Adding Color To The Family Room

by Sherry
I have been trying to lighten up our home by painting the walls and replacing the
dark oriental rug with a sea grass one.  I love the neutral rooms shown on some of my
favorite blogs and design magazines, but I have come to realize I must  have some
color in our home.
Here is one thing I came up with…
The orange pillows look red in the pictures but they are actually close to
the same orange in our Deruta lamps.


Yours truly made these pillows.
 I am not a seamstress and sewing machines are not my friends.
 Yep, it took me a full day to make these four pillows!   Good
thing I am not sewing for a living, huh?
Gotta run…we have another showing on our home early tomorrow.
This means spending the evening cleaning house.
( After Dancing With The Stars of course)
Keep your fingers crossed for a sale.
**Don’t forget the Open House party is on Spring Break**
for a few weeks.

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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions April 3, 2012 - 12:35 am

Pretty fabrics, Sherry! Good for you! Even if it took you all day, you must be proud of what you accomplished here.

Starr @ The Kiefer Cottage April 3, 2012 - 12:48 am

Very nice work! Don't diminish your work by emphasizing how long it took. If anything, it just means you wanna get it *just* right.

Love the added color.

[email protected] coastal-colors April 3, 2012 - 12:48 am

Sherry, this looks bright and happy! I like color too. Your pillows and lamps are perfect!

Comeca Jones April 3, 2012 - 12:50 am

They look great I love how bright the colors are.

❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ April 3, 2012 - 1:01 am

You did a great job on the pillows and blue and orange are a favorite combo of mine:)
Good luck selling the house!!

Olive Cooper April 3, 2012 - 1:03 am

Sherry, the pillows are very pretty. the sewing machine and I are enemies. I recently repaired an extra long muslin bed skirt by hand that had many gathers. It took me hours but no sewing machine was used. Hope your sells:-0

[email protected] Sentimental Life April 3, 2012 - 1:06 am

Great colors to welcome in the spring!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting April 3, 2012 - 1:11 am

Great job Sherry! Your family room looks beautiful and I'm with you I need color! Fingers crossed for a quick sale!

[email protected] the House April 3, 2012 - 1:26 am

So pretty and fresh love the pretty pops of color…springy

Katie Goldsworthy April 3, 2012 - 1:28 am

I have to have some color too! I love the new pillows!

@ Creatively Living

Savvy Seasons April 3, 2012 - 1:31 am

Great pillows, I love the pop of color! Love the lamps, too! =) xo ~Liz

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style April 3, 2012 - 1:37 am

I had to laugh that it took you a day to make four pillows. It would probably take me two! I know how, but figuring out the darn machine takes forever. Love the fabrics you used.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) April 3, 2012 - 1:44 am

Oh I love the pillows. They are perfect with the lamps. You did a great job. Hope you get a buyer, I will keep my fingers crossed. Hugs, Marty

Taylor Greenwalt April 3, 2012 - 1:46 am

love the color you added. Looks beautiful!

NanaDiana April 3, 2012 - 2:02 am

Pretty pillows- They pull the colors of the lamp beautifully. Good luck and I hope the house sells quickly now! xo Diana

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest April 3, 2012 - 2:21 am

Love it – works perfectly – room will show nicely.

Don't work too hard.

See you soon – have a great Easter week!

Deserae April 3, 2012 - 2:22 am

Your pillows look beautiful and match the lamps so perfectly! Fingers and toes crossed!

[email protected] Charm April 3, 2012 - 3:20 am

Very pretty Sherry…I like a touch of color too. Good luck on the showing.


It's All Connected April 3, 2012 - 5:04 am

You did a great job of matching pillow fabric to the lamps! Good luck with your showing! ~ Maureen

Shabby chic Sandy April 3, 2012 - 6:34 am

Your pillows look fantastic. Today on Nate they said that Tangerine-red color is the color for the season. So you are right on!

Rose H (UK) April 3, 2012 - 8:23 am

Love the pillows Sherry, the colours go so well together, and what a great match for the lamp :o)
Rose H

Ivy and Elephants April 3, 2012 - 10:06 am

I love all the beautiful colours. The pillows are wonderful. The house will show very well. Good luck today!


KATHY April 3, 2012 - 10:32 am

I love your pillows! The colors are beautiful. You did a great job on them.


The enchanted home April 3, 2012 - 10:36 am

Never ceases to amaze me what a few pillows can do….just amazing! Gorgeous colors too.

Jan Conwell April 3, 2012 - 10:45 am

See, I have the opposite problem. I have too much color, and can't seem to go with neutrals, even though I love the images I see on your blog.

Good luck for your showing!

