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Living Room Updates at Eleven Gables

Happy Friday!!

Remember last January when I talked HERE about redoing our fireplace?  Well, my sweet better half put me on a little remodel freeze for the year 2015, but guess what?  It's 2016, baby!!!!!

Let me remind you of the before:

That sofa.... was a mistake.  It had the shape I loved, but was the most uncomfortable sofa ever.  
I sold in on Craigslist.
The needlepoint rug.... first purchase I made for our home.  Ultimately, I wanted to go a different direction so I sold it as well.  I kind of wish I would have saved it for my bedroom, but wishes and buts.....

This painting... oi!  I purchased it from a bank closing for the frame only.  I never intended on letting that painting hang there so long.  Priorities, right?  So I purchased a new canvas and painted this little  tone on tone scene over a couple of days...

The gold frame is still a little brassy, but I'm going to wait and see what it looks like when the fireplace is redone before I tone it down.

I found this magnificent mirror that is really perfect for over the fireplace, 

but my dining room needed it more!

The mirror just ties the whole room together with the lacquered chest and brass table.

The needlepoint rug has been replaced with seagrass, and my grandmother's french sofa has been redone and is on loan from my bedroom until the sofa I ordered gets here. 

So, here is the plan for the updated living room:

new rug

new painting over the mantle

new sofa

change out marble surround (details coming next!!!)

paint all woodwork in living, dining, entry, powder bath

What the living room looks like today (because every day it is changing):

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  1. Emily,
    I know you'll love having the stained woodwork painted. It'll look fabulous and worth the wait.
    Have you thought of using buff and rub for the gold frame? A little goes a long way and it could help tone down the brightness. But, I'd wait till everything's painted like you said. I've used two different colors before on a gold frame.
    It's good to know I'm not the only one that buys items and then regrets the purchase. Thank goodness for buyers on Craigslist.
    Looking forward to following along and seeing what you've got in store for the makeover.
    Have you ever thought of painting your lights in the ceiling a lighter color? My mom recently did this in her great room and all the sudden they just blend in. (You didn't ask for that advice, just curious)

    Have a great weekend!

    Betsy Gordon
    West of the Square designs

    1. You are my spirit animal... I have every color of Rub 'n Buff ready to go! Yes on the lights!!! I have slowly been switching them out to the LED flush lights in white. They aren't cheap little suckers!! My marble is so gorgeous... I can't wait to get it installed!!! Thanks for following along!! xoxoxoxo

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  3. Love the changes already. And, you are quite a talented painter!!

    1. Thank you so much! You are just the sweetest!! xox

  4. Oh wow, such fabulous changes in store. Can't wait to see it all done.

  5. Looking forward to following along on this transformation Emily! I know it will be gorgeous!

  6. You painted that!?!?! Thats amazing and I can't wait to see the after

  7. That little tone-on-tone art you painted is pretty darn incredible, Miss Emily! So talented! Can't wait to see how you transform this room.

    Warm hugs,

  8. You're so talented! Are you just painting the woodwork, or have you thought about painting up to the ceiling to make the fireplace feel even more grand? Such good bones to start with and I can't wait to see the final results!

    1. Hi Gwen! The woodwork first, then a shade darker for the walls... I'd love to just tear out the whole thing and put a gorgeous concrete fireplace and trumeau, but it isn't in the budget. Thank you for your thoughts... I'll take any advice YOU have! xox

  9. Amei a decoração. Lindas pinturas.
    Tenha um ótimo dia.

  10. Oh my gosh where did you find that mirror? You better not say craigslist... I've been keeping an eye out for one like that!

    1. Girl... that mirror was a headache... found it at an antique shop and watched it for months before biting the bullet and purchasing.

  11. Emily what a truly beautiful room. I cannot get over that you painted that lovely scene yourself!

    As a fellow spring tour participant I wanted to invite you to our linky party, Thoughts of Home on Thursday. I would love for you to share your spring tour and even this wonderful post. We offer a chance at a giveaway every week for each participant who links up. This week is a subscription to Southern Living. I hope you join in on our gathering.

    Happy Easter to you and yours!

    1. Thank you so much, Laura!! I would love to link up!! xox


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