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Great room makeover

This post is long overdue!  Our great room makeover was complete several months ago, but I’ve been super swamped with both my book publicity job and Simply Said, so the blogging has fallen to the wayside. But, I love how the room turned out! So here’s a few pics to share…

Here’s the BEFORE:

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Why the need for a makeover you might ask…well for a couple of reasons really. The walls were painted a tan and dark chocolate brown color. When we moved here, we had furniture that was dark brown, along with that black entertainment center furniture. We quickly sold the brown couch and chair, as I felt all the brown stuff really made the room seem dark. So, in haste, we purchased the white sectional seen in the photo above, and added in some orange accents. At first, I loved the new seating area. However, I hated it with the black TV stands. But, it wasn’t in the budget to replace it.

Slowly, we added in a new TV console and 2 open shelving units. And in just about the same time, the white sectional was showing major signs of wear. This was less than a year later, yet the knubby-style fabric looked so dingy. I learned its hard to keep white bright with a child in the house. Not to mention, it really only sat 3 people, and when we had guests over, our options for entertaining in that room were limited.  And finally, if you had to sleep on it, as I was forced to when our upstairs AC went out, you would awake with a backache. Not comfy at all.

So hubby and I talked about replacing it. And finding a piece that would last forever and sit plenty of people. My friend had a sectional I loved – for it was massive and so comfy. We decided to make an investment in this furniture and bought The Cloud from a local store called Belfort. We ordered it in a charcoal Sunbrella fabric, that we could easily clean. And surprisingly, the fabric is soft – unlike what you might imagine when you think of outdoor fabric.

While I waited the 12 weeks for it to come, I purchased an ottoman from Home Goods. I found an Etsy seller who made curtains and pillow covers in the same fabric to match the ottoman. We also hired a painter and he gave us a deep charcoal accent wall, with 3 lighter grey walls.

And here are AFTER shots:

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We also ordered this rug from Belfort – all in the same grey tones of the room. This sectional sits a lot of people!!


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I know its hard to see the true paint colors, as the accent wall has 6 windows that let in a lot of light.


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Since we painted, I had to remove my old Simply Said design from inside the frame. I replaced it with this new one!
So there you have it! The room is staying this way until the end of time – I swear! Besides hubby will not let me change it again!