My Home: Living Room {a new beginning}

August 16, 2012

Our living room has been empty for awhile
(the sectional moved to the finished basement).
But it is coming together since I brought in
lots of comfy Belgian linen slipcovered lovely.

Everybody loves that swivel-tastic Copenhagen chair.

The sofa is an 8-footer, and the coffee table
is probably temporary...I found it in the garbage!
It is an old solid oak children's art table
given a zinc paint treatment.

It will be upgraded eventually, but we
love the idea that it has been touched by so many
creative little hands and came out of a church.
You may remember the piece has a twin, and I was
using them as benches in the dining room.
Yes, two free tables/benches!

That small abstract is not staying there!
I threw it on the wall because there was a nail.
Whatev! It's not even straight!

So right now we have a dough bowl and some
French prayer chairs along this wall, but who
knows what we'll do...maybe a huge mirror
or giant framed photograph above it.

A closer look at the finish I put on the table.

Big spender that I am,
paid $1 for this rolling stool which I turned
into a side table. I didn't even replace the makeshift
plywood top--just slapped on some grey paint.
Again, it's prob temporary but maybe not.

In its current state, totally boring but this is the will evolve and become magical.
Will the walls be paneled?
An interesting rug?
Hardwood floors?
Velvet drapes?
I'm patient with such things.

The room gets fabulous light,
and I'm sending you some
right where you are.

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  1. Oh my God! Your home is so mid-century white lovely. Its minimalist, its full of vibes and its fantastic. Love that dough bowl :)

  2. I love your home! It's beautiful. So nice that you are sharing it with us :-) And that window!!! Amazing! Love it!

    Have a great day, in your beautiful home!


  3. Oh my, it looks so warm, inviting, soft, muted, comfortable...

  4. Serious wow factor going on over here Michele. Funny even if you had paid big bucks, I would still think its absolutley GORGEOUS but the fact that you pulled it together as you did is amazing, looks like a million bucks and think it might have to find its way into a magazine spread. The coffee table was in the garbage? It looks like something you would buy from some fancy Belgian designer.You are not only a rockstar with music but add decorating diva to your list of talents....bravo Michele!

  5. Not boring at all. I could lounge there with a great book for hours. It has a very relaxing feel.

  6. what a beautiful and comfortable space you have. Love how serene it is.


  7. I love it just the way it is. That chair is epic, and the fabric on the sofa looks heavenly. Like your big painting too, the colors, simplicity and softness are perfect for the room.


  8. Gorgeous beginning Michele...beautiful pieces (freebies or not) that $1 stool, it looks great as a side favourite items though, are the the charcoal one with the crest and the patched & stencilled ones on the couch...are they old/vintage fabrics or new creations? Robx

  9. Beautiful room and wow the light is just stunning x

  10. i am having fun tweaking stuff and bringing in things to try. thanks for the encouragement, friends!

    all the pillow covers are from restoration hardware, and they have an incredible french linen feel to them.


  11. The Copenhagen chair - yes yes yes! It's coming along rather wonderfully and the paint finish on the grey coffee table find so lovely. That little rolling stool MUST STAY - it's awesome industrial chic amongst comfy belgian lovely.

    Your paintings just add the perfect finishing touch of soothing yumminess!


    PS thanks for your comment on the hunt for vintage bedside tables - I have visions of 2 little lovely tables making their way on the side of the motorway, thumbing their way up the country to my home!! ;)

  12. Michele, I am loving your new beginnings!! What a great foundation for things to come or evolve over time. You have a special touch so it will be fun to see what you do. Thought of you yesterday as I was playing with my mom's vintage jewelry. I got to bring home an old Cameo necklace that is soooo pretty. You would not believe the amount of fascinating cameo's she has. You would have so much fun exploring.
    xo Kathysue

  13. It looks fantastic-all of it!


  14. It really is just so pretty. Love all the light! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from French Country. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  15. I have the exact 8 foot sofa and I LOVE it!!! Perfect color, perfect depth perfect canvas. You will make it amazing - I too like a look that not only looks like it evolves over time but literally does! The journey from lovely to even more lovely is exciting. I look forward to watching the transformation :)

  16. OMG - it's absolutely gorgeous - all the muted grays and whites - my dream living room really!

  17. OMG - it's absolutely gorgeous - all the muted grays and whites - my dream living room really!

  18. I love it Michele! It is already so soothing and will only get better and better with each layer that you add. Love all of the unique finds - even the ones that were found in the garbage or only cost $1. :) You have such a beautiful touch!

  19. It's absolutely beautiful Michele!!! I love the soft linen and the gray accents... it doesn't get better! I have to say... I'm loving that coffee table and that rolling stool as the side table... brilliant my friend!

    You're so super talented and beautiful, thanks for sharing!


