Why Not?

I've wanted a new sofa in our family room every since we moved into our new house two years ago.

Our sofa was chocolate brown velvet and though I still like it, I'm working on lightening things up a bit. I love the look, but I'm not interested in going strictly neutral. For our home I prefer a mix with warm  contrasts. For me it's less trendy.

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Image Via Splendid Sass

Sometimes it's hard to justify the expense of a new piece when there's really nothing wrong with what you already have.  However, strategic updates keep things fresh and from getting to that place where you stand and think...I just need to start all over...

My chocolate sofa...

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Sooooo, that being said, I have a wonderful husband who really delights in pleasing me. One day in late August, I found this on my desk...

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I had no idea what "Why Not" meant or what was in the envelope...

What a surprise...It was the cash to pay for my new sofa from Cobblestone and Vine.

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I was thrilled to say the least, and got on the phone immediately to Anderson to have him mark it SOLD. The craziest part of the story...I just had it delivered this week. Can you believe that?

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Other changes I've made have included moving some tables around from other parts of the house and recovering a chair and ottoman in a natural linen to replace the dark paisley chair and ottoman...I also changed out this lamp.

Before....

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After...

I also added the thick cushions to the wondow seats on either side of the fireplace.

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When I blog about being busy, I'm telling the truth. I just haven't had the time to deal with what to do with the other sofa, the delivery etc. Now that it's here...I'm so excited. Pillows are next...and I'm thinking of adding more color to the mantel arrangement for Spring. I'm not going to wait as long to finish up the details as I did to get the sofa delivered.

What do you think of the changes?

It's your turn.  Let's talk!

And if you have the time...click here to se our monthly post for At Home in Arkansas

French Country Charm...

It's hard to believe that we're just getting around to doing a complete post about our project that was featured in At Home in Arkansas this month.  We collaborated with Bill Parkinson of Parkinson Building Group and his wife  Jessica on their own new residence.  We thought you might enjoy details through out the process, and we needed the time to pull it all together...

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 Let's go back...way back to the construction phase...

From the very beginning we planned to incorporate special architectural features and planned for antique or unique lighting...

Starting with the dining room...

The candlestick sconces were purchased before the plans were even complete...the lantern was another great find from an antique shop in Dallas...

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Here's a shot right after move in...

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You can see we recovered the chairs flanking the sideboard with a sculptured blue velvet, added another linen skirted bench and interesting cane back chairs at the ends of the table.  We also changed out the art on the opposite side of the room that reflects in the mirror for an older oil landscape.  We added the hand painted crests and a beautiful warm rug.  The candelabras that remained on the dining table have been in the family for years.  They are really beautiful.  The other accessories were the finishing touch.  This is one of our favorite rooms in the house.  

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Between the dining and kitchen is a beautiful little butler pantry...

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We found these fabulous lanterns at Round Top for the groin vault ceiling in the gallery that connects the public and private living spaces...

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OK...maybe this is one of our favorite spots...We love the wonderful thick wood shelves at the end of the hallway...The stained concrete floors, wonderful French doors leading to the covered porch, beautiful iron railing,antique French chair and painting of our client's great grandfather.  

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Lot's of planning went into the kitchen on the front end...

These fabulous old found shutters became cabinet doors on either side of the plaster hood...

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We also found the old stone corbels, then...the hood was designed around them...

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The kitchen is really beautiful with the combination of gray weathered cabinets, stained wood, brick and stone...and the beams in the kitchen and family room are fabulous!

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The iron chandelier is an old piece that we found had re-wired and added natural beeswax candle sleeves.  

Maybe this is our favorite?

In the breakfast room we recovered and skirted in linen inherited wing backs for end chairs.  The side chairs were originally dark wood.  They were  painted and recovered.  The chandelier with the burlap shade is the icing on the cake.  It pairs beautifully with the old iron chandelier over the island.

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The kitchen and breakfast area are open to the family room...

Here's a before...right after they moved in.

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After...

This room is another mix of old and new...reupholstered and repainted.  

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The powder room is filled with unique features..The iron console sink base is an old piece from Europe. The old sconces were rewired and mounted to the shutters on either side of a window rather than hanging the traditional mirror above the sink.  An antique round mirror hangs on a side wall...

