Great Room Refresh Without Spending a Penny

2.11.2016

I really didn't think I would be messing with the great room again until I got my new furniture, but since it is still several weeks away with another delay(grrrr) I did make some quick changes in here again last weekend. I had no plans to do this, but next thing I knew I was moving lamps and swapping pillows and even trying out another rug from my stash. Sharing this with y'all will show you just how easy it is to give the room a new look with just a few simple changes.


I had this plaid rug stored away and am loving it here. I am pretty sure it will work with the new furniture, too.

I have been wanting to add lamps to the sofa table so I took these from the master. I do love them here. I moved the lamps from the dresser to the bedside dresser and nightstand to replace these. I am adding one lamp on my dresser instead of two for now.

This is what was there before. Three large demijohns. Oh, and see the lamp over on the bookcase?

It moved over to the sideboard.

And this little lamp from the foyer moved to the bookcase. 



I moved this brass lamp from the sun room for Mr. Savvy to use it by his chair. This is the best light to read by and it is adjustable. Best find ever at the RH outlet a few years ago. Wish I would come across another one.

I swapped the red plaid pillows for these. I love the texture of the kilim pillow.



I love how these pillows were collected over time and all work so well together.

I tossed some old books and a couple of my magnifying glasses in the dough bowl on the table.


I'm loving the new look until the new stuff arrives...if it ever does.

I'll be sharing the sofa and coffee table choice with you soon along with some accent chair possibilities from a different company I am trying to decide on.

You can see how this room has evolved over the years here.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more outside the blog like this room that I shared a few days ago.

43 comments:

  1. I know you're fuming over the latest delay (bummer), but it looks beautiful ... love the changes! I "have" to find a dough bowl. :)

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    1. Yes, I am so frustrated with this order. I sure hope it's worth the wait. thanks!

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  2. would your husband use something like TV EARS a tv hearing devices.

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  3. Love that rug!!! Looks great in there.

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  4. Love the changes Kim....can't wait to see the new furniture!
    Cindy
    Edith & Evelyn

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  5. Kim, the rug makes a really big difference and I love it!! All your changes are perfect! Pam @Everyday Living

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    1. Thanks, Pam. Glad I remembered I had it stored away.

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  6. Everything you do looks great! I love seeing your room transformations! Sheila

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  7. I love it when people decorate with things they already have on hand. I think it shows great creativity to think outside the box of "I've always had it here" or "I've always used it this way." One of the things I love most about your blog, Kim, is your clever approach at decorating--you are never afraid to shake things up a bit. :-)

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  8. Love the updates! Very fresh look with the rug and also love the books in the dough bowl. Great lamps too! Looking forward to the reveal of your new stuff. I know it seems like an eternity when you're waiting... but oh, how fun when it arrives!

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  9. I love all the changes to your room. That rug is perfect and the lamps with the black shades lend a touch of elegance. Your room is slowly moving away from Country to a more classic relaxed style. Just wait till your new furniture arrives. I think it's going to be a "wow!" Moment.

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  10. It is so hard to wait! I remember waiting in December for our new couch.
    The changes while wait are luvly Kim. I especially luv the rug!
    Hugs, Gee

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    1. It is hard to wait and patience is not one of my virtues. Thanks, Gee!

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  11. Since you have such excellent taste Kim, anything in your home, in one room or another, looks fabulous! Can't wait to see your new furniture!

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  12. I don't remember ever seeing that rug and I love it! I have been doing the same thing today, moving things all over and creating new vignettes. I guess it is cabin fever, it is FRIGID out and getting worse over the weekend:9 Love the pillows too. You have terrific lamps. Hope your new stuff comes SOON!!! Have a very happy Valentine's day!

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    1. I tried it in here and another room a long time ago and then put it away. Thanks

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  13. No matter what you do Kim, It is alway gorgeous! You have amazing taste and everything you touch looks fabulous! I cannot wait to see the new furniture!

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  14. That brass lamp is absolutely perfect, not shiny, useful to read and so much charm!

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  15. Love all the changes. Bummer that you have a delay with the furniture. Can't wait to see what your new furniture will look like. I love the little lamp on the bookcase and the RH lamp too!

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  16. LOVE the pillows and rug. You are so talented.

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  17. Don't think I could stand to order furniture. I'm too impatient!
    Brenda

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    1. I may never do it again at least not from Ethan Allen.

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  18. Love love the rug? Do you remember where you purchased it?

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    1. Jennifer, it is by Dash & Albert and I ordered it on line. Thanks

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  19. Don't you just love dancing to the "accessory shuffle".....great shuffling around...Everything looks great!....I do love the "lamp switches"....such bright ideas! :)

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  20. of course the changes look fabulous
    The dough board bowl is my favorite, I am on the hunt for one
    expecting to pay $200 since I have not found one under? any hints?

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  21. I know you're ready fir the new sofa....but your changes in the meantime, look nice. Is your kilim pillow scratchy? I got two covers from Pottery Barn a couple years ago and they are scratchy- itchy feeling :(

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  22. Oh, I love the idea of old books in the dough bowl! You have such a knack for artfully arranging things. Love the brass lamp, too!

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  23. kim,
    your are an inspiration! love the family room the way it is, but i can't wait to see how the new furniture impacts the room. btw i will be in your neck of the woods in a few weeks - i'll email you - but i think we should have lunch!
    xoxo beth

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