Come On, Get Happy

When Jenna first contacted me through text message a little over a year ago, she wanted to know if I could make some baby bedding for her third child who was due in a few months.  Moments later she texted that I should probably just design the whole nursery.  And while I was at it…maybe I should do her daughter and son’s room as well. 

Then when I showed up at her house for the initial consultation on the children’s rooms, she told me that she and her husband Mark had discussed it and they’d like me to decorate pretty much the whole house.

She especially wanted a big change in her living area as she was tired of all the brown.  Her main request:

Make it happy.

We had a lot to work with–a spacious room with a fireplace, natural wood beams, and ample lighting.  Here are some before photos:

We decided that the color palette of the new design would be navy, aqua, spring green, coral, and yellow–the colors in the frames that her friend Val of Ruby and Lucy Frames had custom made for her.

We also determined that the cramped breakfast area off the kitchen just wasn’t going to cut it anymore for a family of five.  With a different furniture arrangement, there would be plenty of room for a large dining table and chairs in front of the fireplace.  

And speaking of that fireplace…to lighten it up and contrast with the walls and ceiling which we painted Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl, a good whitewashing was in order. 

One of Jenna’s favorite colors is yellow. I had a remnant in my fabric stash that was the perfect shade of yellow and just enough to cover the seat of an old chair she had in storage. I first painted the chair in Annie Sloan’s Old White. The new yellow fabric helped pull out the yellow in the new rug from Overstock. 

We selected two new swivel rockers for the living area that are incredibly comfortable and had them covered in a taupe-gray linen fabric.  I found a round table to go between them and painted it in a fun coral color.  A lamp with a navy striped shade adds a little touch of the unexpected.

With the fresh new wall color, the built-in and the frames looked even better.

This is my favorite frame in her collection.  I added an ironstone plate below.

It’s hard not feel happy in this room now.  

The dining area turned out even better than we expected.  We chose a dark trestle table and paired it with cream-colored chairs. Striped Parson’s chairs in a beachy striped fabric add comfort and a casual touch.

For the mantle, I layered old frames, a Victorian floor grate, and some tin-can vases from Hobby Lobby filled with faux green hydrangeas.

Shortly after the living and new dining areas were completed, I received another text from Jenna telling me she was surprised how life-changing it had been to have her home transformed. 

Now that makes ME happy.  
















14 thoughts on “Come On, Get Happy

  1. This is a very happy room! The frames definitely were a good inspiration. Jenna’s old chair is sweet, all dressed up in her new fabric. The new rug anchors the room, and all the new colors and fabrics make it a true family room. I remember back in the ’60’s and 70’s, many homes had a “formal living room”. I knew one lady who didn’t allow anyone in her living room and could tell when the kids tried to sneak around the edges of the carpet to sit in there. Love what you have done in Jenna’s home!

    1. Thank you for your nice comment, Donna! I grew up with the “formal living room” as well. It was where we sat with our dates mostly. Lol. Times have changed, huh. This particular house from this blog post was renovated a few years ago. There used to be a wall between the living area and what is now the dining area. The kitchen was totally redone as well.

    1. It really is a very family friendly room now. Making part of the living area into a much needed family dining room really changed the whole dynamic of the house. Thanks for your comment, Marlene!

    1. It was quite the transformation! I love the chairs too. We wanted something casual for everyday family meals but dressy too for company. Perfect compromise! Thanks for your comment, Stacey!

  2. I just hopped over from Stacey’s blog, and I’m loving your new blog so much I added you to the blogroll on my site so I can keep up! What a great transformation in this room, how nice to also make such a positive change on the homeowner’s life!

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