Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Neutral Rooms That Pop

Hello Everyone!
I had another blog design done in case you are wondering if you landed at the
right blog. Pay a visit to Jenn if you are interested in a new design. She is hands
down the best blog designer out there. Click here to meet her. Thanks again Jenn!
Grab my new butterfly button on the right column to display if you would like.

Many of you have asked about our upcoming move and the style change I plan
to make to our home decor'. What I'm thinking is a basic traditional style with
touches of old world warmth and pops of color. Does that even make sense?
I can see it in my mind. Here's hoping I can actually do it.
Join me to see a few of my inspiration photos of living spaces.
This is what I'm dreaming about... I love this room!
It's light, bright and airy. It has an interesting twist with color and unique items.
This is our current family room. You may remember back in January I purchased the
new sofas at Ashley Furniture. I told you the story of how they changed color on me.
You can read about it here if you missed that post. Since my hubby came home last
month we have also discoved that they are not comfortable at all. Needless to say
we will be selling them as soon as we move. Sometimes things work out for the best.
Between the color being off and the lack of comfort they have to go. Bye, bye sofas...:)
I have to find a chess set. Love the soothing blue colors on the sofa.
Beautiful! The arrangement of pictures and the animal rug are my favorites.
I adore the unexpected pop of the green vase. The chair fabric is gorgeous too.
All of the sofas shown are neutral but not boring. The bird pillows give it interest.
The mix of stripes and leather are unexpected and unique. I love this distressed red table.
The double tables and a striped rug look charming. I like the two lamp idea.
A rustic woven basket and the striped ottoman look good together.
I love the french doors and windows above them.
This has more color but the green keeps it neutral. The dark wood adds to the traditional look.
This room has comfort written all over it. I love that large clock.
Thanks for joining me on my dream tour of living spaces.
Which one is your favorite?

Keep the entire east coast in your prayers.
Between the earthquake and approaching hurricane I don't
know if I should be scared of the sky or the ground.  Lol!
I'm trying to remain calm and positive.
Have a wonderful week!


Furry Bottoms said...

uh oh, the couches you already have? We were looking at them at a furniture store here and fell in love with them... looks very much like the ones you have. Since you mentioned they weren't comfortable at all... I wonder. When I sat on the couch in the store, I sank into the cushion and thought oh how comfortable!! But thats after millions of people have actually sat in it, right? Since its in a furniture store... hmm. We are going back there tonight to look at it again and I will keep in mind your experience with it!

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claudia b said...

I am so loving all the pictures, that is my plan for my living room - LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! your site redesign, it's just gorgeous, I'm off to see Jenn :D

Blondie's Journal said...

You and I must appreciate the same style...I just love all of these rooms. Elegant but relaxed, airy but cozy. Very nice! I can't wait to see you create the room of your dreams!

It's So nice to have you back! I LOVE your new blog design, very pretty!


Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

I love the new look of your blog! And welcome back! :)

My absolute favorite room is that first one. I love everything about it! Neutral rooms are so pretty with a little pop of color. Thanks for sharing.

Have a great day.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I'll be going a similar way in our new place, Melissa! I've decided I prefer to bring in my color with the accessories and keep the basics neutral. Plus my sofa already has a white slipcover and that's coming with us.

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Melissa,
You are going to make some big changes, I see. I love the pics and wish I had a couple of those couches.
Your new blog design is striking!
We have felt the quake and hope to miss the brunt of the storm. We should get wind and rain but that's it..I hope!
Enjoy your evening!

Julie Harward said...

Pretty new look here...I love that first room too, so light and bright and airy! It's good to go for a complete change now and then, good luck! (I keep hearing that the reason for the quake was...the founding fathers were turning over in their graves at all that in going on in Washington!) ;D

Liz said...

What a beautiful new blog look. It makes me want to change mine. ;) You have such good taste that no matter what you do, or how you vary your style, it's going to be gorgeous. I must admit that the very first picture warms my heart...that coffee table is way too cute.

Thanks for the inspiration! XO ~Liz

Becca said...

