Dissecting The Details: A Classic, Casual Living Room

You know when you see a room and everything about it just feels so “you” or at least, what you want your home to be? That’s what I thought when I came across this image last week. Apparently, many of you felt the same (it was one of my most popular pins), so I thought it might be fun to break down the details of what makes this space so good.

blue-white-living-room Better Homes & Gardens





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When To Paint Wood Furniture, When to Leave It Alone

One of the questions I hear a lot is whether or not to paint a specific piece of furniture. I think you have to weigh each piece individually. Does it have sentimental value? Are you ever going to really love it if you don’t paint it? Will it enhance or distract from the style of the furniture?  In other words, there’s no one right answer for all furniture.

green-dresser (A dresser I ended up painting—details here.)


For fun, I grabbed five current listings from (Charlotte’s) Craigslist to show you which pieces I would leave alone and which ones I would paint. Hopefully, this will help a few of you who are on the fence with a paint brush in your hand. . .

 pedestal-table image: Country Living

These oak pedestal tables always seem to pop up on Craigslist. To update the oak, I would paint it and pair it with completely different chairs.



farmhouse_tableimage source 

On the other hand, I don’t think I would ever paint a farmhouse table. If you’re going for this look, you almost have to embrace the imperfections that come along with it. That’s what makes it beautiful. You could always dress it up with some tailored chairs.



wood-armoire image: Southern Hospitality

Even if you don’t need it to house a TV, I still like the bulk of an armoire for bedroom storage. This one has a nice wood tone so I’d probably leave it alone. It would work well in a light, neutral room to add some warmth.



painted-armoire image source

I think this armoire would work well painted because it would bring out some of the detail on the doors. I also think paint would help to update the wood carving on the top. Painting it would definitely give it more of a country-cottage feel. Something to consider. . .



RATTAN-TABLES image: Design Manifest

I would hesitate before I painted any kind of rattan/bamboo/wood furniture. I always like the texture it adds when unpainted—especially when paired with glossier, lacquered furniture.