Living Room

Living Room and Foyer Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Whole Wheat

Aqua updates in the living room, see this post and for more on the gallery wall, click here.


  1. We have the same sofa, you and I, in the same fabric! I just love that sofa, and I don’t care if it’s in, out, or whatever, I’ll probably reupholster it because I can’t imagine not having it! I adore tufting and would have it on everything if I could!!

  2. I don’t know how I stumbled unto your site but you are a lady after my own heart. I, too, love searching for treasures at thrift stores, yard sales, etc. Like you said, a person doesn’t need to spend a fortune to have unique items that make a special home. I used to have a shop called “Dumpster Diva’s” but in more recent years my new name is “Deco Diva”. I really try to curb my “hunts” but as soon as I have someone that I am decorating for, I am in my glory! I also do my best to be a good steward of whatever God provides. Love your blog.

  3. Judy Stelman says:

    I’m snowed in here in Virginia Beach! Most snow in 20 years! So what better way to spend the day than to get some new ideas for my ever changing home decor. Randomly looking online and up comes your blog! Do you recognize your cousin’s name?? You are now making me second guess getting rid of some of the old pieces I thought I was tired of. I’m an at home mom with extra foster children, but while they are at school I love to do projects. Loved looking around your home. Nice to “hear from you!”

  4. What a beautiful home you have! I live in South Ameirca and like you, I’m don´t follow any current trend and go where my heart takes me…and that is usually classic and very colorful style. Thank you for sharing your home with readers like me. Cheers from Quito, Ecuador. Rigo

  5. I am so excited to stumble on to your site! I feel like I stuck in my thumb and pulled out a plum. I will be following you to the end… Thank you for sharing your great ides.

  6. Tamara Swinford says:

    I love your blog. You have beautiful taste and a lovely home. I love the color of paint that you have in your house. I am looking for a good neutral color to paint my hallway, bedroom and bathroom. I also love your curtains. Did you make those? I look forward to reading more of your post. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and ideas.

  7. So glad to have found your blog. I’m in the planning process if redoing some rooms. Some will end up minor changes while others will be major. One of my rooms is my red dining room. I’m glad to see your remarks about your losing the red. I have mixed feelings, as the red really does pop, but … Thanks for some great ideas!

  8. Judith Metheny says:

    Rhoda, my daughter was telling me about your blog. As we were talking by phone, I went to the computer and looked it up. When I saw your picture I said, “I know that lady. She lives in our subdivision.” What a small world! I’ve seen you at garage sales and probably a couple of homeowners’ association meetings although my husband and I have not been so good to go in the last couple of years. We live on Conroy Circle.

    I love yard sales. To me it’s like an Easter egg hunt. I never know what I am looking for and sometimes spend less than $20 but always enjoy the hunt. Like you my home is a mix of new and used things. I get a big kick out of someone complementing me on a new piece and saying, “I got that at a yard sale” as they gasp with surprise.

    My daughter’s name is Lisa. She went to college and took some interior design but ended up getting a degree in marketing. Recently, a friend of hers called her and asked for her help with a consignment store in Pelham. Decorating has always been fun for both of us and now even my 6 year old granddaughter is catching the bug. Good luck and see you in the spring!

  9. love your touches of turquoise, my favorite color. in my new house i hope to find as many neat pieces to give my rooms the same feel. congratulations on a beautiful home

  10. Rhoda,

    I stumbled on your site looking up how to paint black furniture. I too love to hunt for bargains and fix things up. I’ve been a single mom for 16 years and have always had to decorate on a budget. Goodwill, garage sales and flea markets are my favorite places to look for treasures. I live in Marietta, GA and travel to Tuscaloosa where my daughter is attending UA. It seems that I’m always on a schedule there and back but would love to explore the small towns on the way for treasures. I’m a new fan and excited to read your blog!

  11. I love what you did with your great decorating skills. I saw you were selling items and moving. I would keep most of your great stuff and put it in storage if I were you. Then when you get the stuff out of storage you will treasure them all over again, and not have to buy a bunch of stuff. My Mother did the same thing as you, and sold soo much of her stuff on craigslist before her move, and now she is having so much trouble getting caught up.

  12. I love your eclectic style and choice of colors. I sense you cannot resist buying pieces whose shape and catches your eye and keep them
    going back there! I am the same.

  13. Tamela Moore says:

    I love your style and was touched by your story (I have a similar one)! I also live in Atlanta and would love to know if you do any design work now??? in the Atlanta area.

