18.8.15

Summer Living Room Tour

Before I make some minor changes to our living room and decorate for Fall, I thought I would share some photos of our white, grey and turquoise living room in late summer.


Our white slipcovers need washed and I am trying out an IKEA billy bookcase but this is our smaller front living room as it was this weekend. Our living room doesn't get a lot of light so the white walls really work in this room (Benjamin Moore Cotton Balls although the rest of our main floor is BM Simply White and Revere Pewter.) 


Yesterday I shared the makeover of the pedestal end tables. We sold the large heavy pedestal coffee table. It was a favourite piece but was quite big for this smaller (10' x 14') room. 


We moved the wood dresser and mirror to try an IKEA billy bookcase but I'm not sure if this will stay. Maybe two bookcases would look better? I am thinking of using the  farmhouse sofa table I painted or possibly bring back the wood dresser


We have a family room and a basement sitting room for watching TV so our front room is more for visiting and where I often read or knit. I use a white set of string lights in the window at Christmas and decided to add them back but first I stuffed each light into a little natural rattan ball. They look so pretty at night.


I like wood and galvanized pieces mixed in with the whites and there will be more of this in the changes I have planned. 


Our living room is open to the front entry and dining room. The galvanized pots in the wood crate on the ledge hold our assorted glasses and sunglasses, easily accessible from the hall table on the other side. 


We had a lot of rain the other day but I rescued a few hydrangeas to fill a pitcher on the coffee table. The grey and white buffalo check pillow covers are IKEA and I made the floral and grain sack inspired pillow covers.


I stuffed big 26" feather inserts with simple white pillow covers into a $5 galvanized wash tub (but first sprayed the interior with a sealer to keep any bits of rust off the linens.) When we have family gatherings the young people often end up sprawled on pillows on the floor.


A moss ball in a little urn is on the black plant stand neear the window. I like using black in all the rooms in our home.


And this is a dark photo of our 5 year old girl Remington, a chocolate Lab. She is one of the reasons I love my white slipcovers (and leather in the family room.) We are puppy sitting my sister and family's 5 1/2 month old Labradoodle for a few days so I won't be getting too much done haha. These girls are neighbours and see each other a lot, but they are still getting used to each other. Thanks for visiting today!

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27 comments:

  1. It all looks fantastic, Im needing to wash my slipcovers too. Its such a chore. Im heading to IKEA tomorrow, so maybe I'll find some great pieces like you have :)

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  2. Such a bright, cheery room! Elizabeth, are you planning on hanging those shutters I see tucked behind a chair and in the corner? Might look cute painted the same color and placed on either side of the bookcase. Love all the pretty touches in your room. All best --
    Joanne @ Sea Glass Cottage

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  3. What a bright and cheerful room-Love!

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  4. Love the room, so bright and calm to rest in. So glad I visited you!

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  5. Looks just lovely. Your bookcase does need something, but I don't know what!

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  6. I really like the bookcase and your trinkets inside. What about a beautiful trailing plants down the one side? I am a green thumb though, that might make me biased :)

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  7. Elizabeth,
    Your room looks so charming and fresh for the summer season...luv the aqua.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  8. Your living room looks light, bright and airy, Elizabeth. I always like touches of turquoise. It's almost time to change to autumn colours. Almost. :) I'm waiting a while yet.

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  9. Love all the aqua! I think it goes with just about anything including fall colors like trusts and Brown's. Looking forward to seeing you fall version of the room.
    ~Chris

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  10. I also have an IKEA sofa and a tan slip cover and a white slip cover. I didn't realize you shouldn't put them in the dryer so I aired dried them and ironed them - NOT fun. The next time I aired dried them and then threw them into the dryer with ice cubes! I can't believe it but boy oh boy did it work, no wrinkles and no shrinkage. Hope this helps!

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  11. Looove the white slipcovers. The room looks fabulous. Your sweet dog even matches. Too cute.
    Kris

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  12. I love your living room. It is so pretty! I love your bookcase too!

    Kathy

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  13. I love your living room. It is so pretty! I love your bookcase too!

    Kathy

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  14. I also love to use some solid black in every room. It gives it a simple but clean look!

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  15. I love how fresh it looks! the light color scheme is so nice. I like how you kept everything white in the room and added color with pillows and accessories.

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  16. Hi Elizabeth! What a charming and comfy room you have created. I am partial to a bookcase in any room so I like the bookcase - I think two (or maybe even three) would look fabulous on that wall and really make a statement. :)

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  17. Oh Elizabeth! Your living room looks stunning! I absolutely LOVE the colors you've chosen for your summer decor. All of the white, and aqua look so pretty!! You have done a remarkable job in this room!
    Great post.
    Debbie
    xo

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  18. Your living room looks so light and bright and fresh. I'm not ready to move onto fall decor just yet...summer's not over yet, is it??
    Mary Alice

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  19. Elizabeth, this room looks so good and can't wait to see the fall changes. I'm trying to hang on to summer, but looks like everyone is ready to move on to fall.

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  20. WOW! Just beautiful Elizabeth!!
    Love all the touches of turquoise.
    Not ready for fall yet though the temps sure feel like it!

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  21. Hi Elizabeth, I'm Theresa from Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party. I am also your newest follower! How have I not found your wonderful Blog until now?! I love it! I love your Summer Living Room, as well. Would you please come share it with my readers over at the Party?! This is exactly the style I love to share!
    Theresa
    http://shoestringelagance.blogspot.com/

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  22. Elizabeth, what a gorgeous soothing and calm colour scheme you have. I adore it! Thankyou for sharing at Five Star Frugal. I hope we'll see you again. Love, Mimi xxx

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  23. Just lovely, Elizabeth! I'm probably not impartial though since your living room looks very much like mine! : ) Love how your dog works so well with the theme.

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  24. What a pretty room Elizabeth! So glad you left a comment on my blog so I could find you. Not sure how I haven't found your blog before?!

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  25. Hi where did you get your floral pillows from that are on your sofa ?

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