Monday, March 10, 2014

Radiant Orchid Living Room Reveal (sans pillows)

This past weekend, I realized more than ever that I suffer from sewing-project-aphobia. Yes, a new word in my vocabulary. 

I do not think it is a phobia for ALL textiles, because I did manage to use some wide satin ribbon to complete the spring mantel.

However, I have purchased two cute fabrics, with which I intended to sew a few simple pillows to complete my spring living room make-over. 

It did not help that I broke my Dollar Tree scissors while attempting to cut a canvas board that almost fit a newly-painted white frame...

If you cannot cut the fabric, you are basically at a standstill.

I can show you a new gallery wall behind the cute-pillowless sofa...

In this wall, I use an ancient ironstone platter, white Italian frames in the French style, some faux-aged mirrors in which I improved my technique, and some sconces I purchased at 80 percent off at Hobby Lobby years ago. 

This is a symmetrical gallery wall. My mantel is symmetrical as well. Sometimes things just turn out that way. 

Across from the mantel is the free white storage bench I got last fall. Above it is a collection of art - the larger piece is one of mine, done for this room recently. 

The smaller still life with a bird nest is an oil painted years ago by an anonymous church member. No one claimed it, so when it was offered to me, I took it and others, some of which will be painted over and others I will keep as is. 

The purple iris painting is one I found at a thrift store years ago for .57c. It was painted on canvas board. I had to trim it to fit this frame. The small oval impressionist landscape is also one I did to complete the vignette. 

EVERYTHING (except the toile pillow) in this photo was purchased at a thrift store or garage sale, painted white or with chalkboard paint. 

Even the floral stems were purchased at a thrift store. They're the really good ones that cost big bucks at Hobby Lobby. I paid .50c each for 9 of them.

To the left of the storage bench is the desk-table I rescued from curbside garbage decades ago. 

The French chair was a $5 find at a thrift store. It is painted in ASCP French Linen - cushion and all. 

On the table/desk is another painting, done by me for this room redo, on one of the free canvases from church. 

There is a small piece of art glass I have had for decades, a piece of handmade pottery (thrifted), some framed photos of my children, a topiary from a recent thrift store trip, and a lamp I painted to look like an old weathered baluster. 

The lamp shade is a Walmart find from  a couple of years back. I plan to make some new shades for my spring-summer decor, and retire the gray ones until fall. (Hand sewing is not as fearful for me, for some reason.)

To the right side of the storage bench is the primitive chest.

I plan to switch out this lamp until fall as well. I recently painted the faux metal French-style frame, which may get some antiquing wax at some point. Except for the small piece of art glass and the greenery, everything in this vignette is from a thrift store or garage sale (even the candle.)

I have redone the shelving vignettes, removing the metal objects. They are styled in a variety of vintage whites. 

The vintage trunk coffee table has a piece of vintage crocheted lace on it, an American art pottery bowl with crystals, amethyst, and odds and ends inside. There is a larger piece of art glass, purchased from the artist decades ago. 

Last but not least, the wall between the front window and the front door, which I showed you before. More of my own artwork mixed with vintage things are used here.

I have had fun with this room, adding in the radiant violet and other shades of violet here and there for a lighter springtime look! 

It should work until summer, until I am ready for something different, maybe a switch back to all neutrals and adding in my industrial things again. 

Word for the Day:
Job 29:23
They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.

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Crystelle said...

What a gorgeous room... I bet you love going in there and spending time... I especially love the bench!!! Swoon....
Great party! I see lots of things that are inspiring me.....
Happy St. Patties!! :)
x Crystelle
Crystelle Boutique

Stevie Hanna said...

I like the whites with the pale pinks ...very pretty

Clara from Redeemed Junk said...

If I buy you a plane ticket will you come do this to my house? I love it! You have a great eye.

farmhouse-story said...

love your changes, revi:) great chippy desk and the old platter has so much patina-love it!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Beautiful room and I love the touch of the orchid color. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

the room is so welcoming and relaxing. Great accent color for a little punch here and there!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I like how you changed things up with pops of color, and that you've picked up most of your treasures at the thrift shop is pretty amazing. It just goes to show that you don't have to spend a lot of money to make seasonal changes in your home!

Ricki Treleaven said...

Hey, Sweetie!

I love what you've done with the radiant orchid accents. It can be such a strong color, and you have just the right amount of it. Your living room looks fantastic!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Your room is so pretty and I love the pops of color! I also love that it is a thrifted room that looks priceless!

Anonymous said...

Such a lovely job you have done decorating! I love that you have created such a high quality look on a low budget and I am crazy in love with your frames!

Gigi @ Old World Patina

Locksley Lane said...

Love the pops of pink!! All of it is just beautiful.

Thanks for sharing.

Locksley Lane

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Lovely post - like all the changes you made for Spring.
I am a new follower and looking forward to seeing your new posts.
Have a terrific week.

Kim said...

The pop of orchid makes the room just grand. I love how the grey and the orchid play off of each other so well. I also noticed the couch looks recovered? How did I miss that post???? It looks great.

Kim said...

wait did you paint the couch? I think I might have forgotten that.

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

I like the radiant orchid!
It looks so lovely...peeking out everywhere. Grown up and fun!

Heather {Woods of Bell Trees} said...

Your living room is lovely, I like all of the details!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Revi, you do the most amazing gallery walls. Love how you pull them together! Touches of your own artwork thrown in amongst them is pure genius! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Debra@CommonGround said...

beautiful, love those gorgeous pops of orchid!

Donna said...

I just love your living room, Revi! That bench is gorgeous, I can't believe it was free! I also really love all of your beautiful artwork, pretty frames and mirrors, and all of your other wonderful accessories! It all looks so effortlessly pulled together!!

Tarnished Royalty said...

All I can say is, YUM!