[email protected] The Vintage Nest April 3, 2012 - 12:07 pm


Calypso In The Country April 3, 2012 - 12:31 pm

I love how the pillows look, Sherry. I am not skilled with sewing so it would probably take me a week to do what you did! They look so pretty in that room – the perfect addition of color!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life April 3, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Hi Sherry,

The pillows are a wonderful addition to your sofa. I love the bold colors. I will keep my fingers crossed for a quick sale.


Bliss April 3, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Just caught up on all the Open House Party features, and other posts. The one thing that keeps popping back in my head are Meridian Roads lockers. Love those. I'll have to stop over and say hey on her blog.


Richard Cottrell April 3, 2012 - 2:32 pm

I can't believe my eyes and ears. You, No Minimalist going for the look of all light and bland. Oh my, what next??? I sure it will be fun. And I love the way the pillows go with the lamps. Maybe you will put your rugs back come winter? Richard from My Old Historic House.

{northern cottage} April 3, 2012 - 3:19 pm

oh i love them! it adds such a nice burst of 'happy' to the space! xo

Cindy April 3, 2012 - 4:07 pm

I love your pillows with the lamps. Great choice !

Karen April 3, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Your pillows look amazing…I like the neutral palate you've created with the pop of color…it looks great. Good luck with the sale of your home. I think this is a good time of the year for sellers and lucky buyers alike.

One bolt short of a toolbox April 3, 2012 - 4:48 pm

So beautiful! I just came across your blog, love it! you def have a new follower!

Tammy @BeatriceBanks April 3, 2012 - 6:06 pm

I love the natural and bright look you have. The pillows are perfect! Please send some of that house showing vibe over here! I need to sell my house!
Happy Spring!

Linda (Nina's Nest) April 3, 2012 - 6:07 pm

I did the same thing in my living room – put down seagrass. While it's not the greatest thing to lie down on, I love the lightness and the texture. When the grandes come and want to play on the floor, I throw out a quilt. Good job on the pillows. Doesn't matter how long it took…the finished product is great! Linda

Marigene April 3, 2012 - 7:10 pm

Very bright and cheery looking, Sherry.

Kim @ La Belle Époque April 3, 2012 - 8:08 pm

I've actually been contemplating changing several of my oriental rugs with sisal since this is the current "look". I'm just sitting on the fence about it.

Kelly April 4, 2012 - 12:14 am

I think you did an awesome job on those pillows! I thought you bought them somewhere. They add a nice pop of color to your room. Good luck on your showing.

Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage April 4, 2012 - 1:44 am

I'm with you – I need color! I'm trying to add more orange into my home too – love your patterns!

I feel for you – I can't sew a stitch – it would probably take me 4 weeks to make those pillows so I'll have to depend on retail!

I remember those days of showing my house – keeping it clean at all times – ugh, good luck!!

Babs April 4, 2012 - 11:08 am

Your pillows and sea grass rug really lighten and brighten your room, and look so good. I know what you mean about the sewing machine not being your friend..I'm have the same "problem"…or should I say "challenge". Good luck with your showing. I'll bet they'll love your house.

The Pennington Point April 4, 2012 - 1:32 pm

I love the pops of color…perfect! I'll miss the Open House Party (cuz you know I love to snoop around in other people's homes) but I am glad you will have a little break. More to look forward to when it's back. Lisa~

Luciane at April 4, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Oh, my friend… you're one of those that NEVER disappoint! Always w/ something beautiful to share w/ us. Thank you!!!

Have a wonderful day!


Luciane at

PS: If you a minute, please drop by to enter my Giveaway! 🙂

I'm Busy Procrastinating April 5, 2012 - 1:34 am

I started out with a fairly neutral house, going for a classic coastal scheme. After a while, I realized I NEEDED color! Now I have pops of color all over my house, and I'm much happier!

Sharon @ mrshinesclass April 5, 2012 - 2:09 am

The pillows are very pretty and add the perfect amount of color to the living room. I'm proud of you for taking the time to sew them.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

Coley April 5, 2012 - 2:22 am

LOVE the new pillows. I am in the market for new ones too!

Coley April 5, 2012 - 2:22 am

LOVE the new pillows. I am in the market for new ones too!

Debra from Bungalow April 9, 2012 - 7:02 pm

Love love love the pillows. Your comment about sewing made me laugh….sometimes sewing machines are so frustrating!

Good luck on the showing of your house.

Alison @ The Polohouse April 11, 2012 - 9:06 pm

I am right there with you, Sherry. My sewing machine picked up and left me a few years back after I somehow bent the shaft of hard metal or steel that hold the needle!
Yes, I am that bad at sewing.

Your pillows turned out fantastic and I will say a little prayer that your sale does quick and smooth!
(Notice I said "sale" and not "showing"!?)

Think positive, right?


SHERRY HART April 23, 2012 - 8:11 pm

Love those pillows in your room!!! It looks so happy!


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