Love the inspiration pics, Melissa! I know how you've wanted to lighten and brighten a bit ... now, I bet you can't wait to get started. I'm sorry your sofa/loveseat set didn't work out, but, hey, maybe it was simply meant to be, right? We can't wait to see what you do ... it'll be gorgeous, no doubt!

Melissa said...

I'm looking forward to seeing how you create your new home!

Many Blessings,

PS - LOVE the new design!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa, Your blog looks so pretty! I do like the neutral colors...I love the pics you have posted, especially the first room. It has alot of great design elements. I am really liking the neutral rooms as long as they have some pops of color. I know your new house will be just beautiful! Kristen

Kristens Creations said...

I grabbed your new pretty button!

Liz said...

I just put your new button on my blog, thanks! XO ~Liz =)

Stacey said...

Hi girly! I love the new look you are going for. You totally need to find one of those tables with wheels. They are so neat!

Pam said...

I adore the new blog design. Very nice.

I'm not sure which room I like the best, but I do love the light sofas. I think that will be so easy to change up with new pillows if you feel the need for a change in a few years. I saw a few photos with the railroad carts as the coffee table - love that look! Wish they weren't so darn expensive.

Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

I love the new blog design, Melissa. It's reflective of your upcoming change in decorating style. I am very fond of cream and green and cream and blue color combinations. So soothing and fresh. I'm really excited for you and your husband. It will be so much fun to watch your decorating dreams come true!

Diane Writes said...

Hi Melissa! I love the design of your new blog. The tame brown color but the designs make it so elegant. Among the inspirations you have presented I love the first picture. The colors selections are discreet yet when they were combined, they look so elegant and homey. I love the table with those cart wheels too. SO unique. Looking forward in reading your new posts, new blog and new life in a new place :)

Judy said...

I loved my reds and golds for many years but when it was time for them to go, it was time for them to go NOW! I'm loving all the neutral colors I've been incorporating in my home for the last year or so. You will too!

Can't wait to see how you pull it all together once you get to your new home.


Kimberly said...

I love the first picture the best!!! I am buckering down for the hurricane. Hope you stay save. People felt the earthquake here but I didn't.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

Hi Melissa....welcome back. Love your new blog design. I also love the light bright inspiration you share. I think someday when my boys are off to college I may wind up with lighter.

Allyson Pecilunas said...

Love your new blog design! I think I am going to change mine soon I am getting bored. I love all of your inspiration photos. So pretty! I love that look too I just cant seem to get away from the tuscan look, love it too much! I do think I am going to go with really neutral colors in the master bedroom with pops of color here and there. Thanks for the ideas.

Allyson Pecilunas said...

I just added your new button!

All That Glitters said...

oh Melissa! This is going to be so different for you!! I hope you are doing well girly!!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Hey, Melissa! Your new blog looks great. I'm continually having a struggle between neutral vs color. I like them both! You featured some beautiful rooms.

southerninspiration said...

Ooooooh, look at your new blog!! so pretty!
I LOVE that first pic that you posted!! LOVE it!
I did order a new sofa and am waiting for it to come. It's a Bassett sofa, and it's the Jefferson. You might look into that as you might like it.
Look on their website, and you can try out colors and such.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, Melissa. I had all the deep reds and golds... went to the beautiful neutrals going on two years ago.... now, I'm looking at some deep, rich colors again. LOL! Are we never satisfied for long? LOL! Look forward to seeing your new style! blessings ~ Tanna

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Hi Melissa, great photos, but my favorites are - in this order - the first and the last. I have always had a lot of color, but have been working it out of my rooms and I find that it's very soothing to have calm colors. Hey, we all need a change from time to time! Linda

Denise said...

Hi Melanie, LOVE your new blog look, and oh my, those photos are all great, I love that look too. Can't wait to follow along and see you in your new home.

Lisa said...

Love your new look Melissa! And I love the new direction you're going with your decor. The first room is my fave but I do love the bird pillows!!! LOL!

MIchelle said...

I'm sorry to hear about the furniture but glad you posted that. I have been looking at furniture to buy and really wonder sometimes what it'd be like when I got it home. I've bought things before and turned around and sold them also. Love your home. I just started a new marriage and moved into his newly built blank slate home and needed some inspiration. You're home is definitely that. Thank you!

