Before the holiday decoratorions take over I wanted to share a few updates in our living room. Some of you asked to see more after the sneak peak from the Texas Live Magazine shoot. This is how it looked back in 2005 for the Better Homes & Garden feature.
I loved it like this but it was time for change, over the years most things have gone other places. The final big change was the beloved black rug leaving recently. It was time but I did love that rug. The sofa is still the same, just new slipcover. And that needs an update as well. I don’t know if I can let go of the white slipcover look, in a smaller house it just looks so good but with boys it may be inevitable to go darker. For now its the same, the gobs of pillows hide the stains! But yes they are usually in the floor!
I’ve actually already changed pillows some and that apothecary lamp is from college..finally got a new bronze one when the RL lamps invaded Marshalls!
Doing the gallery wall over the sofa took a long time to actually commit to…i love gallery walls but i have one in my bedroom and up the stairs…its a lot of stuff. But I love it.
I added this mirror after Round Top in the spring..there is a great dealer with these french mirrors near Excess! It was a splurge for me but its what this area has needed for a long time.
I replaced the rod and toile drapes as well. This print is a vintage polished cotton (no not linen..ha!) french toile, I found it at a great price, it was probably printed in the 70s. I replaced the wood painted rod finally too with this metal rod. I like it so much better. The first toile drapes I made myself in my 20s…I was ready for properly pleated drapes but I wouln’t give up the idea of red toile.
The original blue prints from our house give so much color. I am glad I finally framed them, they are dated 1941 and are just really interesting. The piece of vintage fabric (actually a commemorative toile type print of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation!) is something my husband found on ebay for me. The Union Jack is framed in a inexpensive IKEA frame…..its from a bunting we bought at an antique market on a trip to London years ago..its old and dirty and I love it. There are a couple of reproduction lithographs and an antique one or two also from a trip to England. And of course a silhouette of my oldest. I have Henry’s silhouette somewhere else. I know I should probably hang them together but I have various versions so I am okay with just one here… I love the graphic punch it gives.
And a closeup of the table between the wing chairs. I love these shell boxes and old silver ones too. This table is usually covered in legos or army men.
More pillow details here..this is an old Christmas photo actually. I love the betwixt pillows mixed with the grainsack, ticking and toile.
Some of these photos are by me but clear shots are from Natalie Lacy Lange…she is amazing.