Sunday, May 16, 2010


...I would like to introduce my family room. (insert applause here)

I took all of the wonderful advice that so many of you had given me here and tried to put it all together. The wall color is Nantucket White from Ralph Lauren. I love this color and have it in my dining room, kitchen & office. (Of course, my husband is not too happy that I picked this color, yet again. He says that when I tire of it, I will now have to paint 4 rooms to get rid of it. I would rather not think about that right now. :) Even though the color has the word "white" in it, it is not a true white, more like a creamy beige. I know in the photos below, the color looks pretty much different in each one.

My sisters helped me paint and we thought we would have a horrendous time covering that orange but luckily, it was fairly painless. Well, painless as far as the coverage was concerned. I know I can attest to the fact that my body was not painless after 2 days of painting! (Hey LeAnn, how do you survive all the painting you do? I don't think I'd be able to walk after all that!) With both of my sisters helping and my mom over too, not to mention the deck being built for the pool, there were so many cars outside my house that weekend that one of my close friends called me, worried. He had seen all the cars and was hoping everything was alright!

Pulling the blue from the rug, I did have an extremely hard time finding blue accessories. Now if I was using turquoise, I would have been able to find items in abundance, but no, not me. I always have to be looking for the impossible.

After having this room orange and dark for so long, I have to admit that the lightness of it now, is a very pleasant change. I didn't want to add curtains at first because I wanted to soak up the daylight. I did decide to add just a valance for a little color but not a full curtain to block my glorious daylight. I was hoping for a more whimsical curtain, as well as pillows, however as I have said, the shade of blue I was looking for had very limited options.

The above photo shows the wall color pretty accurately.

I do need to tweak things here & there yet. The side wall desparately needs something besides that white edged mirror. I also would love to eliminate the monstrosity of an entertainment center, but this is something that will take some doing. (I did try just the middle piece alone without the side bookcases, but my husband kept saying, "Where will the bookcases go, not to mention all the things in them?" I, having no answer of course, knew I didn't have a leg to stand on.) So, I'll have to keep thinking about this and come up with a concrete plan in order to convince him. Keeping my fingers crossed on that one.

Here is the before:

And here is the after:

Since Debbie has encouraged me, I will be linking this up to Met Monday at Susan's fantastic blog, Between Naps on the Porch. So go on over and check out all the goodness there.

Oh yeah, if you haven't had a chance to sign up for my cottage giveaway and would like to do so, click on the picture in my sidebar.

I think this post has gotten way too long, sorry about that. Have a wonderful week ahead! The weather here is looking good. It's so nice to see the sunshine again and I hope it's shining all week for you as well.


Debbie said...

Gina you did an outstanding need to link this to some parties out there to show what you have done....go to my blog and you can see partays there are a lot. Do you know how to link up? All you do is right click your post that copies the link, go to the party and insert it in the http then you hit web and all your pictures will show, you then pick the one you want...under the name portion you can have anything you want.

Debbie said...

oh and make sure you add the party link to your post as a courtesy to the party host.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

So, your hubby is digging it now? it looks great, it is so fun to change up the house! Good job

Vintage Sassy said...

Well, it's about time girl! I have been waiting and waiting. I bet you are so glad the painting is done. I always have to take a couple Advil when I go to bed at night after a marathon paint job...LOL!

It looks great! I have been dealing with the same issue on window treatments and I have finally decided that I like just the roman shades because I like as much light as possible to come in so I think you made the right decision!

Great job Gina!



Debbie said...

Gina another great one going on now is DIY her link is up, she has an awesome blog and you should get a lot of looks:) So glad you did it....sorry if I am pushy, it is just you worked so hard and it looks so nice, why not shout it from the roof top!

Katie said...

Wow! I love this so much! And despite your "monstrosity" it looks like you have an arrangement that features the fireplace, but also allows for TV viewing - perfect!

Melonie said...

It looks fantastic GIna. I think LR's are the hardest rooms to decorate. I have worked on ours off and on for 8 years and I am just finally getting it to where I like it...most of the time. Yours is looking great! You should be really proud.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh wow! I adore it. What a wonderful metamorphosis.

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Oh I love the Nantucket white! it is the perfect color. Come paint my bedroom, lol.

JenCoen said...

Oh my goodness! It looks amazing! What a transformation! I love it! Love the colors!! Looks so great!!!

Douce France..... said...

This is very Nice!
Love the colors!
Great job!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Gina, what a lovely room re-do!! I love it love it love it! Bravo on a job well done! Now relax and take a much needed break in that gorgeous room!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

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