Fall Living Room Details

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI’m not a huge Halloween decorator, but starting in October I love adding touches of Fall to my home.  I don’t go overboard, but I do love bringing in leaves and pumpkins and fall colors and patterns.  I haven’t shared many photos of my Seattle living room here on the blog, so I thought it would be a fun time to show you a peek!

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comThose big windows really make this home feel light and bright even on the grayest Seattle day.  Plus, the fall colors from my view are just getting better and better…such a show going on right now!

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI added some velvet pillows and a few throw blankets to the room to add additional pattern and warm texture for the season.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI always love to have something living on my coffee table as a little focal point in the room…leaves clipped from the maple tree in my front yard are adding a stunning little yellow moment to the room right now.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI spray painted a ceramic apple gold last week and I love the way it looks sitting happily on the coffee table.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comThis bookcase, though gorgeous, is always a difficult piece for me to style.  Those super big square shelves make it tricky to fill.  But, I added some fall-inspired artwork  I’ve created and books in colors that suited my living room for the season mixed in with some of pottery I’ve collected from Mexico.  This piece is constantly changing.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI love gathering leaves during my walks around the neighborhood and I often like to frame them for simple, inexpensive art around the house.   My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comMy fall mantel is just a simple collection of candlesticks and pumpkins.  Those black tapers were a fun find last year and they looked perfectly spooky for Halloween, but still elegant enough for the entire fall season.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comThis little bar cart, a term which I use very loosely since we don’t drink, houses a candle which is burning almost constantly these days and little bits of nature my kids bring home on our walks…that little gold dish is full of pinecones.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comThis is a little peek at our front entry.  The lighting makes it incredibly difficult to photograph, but I hung a strand of gold pinecones by the front door, and brought out a boot tray for our rain boots which get daily wear around here.  I also brought in all my plants in for the season and this trio i so happy sitting in that bright window.

My Midcentury Fall Living Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comHow do you decorate for Fall?  What is your way to bring fall color into your house?

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My Eclectic Office Reveal

My Eclectic Office Makeover | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI shared my plan for my little home office/music room a few weeks ago.  And, I finally finished crafting a desk of sorts and took some photos. It’s a very small room that has to do double duty as both my office and our music room.  If you want to see the before pictures…check out this post.  Since we moved in a few months ago I painted over the original red walls a cozy green color and the ceiling bright white, hung curtains, artwork and my husband’s guitars.

My Eclectic Office Makeover | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI also created a new desk.  I wanted something slimmer, but wider to give me the biggest workspace available, without taking up too much room.  I used simple table legs from Ikea and a piece of oak plywood cut down to my 80″x28″ specs.  My original plan was to coat the wood in a glossy coat of white, but once I saw the beautiful grain of the wood I knew I couldn’t cover it completely up. So, I whitewashed the oak with several coats of very watered down paint, which I let soak slightly into the wood before I rubbed off.  Then, I topped it with a few coats of poly for durability.   It’s not quite done as I need a few more table legs to support the center because it’s so long and lovely, but Ikea is just so darn far from my house I haven’t made the trek yet.  And, I also plan on finishing the edges, but haven’t figured that part out yet.  It’s hard to get a good photo of the pretty finish, but here’s a little sample.

My Eclectic Office Makeover | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI also hung a piece of perforated brass  as a bulletin board of sorts.  And, above the piano is one of my favorite pieces of art…my husband made it at a street fair here in Seattle (we have the best street fairs here!)…it’s the name of our little family band…a plan on my kids names, Amelia & Miles.

My Eclectic Office Makeover | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI love working in my new space.  I’ll be back tomorrow sharing more about this space…including that pretty little rug on the floor that has unexpectedly stolen my heart!

My Eclectic Office Makeover | www.theanatomyofdesign.com

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A Simple Ikea Chair Hack

As part of my office makeover I decided my trusty office chair needed a makeover.

chair beforeMy husband purchased the chair from Ikea years ago and its original red fabric was in terrible shape when I inherited her.  So, I recovered it in this floral and gray fabric, but as you can see the fabric was done with a capital D, plus it didn’t fit in with my new color scheme!

I knew I wanted blue in my new room and had some blue and white stripe fabric left over from a previous project. And, since blue and white stripes are a classic pattern that almost always works, I went for it.

Office Chair Makeover | www.theanatomyofdesign.comTa-da!  Much improved. And, a little side by side…because that’s always fun to see!

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Pinterest is full of similar office-chair makeovers…no one likes those standard black and gray fabrics!  Here are some of my favorites:

A cheap thrift store find turned into a sleek and stylish new office chair! See the transformation at LoveGrowsWild.com

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So, no need to settle for that boring office chair…a staple gun and your favorite fabric (or mod podge for a chair similar to that floral beauty) and you have a chair that suits your style!

I’m signing off for the week to finish up my office makeover and hopefully the sun breaks through these Seattle clouds so I can photograph everything for next week!  See you back here on Monday.

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The Beauty of a White Desk

I mentioned in my last post about my office makeover, that I am going to trade out my current wood desk for a white one.  I really want something to contrast the darker green walls, and a plain white surface to use when I am working on design projects.

There are so many pretty white desks on the market right now and here are 5 good reasons why a white desk might be right for you.

5 Reasons to Use a White Desk | www.theanatomyofdesign.com

So many pretty options…but I think I’m going to try to DIY a desk, because I want it to be a specific size to suit the room. If it works I’ll share my progress here!  If not…well, then I’ll be purchasing one of these finds!



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A Plan for an Eclectic Office Makeover

One of my favorite things about my new rental house is the small dedicated office space.  It’s a teeny room with the big job of being both my office and our music room.   And even though it’s not decorated or designed really yet, I already love it!

But, it started off as a cave.  A very red cave, red ceiling included.

office1It took a coat of primer on both the walls and ceiling and several coats of white ceiling paint to get the ceiling nice and bright!  Already, so much better, right!  office2I knew I wanted a stronger saturated color to make this a cozy room.  I settled on a jade-y green color (Sherwin Williams Jadite).

office3I love the how pretty the wood looks against the new green color, and I can’t wait to add in pretty art and accessories, and I have some fun DIY projects in the works for this space as well! office4It’s hard to capture the exact color because of the lighting and size of the room, but in the morning light, it’s closest to the image below.office5I’ll be working over the next two weeks to get my office in shape, so I can use it to get stuff done!  Here’s a peek at the direction I am headed!

An Eclectic Office Color Palette | www.theanatomyofdesign.comI’m definitely going to add a white desk to contrast with the dark green…but I haven’t decided how yet. I’ve been scouring Pinterest for some way to create a DIY desk (potentially just using the same legs I already own)…if you have any ideas, I would love to know.  I’ll be sharing some projects as I get the room pulled together!

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