Extreme Makeover Update

In Desperately Seeking Martha Stewart, I asked for ideas on how to decorate my living room.  I loved all of your suggestions and immediately knew exactly what I wanted the room to look like.  I'm nowhere close to being finished, but I thought you'd like to see where we're at in the Extreme Makeover: Living Room Edition.

To refresh your memory, here is the BEFORE pic of my living room.     

As I just said, I had a clear vision of how my living room was going to look.  This was just before the holidays and I really wanted the house to look nice.  No matter how much I cleaned and decluttered, the house still didn't look clean enough.  The problem was with my walls.  All I could see were the fingerprints, hand smudges, food stains and the mixed media murals from the days when my kiddies thought they were Michelangelo and our house the Sistine Chapel.

Hubby and I re-painted our living room and dining room walls in the same Flame Blue paint.  The fresh coat of paint really made a difference.  The only thing left to paint were the arches.  I no longer wanted the pearl, because it attracted dirt and fingerprints way too easily.  What I wanted was a dark brown/mocha color.  The color palette revolved around an accent tapestry that I wanted for my couch cushions. 

In my mind, it was all going to work. Well, atleast it should have.  But thanks to a mix up at the paint store, instead of mocha, I got caramel.   Not exactly the color I was hoping for.  Not even close.

After a few days, I started getting used to the color.  So much so that I had forgotten what my living room used to look like.   The caramel may not be the color I had hoped for, but it still works with the fabrics I chose for the couches. 

All I have to do now is wait for Hubby to get a little free time so he can start on my couches.

In the meantime, I'm starting to have doubts about what I originally wanted.  Last week, I was debating on whether I should change the caramel to orange or purple.  It would look great with my multi-colored dining room chairs.  But then one of Hubby's customers brought in a gorgeous cow print.  Sigh! 

Have I mentioned that I'm crazy about cows?

So now I'm having visions of a country & western theme. Tan faux leather couches.  Cow print cushions.  Cowboy hats and boots.  Cactus.  Pictures of horses and John Wayne on the walls. 

What would Martha Stewart do? 


  1. That is funny! Your so lucky to be able to do this yourself! You (and your hubby) have such talent! So glad you can both use it creatively!

  2. I think the problem is your furniture, you should get some new couches and dinning set.  In Mexico they sell some beatiful fabric couches.