Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My Family Room Reveal!!!!****Updated!

I am in love with my new Ikea white slipcovered furniture!  The morning after my garage sale my hubby asked if I wanted to go to Ikea and pick up my furniture and I jumped out of bed so fast!  We looked online and they showed that our store was out of sofa's so we called and they said they had 8 of them!  The grubby bench in front that I am using as a coffee table/footstool is something that I have had for years, I bought it at Violet's Blue (hi ladies). I have always wanted to use it inside instead of on my front porch.  I have placed a few yard sale bowls full of shells and candles on it and a fresh plant.  The little wicker  chair in front was a gift to me as a little girl from my Uncle Cleo.  I have treasured it my whole life, especially since he passed away right before we went to China.  I love how it finally fits into our life.  The pillows are from Ikea and SaSea boutique. 

My uber talented little sister Melanie loaded up my car last night when I was up north visiting her and the girls.  She gave me this huge gorgeous canvas painting, I love it!!! I love having a punch of color with my all white!  And my house is actually becoming a gallery of all of her works!  How lucky am I?!!!

I found this at an antique garage sale, love the blue!

This basket is a story in itself that I will share with you another day, long story short, it cost me a dollar!  It is huge!

More Melanie pillows!!!  Love how they compliment my PB pillow cases.

See that cool waffle weave throw, that was only $2 at a goodwill in Florida! 

I found this for $4 it looks like an  old oil pan or something but it fits my sad excuse of a succulent garden!

Another thrift store find, the candle holder, still has the price tag on the underside from one of my favorite, yet expensive stores The Weed Lady.  Of course I sprinkled it with shells!

My summer mantle
I have always loved the angel vines. 

I know I left you hanging on last week with glimpses of my bedroom makeover but something else came up like making a thousand dollars at my garage sale and it became an emergency redo of my family room.  I have lived in this room for 6 weeks while Dayton healed and frankly I was just about sick of it.  I have never been happy with it and sold one of my leather couches in my sale and put the one that used to be in my family room down in the basement/rec room.  Now you know I am a frugal one so I went to the only place that I could afford new slipcovered white furniture of my dreams, Ikea!   A few hours later I had my family room of my dreams.  Thanks to some great inspiration this weekend I went to my local thrift store and nursery today and purchased the rest of my items to complete it!  I will type more later, Dayton has the all clear from his surgeon and I am going to drop him off at the golf range!  Enjoy the pics of my little slice of Heaven! 

Hubby's aunt cut these for me from her gorgeous garden!  They laughed at how much I treasured them!

Two of my thrift store finds today, the planter and the corbel, sit in front of our summer fireplace. (it does not get used! )
This just makes me so happy! I was really having a hard time breathing when I purchased the furniture, I was so excited!  The lady who checked us out laughed because I told her to be patient with me while I paid with my garage sale money, Let's just say it was a stack of bills, mostly small bills! She was happy for me!

This frame caught my eye at the same antique garage sale that I bought the blue tote, it had no price so I asked and the lady said "how bout a buck! "  Um....yeah!!!

I have always dreamed of having my home full of things that have meaning to us, this photo is just that!

My summer scent!  Coconut Lime... reminds me of Florida!  I really want one of the Volcano scented ones!

My sign that Mel made for me on top of my hutch that I once again moved back out into the kitchen.  All those bottles came from the same sale of the dollar basket, I think I paid pennies for them! 

I literally bought the last two Ikea Jenny Lund chairs that our store had, so glad we got up early!!! I would like to purchase an ottoman eventually. 

My makeover cost under a thousand dollars!  That was mostly the furniture and a little left over for accessories!! Thank goodness for my garage sale ads in the paper and on Craigslist!

The pictures just don't do it justice, you will just have to come visit and see for yourself! 

We live in this room, although I swore it would be more of a sitting room, it just seems to be where we hang out.  So we have to have a tv in here!  Like the dresser?  Five dollars and a coat of paint and she is  now a beauty and houses all of our dvds and video games. 

Hope you enjoyed my little tour!  I am off to go and relax for a while in my new room!  By the way, I will show my bedroom in a couple of days.  There are lots of changes going on around here!  I am going to be 40 in 16 days, I am really looking forward to my 40's actually, a fresh new decade, trying to declutter and simplify, being homebound with Dayton for the last 7 weeks has taught me so much about myself and my family.  It's all good. 
***for those of you who have asked the paint color is Wicker  by Eddie Bauer at Lowes.


  1. It looks AMAZING!!! Thanks so much for sharing

  2. oh leslie i love it!!!! seriously girlie, i LOVE your style. i love everything about this space. i love melanie's painting with the frame just propped in front. love that. love that crown pillow. love that chippy bench. you know i LOVE the 30A inspired goodness. gorgeous. oh & i see the shell candle holder. blissful, peaceful, beautiful.

  3. Wow! I love it all. I think I enlarged almost all of the pictures to successfully drool over them :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your room! So soothing and calm. So glad to find you through Melanie's blog. I'm a new follower!


  5. Hi Leslie, I absolutely love your family beautiful! Deb

  6. ..Wow! I love your room and how your sisters picture
    just pulls it all together!...Looking forward to your next post!

