You probably don't remember, but I emailed you back in February of 2009 for advice on my living room (here. and here and here and here and here) I thought it was so fun to get on your blog and see my pictures and get some advice from you. Great advice, by the way. Well, I never sent you "after" pictures because I didn't exactly follow your advice. I've had some serious guilt issues about that. How rude of me not to respond with my finished room. Well, I wanted to send you some after pictures because I've been following your blog/new site and although I didn't follow your exact advice for my room, I have tried to apply the principles you talk about and I'm pretty happy with the end result. Thought you might like to see it. Thanks for all you do. I love to hear what you have to say!
ps - I'm so embarrassed when I look back at the before pictures. How did I have any friends???
pps - big chunky crown molding makes the biggest difference in a room. So worth it.
You really did a beautiful job! It's a good thing that good friends don't care about how well we decorate. :) They do make great before and after photos! I LOVE the lighter paint. I love how you took care of your TV. Your use of scale on your wall decor is infinitely improved! Good Job!
Do you want to take it to the next level? Consider a lighting plan. Check out the advice I gave Cara on her dining room. A rectangular shape on your light would be so much nicer. While I was replacing the light, I would move it. (Even if you just use a chain and hook) Move the table 90 degrees to face the other direction. Center the table with your new fabulous wall decor, as well as the window- then hang the light above the new location. I see that you have a vent near where that location might be, but you can make it work. It might require shifting your set of nine perfectly hung pictures. But- the most important thing is that we get it right, right? ;) Then I would put a nice large plant in the corner with an uplight. Consider also adding an eyeball light accenting your art, and a sconce between the window and door. Look at the advice I gave Kim on her lighting plan. Use the advice in both of your rooms.
The last bit of advice I have is to finish it off with a rug. (You might use this table every day and have small children and prefer the hard floor for practical purposes)- but I will tell you that from a design standpoint, the space would benefit greatly from the softness of a rug.
Be sure that the rug blends nicely with the rug in the family room.
I found the rug above on homedecorator.com. Rebecca, I can't thank you enough for sending in after photos. It makes me happy even if you didn't do every thing exactly- you did a fantastic job. There are many good ways to decorate a room- and you did very well!