What’s going on around here anyway? Part One…

I wanted to take a minute to let you know what my blog is all about. I explain a bit on my “about freckled laundry” page, 
but thought I’d post about it tonight considering 
my plans have evolved over the past few months.
I started freckled laundry so that you could follow me 
as I restyle my entire 1550 sq. ft. rambler 
into a vintage chic “cottage”. 
That’s still what I’m doing and every project that I’ve shared so far
(aside from the antique chair) 
will be incorporated into my living room restyling…
the first room on my list of several. 
It is the room that least reflects my style and love of white. 
There is no white in this room other than the trim, mantel, pillows, and my sorry DIY attempt at built-ins. 
The white’s not even white; it’s cream.
Currently, a peek at my living room looks like this
I cannot believe I’m sharing this.
I hope I don’t hear crickets chirping around here tomorrow!
Note the huge fireplace which has proved a nightmare to style.
More mantel equals more crap…
…and I hate clutter…at least in my home.
 And yes, it’s so huge that I do position my sofa in front of it
just like you see there.
I have been cussed out by a girlfriend for that. 
Apparently, it’s a no no.
Also, I’ve stripped this room of all it’s pretties
to make the before shot a bit more dramatic.
  The walls are literally Pottery Barn yellow. 
I’m that girl who purchased the PB Benjamin Moore fan deck  
and sat in Pottery Barn matching paint swatches to the walls. 
(By the way, the Eastview Pottery Barn’s walls are “Vanilla Moon” and so are my walls.)
Anyhow, here’s a rough sketch of what I want this space to be.
(click the sketch to enlarge)
Lots of white.
Still need to paint the walls, install wainscoting, and make a sofa slipcover.
 French gray, sterling, and clear glass accents. 
I’ve been collecting vintage sterling and silver plate for a few years.
I have several Pottery Barn clear glass canisters and such
(used for my wedding centerpieces) as well as vintage bottles and jars.
Crystal chandie.
Still on a bargain hunt for this.
Vintage, shabby, mirror mantel.
I will be refinishing a mirror soon and also sharing how to faux antique a new one.
Behind the built-ins and on the wall to the right.
I’ll share my plans for the other three walls in a future post.
Lots of visual texture.
Pewter mantel, natural fabrics, glass, metal, stone, wood, etc.
Here are a couple of Etsy fabrics that I’ve ordered for the room.
Gray Soft Warmer Cotton (pillows)
 White washing cotton
These lovely photographs have inspired my space.

 I would LOVE these floors
but as of this morning the husband wouldn’t.
 The use of a drape shade and old, chippy window
to divide this space is beautiful.
I don’t have foyer so this unique concept may used
to create the illusion of one.
What do you think?
I drew one of these on the fireplace.
So pretty.

Pottery Barn mirrors

Adore the chippy desk with writing.
This is the dusk view of that desk.
Enlarge the picture and look at that breathtaking view.
I’m so ready for autumn.
More white to make me smile.
I have several projects to finish over the next month or so
and I’ll bring you with me, of course.

Next on the list is a chippy chair refinish,
priming and painting the walls and fireplace, 
and creating a pewter mantel.

You may get a little complimentary Cookie Monster, too.
My twins’ first birthday party is next month
and there’s a whole lot of cookie going on.
I have more plans for my little blog
but this post is way too long already.

So…I’ll share the rest tomorrow!
Hope you had a great weekend.

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  1. Erin says:

    I love the idea…except for blocking the fireplace..It will be much more dramatic if you figure out how not to block the fireplace…I was a fireplace blocker until a friend rearranged my living room while house sitting. She styled my mantle with “stuff” from my house and it looks awesome…I will never be a fireplace blocker again…my husband is now on board with new furniture that fits the space so he can see the tv better and NOT block the fireplace lol!

    Love your blog and can’t wait to see how everything turns out!

  2. Allison says:

    That is going to look beautiful, Jami! I love all the grays and whites. Great fabrics you have chosen. Nice layout of your living room. Can’t wait to see the finished room! Have fun!

  3. Stephanie says:

    I love every single thing about the design. It is going to look beautiful. The only exception is the couch placement not a fan of that….sorry :( I second your girlfriend’s opinion. Can’t wait to see the progress! I am sure it will all look awesome.

  4. Catherine says:

    Woo hooo!! Bring on the white!! I love French grey and white, with silver tonings…mmmm, gorgy!!

    These are beautiful inspirational photos too – and gotta say, love your sketch as it so helps to visualise what you are aiming to do!!

    So you are going to cover the mantle with chipboard, is that right? We had a hideous brown-blergh brick mantle for our gas fire (it is also hideous, but is on the future list to replace with a more aesthetically pleasing one) We covered the brick with chipboard, detailed it, painted it in (what else!) white and already it is just SO much better. I say go for it!

    Can’t wait for the next installment!!



  5. Darling blog. I love your plans for your place and can’t wait to see it evolve! You have some great ideas and your inspiration photos are of things that I love, too!!

