January 22, 2013

Makeover Updates in the Great Room

Things are finally coming together in my never-ending great room make-over. It all started when I agreed to let G-Man put a t.v. over the mantel.  If you need to catch up on this  tale, you can do it here!  Since the whole den arrangement had to be changed for the t.v. he promised we could make the changes necessary to make the room work better!  I don't think he expected quite so many changes!!!

We decided to update the kitchen first. We had never had a proper back splash so that was the first thing we did.  I painted the cabinets and de-cluttered lots!  Read more about the kitchen makeover here.

The breakfast room came next with the addition of a watch maker"s cabinet and the makeover of the breakfast table. 

We started work on the den's make-over this spring, but things slowed down after that. 
The last big purchase will be two smaller chairs, but this will have to wait.  The ones we have now are nice, but it's a little crowded in that area.

 Some of the updates

 In this photo you can see the smocked curtains 
that I hung on every window in the great room
(den, shown here and the adjoining breakfast room)
I ordered 10 smocked, organza panels from
Soft Surroundings
They are really nice - I wanted something light and airy

 Another view of great room

The lamp behind the sofa got moved
 to the table between the two chairs
I would love to have an old 
architectural salvage iron piece
turned lamp but they are very costly

I found this lovely one at Kirklands
It looks nice on the sofa table

I am in love with the coffee table
Mason rolls it all around the den!!!
The solid wood is proving to be very forgiving
(I have already sanded and re stained a few areas)
I love the bottom shelf area
Future use: Rhonda's magazines
Current use: Mason's parking garage 
I purchased the table at Tuesday Morning

On the coffee table I have a large planter
that I have filled with random 'pretties'
The container is from T.J. Maxx
I did refinish it to make it look old

I piled old books, vintage doorknobs, a crown,
 old bottles, driftwood, and other various things 
 into the planter to create an interesting vignette
I plan to change it out for holidays
Easter will be fun

I had been wanting some crowns to use around the house
but the ones online cost more than I wanted to spend

Wisteria had a great after Christmas clearance sale
They offered a 3 piece candle holder set
I removed the glass insert and cut out the wire bottom
from the two smallest ones
I carefully forced the top edges outward and 
I have some crowns!!!

The  icon inside the crown was a gift from a niece
She was able to watch it being made in Thessaloniki, Greece

 The biggest change to the room was the addition of this large rug
It helped to visually separate the den from the surrounding rooms
I needed it to be child and pet friendly
After looking for several weeks
I placed a custom order with 
Sisal Rugs Direct

 This one is an Al Fresco rug made of 100% UV stabilized polypropylene 
  Resistant to mold, mildew, sun and rain, it can be hosed off outdoors
I ordered  Costa Rica Sisal in a 13 1/2' x 14' 
I got the  extra wide canvas trim in tan
We plan to use carpet padding underneath for added comfort

It has gotten lots of activity and I am glad to say
it is holding up well (a few pick ups from bulldozers)
After calling Sisal Rugs, they told me how to take care of pulls

I am adding blue to the room as fast and furiously as I can!  I really haven't spent much money to add the blue.  I had the fabrics and I unearthed some blue and white things from the basement.
Last week, a day-long junking trip in Georgia turned up some great deals on blue and white vintage porcelain to use.
I still need to make a tablecloth and some pillows.

I will have the full three room reveal as soon as I get some sewing time so stay tuned!!!



  1. I can't believe that's my short, chubby snuggly baby in that last picture!!

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  2. Rhonda I am loving all your changes. I need to check out those curtains. I can NOT believe how big Mason has gotten!!! Tell him to not grow so fast!;) Thanx for partying lady!:)

  3. Love your planter... I think it's so pretty I would call it an urn. Very creative with the crown!

  4. HI Rhonda!
    Great changes! Love your new lamp and sisals are such great neutral bases for any high traffic and well-loved areas.

    You made me laugh when you said that Mason (what a cutie pie) would be using your new coffee table (which is great, BTW) as a parking garage!!! So true. Boys!

    Thanks for sharing,

  5. Rhonda,
    Oh I LOVE those beautiful drapes and they look wonderful in your home. Can't believe how big Mason is...what a cutie:)


  6. Hi - really liked the rug and the curtains - very tasteful. Thanks for sharing!


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