De-Formalizing the Living Room

April 28, 2012
Now that my living room walls are back to white (after 10 years of yellow), I am changing up the decor slightly.

The de-formalization of the living room includes, a few less doilies, new burlap curtain panels, using more baskets, and the addition of more painted furniture.

I recently purchased this great shelf, with a bead board back, and three color paint distressing, at the Tattered Angel, a local shop.

The great shelf in the above photo will replace this shelf in my living room:

This mirrored shadow box shelf is vintage. Definitely from the 1960's. When I purchased it at a rummage sale in the late 1970's, it had a blonde finish. I didn't really repaint and use it until the late 1990's. I am keeping some of my blue and white dishes up in the living room but with the new shelf.

I like this shelf with the blue and white china!

I would like to add at least one more cream pitcher, but this is the new look. The blue willow plates at left and right are from my Churchill, England, blue willow collection.

The shelf's finish up close, black, jute, and seal skin paint colors, and distressed.

The plates: Bluebonnet Ironstone

Country Inns, Grindley, England

Churchill, England

Royal Homes of Britain, Enoch Wedgwood, England

I like the new look.

Coming soon, more de-formalization, and then the reveal!

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  1. Great shelf! Your blue & white transferware really pops against the shelf color. I've been living with yellow walls for the 8 years we've been in this house and it's gotta go, too!

  2. Cute! And of course, I love the blue and white china! Happy Sunday!...hugs...Debbie

  3. I really like those colors together, the dishes really stand out. Very nice!

  4. I love the new shelf, and the plates against it really pop. The dark and light really show well together. So love your blue and white china, right now I am working on a wall grouping in my dining room using blue and white plates. So pretty! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best.

  5. That looks great, I love the look of it!

  6. Hi Carlene! Love your shelf, and I LOVE the plates. Blue and white are my fav. Thanks for linking up to the newbie party.

  7. Your shelf is very nice. It looks great with the blue and white dishes. Isn't it fun to change things around the house!

  8. Looks great! Love the shelf and the white walls =) Your collection really shines now and looks fantastic on your new find!!

  9. I like the look. The de-formalization is a good thing. Bye bye doilies! Hello clean and fresh that lets the pretty blue and white china stand out on its own...



  10. Very pretty! It features the plates perfectly! I really like it!

  11. Hi Carlene: I really like that shelf. Looks great with the b&w..Happy Sunday..Judy

  12. beautiful! following from debbie-doo

  13. Love the new shelf! I'm a huge blue and white plate fan! Nice collection!

  14. Looks like a great find to show off your pretty blue and white china collection!

  15. Lovely! Adore blue and white plates :)
    Greetings from Australia♥

  16. It's amazing what a difference the new shelf makes. It really showcases your beautiful pottery. (Newest follower.)

  17. Carlene this is so wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful post. I would love it if you could share this wonderful post at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join us.


  18. I absolutley love your new shelf. It is fantastic. The shape is wonderful and I really do love the color. Looks so pretty with your new paint color and the gorgeous blue and white dishes. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  19. I LOVE this shelf! The beadboard trim is so unusual and I love how it's treated to look like original old wood. What a great look!

    Shared on FJI Facebook and pinned for SNS 132. :)



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