Living room inspiration...


With our impending move back to the old house I own in the Carolinas, I've been doing a lot of thinking about decorating. The one room that is closest to being formulated in my mind is the living room. The living room is about 20 x 20, so it's a lovely large room. There is a lovely fireplace with a window flanking either side on one wall; opposite that is one long, uninterrupted wall. The other two walls consist of a large picture window with two smaller windows on either side and the front door tucked down at the end; on the opposite wall is a doorway leading to the hall and next to that is a set of french doors that lead into the dining room. I'm afraid I don't have any digital photos (only prints), so I'm hoping you'll be able to visualize for now.
Because I've lived in the house before and knew I would be moving back someday, I've had a chance to play off-and-on with various decorating ideas in my mind. We've decided to start from scratch on the furniture, so I have an opportunity to really redo the entire room. I've gone through various color palettes and styles, but I think I've finally hit on what I want to do, and that's basically what you see in the photograph above. My color scheme will be pink and white, with a few brighter touches here and there, and plenty of pattern. I'm planning on a comfortable couch and love seat that are relatively plain like in the photo, in a nice off-white/linen (this is one of those times the no-kids thing comes in handy). They'll provide a lovely blank canvas.


I'll use pillows to punch up the color and add a little pattern, like those in the photos above. I already have a coffee table just like the one you see in the top photo ~ it was an old kitchen table I had cut down and repainted. I used it in the room when I lived there before and because the room is so big and square, having a good-sized round table to gather around is perfect. So that's one piece of furniture off the list. I'll pick up a chair to go next to the fireplace in a pretty pattern or color and there will be some other pieces of furniture in the room as well (a writing table tucked in a corner, an armoire of some sort, etc.), but the seating will provide the structure.
I've also been collecting art over the last several years in anticipation of this move. I have been particularly drawn to Janet Hill's work, which you can see here. She has an amazing collection of feminine women portraits and I purchased a number of those prints and framed them all to match. I also picked up a couple of other pieces of woman-centric art and framed those to coordinate so they could all hang together. They are all going to hang on my long, uninterrupted wall ~ the wall of women, as I call it in my head. I'm going to wallpaper that wall in a pattern I've designed and I'll make drapes out of the same pattern, which you can see directly below:


The pattern is called Pink Medley and actually comes in a variety of colors in my shop, The Pink Home. (Just fabrics for now ~ I'm still working on the wallpaper.) I just finished the pink version, with this room in mind. The pink is feminine without being too girly, thanks to the slight peach undertone, and the intricate pattern balances out the playful flowers.
To balance that great pink wall (a.k.a. the wall of women), above the fireplace will hang a huge fine art photograph, which you can view here, with glorious pink flowers and a peachy sky. The drapes will also carry the Pink Medley pattern throughout the room. The other walls will be painted an off-white to match the white flowers in the wallpaper and the drapes, and I have a few other pieces of art that will likely be making an appearance.
I still need to settle on an area rug (the room has hardwood flooring) and I'm sure there will be a few changes once I actually get the project under way, but I know I'm headed in the right direction because every time I picture the room in my head, it brings a smile to face. A pink and white living room ~ doesn't that sound like bliss?

I am linking to Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound.

Photo credits: 1, 2; Design (third photo) by The Pink Home

Comments

  1. SQUEALS!!!

    I'm so excited!! I can't wait until we move (I mean-you move) and we get to see all of this come to life!

    I love that fabric and am anxious to see it as drapes and wall paper!!!

    Wheeeee!!!!
    It's going to be SO great!

    ((Hugs))
    Laura

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  2. It sounds like it will be lovely! I love the first inspiration photo...very refreshing.

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  3. What beautiful plans! I love a white room with pops of color! Happy Pink Saturday!

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  4. I know moving back to your other home and then getting it all decorated will be such bliss. It will all be beautiful and I will be watching for your posts about it.
    I love white and creams, because it is such a marvelous backdrop to any other colors...love the cases on the pillows!
    Have fun and happy moving!
    HPS!
    ♥ Jil

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous.
    Had to smile when I read Laura's comment. Too cute.
    HPS!

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  6. So pretty!

    Come and see my PINK, you can also link with my Color Connection meme. Happy Pink Saturday.

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  7. Gorgeous ideas, can't wait to see it completely decorated. Happy Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

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  8. Your new room/home sounds delightful, Eileen! Sounds like it will be flooded with light, how lovely!
    I love the design in your photo and the pinkish wallpaper is so very pretty too. Happy Pinks and enjoy the weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  9. Eileen, I am looking forward to more pictures...those pillows with their crochet edges are gorgeous...love this idea.

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  10. I love those pillowcases! How lovely to have a blank pallet to work with. Enjoy and keep us all informed.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  11. It's going to be beautiful! I love the color combo on the throw pillows... I could do that!!

    thanks for sharing the beauty and inspriation!

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  12. Sounds wonderful and the colors are beautiful. Happy Pink Saturday to you... Dru

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  13. I visited my SIL in N. Carolina three years ago and what a beautiful place it is! Best of luck with your move! I love the pillows on the couch in the first photo. I have a bit of a pillow fetish, and I love polka-dots. Visiting from Pink Saturday. Now a new follower.

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  14. Lovely pink!

    My PINK is inviting you to come and see. Have a nice weekend!

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  15. It will be lovely.
    Happiest Pink Saturday.
    xo bj

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  16. I love your redecorating ideas. I am working on my living room this week and will post pics next week. Mine is cream and robin's egg blue. Can't wait to see yours! Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

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  17. It'll be beautiful! I have white linen on a sofa and love seat in my living room, but stuck with blues in different patterns for pillows and side chairs. Art on the wall brings in other colors.

    I feared the white would be spilled on right away...but not one person has dumped their red wine or coffee on anything in there and it's been 5 years!

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  18. Oh! Your ideas for your home sound so beautiful! I hope you'll post pictures as it comes together!

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

    Mrs. Sarah Coller

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  19. Greetings,

    Happy Pink Saturday! I love your ideas for your home. I'm your newest follower. Hope you will visit Magnolia Cottage.

    Lisa

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  20. That stack of pillows floored me! Sounds like you will have lots more beautiful stuff to show us soon!

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  21. Re decorating is so fun!! I'm sure it will look amazing when your done! That art piece is beautiful, I checked it out.
    Can't wait to see the finished room!
    HPS!
    xxDaniella

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  22. I'm so excited for you and if this photo is any indication of the finished home, it's going to be gorgeous.
    Sam

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