  20. You're off to a fabulous start with all that beautiful linen! And I'm kinda loving that stool/side table on rollers. Very cool!
    Mary Alice

  21. So restful and lovely light too. I love the dough bowl too.

  22. I'm in love and jealous all at once! The space, the lightness, the white...the minimal simplicity of it it...jealous (a strong word, I know) that I can't figure out how to make that work in my life & living room!
    My Grandmother would say..."can't means won't"...she's right...I'm gonna make this work!
    Thank you for the lovely inspiration Michele!

  23. Beautiful Michele! Neutrals are so calming.. serene, and clean looking. They also open the doors for endless possibilities. I love the Belgium linen and that coffee table is so sweet :) Also.. I've seen gorgeous homes that are done with a budget in mind.. that are stunning. Mine is always in a state of change. My kids are older now and I'm feeling like I want to start all over.


  24. Such a pretty and cozy living room. I do love that swivel gorgeous chair. It looks so comfy.


  25. Ha...Alès :) Just been there a few weeks ago , funny to trace the Alès print back on your pillow ! And ... great Belgian linen Michèle :)
    Wonderful room , congratulations !!

  26. Hi Michele
    It's great to have found you:-)
    I love your room! the window is beautiful letting in so much light...I love your hand made side table, it's inspired. Maybe a huge arched window over the dough bowl to match your gorgeous door?
    Have a lovely weekend!

  27. this is a fabulous room! looks like a magazine. your furniture is wonderful, and I love the mix of styles and the industrial nuances.

  28. My goodness - what an incredibly beautiful light filled room! It may not be finished, but it's certainly already gorgeous! LOVE your style, can't wait to discover more!
    Best wishes,
    Paula x

  29. Thanks for the comment over at my Blog! Love, love, LOVE how things are fairing in your living room. I'm totally crushing on that beautiful arched door, and the couch looks amazingly comfy and cushy (and, of course, that swivel chair is swivelicious). Look forward to seeing updates!

    Have got yourself another follower :)


  30. Wow do you ever have great stuff to work with for starters! Loving the furniture and I can so see where it's all going! It's gonna be lovely! I adore your front doors! Awesome!! and if you decide to replace that $1 stool I want it!!!!

  31. i was nervous about showing you guys that stool, and you're telling me it's cool--yippeee!

    everyone is invited over for a drink--but NO RED WINE IN THE LIVING ROOM. can you dig it?


  32. Just the little rolling stool as a side table. So happy to be following you! :)

  33. Hi Michele,
    I love your living room! I absolutely adore your sofa! I can't wait to see what is to come:), Linking you on my blog list so I can follow. Have a great night,Jen

  34. Michele this is so beautifully done!! Your pieces are unique and very special. Adore your end tables;especially the rolling cart!
    Adding a cool rug and some additional layered texture could pull it all can also take all the time to find what you want.

    Art by Karena
    2012 Artist Series featuring Harrison Howard

  35. Your house is darling. Love the brightness througout.

  36. Your room has a gorgeous beginning. I love how you incorporated free or inexpensive finds like the the little tables. I'm now following your blog and can't wait to check out more of it.

  37. Love the side table--don't get rid of it! It's very "industrial" chic.

  38. Your home is beautiful... Love how light and airy it is.

  39. Wow! it's perfect! I'll link to you tomorrow. Hope you're ok I understand what you mean.. Exciting, but a bit strange at the same time.. good luck! have a nice weekend! hx

  40. Your living room looks fabulous and relaxing! So many great pieces! Love that gorgeous egg chair, by the way!
    Well done, Michele!


  41. What a great starting point for your living room. Love the linen covered furniture (something I'd love, but avoided because of 3 little girls with sticky fingers). French prayer chairs and dough bowl? fantastic!

  42. Hey Michele - Fabulous! I love your color palette.....very serene and Scandinavian. I am in love with your Copenhagen chair. It is so sculptural. Thanks for sharing :)

  43. Oh, forgot to say the rolling stool is awesome! I like the industrial touch.

  44. It looks wonderful ! I like the colors, the furnitures, yes everything :)

    I found your blog at Greet's blog !!


  45. Hi Michele,
    So happy to have found your blog via Belgian Pearls.
    Love your living room!
    Cup of tea in hand, about to spend a happy hour looking over your past posts!
    Have a lovely weekend,

  46. $1!!!! I love that stool! The room has beautiful bones and I'm glad you are taking your time - it's going to be stunning

  47. Hi Michele, I'm visiting from Shangri-La Lane:) Everything here looks gorgeous!!! Seriously beautiful! Have a wonderful day.

  48. Looks like you have a great start. thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog today.

  49. Hi Michele. What a great start, I can tell it is going to look amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I'm now following your blog and would love if you'd do the same. :) thanks!

  50. Lovely ... I have no doubt that it will become everything you want it to be. You have exquisite taste!

  51. You living room is lovely,
    I love every piece of furniture and your slipcovers look wonderful.

  52. So pretty!! I look forward to seeing you at MDC. I would like to invite ou to enter my 50 dollar giftcard giveaway to the store HomeGoods. The card can also be used at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.

