Living Room Transformation

I know you are all dying for another peek at the house progress, so we’ll start with the living room today.

Putting the living room together was a bit challenging at first, but I’m really happy with it now.  I was passing through there day after day, trying to figure out what I wanted to do in there as far as placing this and that.  I got my new drapes in and was eager to put them up, but really need another set of eyes to get them hung just right.  You know how that goes.  My friend, Debbie, came over for a few hours and we got the drapes hung and started moving things around.  And before I knew it, I was really liking the room.

Let’s look back again at the Before pics.  You have to know where we started in this house to really appreciate where I am now.

Remember this shot?

Amazing the difference, I can hardly believe it’s the same house either.

I look around in amazement every single day and say, “thank you, Lord” when I wake up every morning.  So, let’s look around.

Foyer table

This painted chest fit so well at the top of the stairs and I had this spot in mind for it all along.  I was happy to see it in place and how great it looks coming up the stairs.  My big antique mirror that I’ve had over 25 years works so well above it on this vaulted ceiling.  I am so happy with how all my furniture fits in here, like it was meant to be and it was!

LR After

The full view of the living room.  I’ll tell you a bit about my thought process on how I decided on fabrics in here and a rug.  I already knew that I was going to keep my walls really neutral this time around. I love the white on white paint look and thought it would really show off my antique dark wood pieces and my upholstered pieces too.

Ikat Drapes

When I chose the Ikat turquoise fabric (Tilbury from Calico Corners), I chose it because of its colors, bringing in the turquoise that I love, along with the gold and a bit of green in the fabric.  I knew that this would bridge all of my fabrics together and work well with those gold leather chairs, that are a strong bold gold.  I made the decision to only frame the windows with 2 panels and not try to put panels next to the fireplace since the windows butt up against it.  I love how they turned out with just a panel on each end of the windows.

The room is really cozy now with the rock fireplace, which also picks up the tones from my furniture.  I’ll be adding some gas logs to the fireplace soon, I hope.

The zebra rug from Shaw Floors (Zybra inTeal)  is the icing on the cake and just adding the drapes and the rug makes a lot of changes in my room, I think.

Chairs artwork

I had already begun to add some turquoise colors to my space before I moved and I made an even more concerted effort in this one.

table lamp and plant

You’ll recognize all my same accessories, I have so many things that I’ve collected over the years, so have plenty to choose from.

Chair vignette

Debbie and I brainstormed and brought this black desk that I found at a yardsale and painted black, upstairs to the living room and flanked it with 2 chairs that were in my old breakfast space.  Many of these things were found at yardsales, including the print on the wall, the iron sconces, and all those white pieces.  I still love my yardsale finds!

Chairs with Ikat

I had enough fabric to recover the chair seats and love how they look.  These chairs that I painted black many years ago have served me well over the years.


The fireplace was a good place to put my $5 firescreen, also a yardsale find and those 2 urns are from Willow House.  My new aqua glass floats work on top.  Eventually, I’ll get a rustic mantel for this fireplace as I do dearly love to have a mantel to decorate too. That preserved boxwood wreath came from Lowes.

Table Vignette

My round drum table holds some books and other pretties.  I brought a bit of Alabama cotton back to Georgia with me.

looking to dining room

Behind the sofa,which is an Ethan Allen sofa that I bought when I used to work there, I added my demilune little table that I painted aqua a couple of years ago.  The mirror above is from Kirklands and a recent find.  Those 2 columns were in my old dining room.

china cabinet

Another look behind the sofa, my china cabinet is a good backdrop on this wall.

So, that’s a look at how the living room is looking now and I couldn’t wait to share with all of you.  I love layers and that’s how it all came together.  Having something on that focal wall with the desk and 2 chairs was important to do, I think, to add more dimension to the room.

I’m getting out all my Christmas stuff this week and getting ready to add some Christmas cheer around this place.  I still have lots of organizing to do to get completely finished in my bedroom and office and all the extras are still in the den.

My roommate, Rhonda, will be here next week, so I’ve got to get moving.  Rhoda and Rhonda, say that really fast!  The funny thing is, I get called Rhonda ALL the time.  Ever since I started grade school, I have to correct people on my name constantly.  I told my mom she should  have just named me Rhonda.

Wait until you see what I’ve been up to in the laundry room/storage area.  I painted the concrete floor with stripes.  Couldn’t stand the thought of doing laundry in that dingy room, so we are fixing it up to make it at least presentable until I can give it an overhaul in the spring.  It’s looking so much better already.  Dad is coming over today to help me with that space.  Can’t wait to show you soon!

Hope you are having a great week and starting to get in the Christmas mood.  Don’t forget, our linky parties start next week!  Eeeek, I’ve got to get busy.

