Thursday, October 25, 2012

Living Room Vignette Changes

(I want to thank Sunny Simple Life for featuring this post!)
Hi, everyone!  I hope you're enjoying this glorious weather like I am!  In my last post, I told you that I've been 'itching' to lighten up my living room a little.  This is what the corner of my living room looked like before. 

 It was a little more industrial, and while I still like this look, I was just ready for a change.

I found this little wire plant stand recently and thought it would look cute under the window, so I swapped it out with the table that was there.

I 'stole' the pitcher from the upstairs guest bath (you may remember it from here,) and added a few other little items. (I ended up moving the chippy stool.)

This sits next to a large barn wood 'book case' that my mom found for me. We always joke that she's my personal picker!  I totally changed out the shelves, and this is how it ended up.
(You can see from the above photo that I played around a little bit until I got the look that I desired. I'm sure you can all relate!)

 I left the top mostly the same.  I changed out the little stool to a white one, and the canvas utility bucket holds hydrangeas instead of the metal bucket.  I found the old map for $1.00!  I love the subtle background 'dimension' that it gives.

Once again, I shopped the house to find lighter (cream or white) items to display.  The drawer unit on the bottom used to be in the master bedroom, which I posted about here.

This is a view from farther back in the living room.  I talked about getting that wire basket on a stand at the Country Living Fair here.

 The chippy bin on the floor is storing some of my MANY magazines!  I simply covered them with a couple of grain sacks to keep them hidden-it looks prettier that way!

I just got this little clothes pins bag and thought it would be perfect to hold dried hydrangeas.  Can you see the picture of the woman on it with her clothes pin bag?  It's so 'retro'-I love it!

Here's a close up of the 'new' items now on the shelves-an old suitcase, vintage pharmacy boxes, and baseballs in a basket.

Well, I hope you enjoy this new look as much as I do!  A little more 'farmhouse', a little less 'industrial'.  There's still one more change yet that I'll show you next time.  Until then, have an amazing day!
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  1. I really like the changes, and it certainly lightened it up. Great wire baskets and vintage map. Lovely!

  2. Susan, The changes you make around your home are always a feast for the eyes! I always love bringing wire and metal into the mix as you did with your wonderful wire stand. And let me just say, I'm drooling over the column in the corner. It has such great detail!
    Mary Alice

  3. Susan
    OMG!!!! I love it all. You know me with my creams and whites. I love that you incorporated a little cream and white with your industrial look. It really soften up your space. Love it. I do love all your wire baskets. Everything looks beautiful.

  4. I love your style, your living room is gorgeous! I would love you to come decorate my apartment! Haha.
    I agree, too, I think the wire flower table looks better :)

    - Erin xo - One girl's attempt at creating 365 different make-up looks in as many days

  5. Love the pharmacy boxes. Love your style. Change is always good. YOu inspire me.. Have a great day.

  6. I absolutely love the lighter look...very pretty! I also love all of the beautiful architectural pieces that you have and how you have used them. I also dry hydrangeas from our three bushes and use them all over my home. I also give them to family and friends who enjoy their beauty, too...


  7. I went treasure hunting in my Grandfather's old barn yesterday and found around a dozen beamis seamless(and equivalent) bags. Any suggestions on how to clean them up? They are in pretty good shape, but are definately in need of a serious bath and some brightening.

  8. Well, you not only freshened up what was already adorable, but the things you added and changed looks so beautiful! You have a great eye for design as well as you mom! xo's Pam

  9. I love those old baseballs inside the wire basket. there's eye candy everywhere, what a great "eye" you have for combining objects.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

  10. love it all Susan! love your style!! that square wire basket is awesome!!

  11. Susan,

    Very nice! I love the mix and it does brighten the corner up! :)

  12. I would love to sit in your awesome room with a cup of coffee and reading a good book!

  13. Love it all! I really like that you hid your magazines with a grain bag! I'll give that a try. Jean

  14. looks lovely, it is so much lighter now!

  15. That is what is so FAB about NEUTRALS! When you want to change it up~~~A different look is so easy! I love the lighter look(especially for a corner)! I had a drug pack metal box just like the ones you show (same color too)! Sold it tho....You have a talent~~a decorators eye and touch! LOVE looking at your beautiful home and seeing all the NEAT VINTAGE items and ideas! Isn't this FUN!!! Have a wonderful and blessed weekend! Roxie

  16. Susan
    My heart is pitter pattering at the neutral bliss! Gosh I love your style everything is perfectly mixed. You have the eye, did I mention that I love your style:)) Have a wonderful week!


  17. Susan love your new lighter look! I did like the way it was before too but change is always fun isn't it!Always fun to shop your own home for things too!

  18. Love all the neutrals and vintage charm. Beautiful style!

  19. I definitely like! I love the old baseballs - I keep hoping I'll find a box of them at a garage sale someday! I have a question - do you find places in your house to display all the stuff you took off the shelves or do you have a storage closet for the stuff you aren't using? I have issues with what to do with the stuff I have left over when I go through a redecorating spree!