This is definitely in competition for the favorites.

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The Master bedroom is still a work in progress...Here is the Before...

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The bedside tables are actually an antique painted game table that we split in half and mounted to the wall.  They are now fitted with linen gathered skirts to hide the cords and give them a unique look.  We had neutral linen drapes installed and the direction of the entire room will eventually be much lighter...for now we removed the green and chocolate pillows and duvet at the end of the bed.  Painted mirrors replaced the old art and new lamps and accessories were added.

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It turned out so lovely they are going to take a break before going to the next phase.

The Master Bath...

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Another antique chandelier.

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Beautiful paint finish on the cabinets and old sconces rewired and mounted on the mirrors..

The covered porch needed a lot of attention.  The Parkinson's spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying the wonderful view...

Before...

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After...

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Custom made ottomans will add to their comfort...

We even had the coffee table made...

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We can never thank Diane Carroll editor of At Home in Arkansas, enough.  She works tirelessly to get the perfect shot and is a joy to work with.  If you haven't seen the magazine I hope that you willclick here to view the feature on their site.  We can't do it justice with our scans and the other pictures we took ourselves.

This was a true labor of love...we had fun leaving messages back and forth with Bill and Jessica about our new" favorite thing" as the project progressed.  Luckily we have the opportunity to work with Bill on other projects and have fun creating "favorite things" for their homes too.

What do you think?  Do you have a favorite thing?

It's your turn.  Let's talk.

It's Friday and it's Fabulous...Thanks to At Home in Arkansas Magazine

The November issue of At Home in Arkansas has been mailed.  Have you received yours yet?

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We recently teamed with Bill Parkinson, owner of Parkinson Building Group, to design and decorate his personal family residence.  We are thrilled to have this beautiful home featured in the November issue.

I apologize for my poor scans...just a couple of peaks today.  We'll do a full post next week with the entire feature as well as additional images Bill's  photographer took following the shoot.  We may even share a few before and afters...your gonna love this house.

A shot of the gallery with groined vault ceiling that connects the family and private areas of the house...

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A peak into the dining room...this is one of the Sister's favorites...

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A huge thanks to Diane Carroll for a fun day on the shoot and a fabulous feature.  Your the best!  And Nancy Nolan...we could work with you every day.

Check back next week..we've got gorgeous images and lots of details through out the house to share.  

Have a great weekend.

 It's your turn.  Let's talk!

New Uses For Your Old Armoire...DIY

Flat screen televisions have sent a lot of beautiful armoires to the garage or a spare bedroom as people opt for more modern pieces to either hide the TV or just mount it on the wall. 

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Why not re-purpose these pieces and use them in unconventional ways in other rooms in your home?

Sister recently did a complete overhaul on an armoire that had been in her daughters room since she was in high school.    She and Tara decided to use it for both storage and a changing table in the babies nursery.

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Wish we  had the before shot...it was a rough wood with solid doors. (Looked like it came from Mexico, ugh.)  Talena's husband cut the panels out and added the wire mesh grids.  Talena painted the cabinet inside and out...changed the hardware and added fabric panels behind the grill.

Also wish we had a picture of the unit open.  It has a shelf with  pad for changing diapers and a cute mirror hanging above it.  Baskets on lowers shelves organize everything that is needed to keep baby happy.

Just to give you a sense of how lovely it fits into the nursery now...

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More ideas for old armoires...

A lovely bar?.....

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How about removing or changing doors out and incorporating  into the bath for a unique cabinet?

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Great for Sewing or Crafting Storage...

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Great for extra linens...

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Great for home ofice space...

Love how creative someone got with the wallpaper inside this old piece...This would be darling with the adition of hooks and possibly a partition and use as a locker in the back hall or laundry area.

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On a large blank wall in a dining space...fill it with dishes and serving pieces...

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The ideas are endless...  I would love a beautiful armoire similar to this one near the front entrance for Guests coats and scarves...

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Hopefully this inspires you to look at  something you may have become tired of in a unique way.  What inspiration will you share?

It's your turn.  Let's talk!

Images from our files, House Beautiful and Pinterest.