  14. Gorgeous! I love the color palette of this room. Yummy! ~ Sarah

  15. Carol Trull says:

    I happened upon your blog this afternoon and appreciate your story, even though there is heartbreak involved you are still or should I say a “Steel Magnolia”. Your pictures and tutorials are fabulous and the pics of you dad in the veggie garden are priceless. I am a fan.

  16. I was wondering if you could give me some information on the flooring in the living room. Color, brand etc…Thank you…..

  17. Mary Smith says:

    My sister found your blog today while looking up the Meander Shoppe. It looks like you had a great time in N. GA with your friends. I recognized Ron and Susan. The little dress and “bloomers” that you bought were from my booth at the Meander Shoppe, and it was nice to see where they were going. Dalton really is a nice place to live–and to visit when you can!

  18. Laura Scott Clow says:

    Dear Rhoda,
    Just found your blog and am an instant fan, both of your style and substance. Your grace in your changing situation exemplifies the strength of a true lady. Your mamma raised you right! Thank you for sharing your home and life, you are going to continue to do great things with both, I am sure.
    Laura Scott

  19. What color did you paint the walls in this living room?

  20. Rhoda, I’m wondering how to treat the space behind my sofa, when the sofa floats off the wall like yours does in your living room? Our layout is similar to yours, and right now the back of the sofa is visible, and I’m not sure if I should put something between the sofa and the wall? Do you have a sofa table back there?

    • Hi, Billie, there is a sofa table behind there and that’s a good way to treat a space between a sofa and wall. I didn’t have a lamp back there,but that would certainly be a good option too, as well as picture frames.

  21. I just wandered onto your site today and feel blessed and inspired. YOU were not afraid to try the picture frame molding. It always looked so simple but I never tried it. We do not have a separate dining room, but an eat-in kitchen with a dining table. Not much wall space there, one outside wall with a double window is the largest wall space. But I am feeling inclined to try this molding you did. I do not have a chair rail up, instead it is a paintable wallpaper border which is dimensional and gloss white. The wall space below is a pale yellow.
    I noticed on one photo of your home you did crown molding? which was stopped about an inch from the outer edge of the wall. The room the one painted golden wheat as mentioned above. If you did not us a crown molding please tell me how and what you did there. And thanks for that color (golden wheat) I really like that! You have done an absolutely great job. Keep sharing.

    • Hi,Diane, thanks for stopping by. I didn’t add any of that crown molding. It was done before I moved in, so I’m sure you could show pics to someone to get that same effect if you wanted to try it. The color is Whole Wheat by Sherwin Williams. I loved those box moldings a lot, really made a difference in my DR.

  22. I love fleur de lis all over! My absolute favorite thing to decorate with! 🙂 I’m a new blogger so I’m hoping to learn a lot from Pro’s like yourself!

  23. I lost my Mother 6 weeks ago. We were very close and I miss her every minute of the day. We are Southern women, she, my older sister and I. Decorating our homes and sharing our thoughts and ideas have been a part of my life since I first became a homeowner in 1976. Many accessories, ideas and treasures have changed hands as we exchanged ideas mostly as I learned to housekeep from my dear Mother and sister. It has been a source of joy for years. I have wondered how I can go on without her? How can I continue to love my special places that only she and I planned together and saw come into beautiful fruition time and time again? Then, I realized something. True, these places are dear to my heart because they are filled with items passed down over generations. How can they not be when I look into my china cupboard and see Mother’s china, my grandmother’s tea-pot and even my grandmother’s cousins sugar and creamer? I can walk throughout my entire house seeing my beds layered with delicate linens, my dining room table with an embroidered tablecoth, my sofa holding aspecial needlepoint pillow, my vanity filled with delicate perfume bottles, etc.I realized these treasures ARE treasures because of memories not from only thier beaty.One sees the beauty with her eyes but one feels the beauty from the memory it carries within her heart. This can never be taken away.

    • Becky, I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for expressing your sentiments so sweetly on this post. And thank you for stopping by. Keep those memories in your heart forever!

  24. Hi Diane,
    Woke this morning and with cup of tea in hand I started scrolling pinterest. Came across your site by luck and I have to tell you 3 hours in and 3 cups of tea later, I have never stayed on my computer this long. I Keep looking around my house and my head is spinning with ideas. This could be a dangerous! Just love all your idea’s, I am taking a shower and heading to Home Depot for some black paint. Wish me luck! Thanks for making my school vacation week something to look forward to. 🙂

  25. Rhoda, I really love your blog, thanks for sharing your pictures and your home. Love your ideas, I came
    across your web-site because a friend of yours Tammy was down here at Albany Ga and was
    telling me about it. I really love it, keep up the good work, you dad is amazing by the way 85? Wow
    what a worker, would love to have his energy… Thanks

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