- Rhoda


  1. Rhoda, what a beautiful, warm and inviting room!!!! I love your color sense and attention to detail. That chest is a TREASURE!!!!
    This is southern comfort at it’s very very best!!!!

  2. You’ve worked hard to make this house into a home for yourself. I know you will enjoy it.

  3. Looks great, Rhoda! I love watching the progress you are making.

  4. Looking GOOD, Rhoda!! Love seeing all your fun and lovely accessories in place. Happy Monday!
    xo Heidi

  5. Looks like a model home. Perfect!!

  6. Rhoda, it is beautiful. Your hard work has paid off!

  7. What a STUNNING transformation!! This room belongs in a magazine! All that hard work paid off!

  8. Love the room! Amazing transformation to say the least…but, did you forget the price tag on the plant in the turquoise pot in front of the fireplace? Maybe it is supposed to be there, but I just wanted you to know in case it wasn’t. 😉

  9. Linda Coleman says:

    Man! I wish I had your style sense. I have ” things” but don’t put them together very well. It is beautiful!

  10. This room transformation is amazing!!! I just love the fabric and that fabulous rug!!!!

  11. Love the room! The transformation is amazing! The curtains and rug are gorgeous!

  12. You, your folks, and friends have worked hard to transform this house into your home, which I’m sure, makes it all the more special. This room is just beautiful, and it’s great to see things that are familiar to those of us who have been following you for a while. Great job-looking forward to seeing more!

  13. Wow! What an incredible transformation! The living room looks fantastic, you did a great job!!

  14. Vonda Livingston says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!! Oh my word you are so talented girl!!! Love ya!!!

  15. Elaine in Laguna says:

    This is awesome! What a beautiful and warm room! Seeing everything in it makes me realize that it is really a very large room, too! Hats off to you and friend Debbie!

  16. Rhoda, your living room is just amazing…what a fantastic transformation…you have incorporated your beautiful furnishings and treasures so wonderfully…so very happy for you…Love, love the drapery fabric…my favorite color combination…It’s no wonder you wake up and roam the house with a huge smile and feeling of accomplishment…!

  17. That was a challenging room to decorate but you did it! Congrats Rhoda, it’s lovely.

    How funny, Rhoda and Rhonda…what are the odds!?

  18. Your living room looks amazing! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the house completed – I bet you are too!

  19. Absolutely gorgeous! You have a real gift for staging!

  20. Absolutely lovely! A wonderful and warm sense of Southern heritage and style.

  21. Although I’ve only been following your blog for a year, I can tell this beautiful room screams ‘Rhoda’. The accessories, the colors and the furniture placement are all stunning examples of your amazing design sense. You have done so much in the short time you are there, I can’t wait to see what it will look like when you’re all finished, which at the rate you’re going will be next week ;).

  22. There is something beautiful to see everywhere you look! I can only imagine how proud and grateful you are to have such a beautiful home – not to mention tired from all the hard work! Thank you for sharing!

  23. Just look at what you have accomplished Rhoda! Your home has all of your old things but it looks so fresh and new. I was waiting eagerly to see how you put it together. More girl, don’t keep us hanging. 🙂

  24. What a transformation! I truly enjoy each post about this journey you’ve been on this past year! I laughed the first time you told us you were getting a roomie named Rhonda! There might be a little confusion along the way! haha!

  25. What a beautiful space! I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now, and I really think your home belongs in a Southern Living mag!!

  26. Rhoda, you have such a great way of bringing a room together. I’ve seen that fabric in the Ballard’s catalog and love it – the colors are a fun pop of color and really compliment the wood tones in the room. It’s a beautiful space – I hope you enjoy it!!

  27. This looks fantastic, I love that big finial and the fireplace is great. I also love the chest that is on wall in the room the docorative painting is beautiful.


  28. Good job. You have really put your heart and soul into your house. God has really pulled you through a time that for most would stop them in their tracks.

    Keep the pics coming. Your fans are cheering you on.

  29. Rhoda,
    Looking good my friend!!! Love that beautiful rug and I hope I get that boxwood wreath for Christmas (I put it on my list weeks ago). Adding your china cabinet in this room, was a great idea.


  30. Amazing before and after pics. You are one talented lady. Congrats!

  31. When my living grows up, it wants to look just like this!
    I would really be interested in knowing what the previous owners think of this house now.
    Keep up the wonderful work – it’s fabulous (just like I knew it would be!!)

  32. Rhoda I love what you have pulled together for your living room! So great that you added whites and turquoise to set off your dark woods!
    Art by Karena

  33. Love it! WOW !! So pretty! Really stunningly beautiful !! Best before and after picture ever! I agree with others – this is magazine worthy, Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens should jump on this! A showcase room with big walls and high ceilings and you really pulled it off using all your favorites that we love. The columns make the room too. What a nice view to wake up to when you come downstairs in the morning on your way to your oh-so-cute cottage kitchen! I can see you smiling every time you make that trip from one end of your house to the other! Thanks for sharing. You’ve been busy for sure!

