Creating a New Look with No Cost Decorating

Good morning, dear readers! I hope that you are enjoying your week and pleasant spring weather. We have had lots of rain this week, but I know that these April showers will bring May flowers. Looking ahead at May, it will be quite a busy month. My youngest son, Reid, will be celebrating his 12th birthday on the fourth, and our middle child, Caroline, will be graduating from high school at the end of the month. I am so anxious to host family and friends for these celebrations. We are scurrying to finish some outdoor plans, and I can’t wait to share them with you. We are building a flagstone patio and have a few landscaping projects in the making.

Since we have been focusing all of our attention on the outdoors, there has not been a lot of decorating going on in the house. However, the other day, I got a wild hair and decided to do some no cost decorating by simply rearranging furniture and accessories to create a new and refreshed look.

First, I moved my sofa in front of the long wall of windows. This left the living room open to the kitchen and really made the room feel much larger.

At the side of the sofa, I placed a green garden stool that I borrowed from another room. You always need a place to set a drink or cup of tea. I’m also loving the pop of green in the room.

Behind the sofa, there is plenty of room for a walkway. Against the windows is a sofa table flanked by two French chairs. A large basket below the sofa table holds some of my favorite magazines. I must confess that I hoard magazines. I just can’t part with my favorite issues. Mr. Bleu is always teasing me about my magazine subscriptions. I come by it honestly, because my grandmother was the same way.

I added a couple of more pops of green to the coffee table. An antique green tin tray serves as a base for my pitcher of pink roses. A couple of coffee table books with a green dish sitting on top adds to the simple vignette. My second confession is that I love my decorating and gardening books. You might spy an extra stack of books on the bottom shelf of the table.

Rearranging a few of my accessories to create new vignettes also helped to refresh my space.

I foraged my yard for fresh flowers to add to the display. White snowballs, small lace cap hydrangeas, and pink roses create an easy but pretty arrangement. Something about fresh flowers just brightens up a room.

My mother-in-law was cleaning out some of her things and gave me this pretty floor lamp. It works perfectly in my newly arranged space.

Opposite the sofa, I placed my two Charles Faudree chairs on each side of an antique French table.

One day, when the budget allows, I hope to have wood floors in this room. For now, I will count my blessings and be happy with what I have.

I left the two wingback chairs in front of the fireplace, but I added this sweet little tea table that I found several weeks ago while antiquing. Mr. Bleu and I have our coffee and tea here every morning, and this table works perfectly.

Sweet friends, I am so happy that you stopped by for a visit today. Thank you for your sweet and gracious comments. Have a most beautiful and blessed day!

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  1. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things

    Everything looks lovely in your charge around of furniture. I have very similar blue and white lamps. Enjoy your upcoming celebrations!

  2. Nancy Brantley

    BEAUTIFUL!! You have great decorating taste! Everything is placed so balanced. Have fun with your celebrations.

  3. Vicki Clem

    Your space is just beautiful! I’m glad to know there are still ladies like me who love antiques and color in their homes! I don’t think I will ever get tired of toile and vintage floral prints! My style leans a little more country rustic traditional, which is fitting since we live on a ranch, but we clearly love a lot of the same things! Have a great day from a fellow Okie!

  4. Shannon, your home is so elegant and exquisite but also looks so comfortable and inviting. It is like feeling cozy and "at home" among all of the stately and classic pieces. I imagine that has been many happy guests, family and friends who have enjoyed their visit in these lovely surroundings.

  5. Shannon this room is gorgeous. I love how you mix colors and patterns. I used to do this all the time but for some reason I have lost my confidence. Don't know how and why this has happened. It adds such warmth.

    • Classic never goes out of style. This is my style too. Can’t afford antiques but thrift stores foundings work wonders . Lovely room.

  6. Shannon, your room is beautiful. I love your red and used it a great deal in our previous home. It has so much warmth and charm. Wishing you lovely celebrations with your friends and family. And, it is great we can actually celebrate this year. I know your new patio will be wonderful.
    Have a lovely day and weekend, sweet friend.

  7. Laura Simon

    Just beautiful

  8. Shannon your refresh is just beautiful. I love your French country style and the mix of patterns. I am especially in love with your toile window treatments. It would be such a joy to share a cup of coffee or tea in this gorgeous space. Happy Wednesday, sweet friend!

  9. wow.. I could just move right in. It is everything I love and do. Especially mixing patterns, and red. I had my son paint a living room wall in the 90's , oxblood red. Everyone thought I was crazy. To this day I love it and feel its so cozy and homey. Its on a wall with a stone fireplace with a white wood mantel. Swoon….. and my entire kitchen is blue and white dishes and platters and with old tarnished silver accents . Great minds think alike!

  10. I LOVE all your patterns and traditional furnishings. And, of course your blue and white porcelains. I have a couch on order and its tweedy but solid blue—I have never had an unprinted couch…yikes, I foresee a mad rush of printed pillows…lol. Lovely post! Sandi

  11. Good Afternoon Shannon…
    Your newly styled refresh of your living room is quite stunning. You will enjoy the new look as we sure do!
    Congratulations on your daughter graduating high school and your sons birthday! Family celebrations are going to be so special since we are starting to look Covid in the rear view mirror!
    Enjoy the rest of your week my friend!

  12. Isn’t it nice how just rearranging a few pieces of furniture makes a whole room feel like a new space?! Your sofa looks perfect in front of the large window. Your new additions and vignettes make such a pretty space! Happy weekend, dear Shannon!

  13. I love to move furniture around and rearrange things for a new look, I haven't done that for ages, you are inspiring me! How nice to open up your room by placing the couch in front of the window, everything looks picture perfect as always! I can't wait to see your new patio, and I wish you a fun filled May with the birthday and graduation celebrations!

  14. Shannon, Your room is beautiful! Somehow I missed this post.
    Your refresh is lovely. I love your sofa in front of the window. I can see how you are enjoying a new arrangement. So nice that it worked out beautifully.
    There is something about a change that makes you feel good. You have such a lovely sense of decorating and style and sweet spirit I admire.

  15. Mary Werner

    Just love everything in your living room especially the use of the red and navy. I would really appreciate it if you would tell me the color and brand of paint on the walls. I love it, it makes all the everything really come together.

    • Hi Mary, I am so sorry that I am late responding to your comment. Thank you so much for your sweet words. I am so sorry, but I do not know the color that is on the walls. We have looked everywhere. We purchased the house from a couple who custom built it. I do know from other paints that are in the house that they used Kelly Moore paint. I hope that you are enjoying your summer. Take care!

  16. Glada St Clair

    I have a question. I've been trying to decide what kind of pillows to make with leftovers from a wing chair slipcover. The pillows in the chairs by the window, I can't tell if the ruffle on the pillow is one layeyer or two. Does the ruffle stop at the edge or go around back in a loop? This room is simply perfect.

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