Saturday, April 14, 2012

Spring Living Room



Welcome to my Living Room!


Come in!  This is the view from the hall.   I did a lot of work out in the garden yesterday but then it started to rain :(   You know what they say - God invented rainy days so that gardeners can get their housework done!!  So, I moved inside and started Spring cleaning.  Yes, I know I'm a bit late with the ole Spring Clean thing but between one thing and another I haven't got round to it!  Anyway, better late than never!!  So, I started on my Living Room and gave it a thorough de-clutter and clean.   Now it's much better!


I can't believe it's taken me so long to get to this room!  I really wanted to give it a little makeover so it feels fresh and Spring-like.   You can check out what the living room looked like when we first moved in and what it looked like at Christmas, by clicking here.  The photos I took at Christmas are so dark but you can make out what's there!   Out went the rug and mismatched photo frames.  I also put my faux fur throw (which I love) away until Autumn.  This room feels so much lighter and airier now.  This is the view into my new office - the making of which you can read by clicking here.  Double doors into office open . . .


. . . and closed . . .


To add a little Spring colour I treated myself to a new hydrangea and zinc metal planter.


I also bought these new cushions for the couch - they were a bargain buy - 7 or 8 euro at Penney's (Primark)!!  The couch is from Ikea.


Love my new hydrangea . . .







The roman blinds are inexpensive ones from Argos . . .







If you read my Easter Sunday post, you'll know that I recently bought a mirror for over my fireplace - problem is it doesn't fit!!! so we have do a job on the fireplace - more about that later!  At the moment, I have this piece of original art which I love which is unusual for me as I generally like more traditional pieces.


The strange beige strip around the hearth is a rubber bumper so that little baba doesn't bump his head!!



 




This is my office chair I bring in to the Living room on occasion . . .



 A French candelabra and framed postcard . . .


 I love these French metal round tables - they are so handy and easy to move around the house when you want a change, I have them in this pale French grey and also in black . . .

 





My treasured white marble lamp!

 

 Spring means baby herb plants, I like to have a few around the house - this is rosemary.

 


 
One of the things on my 'to do' list is print and frame lots of photos and create a gallery wall somewhere - I've done three so far - at this rate the wall should be done by about 2020!!!  From left to right - photo number 1 - Niall and myself (hate myself in photos - I'm just not photogenic), photo number 2:  my eldest son Aran on the day of his graduation - isn't he handsome! photo number 3: Niall with our baby Criostoir - I love this photo of Criostoir laughing!!


It's really amazing what a good clean and de-clutter can do to a room.  I actually enjoyed doing it too!  I put on my Amelie CD (from the film Amelie) and flew threw it in no time! 


I really like my new cushions too - love a bargain!

 


Curly metal photo frame . . .
 

 I always have a few books on the coffee table and swap them out from time to time.  On my coffee table at the moment . . .   

Pure Style by Jane Cumberbatch
At Home with White by Atlanta Bartlett
French Home by Josephine Ryan
Farrow & Ball The Art of Colour by Coleman & Addeo

 

And that's it!  Hope you enjoyed the little tour round my living room!  After all the cleaning and de-cluttering I think I'll be taking it easy for the rest of the weekend!  Now, I think a nice cup of tea, my Easter egg -  haven't eaten it yet!  and the film Somethings Gotta Give!  yes - that sounds like the makings of good Saturday evening!  : )

 Enjoy your weekend!
Sharon
xxxx

ps - just reading over this before I hit the publish button!  phew - it's a long post - congratulations if you made it to the end and your reading this : ) 

41 comments:

French Grey said...

Great post! Your living room looks fabulous! The French style chairs are on my "need to get" list! And the tables too!! Enjoy your weekend and btw I love the interior of the "Something's Gotta Give" house!
Have fun!

Cindy
xo

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Thanks Cindy,me too! Enjoy your weekend!

Sharon
xxxx

Karen said...

LOVE your living room. Want to come de-clutter mine? What color of paint is on the walls? Love it! And of course the mirror is just delightful. I wish I had your energy.....

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Hi there - Wow! I love your home. Thank you for sharing all the great photos. (BTW, the photos really draw you in!!) I just discovered your blog while leaving a comment on another blog. La Vie En Rose the title intrigued me....so glad I visited. Cheers from DC, Loi Thai Tone on Tone

Leslie said...

Omg!! I love this and your artwork is perfect! I'll book mark this and comment more later - I'm not home ;)

Thank you for always leaving a sweet comment on my blog!

I'll be back,
Leslie

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Thanks Karen! the paint colour on the wall is Georgian 3 by Dulux!

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hi Loi, with comments like that you're welcome back anytime :) so thank you! It's lovely to hear about the photos as I only started getting in to photography because of the blog!! On my way to check out your blog!

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Your welcome Leslie! and vice versa!

Sharon

Maison de lin said...

Hello my dear?

If I love your livingroom? I adore!!! The furniture is perfect and everything looks so sereen and we got the same book of F&B on the coffeetable :D. Your familly must be verry happy wiht a livingroom like this. well done

Have a nice sunday evening in this wonderfull livingroom!
Jérôme

P.S. I made it to te end:)

Kifus said...

