a day in the life | my living room refresh

it’s hard to believe that summer is coming to a close.  in some ways, this has been the slowest summer on record, for obvious reasons; but almost paradoxically it’s been one of the quickest.  it’s hard to put into words everything that’s transpired over the past six months, so i won’t even try.  all i will say is this:  back in the spring, we promised style at a certain age would be fashion distraction, and we remain committed to that more than ever.

as absolutely bizarre as this summer has been, there have been a few bright spots.  without even going to a movie theater, i found my favorite summer movie:  Palm Springs with Andy Samberg.  so smart.  so funny.  has anyone else seen it?   if you’ve seen it too, let me know what you think of it in the comments.

with all that being said, usually at the end of the month, we round up our top 5 reader’s picks for that month.  we’re going to do things a little differently.  all this week, we’re going to repost our reader’s favorites from the months of May, June, July, and August.  we’ve done our best to refresh all links, and in the cases where the items are sold out, we’ve provided you with similars.  so without further ado, here’s your favorite post from May:  a day in the life | my living room refresh.

a day in the life:  my living room refresh   

throughout this year, we’ve introduced our a day in the life series where we give you regular updates and tours of my home.  we’ve walked you through everything from opens in a new windowmy kitchen to my opens in a new windowdownstairs basement.  we love interior design and decorating over here on the blog, and given how much time i’ve had at home lately, i decided to tweak my living and dining room.  i’m a big believer in change and mixing things up.  and an easy way to implement change is to start at home and rearrange things a bit.  it feels good, i promise.  so join us today and take a tour of my living room refresh. 

ruffle shell & white pants

today’s OOTD is perfect for spring or summer—indoors or out.  i’ve got a pair of clean, opens in a new windowriveria pants from opens in a new windowLoft, i’m loving this opens in a new windowfloral ruffle shell, also from opens in a new windowLoft.  i love opens in a new windowfloral for spring and summer and have featured it extensively over the years.  it never goes out of style, and it’s so easy to integrate into your wardrobe.  whether through a opens in a new windowpair of floral pants, opens in a new windowfloral dress, or a ruffle shell like the one i have on today,  nothing says seasonal transition quite like floral.  

opens in a new windowruffle shell | opens in a new windowriveria pants | opens in a new windowshoes


my living room refresh

i’m always tinkering with my home.  i’m constantly moving furniture around and rearranging placement of everything from my art to lamps, vases, and plants.  it’s amazing how even the most subtle changes to our living spaces can impact our mood for the better.  a few months ago, i gave you all opens in a new windowa tour of my living room.  over the past few months, i’ve been playing around with things a bit and making a few tweaks that i wanted to share with you.  

opens in a new windowtable lamp | opens in a new windowfloor lamp | opens in a new windowcoffee table | opens in a new windowleather sectional | floral pillows | 

opens in a new windowboat painting


a day in the life

the biggest change i made was rearranging the furniture, and boy has it opened things up.  things feel so much more open now, and i’m really enjoying what feels like extra space.  i’ve also invested in a new dining room chandelier, which i’m loving.  it gives the room a new feel, which amazes me.  hard to believe sometimes how a little change can have such an effect.  

opens in a new windowtable lamp | opens in a new windowfloor lamp | opens in a new windowcoffee table | opens in a new windowleather sectional | fig tree | opens in a new windowboat painting | black & white boxes

chairs | table | chandelier | sideboard | sideboard lamps

bookcase | opens in a new windowcane wingback chair | opens in a new windowlouis XVI footstool | opens in a new windowchandelier

opens in a new windowsideboard | opens in a new windowolive tree | opens in a new windowlamp | opens in a new windowheron painting | opens in a new windowginger jars

a day in the life

i hope you enjoyed a glimpse of my living room update.  in case you’re new to the blog or missed some of our entries into a day in the life series, make sure to check all of them out below. 

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  1. Cosner, vee wrote:

    Enjoy following you so much. Had knee replacement on Sept. 11th. Had my incision glued. No staples. Forgive me but I adored you shorter haircut. So sharp. Stay well.

    Posted 5.26.20
    • good for you for no staples! mine is healing nicely so no complaints. and i have my active vibrant life back! thanks for stopping by.

      Posted 8.31.20
  2. Julie Mycock wrote:

    Hi Beth, what lovely colours, you have made your living room a calm place to be, well done. It’s amazing how tweaking a few things can make such a difference, xoxo Julie from England

    Posted 5.26.20
    • sometimes all you need is a new pillow or two and fresh flowers.

      Posted 8.31.20
  3. Julie wrote:

    I love your coffee table and the Reese Witherspoon book. I do have it! You work hard but you are blessed to have such beautiful things. I live vicariously I guess.

    Posted 5.26.20
    • i am truly blessed, julie. thanks so much for reading the blog. xo

      Posted 8.31.20
  4. Michelle wrote:

    I have collected blue/white pottery since 80s. Even visited Delft factory. Lost everything in 2018 Paradise, CA fire. There is life after ashes and new collecting.

    Posted 5.26.20
    • you are so very right about life after ashes! good luck with your new collections.

      Posted 8.31.20
  5. Eve wrote:

    How beautiful. It deserves the cover of BHG magazine. Your art work is amazing! What I like most about your home is how comfortable it looks.

