Change Is Good

9.19.2016

Today we are going to take a little trip down memory lane of how I have dressed the great room for fall in the past before I share how it looks now later this week. I was going through the old posts and cannot believe all the changes that have been made in one year. The changes all started with getting rid of the red furniture.

This was the room last fall. I can tell you now I do not miss the red furniture at all. You can see the first reveal with the new neutral furniture here.

Another change is the bookcases were painted and the green on the back is gone.

The mantel also got updated with the same paint as the bookcases. So this gray mess is gone and the art was changed out to an antique mirror and sconces.

Dogs, plaid, books and a squirrel all worked together two years ago.

This sideboard was painted a new color this year and the toile on the doors was changed. All the accessories and lamps have changed.

The tufted ottoman was replaced with the new coffee table and I don't miss this either.

I'm looking forward to sharing the lighter brighter version with fall colors tossed in later this week as I join friends for a French country fall tour.

You know what? Change is good!


Have an awesome week!

32 comments:

  1. I have to admit I like the red furniture, but then I clicked on the neutral version and I like that, too. So it looks like you can do no wrong.
    We had dark furniture before and changed for ecru slip covers. Love it. And love slipcovers--they're the only way to live with such a light color.
    I am not a fan of anything that isn't practical. So an ottoman for feet is good; an ottoman for a coffee table is not. If you can't set your glass down, what's the point? I know people put trays, but that isn't as practical as a table.

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  2. It's always fun to look back, isn't it? I have always loved this room and I am looking forward to the updated look for this fall! Enjoy your week!
    Shelley

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    1. Thanks, Shelley. Good thing I have these blog pictures.

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  3. Change is always good and love the new look and looking forward to the room dressed for Fall and partying with you and the other wonderful ladies!

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  4. Kim, your house has always looked beautiful. I'm looking forward to your Fall tour! I hope that you have a wonderful day!!!

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  5. I think change can be good, bad or whatever, depending on the person. Not everyone feels a need to change things up often. I think sometimes reading blogs, the reader may feel a need to "keep up". And of course I guess bloggers feel the need to change, so they have something to blog about. It's just one of those things whatever works for you. Your home is always lovely - I like the "new" great room, but I am (and have been) a neutral kind of gal! ( hope all this makes sense, I am not being critical at all - just an observation)

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    1. Yes, I do change things more often than I would since I blog and am able to change things with the income I make blogging. I mostly change up small things like accessories and a lot of it is stored and changed in and out. This room got the big change when I bit the bullet and bought new furniture since I had the red furniture since 2001 and was very tired of it. Thank goodness this blog affords me to buy some things and to share those changes to just give some ideas of ways to change things up especially seasonally. We are not trying to make readers feel a need to keep up, but to just maybe generate some new ideas. A lot of the time nothing new needs to be purchased. It may just mean switching things around or changing up pillows, lamps etc. even from one room to another which I do often for a fresh look. Eventually I will retire from blogging unless I can get hubby to downsize. Then that would be a whole new ball game.

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  6. Yes that will be exciting - to see you downsize! LOL
    I know you are not trying to sway readers. I do change things out somewhat, but once I get a room to where I like it - it's almost like - comforting. Having things we love, family items, etc. I just don't feel the need as often. And definitely not saying you should change - because I love reading blogs!

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  7. I LOVE red so your before room was right up my alley! But as you stated you had it for a while and needed a change. Change is good. Neutrals are very hot right now and your home always looks great. Even though you blog the bottom line is, it's your home and first and foremost YOU live there! You're the one who has to be comfortable and happy,

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  8. The red got my eyes too! But change can be good at times ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, 15 years was a long enough relationship with that red furniture.

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  9. Your home is beautiful to me from the front lawn to the great deck in the back. I love the way you design. I love that you share your thought process with us and share your ideas. I am always excited to see Savvy Southern Style in my inbox because I never have any doubt that it will be something lovely to behold! Can't wait to enjoy the fall tour. Have a great weak!

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  10. Kim, however you change I am sure it will be wonderful! Look forward to seeing it! Pam @ Everyday Living

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  11. Kim, you have a wonderful blog, thank you for the work you put into it. I love seeing how you change your home to suit the season. Here in the north of Australia we don't have much of a change in seasons, our trees don't lose their leaves and plants bloom pretty much all year round. The autumn harvest is not observed as it is in North America so we don't do the pumpkin and wheat sheaf thing unless of course we visit Pottery Barn. My token winter decorating is a throw rug artfully tossed on a couch. It remains untouched by human hands but the dog loves it! I am lucky enough to be able to have traveled extensively and when friends ask why do I not go in the northern summer I tell them how nice it is to have a change of season and have a different experience. As for the red room I'd love to live with that kind of 'cozy' for a while. It would be change from my current cool neutrals.

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    1. Thank you and I had loved the red for a long time and I am loving the neutrals with pops of color thru accessories.

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  12. I loved your room in the past but I adore it now! I find myself evolving into a lighter look myself!! I am so excited for the tour!!

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    1. Thank you, Carol. Seems a lot of us are loving the lighter look.

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  13. Can't wait to see the New Look...but I really Love the "Old" One! :)

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  14. Sounds fun...I will be checking back, Kim.

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  15. We had so many of the same colors! I've moved to lighter as well! Can't wait to see it this week!! Hope all is well!

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    1. Yes, Susan you and I have moved from our red sofa to a neutral one. Glad to be in the same mode as you.

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  16. Kim, I love all your new changes and can't wait to see your living room decked out for fall this year. I get tired of furniture after about 10 years or more and am ready to get rid of my red patterned couch (although I still love it). The rest of the room is very neutral so I like having the pop of red. I have 3 dogs so I have to keep all my light colored furniture covered. It's nice to be able to paint furniture for a new look. Because you blog, I think you need to change things up more often and you do a fantastic job by moving things around from room to room. Your blog is one of my favorites so I hope you continue for a long time.

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    1. Awe, thanks Sandy. I'm sure I'll be around a bit longer.

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  17. Always fun to look back on what's gone before. Good we have those photos because if you're like me, I can never remember what I've done in previous years.
    Mary Alice

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    1. So true, Mary Alice. Glad we have the photos.

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  18. Ha Ha Ha! Be careful of what you call a "mess" now! Next year, you may be doing the same thing about what you have this year. Change is always good when you want it. Glad that you're happy with the changes you've made so far. That is the most important.

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