New and Improved Living Room Inspiration!

Sometimes it takes trial and error and time to get a room where we want it to be.  Rooms are not built overnight, are they?

After sharing that I was doing a major revamp in my living room, I’m happy to say it’s finally finished (for now!). When I posted the changes I was making a few weeks ago, I got some pretty strong opinions on my living room and when I read that feedback, it was just the kick in the pants I needed to take a good look at my room. I realized that I did need to move some furniture around and make some much needed changes.  I made decisions when I moved in the house on which pieces of furniture to place where and it was time to rethink all of that.

Getting new windows in the downstairs den also prompted some moving of furniture and I switched a couple of pieces from those 2 rooms. The result is a much more cohesive living room and den and I’m excited to share the end result of the living room.

I got many comments about how cluttered my living room was and yes, perhaps it was. It was time to declutter some of my stuff and keep only the things I really loved.  So several of the bigger and smaller things I had in there have been removed. Now, when you look at these pics, I’m sure there will be many of you who will still think it’s too cluttered.

That’s OK!  I have to live here and to me it is just enough. I’ve never claimed to be a minimalist and I’m still not, even though I do display way less than I did 10 years ago. I think many of us have slowly decluttered and are using less accessories now. It’s been a process for me and I do LOVE my room so much more.  That being said, I know everyone will not love all that I’ve done and that is perfectly fine too.  I share here to inspire you all and give you ideas and if you didn’t like my style, you wouldn’t still be hanging out with me after 8 years.  And my style has totally evolved in 8 years to something I’m very happy with at this time of my life.

After living here 2 1/2 years now, it was time for some changes and adding some extra color in the room has really kicked it up a notch too.  I will never be someone who only decorates in a neutral palette.  I like color way too much!   I had things way too matchy-matchy with my pillows and the chair of many fabrics didn’t help either. So, I took that chair out of the room and added a new chair from Birch Lane. They were gracious enough to work with me on my living room project and I love the end result.

One more thing about style.  I am a collector and I love to have vintage things in my house that I will  not see in everyone else’s homes.  I know that might not be for everyone either, but to me the various things that I’ve collected over the years is what makes my home uniquely ME.  I do not want to look like every other home in blogland and I am happy to say that mine is totally my own.

In case you have forgotten what the original Before and After living room looked like, take a look back and you can see all the changes. 

So, with all of that said, I’m ready to show you my new and improved living room!

turquoise front door

Just FYI, I took a TON of pics to really show the living room with every corner and tabletop, so you can really see the evolution and details of my room.

Coming in the front door, I still have my turquoise painted front door and it is happy and cheery. I will share sources and details at the bottom of the post to  make it easier.

living room

Come on in!  I’m happy to have some additional color in my room.  Can you see some of the changes immediately?  I sure can!

living room 2

You may notice first, that I’ve switched many pieces around.  The newly painted green desk is now behind the sofa with my black chairs flanking it.  My 1880’s French buffet was brought up from the den and now anchors that back wall.  Yes, I kept my columns.  I had several people tell me to get rid of them, but I chose not to.  I still love them for what they are and I added 2 large blue glass floats on top and love how they look.  We’ll get back to that in a minute.

living room 3

The new fireplace mantel still makes me happy with the planked walls.  Now my things show up so much better. I just added a new round chunky gold mirror that I ordered from Joss and Main.

living room mantel

I love the glimmer of gold it adds to the planked wall and is a nice contrast to the rustic mantel and stonework below.

gold mirror

An art piece I got from All Inspired Boutique. It’s a beautiful block of wood with gold gilding and a cross.

mantel with gold mirror

Love the mix of blue and green pieces on the mantel.  My Bordallo bunny dishes have been with me since around 2000, way before blogging.

living room birch lane chair

Looking back towards the entry stairs and the new console piece from Nadeau I shared earlier.  You’ll notice I have pops of kelly green around the room and I’m loving the addition of that color in here.  The new blue chair looks so fresh in here and gives a nice update.

lr to dining room

Looking towards the dining room and kitchen from the living room.

nadeau console table

The Nadeau console table is a really nice fit here and I’m still very happy with my choice.  Some of you did not like it with my antique mirror, but I’m totally good with the pairing of the two.  The mirror picks up the brown tones in the caning of the console piece as well as the tones in my hardwood floors and bamboo blinds.  To me it is all harmonious.

console table accessories

I added a white urn with preserved greens and kept the rest the same.

blue and white accessories

Love these pops of green and blue on this table.

blue chair and console table

Again, I know I layer and use a lot of accessories, but it looks pleasing to my eye.  Everyone is different in how they like to display things and this makes me happy.