    Posted 5.26.20
    • thanks eve! i always choose comfort first. with fashion and home.

      Posted 8.31.20
  6. Lisa Simmons-Yarbro wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    Lovely living room! So inviting!
    Where is the small potted Olive tree from?


    Posted 5.26.20
    • diane olivi wrote:

      I would love to know wher3e the artwork is from. The row boats and the birds.

      Posted 5.26.20
      • the bird painting is from Ballard Designs.

        Posted 8.31.20
    • the olive tree is from Pottery Barn.

      Posted 8.31.20
  7. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    Very nice! It all looks great. Sometimes you just have to mix things up some.

    Posted 5.26.20
    • hi sue! mixing things up is what makes things interesting. hope all is well.

      Posted 8.31.20
  8. cathy ogi wrote:

    Love your purple flowers on the chest. That color! I love purple and flowers.

    Posted 5.26.20
  9. Mary C wrote:

    Lovely! Your home looks so inviting. Thank you for sharing. I had seen the painting of the boats above your mantle in an earlier post and still love it in this post as well.

    Posted 5.26.20
    • i think this is my favorite painting of all time. it represented my marriage to Mr. style. two boats united.

      Posted 8.31.20
  10. Pam wrote:

    Hi Beth, Thanks this morning from Omaha, NE I love the eclectic look and all of the interesting pieces in your living spaces. You have put a smile on my face and courage in my steps today. Have a great day!

    Posted 5.27.20
    • hi pam! how’s everything in my home town? thanks for your sweet words. a smile and courage are two important things to possess.

      Posted 8.31.20
  11. Pamela wrote:

    What a lovely home you’ve created and you have such a beautiful decorating style. I enjoy seeing these day in the life posts.

    Posted 5.27.20
    • thank you! my home has always been a special sanctuary.

      Posted 8.31.20
  12. 5 stars
    It’s really cool that you refreshed your living room. I like how you did it. Everything in your ideas at the same time looks restrained and defiant. I admire your ideas and ability to arrange everything in such a way that pleases my eye, haha. The white room in the composition of the painting executed in black colors is generally wonderful. The most interesting thing is that it does not attract attention to itself. I’ll even say more if I didn’t select it if there weren’t a separate photo. Thanks for your ideas !!

    Posted 5.29.20
  13. Mary Ellen wrote:

    Beth , would you share your paint colors with me dining room living room

    Posted 8.31.20
    • the living/dining room is Benjamin Moore Linen White. i’ve used this color in the last three houses. just love it.

      Posted 8.31.20
  14. Susan wrote:

    Lovely space! Do you have a link to the cream pillow with red/orange fruit and vine on your sectional? That’s just what I’m looking for!


    Posted 8.31.20
  15. Maria wrote:

    Where did you get the pink floral pillow in the sectional? Looks great.

    Posted 8.31.20
  16. Lisa wrote:

    Lovely room! Love your blog and videos. Thank you for sharing. Can we see your entryway? It is such a challenge to me to decorate an entryway.

    Posted 8.31.20
    • the entry is fairly small but we’ll try to get a photo in a blog post in the near future. thanks for the suggestion!

      Posted 8.31.20
  17. Jayne wrote:

    Hope you never change the dining chair fabric — it’s awesome, the perfect choice, color, and scale for your space, and so uplifting! Ditto for your personal style, too, Beth. Are you willing to share the manufacturer and pattern name of the chair floral fabric? Thanks again for all you do!!

    Posted 8.31.20
    • the fabric is by Robert Allen. i don’t have the pattern name.

      Posted 8.31.20
  18. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    Swooning over the soothing, inviting, come-sit-and-visit-for-a-while looks you always create. As I look around my own surroundings, am inspired to tweak them, “shopping” out of my thrifting hauls! Thanks for such a great post. The painting over your fireplace has been my most favorite piece, among many others in your home~

    Posted 8.31.20
    • that painting represented my marriage with mr. style. two boats that were united.

      Posted 8.31.20
  19. Lyn wrote:

    Beth, I admire you for pulling yourself up by your boot straps and have met all that life has thrown at you with strength and grace. I think your love of home, style, and a great Friday cocktail are to be admired and are proof that we ladies are strong and carry on by putting one foot in front of the other. I try to put my best foot forward every day.

    Posted 8.31.20
    • thank you so very much for your kind words, lyn. it isn’t easy sometimes to go forward but then we would miss all that life has to offer if we did. xo

      Posted 8.31.20
  20. Joanie wrote:

    Hi Beth
    I love the “Two Boats” painting. Beautiful and serene. What a nice symbol of your marriage to Mr Style! Your home is lovely, yet comfortable looking, a place to relax and put your feet up. I, too, favor white walls. I like to add color with accessories. I love your linen white paint color from Benjamin Moore. Your decorating style is one I can emulate. I like eclectic, yet classic traditional style. You are a brave, strong example to many, Beth. Blessings and gratitude for all you are and do. Joanie

    Posted 9.1.20
  21. You home is very cheerful and interesting. It would be fun to see the before and after pictures highlighting what changes you made. I like decorating too. I love your blue leather sofa.
    Happy September!

    Posted 9.1.20
  22. Charleen wrote:

    Can you tell me about your heron picture above your server. I have been searching for similar painting, also love your red potted flower picture in the office. Thanks

    Posted 9.2.20

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