Wendy, in the East Bay of San Francisco, wanted to give her cottage living room a fresh makeover. They never sat in the room and mostly used the family room (which we recently updated). But I think that in a smaller home (or any home really) every room should feel fresh and welcoming.
Cottage Living Room Fresh Makeover
- Wendy had a large Plein air art collection that was scattered around the house.
- She had some nice antique and vintage tables that I thought we should keep.
- The furniture was the old country French/Provencal style that we all had…and it was in need of a refresh.
- She has a pretty wool rug but it was too small for the room.
- The red brick fireplace dominated the room giving it sort of a bowling alley effect.
- There were foundation settling cracks on the fireplace wall.
After Cottage Living Room Fresh Makeover
Painted Brick and Gallery Wall
- The vertical planking was added to the wall to hide the cracks.
- The sconces were removed in favor of recessed eyeball lights to highlight the art.
- The brick was painted white to blend with the wall.
- Since this was at the beginning of COVID, we took inventory of Wendy’s art, and I drew a diagram of how it should be hung. Then we Facetimed to get it up (which I thought was actually fun–ha! Wendy did all the work).
- The seat cushion was recovered in a neutral Perennials fabric in case Wendy wants to change the colors in here.
Layered Rugs and Bookcase Focal Point
We bought a larger basketweave sisal rug from Ballard Designs to layer under Wendy’s pretty wool one. I suggested having a bookcase built for the far end of the room. And you won’t believe this, but Wendy found that great pine bookcase on Craigslist for $300!!
Let’s just take a look again…
After With New Neutral Furniture in Performance Fabrics and Lampshade
And that’s a Cottage Living Room Fresh Makeover! Wendy likes sitting in here now 🙂
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