  34. it is stunning! I love the layering, the interest, the textures. It makes it so warm and inviting, and interesting. So happy for you!!!

  35. Today’s pictures are so special. Having followed you and all the hard work, love, and definitely sense of style on this journey,I am completely blown away! Beautiful, your home embodies the difference between furnishings and having great style. Congratulations.

  36. Rhoda, What a beautiful transformation. Your living room looks fabulous.

  37. Looking good! Don’t you love it when a room tells you what it needs (and doesn’t). I think the more time you’re in a space the more the space tells you what works there.
    Enjoy following all of your progress in this new place. You have made quite a transformation! The before and afters photos speak volumes to your talents.

  38. As always, you are an amazing woman. The house is beautiful. You have given me some “food for thought” on the arrangement of your living room furniture. I have been thinking of changing things around some and now I know what to do. Thank you again for posting this lovely story of the remake of your home. I look forward to seeing the next room.

  39. I am so happy to see that you are happy in your new home and that all your hard work is paying off. Your home has made quite the transformation.

  40. My Goodness Rhoda,
    You must be totally giddy with joy at the outcome of this journey, I can just imagine the sigh of breath that escapes you every morning when you wake up and see how far you have come and how rewarding all of your blood sweat and tears have paid off! The room looks spectacular, Happy Monday!!
    Peace and Hugs, Nerina xOxO

  41. Rhoda, everything looks so nice! It’s truly a blessing everything that you have accomplished (of course with help from several sources). But it’s starting to look like your home now. Blessings Paula Lusk

  42. I hate to rain on the parade of platitudes but I have one suggestion. I think I know why you didn’t think the curtains looked right. Even if you are only going to hang panels at one end, you need to extend the rod over to the fireplace. Otherwise it looks like you have forgotten that you have a second set of windows. If you can still get the fabric, I would also add more width to the panels. They look a little stingy.

    • HI, Patty, thanks for the suggestion, but I really do love them as they are. If I did double width panels, it would completely cover my window and that’s not what I want. I’ve also seen rods frame windows like this and not go all the way across, so for now I’m leaving them as they are. Thanks though for your opinions, we’ve all got one of those!

  43. Beautiful work! I love the look. You really did a wonderful job Rhoda!

  44. What a transformation! It really is the details that make the difference and that’s where I get bogged down. I will study your pictures and, hopefully, my walls, tables, etc. will soon not look so bare. Thanks for all the inspiration.

    Southern girl (72) living in California

  45. Sandy Owens says:

    Love what you have done with your living room! You furniture looks wonderful there. I’ve followed you for a while now and you are very inspiring. Enjoy that new home.


  46. Rhoda,

    Your room is AWESOME!!! I love how you’ve pulled everything together. It’s so beautiful! Enjoy!

  47. Absolutely fabulous makeover, I love your eclectic taste Rhoda. I like the unusual detail such as the column and carved wood above the door.

    You must be so happy to have found a home that suits you so perfectly.

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Lee 🙂

  48. Just beautiful!!

  49. Awesome!

  50. Always amazing! You are such an inspiration. You were the first blog I followed and still the first I check every day.
    What is the little aqua footed bowl with a pear in it? Is it local pottery?

    • Lisa, that is a piece of pottery from Earthborn Pottery in Leeds, AL. You can order from them online, it’s a beautiful pottery.

  51. Rhoda, what a beautiful room! You have pulled all of the elements together beautifully! Everything feels so warm and inviting.

  52. Rhoda,
    Everything looks just beautiful! It warms my heart to see you having a new home to call your own. Your parents are precious and I love seeing them, too. You helped me a few years ago with my den. I have been following your blog and look forward to seeing the rest of your house as it evolves. Soooo happy for you!

  53. So interesting to see how different your living room looks from your previous house with the same basic furnishings. This room is very elegant and speaks to adding architectual interest with columns, etc.

    I have looked at your dining room transformation through THREE different houses and am just amazed. I think most of us get stuck and wouldn’t think we could update as much as you have with accessories.

    • Hey, Lindy, I’ve only blogged in TWO houses, so you might be getting me mixed up with someone else. Only had 1 other dining room besides this one.

      Thank you though, I appreciate it!

      • I saved pictures of your old dining room(s) with (#1) red walls and a painting over the buffet and (#2) taupe walls with the same buffet and a large, round mirror. Am I right? I love that you now have (#3) same buffet with more modern lamps. So, two houses, three very different looks, and the same pretty buffet.

        • Ok, got it! You are right about that, 2 different colors in my B’ham house and now this one. Thanks for following along, Lindy!! I have loved updating this house as well.

  54. So happy for you. It’s beautiful, can’t wait to see the other rooms.
    How far are your parents from this home? I just love them and I know you cherish them too. Take some time to enjoy the labor of your work.


