9/19/2009

Welcome to the 22nd "Sunday Favorites"


"Sunday Favorites" is a Sunday meme designed to give bloggers a chance to share a favorite post from the past!!! For more information on how to republish a past post just click on the "Sunday Favorites" info photo in the sidebar of my blog.

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Hello my friends!

Welcome to the 22nd run of "Sunday Favorites"!!!
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I hope that you're having a fabulous weekend! It's been a busy week here at my place...I've been trying to get a little Autumn decorating done! I've had so much fun!!! I just love Autumn...I love everything about it! How about you...are you an Autumn kind of person...and if so, what do you like best about the Autumn season?
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Well my friends...Thank you so much for coming by today! Have a super Sunday!!!

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Thank you so much for your participation!!! I am going to really enjoy going through your "Sunday Favorites" posts!!!


Love ya'll,
Chari








Sunday Favorites

My favorite post: January 26, 2009


It's Metamorphosis Monday!!!


Hello and welcome to my very first "Met Monday"...hosted by our dear friend Susan over at "Between Naps On The Porch". If you haven't ever visited Susan...please do so! You're in for a real treat!!! Also, she has a list of all the blogs that are participating in "Met Monday"...so you can check them all out!!!


Metamorphosis in my living room...Oh my!!!
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Today I would like to show you my living room in all of it's many "metamorphic stages"...hehe!!! When I moved into my honey's home...all of the hard work had already been done....whew!!! Russell bought an old home that had been built in the 1920's...added an addition to the front and back of the house and he added an entire upstairs. Our livingroom was one of the additions to the home.
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Stage One:
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This is what the living room looked like when I first moved to my new home! As you can see, it's really just a "shell of a room". The walls were white...no drapes...and very sparsely furnished!
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Stage Two:

I love color!!! The first thing I did was paint the walls....I decided on a sage green color! I added gold drapes with off-white sheers....and of course a few pieces of new furniture!
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Stage Three:
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"Welcome to HGTV'S Rate My Space"...about this time last year, I found RMS! Oh my...RMS really inspired me to make many, many changes to my home! One of the first things that I noticed about some of my fellow RMSer's homes were their window treatments....and I just had to change mine! My goal: to achieve a more formal look for this room. I bought new gold pinch-pleated drapes and off-white pinch-pleated sheers...new drapery hardware, etc. I moved the drapery rod as close to the ceiling as I could get it....and WOW....what a difference that made to the entire look of my living room!!! You can see the difference between the last photo and the photo below. The pinch-pleated drapes really gave the windows the formal look I was going for....and I just couldn't believe how moving the drapery rods to the ceiling added height to the entire room!!! A subtle change that brought about a much grander look!!!
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We also added mouldings to the wall on the right side of the room (before doing this I stripped the most awful wallpaper off of that wall...sorry honey!) This wall is somewhat of a sore-spot with me...it juts out into the living room making this area very narrow...but what can a girl do...on the otherside of this wall is my bedroom closet and a girl needs her closet...hehe!!! So...why not just "go with the flow" and accent the wall!!! Adding the moulding certainly did just that!
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Stage Four:

The next change came by way of a new paint color...you say, "What, I don't see a different paint color!" It was a fairly subtle change...I like to call it "fine tuning or tweaking" the room...hehe!!! I lived with the sagey green color for a few years and decided that an "olive" shade of green would look much better. The room is still green but I've had people come in and say, "Hmmm...this room looks different, what did you do?"...they can't quite put their thumb on it...hehe!!! The new olive shade really does look better with the burgandy colored carpet...and I think it gives the room a richer, more sophisticated feel! I love the olive...it's such a moody color...the room can look so different with just a change in lighting...and I love that!!!
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New accessories: After painting the walls olive, I added a few new accessories. New wall art...a new throw...a few new sofa pillows! It's amazing how making just a few small changes can give a room a complete facelift!
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Another photo taken at Christmas...a few new Christmasy accessories!
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Stage Five: ???
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Who knows what's in store for my living room next! My home is ever evolving or "Metamorphosising"...hehe!!!
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I'm sure glad that Susan came up with "Met Monday's"...it gives us the chance to show how our homes are ever changing!!! Thank you, Susan!!!
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Well my friends, hope you enjoyed seeing my little living room evolve from that little crystalis....into the full-blown butterfly!!! Have a great day and go move a few accessories around...hmmm, maybe create a new vignette!!!
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Love ya'll,
Chari
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UPDATE: Just a little note to let you know that a I am posting a few changes made to my olive green living room this Monday for Metamorphosis Monday...2009 Autumn decor in the living room revealed! Stayed tuned...come back Monday and check it out!!! Guess that "Stage Five" process has taken place...hehe!!! Welcome Autumn!!!