  6. Megan says:

    this is your house right? as in, you own it? If you hate your fire place- knock it out and have something built you like. all that layered stonework can go…

  7. Ohhhh I adore the colors and your inspirational pictures ~
    That is so very much how I want to redo my home very soon ~ I am slowly but surely getting it from pinks to creams ~


  8. ~*LOVE your drawing Jami..I can really picture the after and with the items you are choosing it is going to be so beautiful! The picture of the chippy white desk area at dusk is just beckoning me to move into that house!lol..Im with you and cant wait for autumn..Thanks again for your nice mention of me yesterday~*~Blessings,Rachel

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  10. Jenni says:

    Jami, I just love this post! Your blog is one of my absolute favorites! :) As far as living rooms go, we are on the same page! For as you know, we both have yellow walls! (Actually, now mine are white, but I don’t think they are the right paint color…) But back to YOUR living room…I love your ideas for the space. The pictures you chose as your inspiration are amazing, and I love your drawing of how you want the room to be! I have full confidence that the room will be just as you envision it, and can’t wait to see the process! :)


    P.S. I removed my first attempt to leave a comment because I somehow signed my name twice…oops!

  11. The Wool Acorn says:

    Beautiful…. really gorgeous. And then I read that you have twins. All that white… and twin toddlers. You’re a brave woman! My twins (boys) are 13… very 13. And I’ve been thinking about a white kitchen floor. White like Cool Whip!!!

  12. Renze says:

    Gorgeous plans! I love all white. Let me know if you find a washable, inexpensive white cloth for the slipcover material. I’ve been dying to turn my now navy and maroon family room into a light and breezy one since my kids are now older …still need that washable part, though!
    Can’t wait to see the transformation of this room. By the way, once you add those mirrors, you probably won’t want to block that fireplace.

  13. Jen @ Coastal Lust says:

    Lovin’ that grey pillow fabric, Jami! It looks so cozy:) I wish I had the confidence to go grey, but when I tried painting a big square on my wall it reminded me of a prison. Maybe in another place with different lighting – not a dungeon, lol!

  14. I love your vision of how your room will look and I’m excited to get to follow along with your progress! I’m going to be house hunting soon and I love to get ideas for what I want from people like you! I’m in a rental now and am in the process of “neutralizing” my living space with whites, creams, etc. My mom and I just made a drop cloth slipcover for my couch (it’s on my blog if you’re interested in taking a peek!)


  15. Love your plans, Jami!! It’s going to be so beautiful! Isn’t planning SO fun? It’s really my favorite part of any project. I was going to make one tiny suggestion with regards to your dilemma with the scale of your fireplace:
    The Fireplace wouldn’t look so out of scale if it had a more substantial mantle. Maybe you could DIY a chunky faux beam mantle? Maybe whitewashed and heavily distressed? Just a suggestion. :) LOVE the idea of all the mirrors!

  16. Shaunna says:

    BEAUTIFUL INSPIRATION!! It’s going to be fabulous and your sketch looks incredible! -shaunna :)

  17. LOVE all your plans, and how smart to do a design drawing. I’m especially lovin’ your mirrors on your mantle and you’re right, big ones are harder to style.
    have a great week, Jami,

  18. My Yellow House says:

    Hi Jami!
    Well I’m along for the ride…your vision for your cottage looks so gorgeous. I can’t wait to see it all happen.
    The picture of the writing desk at dusk is one of my all time favorites so I know I’m going to love the room ~

  19. Chris says:

    Although I add more color to my rooms, our love of style is similar. You make me excited to tackle our new home!

  20. Ooh, I look at that blank room and see such hidden potential! Can’t wait to see what you ultimately end up with.

  21. You have a darling blog, so happy to have discovered you!
    LOVE those PB mirrors.

    Have a wonderful week!

  22. Jami, All your plans sound wonderful and I love the sketch you did. I am sure it will be fabulous! Hugs, Sherry

  23. Pamela says:

    Love the sketch you drew! I love seeing these dated ranchers and bungalows transformed!
    Great ideas ….I’ll be following!
    Pamela xo

  24. The sketch looks nice BUT you still have your couch blocking the fireplace, I’m assuming you have no other place to move it so you can see the lovely fire during those cold months? OR, you really hate that fireplace? LOL

  25. Another reason I love ya, less clutter!!! This looks great, potential, potential, potential!

  26. Jami, If you go see what this smart lady did with her sofa in the middle of the room to make a divider with a window like you are thinking..it is gorgeous. She has an all white and beige color palette so I think you may get some inspiration here. http://laurieannas.blogspot.com/2010/03/living-room-at-5th-place-cottage.html

  27. Oh my goodness! The window with the roman shade caught my intrest! Okay so all the photo’s were fabulous but the window really got me thinking… I think I may need to do that in my living room! I would LOVE to be able to do a white room, but hubby would NEVER go for it. But… I might could talk him into seeing how wonderful the window could be hanging by the front door… Thanks for the inspiration! ;-)

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