My Favorite Room.....Simplicity in the South

8.23.2013

 Hello Savvy Southern Style friends! I'm Tricia and I blog over at Simplicity in the South. I'm truly honored that Kim asked me to be a guest on her blog today. I have to admit, I was quite giddy with excitement when Kim asked me to share my favorite room with her readers. Then came the realization that I had to pick just one room. When I thought about which room represents when I dove headfirst into DIY, stopped basing decorating decisions on resale value and began making our home one that I could truly love forever, there was no doubt...it was my living room.

  Before and after living room.

You know that feeling you get when you walk into a cottage built in the early 1900's? Well, that's what I wanted when you walked through the front door of our 1980's ranch. There's a mix of old, new, repurposed and painted. White empire chest and turquoise front door

One of the things I love most about cottage-style homes is the abundant use of crisp white and architectural details like wainscoting. I got both when I installed this picture-height board and batten around the entire room for less than $150.00. Living room with board and batten


One of my favorite finds is this carpenter's tool chest that we've repurposed into a side table by having a welder make the base. Carpenters-tool-chest-side-table1


Vintage pieces are mixed with more modern furniture like the bookcases that flank both sides of the fireplace. Eclectic cottage living room Living room- Simplicity in the South blog

The bookshelves were once dark brown laminate, but they now have a more built-in look with the help of white paint and grasscloth wallpaper. You see the before pictures and details on how I did it by clicking this link. White Ikea bookshelves


I bridged the bookcases by building our mantle out of 2 x 6's. I love how the warm, rich tones of the wood add a hint of rustic charm to the room. The once brassy fireplace screen was updated with black paint. Modern cottage living room

There's plenty of texture in the room from the bamboo roman shades and baskets.  Board and batten living room


Does anyone else share my addiction to baskets?  White Ikea Bookshelves and Ikea lights

The most dramatic change we made was opening the living room up to the adjacent kitchen. My top priority was making the room lighter and brighter while adding a place for our three boys to sit and do homework at the bar. Mr. Simplicity's top priority was having a large screen TV that could be seen from both rooms. Eat-in kitchen opened up to living room

Either way, I'm glad we were both on the same page about knocking a big hole through that wall. I have all the before pictures and nitty gritty details in this post. Living room opened up to eat in kitchen

Thank you, Kim for letting me drop in today to share my favorite room with your readers! Mercury hobnail candle holders and succulents

Thanks so much, Tricia for sharing your beautiful and cozy living room. 

Y'all know you want to see more of Tricia's home so hop on over to Simplicity in the South and look around and tell her you came by.

See all past favorite rooms here.

Have a super weekend!
Looks like we may actually be rain free :)


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35 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing Tricia's home. She has a flair for color and has used it well.

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  2. Kim... thanks for introducing me to Tricia. What a great room and great style. Just like you. Have a great weekend!

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  3. What a charming home! I love the makeover she gave that room. I swear it looks like it belongs on the pages of Better Homes & Gardens Magazine! She did an excellent job giving that room style, function and organization.

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  4. Love this room - just beautiful how it opens up to the kitchen.
    And I have a slight obsession with baskets too LOL
    XOXO

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  5. Love the wainscoting! Very fresh and inviting!
    Thanks for sharing this cute home.

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  6. Tricia's favorite room is so beautiful....what a transformation...I love all the details and I really want that Charleston sign!!...The wainscoting is fantastic...great job on the entire room!...Thanks Kim for another great "favorite room" today!!!

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  7. Beautiful space ... love how she mastered vintage meeting modern! Thanks for sharing, Kim ... great tour!

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  8. Kim, I loved Tricia post. She has a wonderful sense of design. xoxo,Susie

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  9. Love this home! You made such great use of every space of the rooms! That Charleston sign is to die for! Happy weekend!

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  10. I adore Tricia's style and home. She is a fantastic decorator.

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  11. I have that same painting hanging in my bedroom. I just love that brightness of the blue. For some reason, it makes me very happy! Love the room. It's beautiful. How did you install that picture height wainscoting for only $150?

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  12. You truly should be proud of the space Tricia! It is both beautiful and cozy - love the carpenter tool box-turned side table! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Thank you ladies for your sweet comments. I'm truly flattered! City Girl, I used sheets of 4 x 8' MDF that were cut down to strips. The other costs were sandpaper, primer, paint and one secret ingredient that I need to blog about soon that made the MDF feel more like real wood. ;) I promise I'll share.

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  14. What a gorgeous room(s)! I will be doing the board and batten soon and your room is definitely going in the inspiration folder.

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  15. Great room! Love the board and batten :)

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  16. I love her style and home!

    I really enjoyed clicking back to her wall demolition post - boy oh boy did that ever make a difference.

    NICE guest feature, Kim - really enjoy them!

    M.

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  17. Tricia has a beautiful home! Her transformation is amazing! Love her front door color too!
    xx
    Anne

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  18. It is a lovely room so light and bright, wow what a huge change the white makes on that dark wood, love the wainscoting, beautiful...Phyllis

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  19. I enjoyed seeing your beautiful living room so much, Tricia. I love the updates you've made. The entry is beautiful. Well...it is all beautiful. I love the look of the stone fireplace in your room. Gorgeous layers and textures!

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  20. What a charming room. I love the pops of aqua's and the opening to the kitchen.

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  21. What a beautiful room! (My favorite is the entryway with the fun turquoise door.)

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  22. What a beautiful room and amazing transformation!
    Vanessa

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  23. Her home is lovely. I love the opening in the wall into the eating area - makes it so much more open and seems to allow a lot more natural light from one room to the next. I love all the details in the living room & I adore those baskets.
    Thanks, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  24. Hi Kimmie! Oh, what a lovely room she has and thank you for allowing her to show us. I'm not familiar with her blog so I'll have to pop over.
    Have a great weekend and you're always a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  25. Oh I am seriously in love with that room AND the kitchen! Thanks, Kim, for introducing us, I'm heading over now to visit Tricia.

    Mary

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  26. Tricia's living room is so fresh and bright and pretty! I love the added board and batten, lightening up the bookcases, and opening up the wall to the kitchen.
    Mary Alice

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  27. Hello Kim and Trisha! Thanks for sharing this pretty room with us. I love Trisha's style. I think she might know that already though ;) Love the board and batten and all the special touches she has made to her home!

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  28. It's beautiful happy soothing colors and the board and batten reminds me once again that I have GOT to find a spot in my home for some.

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  29. I love the texture of the room...plus it's nicely edited! The bookshelves are perfect!

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  30. This room is absolutely delightful and it's no wonder it is her favourite. Well done!

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  31. I love how cheerful this room is, and your casual decorating style. That Van Gogh print is one of my favorite pieces!

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  32. Beautiful room!! Where are the leather chairs from?

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