Sunday, March 27, 2011

Trying to Lighten Up

Small changes to cabinet and shelf top displays like this one can make me feel the difference in the season. But very soon I'll be spending much more time outdoors, and less in this room. In the meantime, I'll want shells and flowers in the urns.

My stop into Potterybarn today revealed that Easter is already over there, and all the shell decor has come out. But I'm nearly always ready for that look. I don't really ever give up the sea.

I thought I'd give you the big picture of the difference my mantel changes made. This is the BEFORE photo from winter with a lot more light and dark contrasts in the room.

The new insert really lightens things up. For more details on the new fireplace screen see my recent post HERE.

I am flooding the place with more light as well, and adding more white accessories. I'm always paring down rooms (if you can believe that), but things tend to creep back in.

I like to keep my shutters clear. But I just rescued an antique English oak chair with an old leather seat that I'll enjoy looking at for a little while. It's my old battle between the light and the dark side! Ha!

And... my thing for side chairs!

With leather. Oh dear!

Some things will just never change!
But I hope you have a great new week!
Ciao! for now!


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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love your lighter look and that fireplace insert is just beautiful! I am craving lighter and brighter too.. I know... I just did that room in that bold red... kinda colorful-but I am craving the lighter... Your room is gorgeous :)

The Paper Mulberry said...

That's absolutely gorgeous!!! I adore the colour palette and the textures are divine!

Liz said...

The fireplace screen is beautiful, it looks just right in your room.

NYCLQ said...

Beautiful space! Well done!

:D Lynda

sissie said...

Your livingroom is so pretty and I love the way to use throws to change the looks of your furniture.
The fireplace looks wonderful.


Martina said...

Jacqueline I just LOVE this room!! The mantel looks beautiful and I love that insert! Have a great week, Martina

Vintage Gal said...

Jacqueline ~ love the "lighter" look for spring. I know what you mean having a thing for side chairs. ;-)

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

What an absolutely lovely room! I actually love 'stuff' in a room - makes it feel cozy to me.

KClark Photography said...

Love all the lovely white light.



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Shelia said...

Hi Jacqueline! Oh, what a lovely room and I'm so glad you've shown it to us! I love the romantic look and your mantle looks wonderful. I'm eyeing that gorgeous looking wallpaper (or is it?) behind your stacked books and urns? I sure do like that insert you have in the opening of your fireplace! Looks wonderful. I'm having a Heart of the Home Party - Show Us Your Favorite Cupboard on April 5th. I would love for you to come.
Be a sweetie,

Sylvia said...

This is gorgeous ! I love the books and the urns ..simply timeless ! Oh , the light - as we let our own light shine , we lighten the space around us , don't we ...Thank you for showing me that !

Carolyn said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Your livingroom is very special both in winter and summer.
I love your little honey bear too in the vintage dress and of course all those beautiful linens!


A Cottage Muse said...

I never tire of looking at your gorgeous any season!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Everything looks so fresh and inviting. I love the silver urn with the cherubs and oh my that leather seat side chair. I have a thing for chairs too. Just can't help myself especially when they are unusual. ~~Sherry~~

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Everything looks so lovely with the light shining through! All of your dreamy light decor looks beautiful! I love the old leather seat! It looks like it has stories to tell!

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful and I love the fire screen. Sucha calming room, and that natural light just gives everything a natural warm feeling! Such a calming atmosphere!yvette@twistedvines

Sherry said...

Your mantel and fireplace surround is decorated dreamy!

Linda said...

This room is so beautiful and restful, your changes!

Cindy said...

This is such a beautiful room. I love the fireplace insert, wow, it really DOES lighten the whole room... And, i like the way you draped the chairs, i think i will try that. I need slipcovers, but can't really afford them right now. Thanks for the great ideas!


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Jacqueline! What a beautiful room. I love the mantel and fireplace insert. The vignette in your first photo is wonderful too. Thank you for sharing your pretty home at my party.

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