The designers help Susie Coelho creatively update her space for spring by mostly rearranging the couple's collections and adding colorful accessories.
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Harriet Scheir is a creative artist and collector who, along with her husband Bob, likes to be surrounded by her artwork. She hasn't changed her decor for a number of years, and although she'd like a fresh look, Scheir doesn't want to change their living room, breakfast nook or entry too much. Designers Jules Moore and Brian Toffoli help Susie Coelho creatively update the spaces for spring by mostly rearranging the couple's collections.
The living room is full of beautiful things, but the homeowners would like it to be lightened up and made even more special for spring. Closed drapes and lots of wood tones add a dark feeling.
The new furniture and artwork arrangements along with the addition of a beige rug and colorful accent pillows make the entire room look lighter and more open. Don't be afraid to use artificial flowers for arrangements. They look very real and can last all year long. Putting neutral-colored place mats on a glass coffee table highlights the accessories placed on top of them.
The entryway has a heavy brown console table, artwork and a busy floral rug so Moore wants to simplify its look for spring.
A garden planter under the artwork elongates the composition while also bringing the outdoors in and the addition of a simple beige rug brightens up the entire area.
The breakfast nook always seems to be where company likes to settle and the area could benefit from being made even more bright and cheery for any occasion.
By painting the walls white, adding bright yellow tablecloth and flowers, the breakfast nook now has a cheery spring look and feel that anyone would enjoy. A sunny European color palette on the table and stoneware with striped orange glassware while a glass pedestal full of lemons is a simple centerpiece. Jute shades are a nice transition from the green outside to the lighter palette inside. A bright yellow umbrella carries the theme to the patio.
- Even if you're not buying anything, going to shops is a great way to spot the latest decorating trends as you plan a new look.
- In general, use dark tones in winter and lighter ones in the spring.
- Hanging floor-length drapes creates the illusion of a taller window while adding a dramatic touch to any room.
Living room makeover items:
sofa pillows (Target)
beige rug under coffee table (IKEA)
lamps flanking sofa (Home Goods)
plant container (Smith & Hawken)
mirror behind piano (The Bombay Company)
Breakfast nook makeover items:
jute shades, table settings, chair pillows, plates on sideboard, patio umbrella (Pier 1 Imports)
glass footed bowl for centerpiece (Target)
clock above sideboard (Bed, Bath and Beyond)