Just A Few Changes......

3.24.2010

......to change the great room from a warm look for fall and winter to a lighter and cooler look for spring and summer. It is all y'all's fault, too. Since I started blogging and getting inspired by your projects and slipcovered wonders it has made me want to change a few things. I wish I knew how to make fitted slipcovers, but I don't. I would love to have some custom made, but cannot at this time. So, I checked out ebay and found some great alternatives from Pottery Barn at greatly reduced prices that still gave me the look I was going for. I have also been doing more flea marketing and antiquing since I started looking at your blogs. So, see it is all y'all's fault!!

 New natural box pleated slipcovers to lighten up the brick red sofa.
Changed the darker and heavier pillow covers to lighter ones that I already had stored.


Covered the red chair, too and left the leather chair uncovered

Changed the accessories on the mantel to white potted plants, wicker chargers, green plates, bird house and bird for a fresher and layered display for the warm season. I had all these things.






Antique wicker tray filled with antique and flea market treasures and design books.
The tray is from a local antique store.  The shoe form and antlers are from a local flea market
and the old bottles were found many years ago by Mr. Savvy on his childhood home site.

Fern added to the fireplace, which is a southern thing, and flowers added to the coffee table.
I keep forgetting to mention that Mr. Savvy designed and built the mantel all by himself. He also replaced the original white marble tile with grey veining  to the new marble tiles I chose. He is very proud of that mantel.



I love the way the room feels now. Don't be surprised if I make some more changes since I may want to change some of the displays on the built-ins with fresher looks. I am sure I will find some things at the antique and flea markets that just may want to come home with me.

If you want to see the before you can see it HERE.

I am joining Transformation Thursday over at The Shabby Chic Cottage  and Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home and Beautiful Life Friday at The Inspired Room so be sure and click on the link and check out all the other transformations. I am sure you will be inspired as I have and it will make you want to make some changes. Don't say I didn't warn you. All this inspiration can lead to some serious shopping addictions and room renovations.

And now I found a new party to join. The Mantel Party over at The Nesting Place. Please check out each of these party goers, too!


Thank you so much for all the comments and for each one of my followers who have gotten me to the 200 mark! Please be sure and let me know you came by.

Y'all come back now,

KIM


84 comments:

  1. Kim I love the slip covers! It really did freshen it up for Spring! All your little touches of Spring look so nice. I think right now with the slip covers, your built ins look perfect!

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  2. Kim, your changes are truly awesome! Slipcovers, pillows, your mantle and accessories, just everything you did, just perfect! Way to go!

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  3. It's all just absolutely beautiful Kim. I guess I should check out the slipcovers on Ebay. Yours are wonderful!

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  4. Wow, wow, wow!! Your home is GORGEOUS! I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed your pictures. All the colors throughout your house just make me smile. Your home is so warm and inviting. I love all the spring touches and boy are you good at accessorizing. I love your coffee table arrangement...so cute! Oh, and the pillows are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. I have so many wonderful ideas for my own home now....smile! =)

    Liz

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  5. SOOOO pretty Kim. I know what you mean about the influence of blogging. When I pulled out my Easter decorations this year, I cracked up because I had just started blogging this time last year and it was obvious the effect it had on me! Ha!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  6. Just beautiful, Kim. Really light and airy!
    Robin

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  7. Hi Kim!

    I love the slip covers and all your creative vignettes. You do such a good job every time!

    Love, Karen

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  8. The room looks so bright and fresh! Love all the green touches as well. And I really like adding mementos that have a personal story, like the bottles from your husband's childhood home.

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  9. Bright , light and airy. Your room looks lovely - very inviting.

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  10. Hi kim, i really love your slip covers!!! Everything looks so nice!I love the changes you made for summer. I bought some slip covers from ebay too.I bought them last year.I wish they had those beautiful pleats, but they don't. They look like you had them made....Kathy

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  11. This room turned out lovely- it really has a light, relaxed spring/summer feel now! Makes me want to sit down with a glass of sweet tea and visit!

