Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Before & After - Livingroom

As promised I will show you more of the eyecandy photos Eva took of the cottage, and I figured it was a good idea to show all the rooms in a before & after post... so today we're starting with the livingroom. And throughout the month I'll be showing the rest. Well the 6 rooms (of 9) that are done anyway :)

As you can see, the living room looked at lot different when I took over in 2008. This picture is from the listing. The colour was dark pine green. With lots of pine & other dark colours. Very traditionally 90's here in Norway. And absolutely horrific! My parents used the same colours in their home during this time.

the only thing this place had going for it was the flooring. Hardwood floors, and well the massive windows. I painted the walls a very light green, and all molding became white. 

the sofa set is from the 1960's I think. Bough 2nd hand. It's worn and frayed but I love it. The colour and shape is perfect. And it is SO nice to sit in. The table is from a fleamarket. I simply painted the top white.

above my sofa I have hung a number of prints from one of my absolute favorite artist. Tony DiTerlizzi, these are from his book "Arthur Spiderwicks Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You"... the longest title ever! I love this book so much I bought two. One to read and keep, and one to rip apart for the art. I also love details, like the tiny frog on the frame. 

I always have lots of stuff in my window sills. The big windows let in alot of light. Originally they didnt have sills for me to decorate. So my fantasic dad made me some. He is the one who has done all major work here at the cottage and I am forever greatful to him and the rest of my family who helped in every way they could!

I have a special love for lanterns, and I have way too many of them... Or do I?

a favorite birdcage with live greens. And old skeleton keys hung underneath in twine.

so there you are. My livingroom. Hope you enjoyed the visit. And remember to leave me a comment :) I love comments after all ;)


andrea said...

Your home is beautiful! I love everything that you have done. it is so peaceful.. i can't wait to see what you do to the stable. I am signing on as a follower so I can find out! I am new to blogging, but I am going to read all of your archives to see your beautiful photography and animals. Regards, Andrea@

Marilyn said...

Just saw your home at the Cottage of the Month and enjoyed my visit! You've worked really hard and it looks great.♥♫

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a difference in a little paint and furniture. You home is stunning. Everything looks so bright and fresh. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

I saw your home on Cottage of the month, it is beautiful!! I love how fresh everything looks and your sense of style :-). Best Wishes from Leann in California

sologbolig said...

Hei !! Gratulerer såååå mye med utmerkelsen "Cottage of the Month". Eg har nettopp vert inne hos The old painted Cottage og sett alle bildene....IMPRESSED !!! For en jobb du har gjort og utrulig flott det har blitt, artig med bilder slik det har sett ut. Ha ei flott helg.

Anonymous said...

I just saw your pictures at Cottage of the Month - I LOVE your home! It's so light and airy - it must be a joy to come home every day to such a welcoming place. Amazing changes come in a can of paint, don't they!
Monica in Pennsylvia, US

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

No! You can never have too many lanterns!
How sweet of you father to make you deeper window sills. May I fly him here to do the same for me!???
Love your art and collections. The room looks so great!

Annie said...

Hi Trine!
Just found you on Cottage of the Month. Too adorable. You've done wonders with your house, nice work. I am looking forward to the stable too. Have you ever heard of Gypsy Vanner horses? A Vanner is gonna look great in your new stable! No, I don't sell them just seemed like a cool horse for you...since I know you so well...??!!

Monica Helén said...

Når jeg ser stuebordet ditt nå, skulle jeg lixom ønske at den var litt mørkere den plata.. Kan man pusse den litt ned slik at det tidligere mørke kommer gjennom? hva vet jeg, hihi.. Den bare stjeler så mye oppmerksomhet, iallefall på bildet som ligger ute. Men jeg tenkte ikke på det da jeg var hos deg sist gang...

Familien din er GULL! =))) Flinke er de! =)

Digger den sofaen, rett og slett. Tenk at man kan finne en så fin gammel sofa..=)
Dette rommet har definitivt blitt reddet av deg det også snuppa! =)