  55. Rhoda, Your living room looks absolutely beautiful! I love the way you have combined fabrics, patterns and so many different elements to create your beautiful and homey space. I am so happy for you and all you have going on! I can’t wait to see your laundry room… I saw a peak on Instagram and know it will be fabulous!

    Happy Monday!

  56. Have to say you do have a lot of stuff. A little too much for me. But as long as you love it, that’s all that matters. Congrats to you.

  57. It’s beautiful, Rhoda! Love the curtains and the rug and all your little touches. That green wreath is perfect hanging on the fireplace too.

    do you have a company already picked for your gas logs? we are thinking about getting them too.

  58. Nancy Carroll says:

    Fantastic! Especially love the drapery fabric….I used it to make pillows for my couch and love them. Can’t wait to see more of your beautiful home.

  59. Wow! I can’t even believe it’s the same room! It looks gorgeous now!

  60. Beautiful living room! Great transformation!

  61. Oh, Rhoda, I want to come sit in your living room! For all the white, it looks so warm and cozy and luxurious!

  62. It’s looking good! What about trying the big round mirror on the fireplace instead of the wreath. I think it would be gorgeous!

    • Hi, Justine, I was going to do that, but haven’t taken the time to drill holes in the mortar of the fireplace. There was a hook up there already, so the wreath went up easily.

  63. Lady Delores LeBoeuf says:

    How WONDERFUL – I am so very happy for you, thank you so much for sharing, I have been waiting for pics…love ’em, Love & Blessings

  64. Carol Goodwin says:

    Your living room is absolutely beautiful!! You’re an inspiration!! I wish I had your energy!!

  65. I spy…… the little “aqua” table!!!! It made me smile… I love that table…. so glad to see that it followed you to Atlanta!!!! 🙂 …. the living room is gorgeous!!! PERFECT!!!! Terri

  66. kathy from ct says:

    You and your dear old did such a wonderful job. Kudos to your vision, hard work and determination.

  67. Really coming along and looks great. I am almost there with my remodel.

    I also redid my little laundry room by simply adding a shelf behind the appliances that I did not have and removing the center portion of the cabinet doors and replacing it with used chicken wire from an old storage area in the garage. Looks adorable! Guess I should post some pics on my blog!
    Thanks again for sharing all your hard work

  68. Phyllis Haynes says:

    It is beautiful! I am so happy for you.

  69. The one panel curtains look so unique! I’m also loving the fireplace.

    Been working on our living room as well, but it won’t be as nicely decorated since we are planning on moving out and renting the house.

  70. Wow Rhoda! What a difference! I love your curtains 🙂 I’m sure you are thrilled to have all your own things back and placed in rooms again. Amazing what a year of time will do huh? So happy for you 🙂

  71. Hi Rhoda,

    Not sure if you’ll see this post after a couple of days, but
    I was hoping you could give me some suggestions where to find columns? Yours are beautiful! I need height in my living room and I am getting a little tired of my faux ficus plant! I live in the Pittsburgh area and have no idea where to even start looking. You did answer someone’s other comment how the wreath was hanging from the fireplace. Your living room is gorgeous!

    • Hi, KC, thanks for stopping by! I got those columns years ago at Lakewood Antiques here in ATL, but they are closed down now. Scott Antiques has architectural salvage things too & you will need to find some place in your area that carries salvage pieces, that’s where you are likely to find columns. Do a search in your area and see what you come up with. These type places are really popular now. I’m sure Pittsburgh is no exception.

  72. And even prettier in person!! The whole space just makes a person feel warm and cozy. Thank you for the tour!

  73. A huge transformation! Congrats on all your hard work.

    I think the big fake columns are tacky and don’t fit with your theme, also the room is quite cluttered, I think you will find over time that you don’t have to use every nick nack you own, less is more!

    • Hi, Jan, the columns aren’t fake, they are real wood and I don’t have a theme. And believe me, I haven’t come close to using all my accessories. I have tons left on the shelves. I’ll never be a minimalist, that is for sure!

  74. Debra Jones says:

    Love your blog. I have that same fireplace screen. Bought is at Pier One-I think At least 14 years ago!

  75. Wow! My jaw literally dropped!! It just looks beautiful…I’m so happy for you. You, and your mom and dad, have worked so hard…and it certainly paid off!

  76. Rhoda, what a wonderful job you have done with this room! It is such a warm and inviting space and really sets the tone for the whole house—and is such a reflection of you. I am so glad that you have such a beautiful space to begin each new day.

  77. What a beautiful transformation! Love the color on your walls,the curtains and fabric you chose on your chairs.It all looks amazing!

  78. Oh my goodness, Rhoda! This is quite the transformation. I absolutely love all that you have done. I can not stop staring at this living room eye candy!

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