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My Great Room Updates: Modern Summer Style

I was recently at a bachelorette weekend, and some new friends were curious about my furniture and design business. We got to chatting about my own home, and one of them pulled up my site to check out photos of it.  It was in that moment I realized just how much has changed in the past year!

Almost all my home photos in my portfolio are out of date.  My tastes are still very much eclectic, mixing vintage and modern design. But the colors I've incorporated into my style have evolved quite a bit. And I'm certain it will continue to change over time and I like it that way! 

I love experimenting with my own spaces and so my home is always in a state of flux. My furniture painting business keeps most of my house up in the air, since I'm constantly rearranging rooms so I can photograph and fit the pieces I've completed.

The room I'm sharing today, my great room [living and dining area] has looked like this for a couple months now. As usual, a few bits might be swapped out for new pieces [someone is supposed to pick up that gorgeous aqua bookcase below on the left].

Even if I decide to part with a few pieces in this space, I see myself sticking to this refreshing, modern color palette for a good while.  This room is north facing, so it should feel dark and moody, but the colors I've brought in make it feel clean and bright. 

I'll point out some of my favorite changes to the space for you! I've of course kept [and still adore] my wood slab dining table. I love how this table runner from Ikea grounds the table. I kept the styling simple with geometric objects [silver metal piece is from Target and the peachy-pink piece is from At Home]. 


The styling of these open shelves is always changing, mostly because I'm consistently using pieces found here for photo shoots. Because of that, it's not exactly styled to my liking, but I do try to keep the color palette consistent in this space.

My Eames style lounger has become a fixture in this room. I added a marble and pink Society 6 pillow to tie in my accent color and provide some extra support to this chair.

The one big item that will most definitely change sometime in the next year is my sofa.  This was my first ever sofa purchase, and I have to say it's insanely comfortable.  The problem is, it's fairly beat up [thanks to sweet Watson using it as a chew toy when he was a puppy], it's not my color preference at all, and it's just a little too clunky for this space. But for now, a Target blanket hides the chewed up bits and allows all my pets to use this as their personal lounging space. 

I painted all three pieces in this photo, and I rarely will hold on to any furniture I've painted, but the white campaign dresser is a permanent addition to my collection.  It works with essentially any color palette I could imagine, and because it's such a pain in the butt to move all the cords for my tv, having a piece that will function and look great for the long haul is really important to me. The little blue side table is currently for sale, but for now it's a perch for my cats. They like to watch me while I watch tv [not creepy at all...].

I wanted to feature my kitchen in a separate post, partially because I think it warrants its own write up, and partially because I didn't feel like cleaning up the kitchen the day I took these photos! This is the only shot that really gives you a slight peek at the kitchen. Because it's just off the kitchen, I spend 90% of my time in this quadrant of the house. 

A key addition to my 'modern summer style' is the use of plants. I've recently realized I can in fact keep certain plants alive, particularly cacti! I have plants all over this part of the house, and they literally and figuratively bring life to my home!

One thing I've been SO eager to change for some time now is the light fixture over my dining table. It's just not my personal style at all. That and the color it throws out is extremely yellow, which really grates at me.  Who knew someone could be so angry at a chandelier?! I actually don't mind how it looks in these photos, but expect this to be another change that happens in the next year.

This is an odd photo, but it gives you a complete depiction of all the seating in this room, which is quite a lot!

One slight deviation from my palette is one of the prints above the french doors. The left most print is of Mount Haleakala, and even though it doesn't work with my colors, it has to live with its Hawaiian print counterparts. It's also hung really high and would be a pain to swap out, so it's staying!

I went on a massive pillow haul a couple months back, and brought in a number of new ones from Society6. The large palm pillow is easily my favorite one, and I secretly want to buy more of them for my bedroom [a room I've been dying to redecorate!]. 

The biggest change to the great room was all the art on my gallery wall. I swapped out nearly every piece for new items from Society 6, with a few other bits pulled from other parts of my house. My colors here used to be really bold, but now they feel much more subdued. 

In the dining area I brought in a few prints, but kept my favorite photo of my mom and I.  It's been in this room for years and I don't see it ever moving!

I'm sat at my Eames style barstools, which I recently painted a faint blush to coordinate with the rest of the palette, writing this post. Writing this makes me realize how much I love this room, how comfortable it is, how happy it makes me. Yes there are still bits I'd like to change, but right now in its current state, it feels so much like me and my personal style.