  53. 5 stars my friend!!!! Love the lounge chairs (one of these days I will be curled up in one of them chatting, chatting, chatting to you in the other one!)

    I did not know that you had a fabulous egg chair? See, you are more Scandinavian than I am!!

    Got back last night from a nice trip to Canada. No cooking and cleaning for a few days - did not mind at all! (:

    Hugs to you lovely.


    P.S You better keep that industrial stool - right where it is. And put that small painting back! Mama says.

  54. Low how serene your living room feels. Loving all the pillows. x

  55. so beautiful! the table was a great find. love your sofa and the pillows - 3rd photo !!

  56. Love a lll the light and soft color palette!

  57. What a fabulous light filled...and all of your white accents are amazing....the rolling side a DREAM....!!! and the stylish chair....makes me want to grab a cup of coffee and browse through your stack of books! I'll be right over!

    thanks for sharing your white wednesday post.
    It's so nice to have met you.

    ciao bella
    your newest follower
    Creative Carmelina

  58. it is looking so cozy in there! love the soft palette, and that linen is so dreamy!

  59. wow your house is uber cool...I feel you have such style that it transcends anything I've seen again

  60. thank you guys so much. i always get nesty this time of year and i'm having fun re-styling a few rooms.

    *grins widely*


  61. So absolutely gorgeous! What an amazing room- love your little stool just as it is too :)

  62. Your living room is absolutely dreamy. I actually love the minimalism. Very soothing.


  63. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post
    was great. I do not know who you are but definitely you are going
    to a famous blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

  64. Stunning my friend!!!!!
    I will be featuring it a little later today

  65. Your home is stunning- and I like your laid back attitude on decorating it. LOL

  66. My first time to your blog and I love your living room in all its simplicity right now. LOVE love love those paintings! They are so calming. I am an artist and actually like barely anything on my own walls but these are the kind of paintings I love. Your home is gorgeous.

  67. I cannot believe you paid a whopping $1 for that stool!! LOVE it! I also love your pillows! Fantastic job so far! I'm your newest follower and would love you to visit and say hi :)

  68. What a gorgeous home you have. I love how you designed it, just perfect!


  69. Holy beautiful, Michele!!! I don't think it's boring at all. Pure gorgeousness. Can I come over? ;) Featuring this tonight. xo Jami

  70. Holy beautiful, Michele!!! I don't think it's boring at all. Pure gorgeousness. Can I come over? ;) Featuring this tonight. xo Jami

  71. Holy beautiful, Michele!!! I don't think it's boring at all. Pure gorgeousness. Can I come over? ;) Featuring this tonight. xo Jami

  72. hi Michele,'newest follower although I thought i already was as have seen your blog lots of times...anyway this room is beautiful. not only the furnishings, and the light but that view of greenery! I adore your lamp also!
    cheers Fiona

  73. Good morning Michele...I LOVE the linen slips...absolutely LOVELY as usual...

  74. Love Love you living room...
    I just found your blog and i am in love. can you tell me where to get the chair in your living room and the end table beside it.

  75. I just found your blog and I love love your living room. Would you be willing to share where you found the chair and end table. I need another chair in my living room and that would fit perfectly. Thank you.
    Can't wait to dig deeper into your blog.

  76. wow- your blog is so inspirational to me! adore your sophisticated taste,

  77. @kelly

    the copenhagen chair is from RH and the round table was found at gordman's (who knew??).


  78. I. Love. This. ROOM!!! :D SO pretty, and your view is spectacular, too! I am your newest follower.

    Linking from Alison's,
    Ricki Jill

  79. Totally lovely!! I love your fresh, young and sophisticated style Michelle. The details are perfect, even the books with the rosary beads, just beautiful. I'm visiting from the Polo House. Hugs,

  80. It is all about the light isn't it. What I would give for that kind of light in my shaded living room. It is so serene and peaceful. I like it just the way it is. And that stool is a keeper. Looks just right.

  81. thank you for this feedback, gorgeous readers. i feel so much better about showing you the space without drapes, rug, etc. i really do appreciate your responses.


  82. LOVE your style, Michele!
    I really do.
    There are so many brilliant looks in homes and your gome is one I could totally live it too!
    So much fun touring the rooms this month.
    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely enlightened living spot.


  83. What a welcoming, beautiful space you have!
    I love the sofa and cushions,so soft and it must be relaxing to be there:)

  84. I am not a fan of a room with limited *color* (and no, gray doesn't count) but this room is fabulously beautiful! Very well done!

  85. I love the linen furniture! They look so comfortable. I love what you have added so far and can't wait to see as you add more. I wish I could find a stool like that for so cheap. Love the zinc paint you added to the table.

    Visiting from FNF and newly following you!



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