birch lane chair and console table

I switched my side tables in the living room too. This antique piecrust table I found years ago was between the gold leather chairs.  I decided to move them closer together to allow for the sofa to move in slightly and so I moved the Ballard Designs metal and glass table between the leather chairs.  You’ll see that below.  Here’s another look at the Birch Lane Shepard upholstered chair in Aegean linen.  I adore this color and this is a good representation of the real color.

green wine bottle

An antique green wine bottle from Italy was moved from my bedroom down to the living room and I got rid of the other things that were here in this little alcove by the stairs.  I found this beautiful marble topped table at an estate sale and the idea popped into my head to put it here with the green wine bottle and I love it displayed here.

green wine bottle and ikat drapes

It looks so pretty with my Ikat drapes.

living room chair

Chair, potted plant and the wine bottle.

lr antique side table

It’s hard to capture this side of the room with sun coming in the windows, but you can see I have a lamp, stack of books, a blue and white pitcher and some family photos on this table.

birch lane blue chair

Here’s a really good look at the Birch Lane Shepard chair.  

This color is is a little lighter than it actually is in real life.  When I saw the fabric sample, I knew it would be a good addition to my living room space.  Again, a big shout out and thank you to Birch Lane for working with me on my living room update.  This chair makes my room come alive!  It has a firm seat to it, is very deep and comes with a lumbar pillow. Overall, it will be a great chair to curl up in. It is just the right size for my space.

gallery wall

Behind the sofa, I moved the newly painted green desk that I showed a few weeks ago.  I brought back  my old gallery wall and decided to group together all my favorite vintage paintings and artwork that I have found over the years. I still love every one of these pieces and love how they look together. Everything on the wall was found at a yardsale or antique store.  The aqua birdcage was a yardsale find in Birmingham.

chaing mai pillows

The new Chaing Mai pillows make me smile, with their addition of some bold color in here.  I added it with a navy pillow cover for contrast and to add just a touch of navy to the room.

chaing mai pillows 2

They were totally worth the splurge.  I’ll do a recap at the bottom of this post with all the sources of my things.  I love the mix of colorful pillow covers I brought in this room. The old pillows were just boring compared to these.

gallery wall 3

Another look at the gallery wall and how it all relates to the sofa.

green lantern and gallery wall

I had a black lantern sitting on this white stool and painted it the same green as the table.  Love how it pops in the room too.

green desk

Here’s a shot at how the desk, black chairs and gallery wall all look together. You can see I have a walking aisle behind the sofa that goes all the way around the back of the leather chairs too to the buffet on the back wall.

green desk close Ikat fabric, green desk and black and white zebra fabric on the stool.  I love all of this together.

gallery wall lr (2)

The brass and glass lamp adds just the right elegance to the table and I added some colorful books to the green desk.

brass lamp on green table

Readers Digest colorful book spines make a nice display with my plaster piece of vintage architecture.

cloche on table

I added a pretty Italian gold tray with a blue and white vase and a couple of other pieces under a big cloche on the green table as well.

black and white greek key pillow

The caramel leather chairs got new pillows from Etsy in black and white.  Love how they pop now on the chairs.

ballard metal table

Here’s a look at the detail on the chair legs and the metal and glass table I moved over here.  This table is a better fit for the space now, since it’s much more petite in size.

side table accessories

A framed picture of my parents, a potted ivy in vintage planter and a vintage green urn I found recently at an antiques market adds a fun touch to the little round table.

peters pottery lr

Beside the sofa is my grandma’s vintage table and I have this little display in a brass tray that I picked up recently at the thriftstore.  That cute bunny piece is from Peter’s Pottery out of MS.  The black and white little box was a yardsale find.

green lantern in lr

An artsy look past the green lantern to the back wall.

antique buffet

I do love how much better my 1880’s French buffet looks on this wall. It really anchors the space so much better and because it is taller, I raised up the painting and the sconces.  Now this wall has balance and looks substantial behind the rest of the furniture.  I did keep my columns, because I still love them and I think they add a nice balance flanking the French piece, especially with the vaulted ceiling in here.

antique french buffet

This 1880’s French buffet (I call it that, because I have never seen anything else like it and don’t really know what it is) has been with me since early 2000’s.  I got it from Scott Antique market here in Atlanta and it really is a beautiful piece of history. The patina on this beauty cannot be duplicated. Inside, there are grooved pegs to hold shelves and it is a work of art.  I can imagine those cubbies holding a cake plate or something in the kitchen back in the late 1800’s.


