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Week Two of the Living Room Refresh

Welcome to Week Two of my living room refresh. Last time, I shared how the living room looked before and the plan.  Today I'll be sharing all about the rug and pillows.

One of my very favorite colors is red. It's warm; it's exciting; it's my happy color.

In my living room refresh, KariAnne suggested using it for my main accent color (I'd tried to go neutral and it just wasn't working for me). Here's the mood board again to remind you of where I want to go with the room.

She found several rugs for me to consider over at As I was looking at them, I saw a different one. Ooo! The pattern on it was very subtle (which I really liked) and it still had all the colors (red, blue, gold, and sage green) I needed to pull the room elements together. Another bonus: it was on sale! So I ordered it!

It came just in time for it to go with us to the farm over the weekend. I love it! The color and pattern are just right. (Hm, I need to pull it out just a bit so the table leg sits on it- heh).

KariAnne also suggested some patterns for pillows - a stripe and a floral. After looking at fabric and trying to match reds, I finally found a plaid and a tone on tone print with the right color of reds. Then I found some floral pillows tucked away in a closet.(Yay for being able to reuse something!) So I got busy, made new pillows from the two new fabrics and plumped up the two floral ones - now I have beautiful, colorful pillows for the living room! Bye-bye neutrals!
 I don't know if you can tell, but the floral pillows have a checked fabric on top & bottom.

The living room refresh is well underway. Next week in Week Three, I will share curtains and a roman shade followed by Week Four featuring the entertainment shelf unit. And finally, I will have a final reveal of my newly refreshed living room!


  1. Don’t you just love it when a room comes together? You lucked out with that rug Cecelia. It can be very tricky buying rugs online but this one is perfect!

  2. Great score on the rug. I agree with Doreen rugs are so hard to buy on line and you got a great one. Wooo Hoooo! The room is coming together so nicely. I knew you would go with colors even with you saying you wanted neutral. You have an artist soul and love color so happy you went with what makes you happy. The room looks so comfy and cozy.
    Happy New Week and Happy 4th.

  3. Your room is really coming together nicely! Good choice for the rug! It's blending every design element and color - making the room pop!

  4. Cecilia, did you make the red rag lamp shade ? Please tell ! I want to do something like that with a wire lamp shade I have. Love the rug. It's one I want...when I don't have cats and hairballs anymore. :-)

  5. Love the rug - it really makes the room! I really like all of the color pops as well. Jane

  6. Pretty rug and I love your pillows, too!


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