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  12. Fern in the fireplace, very southern savvy, yes M'am. Everything looks wonderful, I could not drink red wine and sit on your couch.

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  13. Lovely room...so light looking with the slipcovers.

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  14. Kim you made me laugh about blogging...girl I have more dishes and stuff since I started blogging and season decorating items coming out my ears also...Looks wonderful my friend...Love the cleaner fresher look it gave for summer also...Thanks for sharing more of your beautiful home girl...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  15. Very nice Kim! It's so much fun to change things up. I swap out pillows, from fall to summer! Your coffee table set up is really interesting too. I like it! But I really LOVE your mirror over the fireplace. Very nice!

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  16. Hi Kim! Oh, I'm drooling here! Everything is just beautiful. Love your new 'spring' look! Thanks for popping in to see my little Carter.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  17. Your table scape is wonderful. I tend to use to few things. Inspiring.

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  18. What a difference the slipcovers made in the whole feel of the room! That is fantastic! I may be getting a new sectional and want to do it in the twill, but I am afraid it won't flow with everything else we have as it all seems sort of formal/traditional. This looks fabulous though and makes me want to do it! Your mantle is gorgeous as always and your coffee table vignette is beautiful. I love those daisies!! You have the magic touch, my friend. The magic touch!

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  19. What great slipcovers! I love that look for spring and summer. Great idea!

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  20. Kim,
    Stopping by from The Shabby Chic Cottage and wanted to say hi. Your blog is fantabulous! I can't believe that you've only been blogging since January...you have a gift girl! Love the spring changeover...very inspiring.
    ~judi ;)
    the1829farmhouse.blogspot.com

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  21. I love the slipcovers.I'm going to check Ebay but I think you got mine! I'm big into "seasoning" a house. We had to get the down comforter back out last night!
    Your room looks great..

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  22. Looks great! Love the slip covers and pillow, they definitely make your room look light and airy. You mirror on the mantel is lovely as well.

    You little Yorkie is too cute. I’m a Yorkie owner as well. My little Parker is a handful but I love him.

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  23. I love how the slipcovers and pillows change the whole feel of the room. I also think the winter version is wonderful. Either way your home is gorgeous!
    Sherry

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  24. Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments!!! I really like your blog and I am your newest follower!!!!!!!!!!!
    Bonnie

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  25. Your lightened up family room looks great Kim. I especially love your mantle scape and your coffee table scape! I also loved your room before. Your home is beautiful.

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  26. Wow I love the light new look! I thought at first that you had repainted your room it looked so different!

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  27. Kim,
    I luv what you have done to lighten up for Spring and summer...those slipcovers are so cute!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  28. Hi Kim, Those slip covers where a great find! Really pretty, love the pleated skirts:-) Bella

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  29. Very nice make over idea, Kim. I love the way you did it. Well done, Kim.

    Have a nice day!

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  30. Looks great Kim-nice and spring like! Can I ask where you found those chargers on your mantel?

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  31. Wonderful makeover! I love your mantle and of course I love your new slipcovers, they really change the whole look of the room! Your beautiful room is all set for spring!

    Kat :)

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  32. Your home is so beautiful! I love how you brightened up your room. Your wicker tray is so cute!

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  33. Kim, Yay! We get to see your sofa slip covers! The changes look great! I need to play catch up with my Spring decorating. I've been so busy with Prom dress shopping(both girls now have purchased them) and organizing all the tax info for the accountant!

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  34. Kim, it looks great! So fresh and crisp---perfect for summer. Love the pitcher full of daisies, and I think we own all of the same design books!

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  35. well now look what you started ebay will be crashing lol
    i know every time i come to your lovely home i will be in trouble .the covers are perfect for spring and summer give the room a whole new look.Love the pleats they give a custom look and the pretty pillows are perfect .Iam still debating about the duvet in my head well heck you have birds all over .well so enjoyed the new summer look have a great day

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  36. I love it both ways, but I definitely like the lighter look for spring! Love green and white. I think it's a southern thing to slipcover and change seasonally anyway. My grandmother always did it. Then she had houses in Florida and she would being things back and forth constantly. I am still looking for lighter window panels just haven't found the right thing yet. I am definitely removing the Turkish rug from under the dining table for summer, though. Looks great, love it:-)

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  37. I love seasonal makeovers and yours is just the look I am going for. Stunning.