  20. Great style! I like that you stay in the white an beige tone, it really creates a decor symphony!

  21. I took you up on your offer and paid you a visit. Your decorating style is so peaceful and lovely. I can't take my eyes off of your dried flowers, they are so pretty.

  22. Thank you so much for finding me and inviting me over ~ love your blog and I've only peeked at a couple posts. Everything is so inspirational and completely what I wish in my own home! I'm your newest fan and will put you on my sidebar as well so I don't miss anything!!! xoxo, tracie

  23. Hi Susan,

    I love the changes you made in your living room. The little wire table looks adorable in front of the window accent with lavender. Very charming!

  24. You have the most amazing, unique vintage finds! Love the way they all come together on the shelves. Very pretty!

  25. I really love the changes you made. It looks much lighter and streamlined now. Although, I did like the former look too. I love both farmhouse and industrial. So, it's ALL good to me! Ha! I'm glad you said what those little boxes were (the pharmacy boxes). I had no idea. They are so neat. I bet you could feature one item in your home every week and give a history lesson on where it came from, how it was used, where you found it, how you use it, etc. It would be so interesting. You have some really unique things!

  26. I adore this! It looks so elegant yet very homely! So so pretty. xx

  27. Susan it's gorgeous! Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Happy weekend wishes xo

  28. Very pretty,I love your attention to detail!! All the best,Chrissy

  29. Hi Susan, I just love your room and the update is so inspiring. I can so relate to changing things up and I love so much of the ideas you share.
    Great corner pillar too. I am on the hunt for a few like this in my home.
    So nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. I am a happy follower here now too.
    Have a great week and happy creating.
    Love your etsy shop too.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  30. I am sooo glad you found me. I am totally in love with your little corner. The wire table-I adore and I have collected so many enamel pitchers and sold in the past that this makes me heart sick. I love all the wire baskets and am on the look out for some. My son was a baseball player in high school and college and traveling teams. He used to havea bucket of balls that I threw away a few months ago. Seeing these inthis basket makes me sad. I will followyou and watch for new and great ideas!

  31. What fun you had redecorating that corner!!! Looks fabulous!
    ~ Violet

  32. Thank you for dropping by! I'm so glad you did. I love your decorating style and that column in the corner is just what I'm looking for! I like the changes you made. I'm now following too!

  33. HI Susan, love your style! I'm a lover of the chic chippy look too! Following your blog now. Thanks for visiting me at Hope to stop by your etsy too! Happy Monday:)

  34. I'm your newest follower =) I'm here for 1 second & already loving it =)

  35. Gorgeous vignette! I love your soothing style of decor, vintage, chippy, perfection!

  36. Your room is gorgeous - both the before and the after!! I love those baseballs in the wire basket. Very cool!

    I was reading through your blog and really enjoyed your Chicago finds! Great stuff.

    Thank you so much for your visit today and for your kind comment. I'm so glad you stopped by and are following along. Thank you. I'm your newest follower too! Have a wonderful week and happy junking!


  37. Susan, Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful living room on SImple & Sweet Fridays. I love the vignettes you've created. Happy Halloween!!


  38. Stopping back by after the comment you left on my blog at I'm now YOUR newest follower, and I"m happy to say I love "junk", too! My favorite thing about this area is the beautiful basket full of baseballs. The color palette of the shelf and all its items is just perfect.

    Blessings from Oklahoma City,

  39. Love the changes you made!...Really love the wire basket table with the pitcher of lavender...perfect for the table!

  40. You have a gorgeous blog/home and I love your photos. I adore the dried lavender in your vignette.

  41. Hi Susan!
    Thanks for stopping by~ I'm loving your blog, too.
    I really like the changes you made here. You have loads of good junk. ;)
    Looking forward to following along on your adventures,

  42. Hi Susan - thanks for stopping in and I'm so glad I clicked on over to visit you - I love your style and you have AWESOME stuff. Love all the baseballs - my lil' guy is a pitcher - he would so love it if I had a collection like yours. Looking forward to following along - thanks again. Happy Halloween!

  43. Hi Susan, Thank you for becoming my hundredth follower.
    I like the changes you have made, very much. You have so many interesting items. I particularly like the vintage pharmacy boxes (it must be the former nurse in me) and the canvas utility bucket; I haven't seen anything like that before.
    I look forward to reading back through your older posts.
    Good to meet you.

  44. Every little detail is so charming. Your post belongs in a magazine most definitely.

  45. I love wire baskets and you sure did such lovely and charming changes! Yeah, we like our things, but we're the type that can't leave things well enough alone...but that's the beauty of it all! "We're featured at Sunny Simple Sunday"! Have a happy week.

  46. Thank you so much for following, you put a smile on my face today! I too am happy to be your newest follower!
    Big hugs,

  47. Susan girl, you have such style. I just have one question. "Can I come shop at your house?" If not, how about your mom, "Can she be my own personal picker?' lol! I am always amazed at all of your wonderful treasures. I recently found one of those pharmacy boxes (didn't know that's what it was) just loved it. And of course, you have to one up me and have four. j.k. hee-hee! Love it all! Thanks for sharing it with Share Your Cup.

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