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Monday, March 14, 2011

New Furniture for my Living Room



Hi Blogging Buddies! 

Do you remember recently I shared pictures of my open floor plan and a few of the woes that come with decorating with not many walls, etc ? 

Here is the room before:


DSCN3189I have been anxious to share with you an addition to my living room.  Thinking I wanted to wait until the whole room was done, I haven’t shown pictures of my new piece of furniture, but I just can’t wait any longer.


Most rooms are a work in progress and so is my living room!  The whole progression started about a month ago when I was in my hometown celebrating my birthday.  I had a phone call from my sister in law Connie who also loves to decorate.  She was in a thrift store and found a secretary that she said “had my name all over it!”


She knew I had been looking for one and she knows how I like dark wood.  Of course thrift stores will not hold pieces.  This was Saturday and I wouldn’t be able to get into the store until Monday.  Knowing it would be gone she took a picture on her cell phone and sent it to me.  It was somewhat hard to tell but I just knew Connie knows my style.  She was willing to purchase it for me and then they would hold it until Mr. Brown Socks and I could get in there on Monday to pick it up. It had a few little problems like dried glittered glue (which popped right off with a little Murphy’s soap and a straight edged razor.  It needed washing down and some tung oil to give it luster. 


  At first we placed it on the same wall as the fireplace. Then after studying it and talking with my decorator friend Susan, we decided it wasn’t quite tall enough to compete with the fireplace mantel.  Sooo…we scooted it over to the corner and I LOVE it there!  Don’t you think it made a huge difference in the way the room has come together?


  This sweet little green chair used to be in my silk floral work room. It came from a local little store that was going out of business.  I was so lucky to find it as it was buried under a pile of “stuff”.  I almost missed seeing it myself!


As much as I have enjoyed it in my workroom I really like having the bright color in my living room now.  It seems perfect nestled up by the secretary and just seems to give the room the extra piazza it was lacking.  I also brought in this white dish and placed on the coffee table (Goodwill find)





and added white urns on top of the secretary to give the room some contrast. 


The mantle is still a work in progress. I took down the big tree picture (shown below) because it seems so fall/winter to me.


Also still on my list are new pillows for the couch and the little green chair.  But for now I am very happy with the direction this room is going.










It’s amazing what this one piece of furniture did to make me love my living room.  Another thing that I like about it is having the shelves to add more of my accessories.


Do join me over at all these other great blogs I am joining this week.  There are always some many great ideas!


Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Marty at
A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kim at
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Kara at Elements Interiors for Whassup Wednesday
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Leigh at Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday
Jill at
French Cupboard for French Inspiratin on Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for her Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Linda at
A la Carte for Junkin' Finds on Fridays
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Fridays
Sherry at
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Laurie at
Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
Donna at
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special


I am always so happy to have you stop by! 



Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow, Donna! It's beautiful and looks right at home in your living room! Fabulous! I also like the other changes you have made! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Blondie's Journal said...

The secretary was a great find and looks wonderful in your living room! I like that you added the urns and fern on gives it height to go with your fireplace. It really is beautiful!


Babs said...

I really like your new secretary and you did a great job of decorating it. The white urns with ferns are a nice touch. I understand rooms being a "work in progress". Mine are the same, but isn't it fun to get new things and change things around? Have a great day.

Unknown said...

What a great find! It really does give the room that extra little "oomph", and I love the pop of color the chair provides.

April said...

I'd say you scored BIG TIME! How gorgeous! Your living room is a show-stopper! What a wonderful job you've done of bringing everything together!

Melissa Miller said...

Donna it is gorgeous! :)

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Love your new piece Donna and it looks beautiful in your corner! What a great find!

Kimberly said...

I think I want a secretary now! looks great.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great piece, Donna! How cool you have people on the look-out for you! : ) I think it looks really good in the corner, too.

Debbiedoos said...

I have always wanted one of those Donna. What a great score. Looks gorgeous in your warm home too.

Paula@SweetPea said...

I love your new secretary. (I am still kicking myself for not taking the one that was in my grandmother's house.) Yours really fills that corner and adds a lot of warmth to the room. The chair from your work room is just perfect beside it. This room is looking good!

Kristens Creations said...

What a beautiful piece!! I love secretaries and eventually want one for my living room. Your room looks beautiful!! Kristen

lvroftiques said...

I love it Donna!! Isn't it something that one piece can make everything suddenly work so much better? I had a very similar governor wintrhop secretary that I sold and now I really miss it! That was really sweet of your SIL. Vanna

Miss Char said...

Donna, I can't believe what a difference it made in moving the secretary over to that corner. I'm so jealous, I've been looking for one for awhile but haven't come across "just the right one". Your room is really looking spiffy with this addition.

Pamela said...

What a great find!!
My childhood home has a secretary desk and I just love it!

A Hint of Home said...

I really love the secretary! I've been looking for one myself.
It looks wonderful in the corner!

LBB said...

Such a great find!! It just what I'm looking for :) Maybe I'll get lucky too!!

Kim said...

I love your new piece - it really makes a statement in the room!

Diane said...

Looks fantastic! What a great treasure you have got must have been a very looooong weekend waiting to pick it up!

Cathy said...

The corner is the perfect spot for your beautiful piece of new furniture. Looks great! said...

LOVE THIS! Come on ova' and link up to my Linky Party! xoxokara


EVERYTHING you do is just Picture Perfect!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Donna, The secretary is a beautiful piece and it looks wonderful in your room. I love the little chair too. Thank you so much for joining my new party. Take care.

KimMalk said...

You were so lucky to find that secretary, Donna. I love those pieces because they are so versatile. Your room is coming along brilliantly :).

Linda @ A La Carte said...

That secretary is my dream piece! Truly I keep looking for one at the right price and one of these days I will find it. Love it in that corner! Thanks for joining JFF. hugs, Linda

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your room is beautiful and that secretary is perfect! I love that you can leave it open to display things! GORGEOUS! ♥

Anonymous said...

Beautiful room Donna! I love the new secretary.

Susan said...

I agree Donna, your secretary made a world of difference in your room!! I love it!

Pam said...

Such a beautiful caught my eye at first cause I thought it was like the piece I posted for the vintage blogging today. Very nice.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

It is beautiful and looks perfect in the corner of your living room.

Ms. Bake-it said...

Your post caught my eye because your secretary looks like the one my mom has in her house in Maine. It is beautiful and looks great where you have placed it and how you accessorized it!

~ Tracy

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What a darling piece of furniture! I love those old secretary desks and dark woods too- great find!! Thanks for sharing this at FNF! :)

Kathy@ Gone North said...

What a lovely piece. Great find & you are one lucky gal to have such a nice SIL..
It is perfect in that spot.

Lynn said...

Your secretary looks great in the corner-enjoy:@)

Karen said...

What fabulous find! Your SIL was a doll to get scoop that up for you. You did a wonderful job incorporating it into your living room.
Ladybug Creek said...

Such a FIND! Its PERFECT for your corner! Thanks for linking it up to Whassup!!

Hope to see you at Whassup this week!


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh Donna, that secretary is stunning! What a find! Your living room looks beautiful, and I love that chair too. Thanks so much for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

The Charm of Home said...

What a beautiful find. It is perfect in your room. So pretty tucked in that corner and all decorated. Thanks for linking up!