My Favorite Room.....So Much Better With Age

9.06.2013

I'm thrilled that I get a chance to share with Savvy Southern Style readers about my favorite room! Thank you so much, Kim, for having me!

I'm Jamie and I blog over at So Much Better With Age. I like old stuff as the name suggests. Vintage items are my favorite! I'm also a neat freak so that doesn't mean I like old and dusty, I just like old or old looking stuff and please no clutter!


My favorite room I'm sharing with you is my living room!
Living room www.somuchbetterwithage.com


Why is my living room my favorite room in the house?
That's easy - because it's the only room that's done!
Living room www.somuchbetterwithage.com


I'm sure you know how I feel. I LOVE to decorate and do DIY projects and then redecorate some more. But there's nothing more gratifying than having a finished room.
Living room www.somuchbetterwithage.com


Now when I say "done", I don't mean "done" forever. Just for now. When my home is upside down, it feels good to look at this room. Check out my adjoining family room complete with longest baby gate in the world.
Living room www.somuchbetterwithage.com


When the toys of this family room are driving me bananas, I just turn my head to the left and stare at this room.
Living room www.somuchbetterwithage.com


Now it hasn't always been this put together. When we bought it, it looked like this:
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We took down the wall between the living room and family room. Of course we also took out the 80s carpet and painted everything. I spray painted that peach marble fireplace {gasp!} as a temporary solution and four years later it's still there in perfect condition.
Living room www.somuchbetterwithage.com


That window was just screaming for a window seat! We got rid of the bannisters and rounded out the steps too.
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I had the cushions made and the tops of the bench lift up to reveal storage! It's a good spot to hide seasonal decor and Christmas presents...shhh.
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Hello rounded steps!
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I found the most difficult thing to tackle was bookshelf styling! I can't tell you how many times I've styled and restyled them. Too many times! I don't like a lot of clutter so I wanted add something lovely and meaningful but at the same time not overcrowd the shelves.
I have an old radio, lots of books, some framed photos of my babies, brass candlesticks, metal trough with shells.
Living room www.somuchbetterwithage.com


I love the little chicken wire baskets I found at a garage sale. I turned them upside down and added them to my stacks of magazines. There's more books, candles and photos.
Living room www.somuchbetterwithage.com


My birth mother painted that portrait of me and my son. So talented!!
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The bottom cupboards store all my photo albums. It's great to have some hidden storage.
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I don't think you need to spend a lot of money on decor items. Next week I'll be sharing on my blog where I sourced all my items from and you'll be surprised at how little I spent on all of it.
Living room www.somuchbetterwithage.com


It's the best place to sit with a book and have a cup of tea and Christmas mornings are the best in this room!
Living room www.somuchbetterwithage.com


Thank you so much for joining me on this tour. I hope you can stop by my blog and say hi! Have a great day!
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Thank you, Jamie for sharing your beautiful living room.

Okay y'all you know the drill. Get yourself a drink, snack and get comfy and go check out the rest of Jamie's house tour at So Much Better With Age.

Miss any past favorite rooms? Find them all here.

Y'all have a super weekend!

33 comments:

  1. Thanks Kim for hosting this great tour.

    Jamie you house is so beautiful and I love the fact that it is light in both color and items. I get stressed myself with to much clutter. LOL

    I hope you both have an awesome day! :-)

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  2. What a beautiful living room. I love that window seat and the fireplace wall is perfect. A lovely room.

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  3. I love her room. I have seen it before on her blog but I took the tour again to soak in every detail. So pretty!
    -Shelley

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  4. Jamie
    Your living room is lovely.
    I can see why it's your favorite!
    Thanks Kim, for guest hosting Jamie.

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  5. Wow just stunning. What a wonderful transformation. Thanks Kim for featuring Jamie's beautiful living room.
    Kris

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  6. Thanks ladies for allowing us in. Such a calm and luvly room. Jamie your book cases are styled just beautifully.
    Hugs, Gee

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  7. Your living room looks great. I love what you did with the steps.

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  8. WOW what an amazing before and after! Lovely!

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  9. Love it!! So very lovely!
    Nancy

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  10. Love Jaime's home!!! But I love how she's shown the contrast of both spaces here! Thanks Kim and have a great weekend!

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  11. Wow, thanks so much ladies! I'm honored to be here. I'm a long time follower of Kim's blog. I'm off to tell everyone I know I'm Savvy Southern Style today!
    Big hugs to you all!
    Jamie

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  12. What a pretty room. I love the shelves on either side of the fireplace!

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  13. Love this and love the before and after shots! Great vision Jamie!

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  14. Jamie's living room exudes peacefulness and comfort! Great job!!
    Mary Alice

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  15. A beautiful room! I really liked to see how she transformed the space, the steps and the window bench are adorable! I love her style!

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  16. I really like the nice, fresh clean-lined look to this room. What a difference from the way it started out. GREAT job- xo Diana

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  17. Such a gracious room! Rounding out the stairs was a stroke of genius!

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  18. Wowzers! Jamie, I would spend all DAY in that room if I could! It's stunning! And I could use a lesson or ten from you in shelf styling. You've got it dialed. The neutrals really allow those accent pieces to pop. Brava!

    Warmly,
    Lauren
    The Thinking Closet

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  19. Jamie, I've visited your blog and remember this room. You were so wise to open it up, redo the step down, and add the window seat. Beautiful job!

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  20. Such a pretty room! Love this series, Kim.

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  21. What a beautiful living room! It's so spacious and serene. I love the calming neutral colors she's used. Love her chairs in there. The toys piled up behind the baby gate reminded me of the days my front sitting room was converted into a play space when my boys were little.

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  22. Hi Kimmie! Oh, this is so pretty! Her living room is so bright and clean looking. She has a way with decorating, doesn't she/ Thanks for popping in to see my little dolls.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  23. What a beautiful room!...I love the window seat that you added to the room..and redesigning the stairs was such a fabulous idea!...You created such a gorgeous "retreat"....Thanks Kim...I so enjoyed today's feature!
    Have a great weekend!

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  24. Your living room looks like something from a magazine. You should be very proud of yourself!!

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  25. So very pretty! I love every little detail!
    -Shayna
    www.TheWoodGrainCottage.com

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  26. Beautiful home Jamie...you did a lot of work and it really shows! Love all of the neutral colors too...my favorite.

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  27. Jamie has a gorgeous home and this space is a greta example of it!

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  28. Hi Kim, Thanks for introducing me to Jamie. Her home is lovely. Jamie, I love what you did when you removed the bannisters and rounded out the steps. Perfect. Love your bookshelf styling.

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  29. Beautiful room!Ah yes I remember the days of toys everywhere!But at the time I did not have a room that beautiful to look at..LOL!
    xx
    Anne

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  30. Such a beautiful room! Please will you share the wall color you used? It is so refreshing!

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