Step One: Apartment to Cute “Cottage” Make Over

Remember my “Little Cottage Living Room” post and the light green-ish room with the pink flowers we all fell in love with? I’ve completed step one (starting off small) in my living room make over, and actually learned a few lessons in the process. For the first part of the transformation I went to Michaels and bought bright pink silk flowers to add that pop of color I loved so much. I spent about $20.00 total.

*3 bunches of deep pink/magenta silk carnations (Be particular about the flower you choose. The perks of silk flowers are that they last forever but silk lilies can look cheap)
*One glass vase
*One bag of clear glossy glass “chunks” to hold the flowers in place

I trimmed the stems of the silk flowers and and poured enough glass into the vase to hold them steady. They had a gorgeous variety of  “glass chunks” and glass marbles. My first instinct was to pick up light blue glass to bring out the light blue and turquoise accents that were also in the room I am trying to duplicate, but then the cardinal rule of re-decorating came into my mind. Less is more. 

If you notice the pink flowers are the ONLY thing that is pink in the room we all liked so much. Be careful not to over “accent” your room with the colors you love. Stick with neutrals and just lightly accent.

Below is my work is progress.

(NEXT:  find olive green or brown damask print throw pillows to duplicate the patterned chairs, switch out a few lamps with something more antique looking. I need curtains and I may spray paint my black frames with an antique gold. I also have been dreaming of a faux sheep skin throw for our ottoman.)

8 Responses to “Step One: Apartment to Cute “Cottage” Make Over”

  1. Charlotte posted on March 22, 2011 at 7:35 pm (#)

    It looks lovely!

  2. Leslie posted on March 22, 2011 at 7:45 pm (#)

    It looks great!

  3. Michelle O posted on March 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm (#)

    Thanks ladies… it’s just a small touch but hey you have to start somewhere right? I wish all this stuff came naturally to me. :)

  4. Liz posted on March 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm (#)

    so cute! your email bounced back! send me an email at liz.badley@gmail.com :)

  5. K. Keller posted on March 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm (#)

    Just wanted to let you know, I just saw a book at Barnes and Nobles in the clearance bin about Cottage Stlye. Lots of great tips and paint swatches…

  6. Emily posted on March 23, 2011 at 2:14 am (#)

    I can not wait to see how it turns out! I love that room, one day I’d love to copy it too!

  7. Rachel posted on March 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm (#)

    Check out Etsy for your throw pillows – it’s fab!

  8. silk orchids posted on June 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm (#)

    that looks adorable, can not wait to see how it turns out!

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