Wednesday's Walk-through {& last days for giveaway!}



Welcome to Kristine from The Painted Hive!
She has been lucky enough to grab the spot of Wednesday's Walk-through.

Meet Kristine:
"Not ashamed to confess she's a designaholic, Kristine started her blog, The Painted Hive, only two short months ago to diarise and share her love of all things home.
A self-taught interior decorator, stylist, photographer, furniture restorer and home handywoman her blog philosophy, 'Making House a Home for Honey' is all about creating beautiful and liveable interiors on a budget!
Although an event planner by day, her small furniture refurbishment and design consultation business, Lemonbutter Furnishings and Interiors, is her real passion.
Kristine lives in a semi-rural pocket just out of metro-Melbourne, Australia, with her new husband Luke and little puppy Cooper."

For further details and images feel free to visit her blog, The Painted Hive.

 
Before: The walls were originally dirty apple green and the trim was all natural brown timber. The lovely windows were a little smothered by heavy green drapery.




To lighten the room we painted all the walls Dulux Chalk USA and the trim gloss white. We also replaced the bulky green curtains with taupe roman blinds.



 It's a little hard to tell by the photos though our living room is pretty tiny so the layout and choice of furnishings needed to be pretty well considered. The coffee table was a $30 eBay find I refinished. 




The previous owners had a bulky couch against this wall which really cut into the space. We decided to put the TV there and it works perfectly. I found the TV bench on eBay for $80. It was originally a hall table so I cut down the legs, painted it and changed the hardware.





Our living room is north-facing so the sun shines in pretty much all day.




Themed vignettes can really create impact. This side table was found on eBay for $20. It had unattractive veneered drawer fronts so I painted them only and then re-stained the remainder of the timber.


Pop over to The Decorating Forum for more chat today.


I will be drawing the winner of our Giveaway Friday!






26 comments:

brismod said...

It's a lovely space. I think using the roman blinds have opened up that room. I also love the vintage touches - the antique fan and dark side table work so well. Very nice indeed!

livinglifeasme said...

Wow! What an amazing transformation. Looks so inviting and relaxing now. Love it!

melissa said...

Love it - it looks so bright and airy. I agree the roman blinds have done a world of difference in transforming the room.

lifeinapinkfibro said...

Wow - I love how light and spacious it feels now, particularly if, as you say, it's only small. Good job!

Kerryanne English said...

Kristine has done an amazing job with the make-over and even better because she picked up some great thrift buys.

Carrie said...

Wow! I love it! So calm and peaceful! I need a book and a cup of coffee and THAT room... ahhh.

Tracy Rudd (ssmama) said...

Wow! Gorgeous work! The dark and funky renovated timber pieces lift the neutral palette up so the whole thing shines instead of being bland. I could move in yesterday! ;)

h&b said...

beautiful transformation!

Those 'befores' were pretty hideous :(

Elements said...

What a wonderful transformation...you must be so proud of the result.
Goes to show how the correct collection of items grouped together can create such a huge impact.
Fabulous...

Julie-Ann said...

This room is so beautiful and serene that I would love to live there. I love the light and soft colours contrasted with the dark furniture and the black frames. It is not too cluttered but has a lot of personality. Kristine I am thinking you must be another lover of cushions and throw rugs:) There are quite a few of us on the Decorating Forum.

Tina said...

Oh I never tire looking at Kristine's gorgeous home and projects! I love Kristine's living room!! It is wonderful to see the gorgeous Kristine featured here:) Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday ~ Tina x

Kerri said...

That Kristine is one clever cookie! She's done an amzing job, and it's lovely to see her talents recognised. Looks fantastic! K xx

Oh Gorgeous Baby said...

Wow what an amazing room. I will be following your blog for sure as I love all your budget and makeover tips. The smallest change in a piece of furniture can make the world of difference... I just need you to teach me how to see how I can make that difference.
Now Im off to catch up on the rest of the posts and see the forum I know I have been naughty not visiting.

Toni said...

That room is so me. I love it. My walls are almost that colour, my Romans are almost that colour and my couch is also almost that colour. Now I need to find the other bits and pieces to create the same!!! Thank you for sharing. LOVE IT!

Amanda said...

Kristine's living room looks amazing - so light and bright - those curtains and white window frames have made a huge difference. I love her ebay finds and vintage touches - the room is so beautifully styled. Lovely!!

Gail McCormack said...

Absolutely and utterly, FABULASTIC!!

Another great Wednesday Walk-through

thanks to all involved, loved it!

The Moerks said...

It's a great space, so warm and welcomming yet airy and light.

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MJ said...

Oh my I am loving these walk throughs...it looks so nice and light...photographers dream (been in alot of dark client houses lately lol).Well done.

Kyandra said...

We all love Kristine and her beautiful blog. She is so sweet and helpful.Such a talented beautiful lady. Adore how she decorates on such a budget. These rooms are stunning. Thanks for featuring her. :)

Abby said...

I LOVE your coffee table! You've got a great eye for rehab candidates! Oh, how I wish you could come over and give a girl a hand around my place! Ugh!

You're an inspiration!

1 Funky Woman said...

Her home is beautiful! What a change from before! I love the clean, airy feeling in her home. I wish I could really take a walk through!

AnastasiaC said...

gorgeous home!! so fresh and liveable!!

Natasha said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing these fabulous ideas.

Best wishes,
Natasha.

www.kidsinaustralia.com.au said...

Love it, it is so warm, inviting and gorgeous, although it would not suit the lifestyle of my 4 kids lol. But once they all grow up that is certainly a look I would love, I can imagine curled up on the couch with a cute persian kitten, a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. Well done!! and congrats on your ebay bargains.

The Girl in the Brick House said...

What a transformation - great job and good work on some of those e-bay finds. I love a bit of upcycling! Jane

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