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How a simple change can bring a fresh look

A new look.


That whole idea that comes with a makeover... oftentimes people think in order to create a fresh new look- it has to be a lot of work, a lot of money- or both. 




But the reality of it is - some of the biggest changes come from changing just one thing.
A new color on the walls, bold pattern where there was once simple, artwork, fresh linens or one new piece that gives the space a different look. 
It might be something subtle- like you aren't 100% sure what changed when you look at it-  but it also might be something wild and crazy. That is up to you. :)

I am more in the subtle camp most of the time- though I have been known to get a bit wild and crazy on occasion.  And today I am sharing a subtle change in the dining room- and a few examples of how changing a simple thing can totally change the look. Some are investment budget projects- meaning they are not something to change on a whim - but others are simple, inexpensive and the best- Easy. 

Lighting

You might have noticed in a recent instagram share- that something had changed in the dining room. The dining room is ever evolving- and it is not done yet. But one thing I wanted to update for awhile and just hadn't done yet- was the lighting. 



While I loved the vintage style chandeliers that hung above the table- the design wasn't working for me as much as I was looking for.  They felt a bit on the small size for the very large room- and they didn't have the 'french' feeling I was looking for. 




I found these gorgeous beauties and decided to give them a go. 



The finish was a bit different than expected so stay tuned for a bit of a change but the length and style and all.that.bling. are perfection.




Get the look:

Here - Here  and Here 






Rug

And on the subtle note- a rug brings a new perspective and feeling to a room. 
Whether you choose bold and beautiful colors and patterns or soft and subtle vintage vibes- simply having something on the floor brings a different feeling. 





Wall Art

This is a bit of a drama filled changed. 

 From an oversized chalkboard 


To vintage style canvas- the feeling in the room is completely different. 
From my book- here





Furniture

This may be considered an investment update depending on your source of choice. If you are shopping second hand flea markets or craigslist for new sofas- you can update on a dime.  This sofa was a craigslist find that I reupholstered on my own. It was inexpensive- but definitely a lot of work and not sure I would tackle a sofa again. And yes- for those new here- this is what my bedroom looked like about 10 years ago. haha.


If it is elegant and fine reproductions- they will cost more but they won't need any budget to clean, repair, etc and also will last. 


Find the sofa here- more details on why I chose this style coming. 


Fresh Paint

Easy and inexpensive- and a total room changer. A can or 2 of paint in a different color can instantly change your space. From yellow to white in the bedroom- totally new look. From white to dark blue or black- again- totally different look.  Even if it is another shade of white in a room- that fresh paint brings a freshness. And this is something you can do for under $100.




Linens

Pillows, bedding, curtains- all easy & inexpensive to change and all bring change to a room. 






Coming up-  I will share a few more ideas on freshening and updating, a dozen ideas for the BEST French style chandeliers and sofas-  and how to get the look on a dime. 


Happy Monday everyone.




6 comments

  1. Courtney,
    The new chandeliers are spectacular!

    Judith

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  2. Courtney, you must have been reincarnated from a designer at Versailles. No one decorates the way you do. I look forward to all your posts and my heart beats a little faster when I read them.

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  3. Your chandeliers are quintessential French in every way!!!

    Where did you get your vintage style canvas in the dining room??? Love, love, LOVE the look!!

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  4. Bonjour chère amie,

    Une belle mise en lumière... Très belles captures photographiques...
    Un charmant billet.

    Gros bisous 🌸

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  5. Well I must say.. What a Look!!! you were going for. You Nailed It!!!I bought a chandelier years ago for my niece when she was 5. Can't not have one especially in a little girls room. CeeCee McCaffrey

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  6. Love all the gorgeous roses.

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