Is it seriously May already?? What happened to April? I can tell you that we have had the absolute BEST weather that I can every remember in my 29 (ish) years of spring-doms. Unbelievably warm and sunny days have resounded. It has been so thrilling to soak in the sun that I am actually glad we skipped our March spring break vacation this year – I didn’t need it with so much Vitamin D available already!
All this good weather has made the soon-arrival of summer that much more real. And I have loved changing up our winter living room décor for a brighter fresher look.
If you are a regular reader you have already seen the “new” old upcycled pieces that we have been adding to the living room. First it was the little Yellow Chalk Painted Side Table and Upcycled Thrifted Lamp.
Then came the Two Buck table that I texture painted and added a rope edge detail to.
We also switched up the gallery wall above the couch and added a couple of freshened up Vintage Oil Paintings to the wall. We moved the mirror that had hung above the couch previously and hung it vertically on one side of the couch behind the yellow table. This made room for the large beautiful oil painting that was created by our Brother-in-law. Isn’t he an absolutely amazingly talented artist?? I love this picture of his in particular and was beyond thrilled to hang it in our living room.
The biggest change (so far) has been the couch switcheroo. If you have ever taken our House Tour you may remember that the winter living room had our dark brown leather couch… I have been wanting to switch it out for our white microfiber couch (from the basement family room) for a while but my husband was against it (something to do with our 80 lb black lab that insists upon sleeping ON our furniture). But I rigged up an elaborate system that prevents her from getting up on the couch at night… so the microfiber won out!! Yay! The leather is now in the basement… and the living room feels much fresher and brighter.
If you haven’t seen the old house tour, here is what the winter living room looked like:
The coffee table we have had for over a year – it was an old 1980s glossy oak special I bought off Kijiji and then painted with Benjamin Moore’s Aegean Teal. I actually color matched it to the old broken chunk of oar that you see hanging above the oil painting – that oar “came” with our boat as an emergency oar in case our boat engine failed… luckily it split in half on land and not when we were stuck out in the middle of the lake. Broken but a great colour… might as well hang it on the wall!
I also made some new simple envelope pillows that I will do a tutorial on very soon. They are such a quick and easy way to totally change up your décor for the season.
All in all I am feeling things are much brighter and lighter…more summer lake cottage. Just what we wanted… and ready in time for summer. Now it is just about time to start working outside… but I’ll show you one more big change in the living room next week!
What changes have you made in your home this spring? Do you change the look of your living room with the seasons?
I linked this up with the Spring Pinterest Challenge at Young House Love, Bower Power, Sparkle Meets Pop, and Red Bird Blue. The original pin that inspired me to freshen up my living room was Rita’s makeover at Suburbs Mama…. her living room looks so fresh and crisp and beautiful! I knew mine needed a little touch of that. Thanks for the inspiration Rita!
Thanks for reading. And remember, my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey.
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