This is one of my favorite yardsale finds ever, a beautiful armillary from years ago.  I still remember paying $25 for it and that was a lot at the time, but it was well worth it.

iron sconce

These heavy iron sconces flanking the buffet were also a yardsale find ($25 for the pair) when I was in Birmingham. They weigh a ton and are very old world and I still love them too.

lr corner drapes

In the right corner by the windows, my fiddle leaf fig holds a place by the fireplace.  I left this corner more simple this time around.

lr stairs

Looking back towards the stairs from the buffet corner of the room. You can see the den downstairs and my bedroom upstairs.

lr to diningPeeking past the sofa into the dining room.

lr view from upstairs

Here’s a great aerial shot of the entire living room from the top of the stairs.  Can you see the difference that all of this made?  I sure do! The addition of the colorful pillows, the blue chair and moving the furniture around makes this room feel really balanced to me.  It’s a cozy space and I love sitting in here. To me, everything flows together and has a happy, relaxed feel. It’s just the eclectic feel that I was hoping to achieve.

Can I just say, I’m so stinkin’ proud of this house and how far it’s come in 3 years!

Not many of us can completely start over when we are decorating a room and frankly, I wouldn’t want to.  I have many things that mean a lot to me and just by changing up some fabrics and painting a few pieces, the room has a new vibe now.  Mixing up fabrics is fun and even though everyone might not have chosen all these fabrics and put them together, they are very pleasing to my eye.

I hope you all love the changes as much as I do.  I am not naive enough to think everyone loves what I do as much as I do (the internet has a way of giving opinions), but I’m very proud of this room and how it has evolved into such a sweet space to enjoy daily.

Thanks for stopping by!

If you don’t see something on the source list that I missed, just ask.  I’ll be happy to share where I got everything. Of course, many of my pieces here are one of a kind originals that I’ve found by scouring yardsales, flea markets, and antique shops.

Source List:

Sofa:  Ethan Allen (I worked for Ethan Allen back in 2003/2004 and this was a floor model I scored).

Blue Chair:  Birch Lane Shepard Chair in Aegean Linen (Working with Birch Lane the past year has been wonderful and I thank them so much for this chair!)

Caramel Leather Chairs:  Bought from Furniture Craftsmen in Marietta back in 2002

Green Desk:  Yardsale find, painted twice by me, latest in St. Anne Green, by Maison Blanche

Glass Coffee Table:  Pier One a few years ago

Round metal and glass side table:  Ballard Designs

Rug:  Zybra rug in teal from Shaw Floors, HGTV Home collection

Blue Canvas Modern Print:  Ballard Designs outlet

Bamboo shades:  Tibet from Payless Decor

Entry Console Table:  Nadeau

Lamps:  All from Homegoods, including brass and glass desk lamp

Overhead chandelier:  Ballard Designs (one of my BEST deals of the century, for $8!) Yes, you read that right!

Gold Mirror:  Joss and Main

Pillow Covers, Etsy Shops:



- Rhoda


  1. Beautifully Done! Its the Mix not the Match : )

  2. Bravo, Rhoda! I’ve been working on my little bungalow for almost two years and still haven’t finished the first version, yet! So bravo to you for getting a second version done. Yes, insides and outsides…particularly gardens…are a work in progress. There really is no finished product…it just continues to evolve as we do. All lovely! And stop your apologizing and justifying! It’s yours and you love it and that is all that matters! It’s a privilege to get to take a peek inside ~Julie

  3. Rhoda, I think your home is so lovely. So many bloggers are into the farmhouse look, which I also love. I think it is refreshing to see a home decorated in a traditional manner. Please don’t let anyone tell you how to decorate your own home. It’s up to you to achieve the look you love. That’s what makes us all different. I have stolen a few ideas from you for my own home. Enjoy it the way you love it! It’s a blessing and you deserve it all. You have made a good business out of your blog and for that, I think you are a very smart lady. Keep up the decorating. It blesses me.

  4. Jennifer Walker says:

    This room is lovely. I am a lover of antiques and traditional, you have done a great job with your mix. You just inspired me to paint a piece of furniture I have had in my living room, dining room and kitchen, since about 2000. Time to give it new life. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love the changes – I especially love the columns; glad you kept them . I bet they look good in person. Sometimes it takes a little while to get used to the changes – when I moved I had a home stager come to my house; I had lived there 20+ years and I remember thinking afterwards, “I wish I had arranged it that way while I lived here” 🙂 it makes me want to mix mine up a little more this spring —I always feel so much better when I do, thanks for the encouragement!

  6. Norma Jean says:

    The changes are awesome! Would you ever consider painting the stone fireplace?
    (Leaving the mantel as is, though). Just a thought….