Congrats on your spring cleaning, Sharon, your living room looks fabulous! So serene and... French! I adore everything French.

Kifus

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Thank you so much Jérôme! So happy to recieve your comment!! Yes my family love the new room but they're not used to the place being so tidy! Blogging is making me a better housekeeper - the place has never been so clean :0 Your a F&B fan too! Great minds think alike :)

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hi and welcome Kifus, thank you for your lovely comment! Yes, the room is definitely more serene then it was, I'm going to de-clutter the whole house now :)

Sharon

Sara Louise said...

Your living room is so bright and beautiful! My dog and husband could muck up all that white so fast :)
Love the pillows too, I can't believe they're from Penneys!

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Thank you Sara Louise! The couch cover (Ikea) can be thrown in the machine- which is essential in this house! I know, I couldn't believe the cushions in Penneys - they're great value!

Sharon

Virginia said...

OH your all white living room is so fresh and clean and uncluttered but interesting! Obviously you don't have a black cat like I do! :)
V

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hey Virginia, thank you! no black cat but I do have a dog - he's white and grey :)

Sharon

Leslie said...

Hi Sharon,

Just flew back into Seattle where it's currently raining - Lol! My husband wants to BBQ ;). We will see...

Your home is lovely and appears fresh and uncluttered. White is so refreshing and I never tire of it. I need to get a post out with my antique mirror - I think it's similar to yours.

Enjoy your week.

Leslie

Maison de lin said...

Hello Sharon,

The color of my frontdoor is castle gray of F&B. Thanks for your last comment.

Greetings from a rainy Belgium.
Jérôme

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hey Jérôme, Castle Gray! It's a beautiful grey, looking for colour for my front door. Thanks,

Sharon

Mrs. Sutton said...

Absolutely beautiful! I am SO envious of anyone with children who can keep their home as stylish and clutter free as yours. Sadly with my own three children and a Jack Russell who believes that antique linen cushions were created specifically for resting his bottom and his rubber chicken, I am always fighting a losing battle!
p.s. Keep the pics coming - I LOVE seeing such gorgeous images of your home! x

for the love of a house said...

The room looks beautiful Sharon!! So fresh and lovely!

happy weekend!
joan

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Thanks Mrs Sutton - funny bout your Jack Russell! unfortunately, it doesn't stay this way for long- the clutter creeps back very quickly!!

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hey Joan, thank you - it is fresh after it's Spring Clean but won't be long til it needs its Summer Clean! oh well!

Happy weekend to you too!

Sharon

Maureen at The Inglenook Decor said...

Sharon, what a refreshing room, love the color palette! so timeless & chic, something you'll love forever!

Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

What a beautiful room, I love the doors, and how the room looks when the door is closed. And all the little details, the books, the frame...I love it :)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

J'adore bien ton salon! I am amazed at how you have taken this structure to its current gorgeous state, from the bathroom to the living room.

The touch of live plants is perfect for spring... hydrangea and rosemary, parfait!

Bises,
Genie

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LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hey Maureen, Vanisha, thank you for your lovely comments!!

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hi Genie and vestidos para noivasvestidos festa, you're both very welcome to my blog! thank you for dropping by and leaving such lovely comments - love to hear from people who visit!!

Sharon

Maria at inredningsvis.se said...

Your posts are always so full of divine inspiration:) I thank you for so lovely words on my blog.

You should come visit Gothenburg, we could meet and talk about bloging and life in general, over a cup of tea:)

Have a great week.

BIG LOVE Maria

Bluebells and Lavender said...

What a beautiful room, lovely photos, so light and airy...lovely post. Thanks for sharing. Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hey Maria, I'd love to meet up and have tea and talk about blogging!! one day. . .

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Bluebells and Lavender, you're very welcome to my blog! Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving such a lovely comment!!

Sharon

miss b said...

Your room looks gorgeous - so bright and restful. The hydrangea is such a pretty colour and the photo frame and French postcard add a lovely touch.
http://missbbobochic.blogspot.com/

designchic said...

I am completely obsessed...what a gorgeous room. My favorite - a neutral palette with a pop of color with the fabulous lavender hydrangea...magazine worthy!!

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hi Miss b, you're very welcome to my blog! thank you for visiting and leaving such a lovely comment!

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Designchic - thank you so much for your glowing comment - you made my day!!

Sharon

Julie@chiclittleshop said...

Wow, I love your living room.
I am in love with white interior decor.
I am keep reminding myself " Live with what you love" (smile)
Your living room make me declutter my living room
Thank you for an inspiration!

Julie

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hi Julie, thank you so much for visiting and leaving such a lovely comment! You are very welcome to mt blog!

Sharon

The Snowdrop Project said...

So happy to have found your blog via Mrs Sutton.
Your home looks wonderful, and is so calm.
I love the hydrangea too.
Have a lovely day.
Lizx

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hello and welcome Liz! 'The Snowdrop Project' - what a pretty name! Thank you for such a lovely comment - I'm on my way to you to visit - love Mrs Sutton's blog too!!!

Sharon
xxxx

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