One of the things I love about designing my own interiors is that it is ever evolving. My last update was my winter look, were I focused the room around this glorious navy rug with accents of gold and silver. This is a look that would work all year round, but a few months ago I did get a craving for a pop of color. The color of choice? Coral! Of course the coral would need to integrate with my navy and metallic tones as I wanted my change to be a breath of fresh air rather than a full overhaul. The easiest way to do this is with pillows and decorative objects, so I was off on the hunt for little bits of inspiration that would give my room that summery vibe. At the end of the post I will source all of my items for you but note that for this round we decided to print some of our own fabrics at Spoonflower for this room. You can find the tutorial on how to make these pillows in this video. Though the small updates would definitely do the trick, I had another three DIY projects up my sleeve for this summer refresh. The first one was the simple DIY fireplace cover made from disks of birch wood to look like a full stack. I had seen different versions of this idea, great for a summer fireplace cover or a way to decorate a non-working fireplace. We decided to make our own and will share the full step-by-step tutorial with you in the coming week. The second DIY project is a framed artwork television cover that will allow me to change the canvas seasonally. Brilliant for someone like me who likes to change it up a few times a year! We have this tutorial for you as well, so stay tuned. The final DIY project was to make myself a funky industrial light fixture that would look similar to the DIY dining room chandelier. Knowing I wanted to start adding a bit of copper into my room, I started with this light fixture. Once all of my bits and pieces were in place, the final touch was the greenery. For this I called on an expert and popped over to Artemisia for Amy to do her magic. We chose a combination of succulents, air plants and shade-loving greens to create a summer “Tropics in Portland” look. A gorgeous room to keep things fresh until it is time to begin decorating for the fall and winter holidays. Take a tour with the photos below and see all of the sources at the end of the post. Enjoy! ~ Lia
Here is a list of sources for all of the items in my living room:
Rug: Quatrefoil Wool Rug from Wayfair
Soft Furniture Pieces: Linen Sofa from Craigslist || Chair and a Half from a yard sale and I slip covered a few years ago || Essex Ottoman from West Elm and I recovered in the gray || Poof from Target recovered in faux fur || Small Grey Chair from Wayfair ||
Tables and Lamps: Grey Desk from second hand store that I painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint || Nesting Tables from antique store that I painted || Silver Ball Lamps from Craigslist || Floor Lamp from West Elm || Butler Stand and Silver Lacquer Tray from West Elm || Raffia Tray on ottoman from West Elm
Pillows: Coral Dot and Coral & Navy Bunny Pillow fabric from Spoonflower and video tutorial here || Linen & Gold Scallop and LOVE pillows are DIY Iron-on || Trellis Pillow from Wayfair || Coral Wool Pillow from West Elm
Accessories: , White Hanging Tree Branch, Art Over Fireplace, Paper Ivy Topiaries, Wood Panel Art, are all DIY projects || Animal Doll Candles, Gold Star Sculpture, Silver Fox, Coral Knit Throw are from West Elm || White Polkadot Vases from Target || White Horse Sculpture from Homegoods
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I love the rug! What size did you buy?
I love it, too! It’s the 8×10 size.
Lia, I’m a new viewer of your blog, and am so impressed with your exquisite taste in everything you present. Your living room/dining room is just gorgeous, and one that I could gladly move right into! I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of your home tour and all your lovely creations, just wanted to say thanks for all the projects you share.
Thank you so much for your sweet comment, it put a huge smile on my face:-) Please pop by for a cup of tea if you are ever in town.
Lia – how beautiful! I always love seeing how you redecorate your house for the season. May I ask where the curtains where from?
Those are DIY curtains. I have a tutorial (and an upcoming video) on how to make tab back curtains. They are simple and look professional.
First thing I noticed as the photo came up was your light fixture. Awesome girl, love the simplicity. I sat here, perused all little things first then big things. Am always so impressed with your talents, your room while being very tidy and open is very warm and “come on in feeling”, love art covering tv above fireplace. Perfectly simple and so perfectly executed, makes me want to make one like yours. Maybe little smaller but similar. Makes me wish I was as tidy are you are. Can’t have it all can we? lol.
Have been bored with things as were done last summer so making some small changes of my own. I seem to need projects to keep me going, get tired of things too often.
Hubs says he’s surprised have been content not to change him out. Well maybe, not really, 46 1/2 yrs. has made me quite content altho at times could strangle him. We spend lots of time with each other and I get antsy to go do, whatever that may be.
Have great weekend
I am sure he wont mind if you change things up a bit. Isn’t it true that if you are happy he is happy. Haha. I think it is good for us to keep making and creating. 😉
It is a copper fixture so when the light came on it looked a bit pink.
Thanks for taking the time to answer – and I have to agree with Deborah. Its nice not to have TV as the focus.
How wonderful to see a sitting room where a television is not the focus of all the seating! Your fresh and comfortable room is designed to encourage friendship and conversation – beautiful.
You are so sweet, that is exactly what I was hoping for – encouraging friendship and conversation. You should pop by if you are in town:-)
Lia, everything you touch becomes beautiful and elegant or sweet and cute. I loved the pillow video. You made it look so easy – no, you convinced me that it IS easy!
Good, it is actually easy;-)
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