Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year, New Look

"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." ~Oprah Winfrey

This New Year marks four years that Hubby and I moved into Seaborn. And I've decided that it's been a construction zone for too long! Yes, I can finally say that! Now that most of our reno-projects are done, I can get down to the fun part. Decorating! Adding personality! Making this house our home!

Can you tell I'm excited? Seriously y'all, we have one set of prints hanging on our walls...wait a minute...I don't think you heard me!

In our entire 1700+ square feet house, we have ONE set of botanical prints hanging on our walls. The other two items (mirrors) are propped up. No beautifully framed family photos, no snaps of our travels, no cute pics of our cuties. Nada!

So let me tell you what new looks I have in mind for 2010:

The Living Room. Once I removed the Christmas decor, I was reminded of why I dislike our living room. Sure, we've made some changes, but this room feels cold, uninviting and it echoes. Here's what it looked like when we bought it four years ago:

Here's what it looks like NOW, the in-progress, not yet after:

To date, you see the biggest change has been refinishing the hardwood floors. I'm sure this CAN be a DIY project, but it was a little too ambitious for Hubby and I to attempt.

Other changes made to the Living Room include:
  • Replacing the mini blinds with faux wood, plantation-style blinds.
  • Cleaning the fireplace and spray painting the brass doors.
  • Updated electrical outlets and ceiling fan with attached light.
  • Removing knick-knack shelf and repairing drywall.
  • Taking down wallpaper border and repainting with a fresh coat of paint.

With the New Year, I would like to make this room more inviting to us and our company. So please stay tuned as I'll be posting more information regarding my plans for this room! If you'd like to see more of our before pics, please click here.

Destination Seaborn. Come February I'm hoping to celebrate my birthday with a much needed blog makeover. How timely for me (and possibly you, too) that Designer Blogs is celebrating their first birthday! They're giving away four blog makeovers and offering some awesome discounts off their services. So you too may want to stop by their blog for your chance to win a makeover.

Thanks for stopping by. Please check out the links below for more creative ideas.

Sincerely, Lisa

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

DIY day at A Soft Place to Land

Before and After Party at Thrifty Decor Chick

Power of Paint Party at Domestically Speaking

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage


  1. It looks like you are on your way to creating a beautiful living room. I love the mirror you have over your fireplace.

  2. It's looking good... some great improvements. I'm hosting a Power of Paint Party starting late tonight & every Wednesdays... I'd love it if you'd link up this room.

  3. Wow, what wonderful improvements you've made in this room. The refinished floors simply shine! Looking forward to seeing all you excellent changes during thsi coming year!
    Dee Dee

  4. Looks like your moving right along. Decorating is so much fun!! Can't wait to see what you have in store next.

  5. The floors are lovely, but I really like the mantle. You are not going to change that, are you? :)

  6. Thanks for linkin' up for my 1st Power of Paint Party!

  7. The floors are gorgeous; it looks y'all are well on your way... Lezlee

  8. Awesome improvements...looking good! I have painting all that BRASS too! Hope you have a FUN weekend. have a new's ME!