  7. Hi,

    I discoverd this blog trough a post of your sis. What a beautiful room and what a great sisters you are!! You have a beautiful blog and I am your newest follower.

    Wishing you a great day.

  8. I love it all! The Ikea furniture looks fantastic. Garage sale money is the best. You've cleaned out what you don't want and get to buy things you do want.

    You did a great job. I found your blog from your sisters site :)

  9. Hey there Leslie!
    I have just disovered your gorgeous blog & have really enjoyed reading this post & some of your older ones.
    Your new white room is just GORGEOUS! I am just a tad green with envy!
    Will definatley be back!

  10. Hi Leslie! I'm so happy to have found you! You have a dreamy living, love each corner of it!! i love Ikea as well, so many pretty and affordable things, it's really impossible to go there and go out with empty hands...

    I will be back evry often,
    hugs from an italian girl xx

  11. What a beautiful room! So happy to know that you love it so much. Home should be like that. Enjoy your white sofas =0)
    And well done on your garage must have been amazing to have got you the cash for all of this!
    Ness xx

  12. I just arrived here through your sister's blog. Everything looks beautiful and I love that bench and all of your accessories!

  13. Oh my word!!!!! It is beautiful! I have always loved that furniture! I have a whole list of things I want to purchase from IKEA someday and we don't even have one. :) I love all the personal touches you did too. It's amazing!

  14. Hi Leslie! I've just found you and I love your blog.. Your new white room is really amazing!
    You did a great, great job!
    I'm your new follower ;)

  15. it's so beautiful! A dream come true! You've been a busy bee indeed. I can't believe how many shells you have! You lucky duck!

  16. Can I just say two things? have a charming blog. Second...after looking at past've achieved your own special twist on the "Pizits" look you wanted. It's beautiful.

  17. Love, love, love the functionality and style of your room!

  18. Love your updated living room! It looks wonderful! You will love the ikea pieces, i've had mine for years, you can even spill red wine on them and it bleaches right out! I would love to hear the story of your basket, I have one just like it and have always wondered what it was used for, laundry basket perhaps? You got a GREAT deal I had to pay 40 times that..LOL. I'm so glad to have found your blog, I can't wait to read more.
    Amy @ thepineappleroom.blogspot

  19. Your living room looks beautiful, I remember the day I finally purchased my Ikea furniture and you just made me get butterflies again (;

  20. Just found your lovely blog through your sister's blog! Love your living room!! Everything is so pretty!!

  21. Love it! Found you through your sister's blog!


  22. Your livingroom is Gorgeous!!!!! I am so jealous. Out of curiosity, have you heard anything about the washability of the ikea slipcovers. Like special washing instructions... or shrinking. I would love to get some but obviously with a family of 5 and 2 doggies, it will need to be washed often.

  23. Hi, stopping by from your sister's blog. Your room is beautiful. Love everything about it! I'm a follower of yours now too.

  24. Visiting from your sister's blog. I love both of your decorating styles! Who knew IKEA had that slipcovered furniture? I did not and I am wowed. We don't have one here, but about 6 hrs away. I think it might be worth the drive! BTW, what is the paint color on your living room walls?

  25. Hi Just came over from melanie's blog after seeing your gorgeous photos. I too - on the other side of the world - Australia have dreamed of those white slip covered sofas. Fingers crossed that I will also have my dreams come true

  26. I love, love, love it! You did an amazing job. What paint color do you have on the walls? That's the exact color I want my living room.

  27. Leslie...I am SO happy for you!!!!! It is beautiful and you deserve a beautiful place to relax after all that you have been through in the past few years. You have such a GREAt eye and such a knack for finding the deals...please come teach me. I just do not have that skill...and I NEED it. Enjoy!

    Oh and you should see my last is my messy messy garage. I am itching to have a garage sale but it is so HOT here.

  28. Absolutely beautiful! Don't you just LOVE your IKEA couches?

    I'm so glad I followed you over here from Melanie's. :-)


  29. I had to come over from Melanie's blog to tell you that your room turned out beautiful! Absolutely gorgeous! I'm a new follower!

  30. Hi Leslie, your family room is BEAUTIFUL! I love everything that you have done and all those special little touches. How fun it must be to have a sister like Melanie, that you can share these wonderful experiences with:) Enjoy your beautiful room ~ Tina xx

  31. Your living room is beautiful and you know how to decorate. I love all the little touches, childs chair, the plants and planters. It all is just so inviting and looks comfortable.

  32. Wow, Leslie! It's just beeeautiful! It flows. It's peaceful and inviting. It's beachy. It's white! lol! I can't believe how many things we have in common when decorating and creating that special feeling in a room. Angel Vine has always been my fav plant, too! Sorry, but I'm drooling all over your IKEA sofas. Someday I WILL have some sitting in my living room.... :)

    Keep up the great work, girl!

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

  33. oh WOW!! I LOVE your family room... it is gorgeous. I love love the sweet coffee table and love how you have the dresser below your tv, that looks beautiful.

    I was thinking while I was reading your post how much we have in common... i have the ikea sofa as well and LOVE it. I also have a round dining table in my dining room which is open to my living room space.

    Love your blog, I found it from reading your sisters pretty blog.


  34. It turned out great! Awesome job :)