    • HI, Norma, I had considered it, but really don’t think it’s a good idea to paint rock, so I think I’ll leave it like this for now. I do like the mantel and planks and really am happy with it now.

    • I know we all have different taste, though I personally love the natural stone fireplace. The ochre tones bring a grounding warmth which helps anchor the timber and leather elements. It’s a beautiful feature.

  7. Gloria Lawrence says:

    Girl you out did yourself..BRAVO!! I love color so this makes my old heart sing..I have so enjoyed reading your blog since 08 and seeing your Dad (wonderful father) and all you did to make this house a real home with warmth and love..
    Love the gallery wall loved the one you did in Al also..seen your ironstone tureens and still think they are classy..after seeing your is when I also started collecting them..
    You my dear friend are an inspiration to so many..
    You have come along ways in a short time..Love all you do Rhonda..
    Remember ” Hands build a house..But hearts build a home” and you have done that..
    Hugs and smiles Gloria

  8. Where did you get your Ikat Drapes or fabric?
    Love them <3

  9. Rhoda , I love your home , when the world beats you up and believe me it does . You need a safe haven to envelope you at the end of a long day. You have to create a space for just such as that. You can not decorate for the whole world , only for yourself a place that is comfortable and safe and warm. Dorthy was right there is no place like home. If you love your columns I say keep them , the same with any thing else that you happen to love. At the end of the day you pay the bills around there and so you should have it decorated just how you like it. When you sit down at night you should feel great about how it looks and how it makes you feel inside as you admire your hard work. If you give in too much to critics this will rob you from the joy you should feel and you can’t do that to yourself when there are plenty other people complimenting your efforts. I love what you do. Your home is sweet it is you , so enjoy it. Your life as all of ours has had peeks and valleys. God gave you this home right when you needed it the most so I say enjoy the heck out of it and keep on decorating to please yourself. By the way I think it looks lovely. Very homey and inviting So !!! Invite your girl peeps over and have a nice tea and enjoy!!!

  10. BEAUTIFULLY done as always!! I love the way you layer your accessories!

  11. Rhoda, your home is beautiful! We have similar tastes in color and eclectic mix of things we love, old and new. The blues and greens are so peaceful and relaxing and your displays uncluttered. You inspire me to update things in my own home and “shop” my hidden stash of lovely collections. Thank you for sharing your journey and talent!

  12. Love the new colors and rearranging of the living room, Rhoda! As always, great job & so you! Bravo!

  13. Rhoda…love your blue colors in the living room. I think blue must be really “in” right now as I am seeing so much this spring. Williams Sonoma. Ethan Allen, etc. I still have some of my blue from an earlier time and am thinking of showcasing it again. Thanks for inspiration! I have a neutral sofa…and a black wool oriental with a zillion colors …and blue! A person’s home design is to make them feel happy and at ease, secure, and sheltered from the world…do what you like! 🙂

    • It was beautiful beautiful the first go ’round and it is even more beautiful now. You have such gorgeous pieces.

  14. Hallelujah! I told you once long ago that I loved the fact that you’re not a minimalist–and I still love that about you! While I am like you in that I’m cutting back on the number of things I want to display in my home, I still love a collected look–and you’ve taken things you love and created a masterpiece of a room! I’d say the look is collected and carefully curated. You haven’t just thrown things into this room; it’s obvious that you’ve given careful consideration to what not only looks good but FEELS good to you as well. I say Bravo! You ought to be proud of yourself and your lovely home; I know I’m proud of you. Way to go!

  15. Cindy Hancock says:

    As my Momma would say, it all goes together “like a six and a seven”! Just gorgeous! I would feel so welcomed and right at home in your new room. I love all the new pieces and colors you have added so much…but I loved your “old” room as well! I, too, have “paired down” over the years and added some “current colors” to my decor. Your blog is still my favorite! Thanks for sharing all your photos of this beautiful space with us.

  16. Your home looks beautiful and inviting. I love that you kept what you love to make it unique and make you happy when you look at it.

  17. I think your home is your home and it doesn’t really matter what any of us think! I realize you blog and so you are going to get all kinds of opinions, and with the good comes the bad but I don’t think you owe any of us an explanation. If you love it, that is all that matters. I recently saw a little quote that said, “what others think of you (or your house is this instance) is none of your business.” Just keep doing what you love! 🙂

  18. I don’t know why anyone would criticize your home; it’s just gorgeous! You should never feel like you need to explain your choices. All that matters is how you feel about it.

