Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Finishing touches: Living Room

One of the many reasons as to why my to-do list has been never ending these last couple of weeks is that all of the rooms in my house are in there finishing touches spaces in anticipation for the big photo shoot to get my portfolio started.


Of course right when I think I’m done with a room I decide to change something! Gotta tell ya all that Jon is loving this about me. Poor man is being driven crazy by his decorator wife.


This weekend I got one step closer to finishing the living room. I would love to show a before picture, but a couple of weeks ago my laptop with all of my images and my life decided it wanted to work as a paperweight instead so I don’t have one available!


Here is what I now get to enjoy in my living room:


Different angle shot:



Close up of frames:



I originally had one main piece of art on this wall. It was one of my first real art purchases that I still love and enjoy, but every time I saw it on the wall I felt like something was different. I really loved my pops of orange in my toss pillows, but orange was lacking in the rest of the room. These new prints helped me incorporate more orange and some shades of blues that were already in the room.


This was a super easy project that helped me add more color into the room and laying out the prints in the grid that I made helped make the walls seem higher. Always a plus!


Here are the supplies neccessary:


Since this was an extra last minute project I didn’t want to spend a whole lot on it. With a quick trip to A.C. MOORE  I picked up 9 frames (11”x 14”) at $5 each! I then picked up some mats for $3.39 each! I still needed a background for the French notebooks so I searched my fabric closet and found some neutral burlap that fit the bill. I already had some of the French notebooks in a different part of the room so I just needed to purchase a couple more here.


I then had to cut the burlap to size:


Once the burlap was cut to size I put it to the side and centered my notebook on the frame. I then used a glue stick so that my burlap would have something to adhere to.


Once the glue is on the notebook I simply placed the burlap on top and then glued the edges to the mat as well.


Last step was just to secure the backing on and voila all finished!


I then did the steps 8 more times! When it came time to getting them on the wall I had Jon come to the rescue. Due to the swinging sconces we could only do 3 across, which enabled us to go 3 rows up. Also to have it be pleasing to the eye Jon made sure that all of the frames were equally spaced from all sides.


I’m off to work on another project for the living room that I’m hoping to share tomorrow! Fingers crossed all goes as planned.

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Blogger amber {daisy chain} said...

l o v e!
I couldn't tell they each had a burlap background, what a great touch!

November 17, 2009 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Dina's Days said...

Just amazing. This looks like it's straight out of a magazine.

November 17, 2009 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger my favorite and my best said...

it looks so awesome. i love the sconces. love em! and the art. ok, everything!

November 17, 2009 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger House of Blue said...

looks so great!! LOVE

November 17, 2009 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

It looks wonderful! The contrast between the frames and the dark walls is awesome, and I love the color you've added throughout the space.

~ Liz

November 17, 2009 at 12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love art hung in a grid. I love when art is taken from what is thought of as ordinary.

I am about to hang 6 bushel basket lids on the wall at my beach house.I love "found art".

How many times did your husband have to put a coin in the "swear jar"? My husband has done this for me in the past and the jar can get mighty full.

November 17, 2009 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Loving Life in Southern California! said...

Fantastic! Always full of good ideas! I love how the sofa fits perfectly on that wall! Great color combos!

November 17, 2009 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger tiffany said...

Wow! That looks amazing. Bravo -- what a fun project!

November 17, 2009 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

VERY beautiful! I love the colors of the wall and the artwork..just goes perfectly!

November 17, 2009 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

This looks beautiful! Can't wait to see more. And I love the sconces!

November 17, 2009 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger meagan said...

i love the orange pillows on the couch. I'm always searching for items in those colors - where are they from?

November 17, 2009 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Soma said...

Oh I really like it! It really ties in the pillows. The wall color is delish also!

November 17, 2009 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

I agree...i also enjoy it hung in a grid...beautiful living room...love the brown walls!!!

November 17, 2009 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Really nice! I love the pops of orange.

November 17, 2009 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Re:Fresh Design Studio said...

Very nice. I love the dark walls!

November 17, 2009 at 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful room! so cozy and fresh. the pictures make it!

November 17, 2009 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger Flavia @ Estilo Home said...

These look great against your chocolate brown walls! I actually had a very similar idea in mind for above my couch, but was wavering between another idea. This is helping me decide!

November 17, 2009 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger tricia said...

fantastic! love everything about it, the colors, the throw pillows, the swing arm sconces, and the artwork! nice work!

November 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

Camila, this looks so great!! I LOVE what you did with the frames! And the pillows on the couch are just stunning, what a beautiful family room you have. We need more photos now :)

November 17, 2009 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Notebooks?!?! Wow, what a great idea, I love it! I'll be linking.

November 17, 2009 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Jaime said...

