We were recently asked to help update a traditional living room. One of the first things we try to assess is how we can work in furniture and decor already available in the home. We basically shop every room of the house and pull together pieces that would work in another space. At times we need to add new pieces for cohesion, but we try to use what is available to save both time and money for the client. It was our pleasure to help update this beautiful home. As you can see the unique, antique furniture is amazing and the home itself has great “bones”. This was a special project for me, since it belongs to my mom and dad. 🙂
My mom has been wanting to update some decor for a while, and with an upcoming party the timing seemed perfect. As they were getting ready to leave for San Francisco to visit my siblings, Jaclyn and I were left to the task; my dads credit card in hand (Whoooo!!!).
Before my mom left I sent her a few ideas from this Pinterest board. I wanted to give her an idea of what I had in mind for her color scheme, room layout and wall art. Below is a screen shot of her favorite color scheme option. This gave us a feel for her decorating taste and look she would naturally gravitate toward were she here making the decisions with us.
Amber Interiors , a local Southern California Designer, has an amazing website and their taste, in my book, is impeccable! We loved the simple, clean feel of their restyled living room and the built-in shelves were reminiscent of my parents shelves.
Before and After Shots
Here are a few of shots of my parents house before the update. I apologize for the lighting in some of the before pictures, Jaclyn is our photographer and my job usually consists of holding a giant, light reflecting disc so that Jaclyn can get a nice shot. But Jacs wasn’t available to take the pictures, so you got “B Squad” pictures – sorry guys.
Here is a shot of the classic built-in shelves and fireplace.
My sister will be taking the piano eventually but for now it needed to remain in this spot along the wall.
The bookshelf needed to be moved in order to create better flow in the entry area.
These pink and green stripped wingback chairs have classic lines, but badly needed to be recovered and revamped due to years of wear. Our one week deadline didn’t allow that step, so we moved the chairs to an upstairs bedroom until we find the right fabric to give them a second life. Also, the high back of the chairs blocked the windows when turned toward the sofa, so we opted for some low back chairs that would allow more light.
This buffet is too large to be placed in between the windows, but a quality piece of furniture that is useful in this space for storage. We decided to refinish it in white and replace the hardware for an updated entry piece.
The fireplace, built-in shelves, and molding in this room are such a great feature. Jacs restyled all their shelves and that alone made a huge difference.
One of our main goals, find some art to add texture and visual interest to this large wall.
As I said before, “good bones” in this house, paired with great quality, antique pieces, made this job an easy update.