  19. Pam Clark says:

    Looks really great, Rhoda! Like you, I can appreciate minimalist decor and neutral pallets on others’ homes, but it’s not for me. Bring on the color!! And I love beautiful things. I try to make the art/accessories in my home things that are unique, beautiful, and have some personal history or meaning. Not just the latest thing at hobby lobby. Thanks for sharing all that you do on your blog. It’s one of the very first I started reading about 4 years ago and I read every day to see what fun thing you’re up to now.
    p.s. Parker is adorable!

  20. Love it! I love how your items have meaning and history for you. I am that way about my things, too. I think that is what makes it hard to part with things. I am curious about your not displaying something in the cubbies of the French buffet. Your new bright pillows have inspired me to look for some new fabric for pillow covers. So happy for you that you have this big, beautiful room to decorate. The transformation you (and Dad) have made to your home—mind-blowing! Favorite blog ever. Thank you for informing and entertaining me!

    • Melanie, I just didn’t think that piece needed more “stuff” displayed so I kept them empty. I want the piece itself to shine.

  21. Your home is beautiful and I love that you have old pieces and pieces that have history. You don’t have to follow guidelines of designers or glossy decorating magazines to make a home beautiful. Just make your home you and that will be enough. An artist never questions herself!

  22. Rhoda, all that matters is that you love the home you created for yourself. It’s yours alone and if you feel happy when you walk in the front door you have accomplished what you set out to do. It’s your safe haven! It’s about what you have collected through the years and the memories those pieces bring to you. Keep doing what you do and be happy! And I love that blue chair!

  23. Sorry, this room is still WAY WAY too cluttered. You could eliminate half the stuff in there and still have more than enough. This room doesn’t look calming at all. You can still have color without it overpowering it.

    • Rose, why are being so rude? This is Rhoda’s blog and it is her home. She can decorate it any way she wants to! If you don’t like it, say nothing. Do you expect her to decorate to your taste? Are you moving in?

      • Exactly!

        • To clarify, I was agreeing with Torey’s comment.

          • Excuse me, but when a blogger puts their home on the internet they are asking for comments. If they can’t take the feedback then don’t put it out there.

          • Rose, I do put my home out there for the world to see. And we all have likes and dislikes when it comes to decorating. There are a million decorating blogs out there for so many different styles. There is something for everyone. I guess I just wouldn’t dream of going to one I don’t personally relate to and telling them that I don’t like their room or space and why. Apparently, that’s just me though. The internet in general these days is highly opinionated and I have had to get used to that over the years. I will continue to decorate my house the way I wish to.

          • Bravo Rhoda! I don’t see the unkind commentator posting a picture of her living room. It goes back to the saying that we should treat others like we would like to be treated. Also the saying, If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say it” applies. If a person doesn’t like a blog style, then they should move on to one that they do like. Shameful.

    • Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but we don’t have to agree with it.There are kinder ways of expressing our opinion. With technology, sometimes our comments seem harsher & more offensive than intended. That is sad.

  24. I like the before and the after! You have done a beautiful job with you home. Our styles are different, but I totally appreciate the way you decorate. One of the main reasons I follow, though, is that you present as a strong, confident woman, and I like your attitude. Don’t let others opinions make you lose your convictions, please!!

  25. Nancy Cox says:

    I love everything about it! You have put everything together beautifully and I would not change a thing! I do not like at all the minimalist approach. I love all the pretty things and what each one means to you.

  26. Great job! I love how you designed your room, and I love the columns too (great way to add architectural interest! Your style allows the eye to roam, with lots of multi-tiered interest. What I love about design, is there is no right or wrong! Design is a place for us to express ourselves, and inspire. I always enjoy reading your blog!

  27. Thank you all for the positive comments! I know it sounds like I’m explaining things too much, but that is because I did get quite a bit of negative comments when I talked about changing this room up a month or so ago. At this point, I really don’t care if everyone likes everything I do, because I know you can’t please everyone. We all have different tastes and styles and this is mine, so I do appreciate those of you who get that and enjoy seeing it. I’m always going to do what I want in my house!

  28. Bravo, Rhoda! I am glad you decorate for YOU even though your style may not be what others like.

  29. Diane Taylor says:

    Hi Rhoda – oh my what a georgous space. Blues and greens are my jam so this is just a calming space to me. You have a great eye for design – it’s the little details that matter. I wish I could hire you for a weekend (and has a limitless budget ha ha) to redo my living room space!!!

    Great job!!!!

  30. Your living room is gorgeous! I love the blue and green colors and your layers of accessories. Seeing your room is making me want to add more color to my house.
    I’ve been reading your blog everyday for years and I always enjoy your posts! Thank you for sharing with us.

