Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Room makeover, a before & after: Great stuff in this great room

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite things about a recent great room re-design that I did.

This couple has a beautiful home in a terrific setting, with a horse, sheep, a goose, a chicken (not a rooster... which is what I originally called it... cause I'm not exactly a country girl...) cats and dogs.

They love nature as you can readily tell when you look around their home.

But a lot of the items they have collected are little, and they were lost in this big room. Do you see the eggs on the mantel in the before photo? They were up much too high to be appreciated.

So, I took a cabinet that was filled with glassware and situated near the dining table and instead moved it into the living area. I took all the little artifacts from around the room and displayed them there instead.

It's kind of like a miniature museum of natural history. Now you can really appreciate each item.



For the rest of the room, I focused on using large objects that wouldn't get lost... such as the mirror and plants on the mantel and the birdhouse on the console table.

Here are a few more before and after photos I thought you might like to see...

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11 comments:

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

So well edited!! You can appreciate their belongings, and the amazing space, so much better now. And I love your "nature collection" in its new (unexpected) home in the antique china cabinet. LOVE!

mollyandmarshal said...

Great job on this redesign! What a fabulous space to work with, too. I love it!

my thrifty victorian home said...

Just love this redo! Doesn't look so overgrown, and you can really enjoy each piece.

Blessings to you and yours,

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

That is so much better. My eyes were getting tired just looking at the before pictures, but the after ones are so soothing. Beautiful!!
Carrie

Caren said...

That's a cool room and it definitely looks SO much better in the after shots! Nice work!

Bella Casa said...

Everything is much more soothing and relaxing to look at now! You did a wonderful job, what a great home they have, too :)

Bella

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Melis said...

I love it! I especially love the rug under the dining table! Where is it from?

Kimba said...

You done good on this one! A perfect example of why sometimes less is more. It really looks great.

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Clapping all the way in NC!!

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Just found your blog off of The Texas Woman link. I really like what you are doing and what you are saying. Down with all that little clutter! Good stuff. So glad to have found you!

~Mindy