During the summer, I knew I'd be changing the white covers of the living room couch. With school being out, the kids are around the house longer and the living room gets a lot of traffic. I prefer a darker cover for the sofa to avoid spending my summer doing even more laundry. The rest of the changes I made to the room are just because I enjoy redoing rooms time and time again. :)
The oars came via craigslist a while back. I think it's taken me over a year to hang them up.
The striped blanket is my version of an IKEA hack. I used fabric paint for the number 5 on their Eivor throw.
When decorating from treasures of the sea, I prefer to use things I collected myself. The sand I bagged-up in Fort Myers Beach last year and the shells were gathered by the boys and I at a local beach. The ombre surfboard was painted by my mother-in-law. As much as I would have liked to have made the driftwood seahorse, it came from Homegoods.
As I mentioned, we hang out in this room quite a bit. The little chairs around the coffee table just beg for little ones to turn it into an art or play table in seconds. The little chairs got a tangerine makeover.
Speaking of tangerine, the corner round table got a splash of it too. I even dipped the legs. I figured by the time the dipping trend dies down, I will have probably repainted it twice.
On the fireplace mantel is an old desk drawer. I painted the inside of it, displayed my favorite family picture, more Ft. Myers Beach sea treasures, and a Sol beer bottle. Sol is Spanish for sun. Perfect for a summer vignette.
I am still searching for the "right" chair at the "right" price for this spot. My neighbors, Karen and Alanna, were kind enough to let me use their chair for this post.
Now that that room's done, I can re-do another one. Or hang out in the pool with the boys. I like that idea much better! ;)