  31. Very pretty. My favorites are the rug,blue chair, peacock pillow, and bunny pottery jar.

  32. Love all the color!

  33. Don’t apologize for your decorating style! Haters are gonna hate!

  34. Fabulous! Don’t you dare get rid of the columns–they are fantastic! Love your blog and your home.

  35. Trudy Wright says:

    Love the new and improved living room Rhoda, it’s fabulous! I’m wondering what you’ve don with the glass topped metal table that used to be by the other single chair? I would love to have that table if you intend to dispose of it instead of reusing it somewhere else…….. It would suit a spot in my LR very well. As usual you’ve done a great job in this room of your home. It appears you are loving it and that’s the ultimate requirement, isn’t it lovely though to have your ideas & tastes confirmed by so many people! Enjoy your space, may it be your place to rest your heart at the end of a busy day, (when it’s too hot to sit on your lovely porch)!

    • Hi, Trudy, if you go back and look, I just switched those 2 side tables. The little Ballard Designs metal and glass table is now between the leather chairs. I still love it! Thank you for stopping by, I do love my room!

  36. I think your room looks amazing & the blue chair is the first thing I noticed. I like the light tones that you have gone with this time but I also thought it was really pretty before you made any changes. If I had to vote, I guess I would chose the current look because it is so fresh looking. You have a talent for home decorating & stylish dressing. I have 2 or 3 blogs that I read every day. Your’s used to be second on my list but now it is First. I really enjoy the posts that you do.

  37. I love your room. My favorite part is the gallery wall with the vintage art. I’m crazy about it. Your room says, “Come in, sit down, and make yourself at home.”

  38. My favorite piece is that slice of carved wood over the living room door. where is the best place to find something like that?

    • Kathy, that is a high-end piece of scrap crown molding picked up years ago from a job site. I finished it in layered stains and it’s something I really love. You could look online at a molding millwork place and see what you can find. High-end crown cut at an angle is all that is.

      • I love the molding above the door also and I think your new room looks wonderful. On the subject of the scrap molding, why not check out your local junk/thrift/antique shops for an old ornate picture frame. They have mitered cuts and you could use either the long side or the short side if the frame is large enough.

  39. My favorite part is that you love it. Period. For those that make cowardly negative comments, hiding behind their keyboard, ignore them. It’s not even worth replying or addressing their comments.

  40. I LOve all the changes, I”m so glad you kept the columns and I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to see color in a room. I am not a fan of the very boring grey, stark rooms that are all over now. Your room says you, bright, colorful and very interesting. Well done Rhoda!! PS. LOVE the new chair!

  41. Absolutely beautiful! my decorating predictions for 5 years hence: 1. goodbye ultra minimalist – hello cozy, homey beautiful rooms (like yours!). 2. Landfills the country over will be filled with filthy, formerly white slip-covered couches. 3. No one would dream of asking anyone they care about to sit in a chair or couch without arms. Will check in then and see….

  42. Love it! I need to pair down. I have a shopping problem! I keep adding and never subtracting. How should I go about pairing down? I’m not sure where to start. Should I remove all the decorative items from the room?

    • Teresa, that is the hard part. I kept so many things I still loved in my moves, but just didn’t need to display it all. I’m now able to look objectively at things I’ve had awhile and don’t have room for. I don’t mind passing them on to friends who need them or to just donate the extras to Goodwill. I do have a storage area that I keep some extras for seasonal decorating. It feels good to pare down some. Now you know why I can’t go yardsale shopping much anymore. I can’t bring home more!

  43. A home is a “treasure” and what we display tells a story about you and your family. We are all unique and your home shares all of that with us. I love it!

  44. Melesa Garrison says:

    Rhoda, I think you did a lovely job! I got an old chest of drawers several months ago, that I love. I put it in my family room. I decorated it up good and my husband said “I think you may have it a little cluttered” I told him I appreciated his insight, but I knew what I was doing and it stayed “cluttered” and I love it! I like your style, but it doesn’t matter what I like or think, as long as YOU love it!
    Great Job!!!

  45. Interesting changes! Good color. I have removed my shawls and throws as I think they cloud the decor. I noticed you use them frequently. Do you use them as wraps or just to soften the edges of pillows, etc.? I love to change the accessories and have a closet to store extras. It is amazing what a change of color does to a room! I love your clothing blog entries.

    • Gayle, I do like the throws still. I think they add some color and texture and in the cooler months I actually do use them.

      • Thanks for the response. The texture is something I forget to think about. I think about it on the tabletop but forget the sofas and chairs.

  46. Rhoda, your home is beautiful and was beautiful before the changes. People can be so harsh and opinionated!! 🙂 Just so you know, you have inspired me in some of my decorating choices. You have a great eye and I personally love how you layer colors, textures and styles! You go Girl!!

