Our Living Room: Going Green!!!

Well, I took the plunge. We decided on a bright mossy velvet for our sofa reupholstery. I can't find an image that looks like it exactly... It's a bit less limey/ more green than the pic above (house beauitful) and the cotton velvet is super-rich with lots of tonal variation.

We're doing a pair of these tight-back arm chairs from Martha Stewart in the ferny fabric (above) on the reverse (again, color is off):

Here's the exact shape of the sofa (Atlanta Bartlett)... and you must've known I'd have to have a back-up plan... We're also getting a white washable slipcover made for the sofa (exactly like the one below) for warmer months, kids, and so we can bring in any color scheme we want. (Ok, so I can bring in any color scheme.. hhahaha a like my husband really gets to the urge to reaccessorieze! ;) --- We're waiting on having the slipcover made until I feel the urge.. because I'm definitely really exited about the green right now. And... just so you don't think I'm really crazy with money/ flippant I should explain: We got the sofa off of craiglist for really cheap & the current fabric is really dirty. I really wanted to do white slipcovers, but we would have had to reupholster the fabric anyway because it was dirty/ old/ and striped, showing through the slipcover... SO I decided to reupholster it in a fun color so I could have the option to take off the slipcover. Now we'll just wait a few months for the slipcover.



We went with green because we really feel that it's true to the house and its connection with the outdoors. Green greets us from every view and I really want the interiors to be all about the views. (It's also both my & my husband's favorite color ;)



There will still be tons of white because you know I need that:



We bought these glass lamps from Arteriors Home for next to the sofa:







The plan is to tear out the carpet & do hardwood floors. We'll probably start out with seagrass rugs and eventually I'd love to find the perfect worn, antique (or antique-looking, I'm really not picky) patterned rug to layer over the seagrass in the living room. I also want to layer my favorite green fabrics and/ or use them as a skirted table in the open dining room. I want to bring on some old-fashioned florals:



Below is a room with a green sofa from the Martha Stewart furniture line:




Our Living room will be a bit softer, more blended but just to give you an idea.. I love how you can mix virtually any color with green- blues, aquas, pinks, browns, etc... getting pumped!! Since I'm crazy about green rightnow I figured it was time to join the Hooked On Houses blog party. Check it out!! Anyway, we're off to visit my dad at his lakehouse for some (finally!!!) rest & relaxation!!!!

I cannot wait to sit on the dock and swim & go boating & tubing!!! (notice how i'm screaming in the pic below and my husband is just relaxing .. hahahah)
Will be posting from there & hope to get lots done at the lakehouse to show you!!!
xoxo,


lauren

32 comments:

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! You really are taking the plunge! I think that's such a smart idea to do reupholstery and a slipcover. My problem with committing to any print or color is getting tired of it so a white slipcover is the perfect solution. I may need some tips on how to do that without spending a fortune b/c the quotes I've gotten are pretty high. I love your color scheme and pattens.

Have a GREAT time at the lake. It looks like a beautiful spot. xoxo, alek

inthetweeds said...

LAUREN - I LOVE THIS! Everything about it!!!! The sofa in green velvet (then slip-covered) and those amazing side chairs in that floral. ACK - I LOVE IT!!! You have quite a talent!!! Can't wait to see it all done!

Eileen said...

I am loving all your choices! All sounds so elegant!
Such a happy anticipation, right? Enjoy it!
All the best,
Eileen

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I love the green. It's going to look so great! Have fun at the lake house! Can't wait to see what you do there!

Sarah's Fab Day said...

I love it! I can't wait to see everything all pulled together. Green is one of my favorites too.

Have fun on vacay!

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

I love everything that you're showing us. The fabric choices and lines of the furniture are fantastic! I especially love the chairs.
Have a wonderful break with your family. I am excited to see the outcome of your LR.
XO
*Tricia

LindsB said...

I LOVE the fabric choice for the sofa and I love even more that you are getting your signature white slip cover to go over it. Everything is going to look just beautiful of course!

I am so jealous of you right now that you are going up to your lakehouse- have so much fun!!!