Mississippi Girl said...

Love the calming. Everything looks very comfy.You have great taste, Melissa!!

Will keep all those along the East coast in my prayers. We lost nearly everything in Katrina and I don't want anyone to experience such devastation ever again.

Take care.

Marianne said...

Love the light and airy look of those rooms Melissa. I've been trying to lighten mine up a bit without too much of an expense. I'm really loving that zebra rug in the 3rd picture. And I just love the new blog design. I'm going to have to pay Jen a visit.
Marianne :)

Denyse@Crazy Beautiful Life said...

I noticed you had a blog re-do and I love it!! Jenn is awesome :-)

Great minds must think alike...I just pinned on Pinterest the room with the dormer windows over the french doors...Love it!! And, We had a couch from Ashley was the most uncomfortable couch I've ever had...We bought it for a family room and never ended up sitting on it...I gave it to my daughter when she moved into her new apartment...

I also love the lighter furniture with pops of color everywhere!!!

Debbie @ said...

Hi Melissa, you have such a wonderful sense of style and your current home is filled with warmth and comfort. Looking forward to your fun process of decorating and making the new place your home!

Kristens Creations said...

Melissa, I hope that hurricane does'nt hit you! OMGoodness! It is looking scary!! I'm thinking about you! Kristen

Liz said...

Hi Melissa!
I just grabbed your button and it seems to be working just fine. I bumped you to the top, too! After all, you are my FAVORITE blog!! =)

I just read Kristen's comment and I am praying for you and everyone. Go away hurricane. XO ~Liz

Helen's Decor said...

Hi Melissa! Glad to see you are back in blogland! Happy that your husband is home! Hooray! BTW, I love that red table as it looks very near the red on the "red cabinet" on my porch post. Check it out if you haven't seen it.

Emelia DiCarlo said...

Hi Melissa, So happy to see you are good and posted! I wished you a Happy Birthday on a post back in early August and wasn't sure if you saw happy wishes and healthy year to you.I remembered because our children have summer and August birthdays. We experienced the earthquake and our house shook "head to TOE"!!Now we are prepping for a NJ hurricane, what a week. I always love your style....home clothing, dishes. I can't wait to see what your new ideas look like. Take care and much success on your future plans, hugs...Emelia.

Kristens Creations said...

I hope you have plenty of food, water and batteries for your flashlights! I've been watching everything on T.V. Wow! I bet it's scary there right now. I just can't believe the size of that thing!

I really did learn alot from the class...I'm glad I got to do it. I didn't mention it, but we also got to tour some of the homes he decorated. They were fabulous!

Take care!!! Kristen

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I love all your inspiration pics. What fun to be able to start over. I have often thought I would like to sell everything I own and start from scratch. Not very practical though...good luck with the move. Hope you get some news soon.

Karen said...

Love your inspiration pics, the first is my favorite. I want that coffee table bad!

Dear Sweet Home said...

Love the inspiration pictures - I also love that look! The picture you have of the striped ottoman coffee table with the basket on the top - that is my favorite! I am hoping to purchase a fabric ottoman soon for our living room. I understand the sofa issue - The one I bought in the spring has always seemed a little too dark for me...oh well, we could have bigger problems! Haha. Your new blog design looks great :)

Melissa :) said...

I like the 4th photo (not including yours). Classy, yet light. Lightens up the mood. Can't wait to see what you do when you move! So fun. :)

Emelia DiCarlo said...

Hi Melissa,I agree, what ever you choose will be done with style, class and gorgeous. Looking forward to your new decor and ideas. Love that first coffee table too!!!

Melissa Miller said...

Thank you Emelia! I always appreciate your visits.

Thank you for the sweet birthday wishes a few weeks back as well. You are so thoughtful.

Warmly, ~Melissa

Kathy :) said...

Hi Melissa, I wanted to pop in and say hello, I took most of the summer off from blogging. I love the look of that first room, very inviting :)

All the best,
Kathy :)