  47. I think you have beautiful things but a little too busy. Things would show up better if you didn’t try to put them all out together! It seems you have tried so hard that it looks like a magazine picture and not a home someone would feel comfortable sitting down with tea and cookies while having a heart talk.

    • Well, Carol it is 100% cozy and comfortable to me! And I have to live in it, right? My friends think it’s pretty awesome too.

  48. So happy you have this project complete. It’s just lovely. The colors are fab. I’ve been trying to pick my favorite piece, but it’s really hard. The green desk and the throw pillows are fighting it out in my head. LOL. Congrats. It’s wonderful.

  49. I love it! I have people telling me all the time that my house is too sparse and you have people saying yours is too full. Enjoy your home as I enjoy mine and let the naysayers keep on with their opinion – it’s your house – enjoy it. I loved the full and the current not so full version of your living room (or as we say in Chicago – the Front Room). Keep up the fantastic work!

  50. Rhoda – You never cease to inspire me to think about things. Glad you like the changes you made, it’s your home and you should love where you live 🙂 I’m drooling over that antique mirror… just so intricate and full of character! I also can’t help but think – when I saw the wine bottle.. “she doesn’t have cats!” haha – yes that is how my brain works.

  51. Rhoda – your home is beautiful! I love the fireplace/mantel and planked walls. Your living room looks inviting and cozy.

  52. Patty Lucas says:

    Rhoda your home is beautiful and it IS your home. Many people don’t care for my home but I don’t care because it IS mine! The layered look of your living room is what I love the most. I’m sorry but I can’t believe some of the comments people have left. I read many, many, many blogs every day and I would never tell them I didn’t like their ideas.

  53. Love your changes! You do the eclectic approach so beautifully. Sometimes when I see rooms in an eclectic style they feel cold and disconnected to me. Yours is warm, beautiful, and inviting. I really like the pops of color. Very inspiring!

  54. I love the changes you’ve made! I have been following your blog ever since I stumbled upon it almost a year ago but this is the first time I’ve commented. Loved your room before, and love it now.

  55. I think you have very good taste. You’re a beautiful & admirable person. You inspire me. Everyone is different, with different tastes & opinions. There’s really no right & wrong , it’s all just an opinion. If everyone had the same taste & opinions, I for one think it would be a very boring world. There are many amazing bloggers. I enjoy & really appreciate all of them for sharing their lives, opinions, & suggestions with us. Some I agree with, some not. Just because they don’t work for me, doesn’t make them wrong-just different. That makes a beautiful & exciting world!

  56. Rhoda ~ I think your living room is very attractive. Well done! I love color and will not be giving that up. It’s nice to see some color used on a blog other than mine and a few others!

  57. carolyn simpson says:

    Rhoda, Your ‘new’ living room is beautiful…your home is all so beautiful just like you. I’ve been reading your blog for sometime and I have thoroughly enjoyed following you. Yes, it is your home so who cares what others think. I can just imagine what some would say about our home. I know to some I have too much clutter and is so outdated with my lace curtains which I love and my crochet doilies and 57 years of marriage of ‘stuff’ but we are happy. Love your home and your sweet parents.

  58. You have reason to be proud of your home. You have put an amazing amount of work into it!

  59. I would definitely not apologize or make any explanations as to why you have done something unless it is to inform or teach some decorating tips and tricks. As a designer I enjoy seeing different spaces and must admit there are very few I could move into without changing a thing…that is what makes being a designer so much fun. I would not even respond to the negative comments, that is just feeding the beast, and share your home and your stories. Those that care will stick around, others will eventually leave.
    I have followed you long before you moved back home and purchased this little place and I appreciate how far you have come as a woman and as a business person. Keep up the good work and enjoy your home and simply ignore the naysayers…they are just envious.

  60. Peggy Merrill says:

    Beautifully done, love everything.

  61. Love the room and love your blog! Is it exactly what I would do? No but it inspires me to do my own thing and not follow along with what everyone else is doing! I moved into a brand new home recently and tried going minimalist but gradually I find myself bringing out the things I love. I saw a comment about the throws and it reminded me sometimes I do things to fit into my life style..I use many throws to help protect my fiurniture from my pets. Your whole story is inspirational. Thanks for reminding us anything is possible!

  62. Rhoda, if your home were any other way, it wouldn’t be “Rhoda!” Sigh…social media has its perks but there’s that downside…or three…

  63. I love your style! Your home is beautiful and looks warm and cozy. Doesn’t look cluttered to me at all. Thanks for sharing.

