Friday, July 30, 2010

Romantic Living Room Update

Recently I had the pleasure of updating
 a living room for a client.
 She loves the glamorous, romantic, french style.
This before  picture was taken after the painters 
had finished, so the cornices were still down.
What a difference adding to her window treatment made.
The existing cornice boards were already upholstered to match

 the chair and sofa in the living room. I added long silk panels with fringe.
Her walls were originally linen white, now a beautiful pinky beige.

Take a look at the finished room:
I specified a paint change to BM Bradstreet Beige

 and the ceiling in BM Sunset Pink.
There was a lot of pattern with the Aubusson style floral carpet 
and the floral pattern was everywhere you looked.
I wanted to soften that overload of pattern.
 I toned it down with solid silk panels in a melon pink

 with lush fringe in a beige and pink combination.
 I applied a pink and beige brush fringe
 to the top of the lambrequins (cornices with sides).
Each panel was held back by a burnished gold medallion.
Her furniture is in a whitewash oak which
 comes across as a peachy pink. 
The room has layers of beigey pinks
 that are quite elegant and romantic.
A favorite painting won at an auction in Paris 
now holds center stage over the mantel.
 It used to be on a side wall.
 I replaced a contemporary oversized painting
 that was too bold for the room.
A tole candelabra in aged green
 is the centerpiece on her marble coffee table.
The color of the silk drapes is repeated in the coffee table.

Small changes in paint colors and beefing up top treatments
 can give any room the face lift it needs to stay current!


  1. This room looks absolutely gorgeous!! You did a fantastic job on updating her room!

    Have a great weekend!


  2. Such a stunningly beautiful room. Very femenine. I love all the pretty silk and the lovely patterns in the fabrics. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

  3. This is a lovely room with all of your updating! I love it!


  4. Nicely done! I like the neutralness but the details draw you in and make you appreciate the femininity.

  5. I absolutely love every inch of this room!! It's just gorgeous!!! I'm so glad we found each others blog and I'm so happy to follow yours! It's truly amazing! I'm off to explore more of it! Hugs for a happy weekend!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

  6. What a difference window treatments make, unbelievable, they're beautiful!

  7. Amy, I'm so glad you liked my was such a fun project! :) I SO enjoy taking something no one else wants and turning it into such a treasure! I have so many posts like's just plain fun! I'll be posting what I did with an old clock I got from a yard sale turned out fun too!
    I love the room you helped with in your post. It is nice and warm with all the pinky beige tones..much better. :) You did a great nice to be able to help people make their homes beautiful. :)
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  8. The room is absolutely stunning!Great job updating the room! :o)

  9. ♥♥♥ I am in love with this room! ♥♥♥ What a spectacular job you have done! Love your ideas, I have become a follower and put you on my "favorite blog" list! I hope you will try to join my blog again, I have no idea what went wrong, I hope it is working now!

  10. Beautiful. I love all the painted furniture and the lovely rug. You did a great job.

  11. What a lovely room I could move right in. Love the pinkish ceiling. Sometimes a color on the ceiling really smartens up the room. I also like to use semi gloss because the ceiling then reflects all the light in the room specially in a diningroom.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  12. This room is just stunning. What a difference the drapery makes. I love the soft color and the rich fabrics. It is rich, yet inviting too.

  13. I love the ceiling color - so soft!

  14. Wow...STUNNING transformation. Great color choices. I love, love, love the silk panels with fringe...huge improvement over just the cornices. You are so right that the panels toned down all the floral going on in the room. You have been a busy girl.

  15. Hello...

    Ohhh my...what a fabulous living room! You did a magnificent job with the decor, my friend! What a stunning transformation...I adore it!!! Thank you for sharing your creativity and talents with us!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  16. So lovely! Very sophisticated yet so cozy & inviting makes you want to sit down with a good book and cup of tea. Beautiful work, Amy.


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