Jennifer said...

sounds perfect! green is a great neutral, I think -- it goes happily with so many colors, and white, too, of course!

Tracy @ comfortandluxury said...

I think your choices are beautiful and it was so smart of you to find a great sofa second-hand. Have fun on your vaycay, then get back to work so we can see your finished products!

The Consummate Hostess said...

What a beautiful blog with such inspiring ideas. This is my first time here and I look forward to a return visit!

Southern Aspirations said...

LOVE this idea! Can't wait to see it. ALso, think y'all are super cute in your lake picture. Have a fantastic weekend!

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

YAY! I love it!!! Can't wait to see the finished result! :D

Erin said...

Wow, this is going to look fantastic!!! I can't wait to see it!

Have a great time at the lakehouse!! So much fun! :)

Kathy said...

Go Green!!!! good back up though with the white slipcover... I'd do the same thing. Have Lakehouse fun! xoxo~Kathy~@ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Perfect! Wow our Craigslist NEVER has stuff that great! NEVER!!

Cristin said...

Love it! I like green too. Take the plunge.

Enjoy the lakehouse.

xo,
cristin

Cristin said...

Oh yeah - I added you to my designer blogroll.

xo,
cristin

Windlost said...

lauren, sounds like a fantabulous plan! i love green also, though blue is my favorite. i have sage green sofas, so not the fresher greens you are using, but it is a very easy shade to decorate with. yes, it goes with so much. i use a lot of brown and white with the green in my living room, but i also can bring in the same tone in a blue or rose and it is so pretty - it even works with lavender.

your room will look amazing - so fresh!

have fun tubing - looks terrifying. you are so cute!

xo terri

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Lauren. What I'd really like is a slipcovered sofa. Something very similar to the shape and style of your's. Although that is not an easy sofa style to find over here. Love all the choices you have shown and can't wait to see your results. Funny I posted on an imaginary lakehouse yesterday and here you are going for real.. just a bit jealous! haha

Maria Killam said...

I love green as well. My sofa is green (I a really will have to post it at some point) it goes with everything. I can't wait to see your living room when it's done! Love your style Lauren!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I think the green velvet will be spectacular! Can't wait to see pics!

Lauren Jade said...

thank you so much for the comment and support! I really appreciate the advice for reals! I've never sold anything so big before and its such an important decision. :D and LOVE this post btw... good luck with all the re upholstery !!

Just a thought... said...

I am starting on the same green adventure and love the fabric just above Martha stewarts room. Can you tell me where to find it or how? Thanks,

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

My living room went green years ago and I still love it. Green is so calm and easy to live with. I think you will love it too.

Velvet and Linen said...

Love your ideas. Your green sofa is going to look great, and it really is a wonderful neutral color. Can't wait to see your vision complete.
Enjoy your time at the lakehouse. I'm excited to see what you do while you're there.

xo
Brooke

rups said...

i think all the pictures are truley great for a sweet house.. i like the concept and disign

interiorblogging said...

I am so jealous we dont have craiglist in Australia. I am always hearing about people fantastic finds on it. I'm loving the green and i absolutly love your style as well.

nkp said...

Green is my favorite color as well and as a matter of fact, I have a green tufted cotton velvet sofa too. Mine is less mossy, but I love it and you are so right, it mixes beautifully with many colors! Can't wait to see the transformation.

Haven and Home said...

I hope you had a great weekend! I can't wait to see the finished product, the green is going to look so good!

Oliveaux said...

Love it and cannot wait to see the finished room. I am also about to cover some chairs for my lounge room in a similar sounding green velvet. I think its such a great colour. Ax

down pillow said...

There are some fantastic ideas here. Can't wait to implement them in my own home!

Love Where You Live said...

You two look so cute.
And I LOVE the green/white ideas. I have a slipcovered sofa, which I've had many years. One cover is in white, the other green. And I switch out, depending on the season. Can't go wrong with green; it's such a wonderful neutral. Glad to see you're having fun in more ways than one. cheers, -susan