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  38. Great Change, Kim!!! Let me know how easy or hard it is to keep those clean. I've been thinking about doing that in my sun room, but I am afraid of them getting dirty. I love the look! Nancy

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  39. It's beautiful! I can't wait until Spring Break! I'm ready to springify my dark rooms with some new fabrics!

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  40. Beautiful....just as I would have expected! I am completely in love with those slipcovers..

    Danielle

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  41. Everything looks beautiful! Believe me, I totally know how blogging gives you so much inspiration and you want to always change stuff. I am wanting to lighten things up in my house too, especially the living room. You give me lots of great ideas - thanks!!!

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  42. Wow Kim, what amazing changes you've made your room looks beautiful. I was about to say I didn't know what the red sofa looked like so I was happy to see your link. How lovely knowing that beautiful red sofa is underneath knowing you can change the look again for the Fall. Everything looks beautiful.

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  43. I love your new look...

    Kathy :)

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  44. I love the fresh new slipcovers! The green stripe and yellow stripe pillows are the perfect pop of spring colour. Your room is very pretty.

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  45. After seeing that mantle and all your decorating, I'd say you and Mr. Savvy are a perfect match!! Bring on the warmth! You are ready.

    Thank you so much for your sweet encouragement today, Kim. Appreciated very much. ~ Tanna

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  46. Why of course ferns in fireplaces, very savvy southern style. Love the tray vignette too!

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  47. O, Kim, I am loving your new spring and summer look. I, too, am in the process of changing out a few things for summer. Reds turn to apple greens and area rugs rolled up for the summer. I have lots more to do, tho.
    You did a great job on your pretty room..
    Come over and have a snack and coffee..:)

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  48. This looks so great. I looked at the before red pics and that looked great too. I love your style.

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  49. I love the slip covers. I remember as a kid eveyone's Mom put them on the sofas in the summer to lighten up the look and also to cover some worn chairs too. I wish they would have more of a selection of them and ones that fit better too.
    Joyce

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  50. Hi Kim!

    Wonderful changes!All the little touches have such great impact!

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  51. Beautiful...all of it. Love the mantle and various layers that add so much dimension and texture. I just found your blog...now following. Visit me sometime!

    ~Nancy's Daily Dish

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  52. Ooops...I am already following your blog. I came straight to this post and did not recognize your blog at first! I guess it's a good thing that I would follow again! Love it!

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  53. Hi Kim.....the makeover looks terrific...so light an airy....the slipcovers really make a differance....

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  54. I LOVE it!!! I really love those slipcovers!!!

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  55. Hi Kim.
    First time visitor and I love what you've done. I looked at your before photos and it seems we decorate similar. So it is interesting to see you "lighten" up and add shabby to your decor. I also blame all the wonderful bloggers (now you) for all the ideas and a need for change. I'm so inspired and love what you all have done that now I want to change a few things too.
    Keep it up!

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  56. What a verry nice room yoo have
    I love your Design,
    I wil follow your blog and nou i'll go to number 2 to see much more of your wunderful site
    Have a verry nice day
    Yolanda

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  57. I'm a new follower...LOVE your blog!

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  58. What a lovely home you have. Enjoy your weekend,
    greetings Madelon (Holland)

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  59. Hai Kim
    Thanks that you visiting and follow my site
    You ask me where i come from now i,ll come from the netherlands your ride
    My english isn't so good but i hope you understand my abracadabra
    hahaha
    I wisch you a verry nice weekend
    Greatings Yolanda

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  60. You did lighten the room up!

    I need a slip cover for a chair and I just might have to try ebay.