  64. Beautiful, Rhoda. I have the same taste in furniture and accessories as you–and I also love color! That’s what I enjoy about your blog. You show us your preferences. I look at a lot of blogs and you see the same things presented. One thing I always say is we are losing our individuality in this country. Seems like everyone is doing the same thing in decorating and other things, except you. I always look forward to reading your blog.

  65. I am so glad to see your home with color and a unique style. Many blogs today are so neutral and boring but I respect that it is their style. For me I need a little color and individuality. Old pieces are stories of our lives. Anyone can pick up massed produced but does it really say anything about who we are? We all need to be true to ourselves.

  66. Rhoda,

    Love YOUR journey and have appreciated you sharing it every step of the way! KEEP THE COLUMNS!

  67. I am overjoyed to see a home decorated with colors! So many of the homes you see now are white or gray and no colors. Thank you for doing it your way.

  68. Well done! I love all the color and it looks so much fresher and serene with a few less knick knacks.

    Adding the antique buffet to the back wall really brings some height to that side of the room and balances out the fireplace… as does the gallery wall. Love the new chair, too.

  69. Wow! What a beautiful room. It’s fun to see your new pieces and also some of the old favorites that we have seen in your homes over the years. You are an inspiration to me!

  70. I like your living room very much! I like the blues and greens, and love seeing the older pieces of furniture that have their original finish. The French buffet is just beautiful as it is! All wood furniture does not have to be painted…. I like that you decorate with pieces that mean something to you, rather than what is on trend at the moment. It is a welcoming and cozy room, one I would enjoy coming home to.
    P.s. I have the same front door. Right now it is still white, but I’m working on changing that!

  71. I LOVE it, Rhoda! The living room is filled with class, elegance and panache…just like you!

    The color palette is so fresh and lively. Green and blue together is one of my favorite combinations and I use it in my living room, too. The new chair is fabulous!

    I love the unique pieces and finds that no one else will have…that is what makes a home special in my opinion. I think hearing you talk about each one and how you love it was my favorite part of this post.

    You SHOULD be proud of your home. I’m sure proud for you! ( and of you)

  72. I LOVE your living room, Rhoda, with all the texture and colour and now I’m looking at mine and thinking to add a little more of each. Everything looks not only beautiful but also comfortable and very warm and inviting. Mind you, I loved your living room before as well. I get so much pleasure from going through all the photographs and ideas. Thank you!

  73. Betty Baker says:

    Your home is just that “your home” – and you have the right to love what you. I love what you do and feel that this is just a lovely place to visit. You have wonderful taste and you have done what you want . Congratulations I love it. Betty from Ontario,Canada.

  74. Donna Smith says:

    I love your style, Thank you for all the pics you’re an inspiration really!! Love it all so many ideas thank you, for putting yourself out there!!! I was taught that if you can’t say anything kind don’t say anything at all! I just pray for haters, how sad. Also thanks for doing the fashion over 50!!!

  75. Donna Smith says:

    Oh and Im glad you kept your columns!

  76. Hi Rhoda: I am brand new to your blog and am loving it. I have only read this one post re your living room, so far, and admire what you have done. I love decorating and follow many decor blogs. While they are all lovely, I am sadly noticing they are all starting to look the VERY same! I know ideas from Pinterest catch our eye and Craft DIY’s are a lot of fun and so accessible but, unfortunately, we are starting to look like a herd of sheep …. following the crowd! I’m just as guilty too. We either see grey sofas or we see white slipcovered couches then we see antlers, grapevine balls, candlesticks (always in sets of 3, of course!) and so on. As I said, I am also guilty! When I saw what you did (especially as a single woman) it was like a breath of fresh air. I am of a certain “vintage” now and have many possessions I love. My husband died last year and I had to let a lot of things go due to moving to a condo (sure miss a basement!) but there are items I will never part with. I try to store pieces in closets (or under the bed!) and rotate displays from time to time. Keep on dong what you are doing and march to your own drummer, Rhoda, and no one else’s. 🙂 Best wishes from Ontario, Canada.

  77. Oops! Sorry for the typo – “dong” should be “doing” …. E.g. “Keep on doing what you are doing”!!

  78. I am curious about your paint color, I like that it is a nice creamy background for all of your colors to shine. I love your layers-to me it adds interest and I love walking into a room that fascinates, but also flows.

    • Hi, Stacey, my main paint color is Moderate White by Sherwin Williams. It does have a hint of vanilla and gives contrast to my Pure White trim. I’ve enjoyed this color!

  79. Just stumbled upon your blog from Australia! Love the room o much. Hough I am in my 30’s and most of my friends are into modern, my style is similar to yours! Hope it lasts me as well as your style has for you!

  80. I think your living room is quite charming!

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