Love the frames- great idea! :)

November 17, 2009 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Love those! Can't wait to see the rest!

November 17, 2009 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Dobbygirl said...

Love it!!!!!

November 17, 2009 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Blondie said...

These look great! It's always so nice to change up your space. I just want to sit in it and be content. Have a great day honey. Kori xoxo

November 17, 2009 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Miss Wendy said...

I love the use of the chocolate brown on the walls. The art really pops against it.

November 17, 2009 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger pve design said...

nice, I also love when frames are kissing so that they look like one large work, or "kissing cousins"

November 17, 2009 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger Milltini said...

I am in love with this! I think I really need your help to infuse some style in my apartment. I am pretty hopeless!

November 17, 2009 at 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it! The prints look great against the dark wall. I love everything French - those notebooks are quite a find!

November 17, 2009 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger My Passport to Style said...

Hi again! Loving the mocha broken up by splashes of colour so chic!!! Sharon xxoo

November 17, 2009 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Ms. Bright said...

I just love grouped frames. It makes it look like one large piece. It's such a fun trick that I also love to use!!

November 17, 2009 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Dragonfly said...

Lovely - lucky you have such a patient man ;-)

November 17, 2009 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger BTLover2 said...

Stunning! Love the dark brown walls -- so cozy. I want to live there.

November 17, 2009 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Ooh..wondey! Love the colors in the notebooks, the lights and pillows. Great job.

November 17, 2009 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

FAbulous job! I love the way it came out. That paint color is so rich and pretty!

November 17, 2009 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Scientific Housewife said...

What a great idea and so colorful!

November 17, 2009 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Lovely!! Those swing arm lamps are very cool too! :)

November 17, 2009 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Limestone said...

Love it! Im not usually an orange person but you have used it so beautifully in here, you have converted me. Timeless with a twist!

November 17, 2009 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Wow! Looks great! I agree with you - I love how the colors in the pictures pull out the oranges and blues in your pillows.
Well done!

November 17, 2009 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Risley and Dylan said...

Super cute!!

November 17, 2009 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger Blueprint Bliss said...

love love love. i really do.

November 17, 2009 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Paige said...

LOVE IT!!! What a great idea for that wall.

November 17, 2009 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger Love Where You Live said...

Love the choc brown walls ... and what a creative idea framing the notebooks. Nice!! thanks for sharing, -s

November 17, 2009 at 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the dark wall and colorful prints.
i'm doing the same as you right now... finishing up my house to start a photo shoot :)

November 17, 2009 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Centsational Girl said...

Love love love the chocolate walls and I am such a fan of prints framed just like this over a sofa. So elegant and chic !

November 17, 2009 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Ooooh Gorgeous! And french notebooks...intriguing...what are they of??

The pillows are like the cherry on top of the chocolate sundae!! Slurp!

November 18, 2009 at 5:10 AM  
Blogger Laura Casey Interiors said...

Looks great! Super job!

November 18, 2009 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

Looks beautiful :) Great job!!!

November 18, 2009 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger paula said...

ahhh! looks fabulous. love the rich brown walls. and the burlap idea is brilliant. I am redoing my sons room and I bought some notecards from moomah but they are too small for a standard mat. this will save me tons of money, thanks.

November 18, 2009 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Kwana said...

Just FAB!

November 18, 2009 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Trish said...

Beautiful! I love the chocolate brown wall with the photos - the colors really pop.

November 18, 2009 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Deliciously Organized said...

You rocked it! looks incredible! i love your wall color too!!!

November 18, 2009 at 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovity love love LOVE this. I hope I got my point across ...

November 18, 2009 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger The Brick Cottage said...

Ah, tres magnifique! I love it! I so wish I had a large wall in which to do that. I love your throw pillow arrangement, too--color balance but much more interesting with the different fabric patterns. Brilliant!

November 18, 2009 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Averill said...

Looks great! I love grouping a number of smaller art together -- it creates such a big impact for way less than most larger pieces go for.

November 18, 2009 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Blair said...

Looks brilliant! And great project. You are in the right industry:)

November 18, 2009 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Jessica@thelovelist.net said...

Camila Pavone: Fabulous comes standard.

November 18, 2009 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

it looks awesome!!! love the white against the brown!!! you know it!! ;) DYING TO SEE IT ALL!!!! :)


November 18, 2009 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Your living room looks fantastic! Especially love the unique placement of the swing-arm lamps (in lieu of a bedroom)
Dontcha love hubsters who take care of the precise-measurement heavy lifting?
Congrats on a lovely space!

November 19, 2009 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger PS~Erin said...

It looks so great!! Thanks for the step-by-step instructions! I so appreciate a decorator with budget in mind!!

November 20, 2009 at 4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks great! I love how you framed the art!

November 23, 2009 at 5:34 PM  

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