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Seven Tips to Update Your Look

Earlier I showed you how we updated

Now, on to her family room!

Here are some before photos....
There was a lot going on on the far wall with the 
fireplace mantel and television and shelves. 
Tip One:  simplify the accessories.  
We had too much furniture in here.  
The striped sofa needed to go.  Since the living room 
needed a smaller sofa, we moved the white sofa in there.  
Tip Two: do not touch the husband's beloved leather chair.
It makes the decorating much smoother.
This vignette needed a little more love.

And after...
We used the living room sofa
 and re-accessorized the tables and shelves.
Jeanne painted the artwork on the mantel...
we stole it from her bedroom.

Here's this vignette with another painting and a taller lamp.
Tip Three:  change out dated or worn lamp shades.
Tip Four: Slipcovers. 
These club chairs were slipcovered in Belgian linen. 

Tip Five:  New accent pillows.
We added lumbar pillows using 
Lee Jofa Hakan in Indigo.

 We didn't do anything to the adjacent kitchen 
Tip Six: A fresh, new accent rug 
from West Elm was purchased.

Jeanne's husband still gets a nice view of the television.
Tip Seven:  Use what you have in new ways.
This black pedestal table was added 
(it came from one of the bedrooms).
We played with Jeanne's accessories...
The lamp was Jeanne's mother's 
(it's on books to raise it).

The sea fans that were over the mantel 
are now in the next room...

Jeanne said that her friends who were 
gathered at her recent 
book club meeting were impressed 
(and we really did not spend much for the new look).

Is it time for a "Spring Freshen Up" at your house?
(It is at mine).

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