I had actually purchased extra velvet fabric from the garbage chair makeover with the intent of making cushions for the sofa but it looked a little too matchy-matchy. Meanwhile, a local shop that carries all Finnish design recently decided to stop carrying Marimekko fabric because of the rising MSRP. They slashed the prices on all remaining inventory and I picked up the black/green/blue Kirsikka print for less than 1/2 price. There were only a few fabric choices left, and this happens to be one of the few Marimekko prints with turquoise (I'm actually lusting after the upholstery grade in blue and grey)! I'm going for a bolder, less cluttered look and I love the impact of four cushions with the same striking pattern, instead of mixing and matching patterns like I've done before. To sew them, I didn't DIY, but instead held my Mom hostage at the lakehouse. My easiest DIY project yet!
I had originally wanted a floor lamp for the living room but a company specializing in lighting offered me the opportunity to review a table lamp from their collection. I fell in love with this substantial George Kovacs lamp because it has a retro feel and really makes a statement. It gives off a lot of light (we have four, 60 watt bulbs in there now), but it also has a dimmer for cozier evenings. I've just had a couple problems with it that I hope will be sorted out soon.
The living room is inching toward the bright, bold, and pared back space I want. It's a fabulous start, but I have still have so many big plans for this space. As a reminder, here is the before:
At the end of February you saw the room again:
And now it's got more oomph:
I love the living room so much, especially my super simple and super cheap fireplace makeover, that I'm entering the fireplace makeover in the Creating with the Stars 2014 contest. I'm pretty sure a million bloggers will enter, but there is a bonus entry for folks whose readers go to the page and click on their project. I'm number 214. If you all go there and click on my project, it will boost my chances and you might get to see me compete by tackling a head-spinning number of projects in a month, with input from a fabulous and famous blogger. Thank you for your vote!!! Oh, and there's a contest on the same page for a vacation to Punta Cana, so you really ought to head on over there and enter that too!
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