16 comments:

Shirley said...

You're right, I can't believe what a difference just moving the draperies up to the ceiling made!! I will have to start paying more attention to RMS!
I also can't believe I'm No. 1 on the list for Sunday Favs!!! I've never been even close to no. 1!! Yippi!!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Hey my dear friend...Love all your chages you made through the years and what a differ having a woman touch in the house RIGHT Russell...ha ha!! yes I'm a brat and know it...Girl I also hooked up with you today...Hope your Saturday being going great for you...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Cathy said...

Wow!!! What a difference...you really have created a lovely room!!! All of the changes you have made just make the room so much prettier and so much more inviting!!! Well done!!!

Happy Sunday Favorites!!!
XOXO
Cathy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Chari your room is wonderful. It is funny how much taller and bigger a room looks if the drapes are up to the ceiling. I can't wait to see Stage 5, everything has been just gorgeous so far and I know this will be too. Hugs, Marty

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Chari- I remember this entry and love all the changes you made. It really looks so completely different from the original picture!! Can't wait to see your autumn decor pictures. I finally got my stuff out and have done a few things in the breakfast nook which I hope to show Mon if I can get around to doing the post!

How are things with you friend? Are you taking it easy these days?

blessings
mary

Blondie's Journal said...

Thr drapes cetainly saw a great change!!!

Marvoulous!!

Jane

Cass @ That Old House said...

How fun-- seeing this room blossom. Can't wait to see what you have done for autumn - I think this room was MADE for Fall decor -- the colors are so rich.
Cass

Sharing with Sherri said...

Oh Chari girl!

I love what you did in this room! That subtle change to the wall color really made a difference, it gave the room a rich earthy feel! Love those golden colored drapes too!
I've been wanting to paint some color on my walls, but I'm a big fraidy cat!!lol!
I guess I'd better go off to see the Wizard to get some courage!!

Have a nice Sunday!
and thanks for coming by to visit! I always look forward to hearing from you!

Hugs,
Sherri:)

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

I love seeing your transformation. It's so fun! I really like the olive green color on the walls and what a difference the curtains taken to the ceiling made! Very nice.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Chari,
Wow girl!!! I bet Russell couldn't believe the awesome changes to his living room! It looks so pretty and inviting! When Dan and I started going out, his living room looked just like your hubbies. His sister's used to say it just needs a Woman's touch! I just love the wainscoating you two added and the wall color and rich, beautiful drapes! All your little touches makes it so inviting! Can't wait to see the Autumn reveal! Hugs, Cindy

Justine said...

Hi Shari! This is my first time here and wanted to say thank you for such a neat meme!!!! Your living room transformation looks amazing!

Okay, I've linked up!

Justine :o )

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

You've done such a great job with that room. It went from a shell to a warm and welcoming place! Can't wait to see what happens next!

Christi

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Chari, I love the changes you've made over the years. I know Russell has enjoyed having your beautiful touch. You've taken a house and made it a home. Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful event. I look forward to #5. Have a super Sunday my friend..
hugs ~lynne~

Keetha Broyles said...

I love what you did with the room - - - and my entry hallway is just about that SAME color!!!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Be sure to come by tonight around 9pm (Eastern time) for the announcement so you don't miss out. I promise-it good-really really good.
Cheri
Its So Very Cheri

ButterYum said...

Did you hear me gasp? Well, I did. What a fabulous transformation!!!