Before & After: Bridget's French Country/Vintage Eclectic Living Room

Before & After: Bridget's French Country/Vintage Eclectic Living Room

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Houston, TX
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
We decided to use some vision and good bones, and transform a definitively traditional 70’s Georgian home to the French country/vintage eclectic styled home it is today.
Our Family Room is a large space with a wall of windows and room for 2 clearly defined and unique sitting areas. With all that natural light, we were confident that darker walls and floors would not make the space feel cold. Keeping a bright white ceiling draws attention to the height and openness of the room. 2 cozy sitting areas make the room feel more intimate and the neutral color palette of the furniture keeps it relaxed. Flashes of gold add some formal contrast. A lot of our furniture and décor consists of antiques – but we’ve added some great finds to make it less formal like the neutral wood coffee table from Soft Surroundings and the tufted sofa from Home Source.
Most changes were completed prior to move-in and took about 3 weeks. Cabinets were built off-site and were added the week we unpacked.
My makeover advice::
A couple words of advice:
When creating 2 seating areas in a single large room, let your most natural walking path be your dividing line and leave plenty of obvious space so that foot traffic will continue to travel where you want it to rather than THROUGH your seating areas. This is an especially good idea when you have kids and large dogs ;)
When choosing gray paint colors, make sure you actually see the paint in the room at different times of day. Gray has a way of appearing either too purple, too green or too beige, and the natural light coming into the room will affect these tones. A favorite gray used in one house will NOT look the same in another house. Trust me.
What I love most about my new space::
What we love most - other than the fact that our eclectic style speaks volumes in this room - is the ability to have 2 separate seating areas in a common room and it not look too cramped or confining. I can easily read a magazine by the fireplace while the kids watch TV, and when entertaining - say on a game day - people can actually watch the football game and talk in the same room. Plus the arrangement makes it easy to bring over the bench that's on the stairway wall and cozy up more guests around the fireplace in the winter.

Oh, and the tufted sofa is everyone’s – including our great dane’s – favorite place to sit. Who would have thought a sofa that’s NOT in front of the TV would be so popular. Maybe it’s the view outside or the fact that it’s next to the fireplace (though here in Houston it doesn’t get used as much as we'd like.)
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