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  61. My favorite is the yellow crock with the shabby looking bunch of daisys exploding from it. Brilliant!
    I am so glad to have found you and am following you now too.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  62. oh my goodness , that looks maaaaaaaaaavelous, simply maaaaaaavelous Dahling lol.. really is does look great and now of course I have to race off to ebay and look for slipcovers. and its all your fault~!
    Sonny

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  63. Hey Kim!! I love the new look, but I gotta be honest. The fireplace is my fave. You know I love me some plates and the nautral simplistic feel is refreshing. Great job!

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  64. Love your changes, Kim. It feels like Spring.

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  65. Your did a great job! Yeah - I blame blogging for a lot of the things I do also. :-D
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  66. YOU are a MAGICIAN! Truly extraordinary job! Come visit me and you can help me with my house!!

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  67. Love the slipcovers! I like the touches of green everywhere too.

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  68. I just discovered your blog and over the past couple of days went back and read every entry. I love, love, love your home and your style. You are doing a great job with your blog. I look forward to many more posts.

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  69. That looks so nice and summery. Does anyone know if you can slipcover leather furniture??? Or will it just slid all around??

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  70. Kim Sorry I am just now seeing this, I am not sure how I missed this post. Love the fresh look of the white and green for Spring, You know how I love green and white, Great job and how fun to change it out like this, Kathysue

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  71. Love how you change things around for a new look!!

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  72. Hello there Kim,

    I cannot tell you how much I love what you have done with the lightening and brightening of the accessories of your living room, 'Springtime' decor!.., You likely know 'the feeling' I am about to describe; you are surfing merrily along and then 'it happens'.., The pure delight of discovering something truly exceptional and fabulous!.., My oh my,~ 'wow'! I exclaimed outloud!

    Do also pop by for a visit!

    Cheers from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

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  73. Kim,
    I just found your blog, but I will be returning! Love your style and would love to know the glaze you used on your coffee table. Beautiful!
    MimiG

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  74. I'm drooling !! And, how in the world did I miss this post ?! I LOVE your slipcovers !! And, your mantle looks gorgeous (loving the layered look) !! All of your Spring touches are beautiful ... I'm going back to take another look. And, thanks for your sweet note about my great room !! Hugs, Becca

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  75. Hi Kim! What a wonderful room! So light filled and fresh looking!! I see you're a Bunny Williams fan! {Me to!} Fantastic job!

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  76. I absolutely adore that mirror! Great job!

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  77. Kim,

    You have a wonderful home...you are very talented.

    Can you tell me where you got the mirror above your mantel? It looks old. I love it.

    Thanks,
    Sylvia

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  78. Kim,

    I love your blog! I just discovered it over the weekend and I'm hooked! I also have a lot of green, gold, and red in my own home and am looking to freshenen it up. I have a slipcovered red couch and don't want to pay to have it re-slipcovered. I was wondering what brand your slipcover is and if you have a hard time keeping it from sliding all over the place? I don't want to buy something from e-Bay that I can't return if it doesn't work. I'd rather go by recommendation. Thanks so much for any suggestions :)

    Brandi

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  79. Brandi, these are the Pottery Barn loose fit slips and they are well made. I am sure they do come out pretty easily. We actually hardly ever sit on those two slipcovered chairs since my husband is always in the leather chair and I am usually in the sunroom when I am not on the computer. My sister had them and she just tucks them back in when they are through at the end of the evening. I think PB sells a kit that you can put down in them to hold it down. Not sure though. Thanks for the comment about my blog.

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  80. I LOVE this room! So warm, cozy and inviting.

    http://realbeauty-realbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  81. love the look of the new slip covers and just wanted to offer this tip to you or anyone who chooses to slip cover and item..
    before applying the slip to the seat section-- wrap a couple layers of cheap- um I mean inexpensive quilt batting like you can get at walmart over the original cushions- sorta like wrapping a 3 package into 1 large package.. silver tape it underneath:) Then when you put the slip cover on it looks smoother in the seat area...
    hugs
    Sonny

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