey semi-gloss on the trim and baseboards. The big splurge was the Ellie Cashman floral wallpaper (about $400) but so worth it for the big drama. Most everything was brought from the old Denver house; the sofa, ottoman, rug and 2 etagere are new, all found online at great deals.livingroomafter8

The sofa was a big mark-down at Z Gallerie ($699), the grey velvet ottoman $160 at Wayfair, the rug $140 on houzz (I don’t buy nice rugs because, dogs 🙂 and the brass and glass etageres were about $260 each. I did a lot of comparison shopping and it really paid off. (painting to the right by Sandi Calistro)livingroomafter6Almost all of our art is thrifted, gifts, and trades with other artists. The big floor lamp was an awesome free alley score! I found the portrait painting on the right on shopgoodwill.com.

livingroomafter7The big lucite sofa table and 2 pink side tables were all thrift finds back in Denver, as was the signed “Los Angeles” print on the left, the white ceramic pots, and much of the accessories. The oil painting on the right I found recently on shopgoodwill.com.

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Yes, there are 3 disco balls on the bookshelves 🙂 (and yea I know, I really need to hide the wires…) Herman the Peacock (A yard sale find) seems quite at home here among the flowers.livingroomafter3

Here’s where I really let my inner maximalist out to play. Inspired by the amazing art of Nick Cave, I bedecked our old chandelier in about 20 pounds of costume jewelry, most of which came from grab bags at the thrift store.livingroomafter9livingroomafter4livingroomafter1

Thanks for looking! Next up: the Holidays.

Books As Design…Organizing Books by Color (a Controversial Subject)

OK, I know this is a “controversial” subject, (according to the comments) but after being inspired by this Apartment Therapy article ( http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/in-defense-of-organizing-books-by-color-168096 ) I tried it. My books had no previous organization anyway so I gave it a go. And I like it. It was actually fun going through all my beloved art and decorating books. I admit I spent way more time on this than I should have, as I stopped to flip through old favorites I hadn’t looked at in awhile. If I had just done the deed, it would have taken about 30 minutes. The best part is, it didn’t cost a cent! Even my man digs it. He says the titles are easier to read now. Next, I’m hitting the cook books in the kitchen…

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Books BEFORE…

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Books AFTER

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Books AFTER, close up.

FYI…the weird little kitty sculpture is one I made from paper mache’ over a decade ago of my cat at the time, Fu. I picked up the dog toy at the thrift store for about $3 last year. The art is by Bill Amundson (the 2 color drawings, lower left), Claudia Roulier (the 3D piece with the dangling bit) Me (the heart and octopus pieces). The photograph is Anthony Camera, and the funky round piece was a $5 thrift store find. Oh, and the blown glass vase was actually free, it has a chip on the lip and the artist was going to toss it. She was nice enough to let me have it. (I tried to find her for a link here, but could not) I find most of my books at thrift stores and yard sales, and a few are treasured gifts.

 

This book is waaay up there on my Wish List…