Living Room Decorating

Sunday night marked the second night of recording five Christmas tunes at our place.

Nord Keyboard

Kathy and I were painting her credenza-turned-sideboard on our front porch as musician-friends shuffled in and out of the house between takes. They’re working on a special project for church, and I am so inspired by their talents and dedication.

Centerpoint Worship Team | Alabama

Tommy helped Kevin man the “board” in our bedroom…

Centerpoint Fellowship Church | Prattville Alabama

…and that’s Tommy’s wife, Shelley, playing keyboard at the end of our bed.

Remember Tommy and Shelley from episode 1 over at The Design Network?

Well, after we finished up working on their kitchen, they decided to tackle the room next to it. They call it the “kids living room” because they have a large family room on the back side of the house, and this is where the kids hang out when the worship team gets together back there. Here’s a photo of how the room looked before we started working on their kitchen:

Tommy and Shelley | Kids Living Room BEFORE

Here’s a (pulled back) shot of what the room looked like as of last week:

Moonshine Paint | Living Room | The Lettered Cottage

Aren’t they doing a great job so far? Here’s another (closer) look:

The Lettered Cottage | Tommy and Shelley Living Room

They haven’t painted the hallway yet but everything is really starting to come together and I’m so happy things are finally starting to settle down for them over there! You can see the big cut-out window we added to the kitchen on the left side of the photos above, and here’s a shot of it from the other way:

Moonshine Paint | Gray Living Room

Their contractor friend just added the butcher block bar just below it, and Tommy is in the process of sealing it with Waterlox this month. After that, all they need is three barstools and some breakfast! 😀

The wall color they chose for the kids living room is Moonshine by Benjamin Moore, and the floor was sanded and re-stained with a mixture of two different walnut-colored stains. The new rug, side tables and entertainment unit came from Ikea, and they already owned the chairs and sofa.

Shelley and I got together last Friday for a little flea market shopping- in hopes to find some low-cost goodies to decorate the entertainment unit with.

Shelley Green | Flea Market | Alabama

We weaved our way around a couple of buildings full of old stuff that afternoon, and man was it awesome. Not the stuff- the weaving.

I think everyone, at some point each week, needs to do some of that kind weaving, ya know? Whether it’s with a friend or a family member- I think we all need to lose a few hours to just talking and listening. To the exchange of hopes and dreams. To the sharing of fears and foremost hurts.

Those times that are set up for the “stuff” never really are about the stuff, are they.

I love that. :-)

And my favorite part of last Friday’s shopping trip? “Losing” two hours to lunch in Shelley’s minivan while we waited for a storm to pass. I gained so much in that experience. I’m convinced that time was a Gift and I’m so thankful that our schedules were woven together that day.

On Sunday morning, I zipped over to their house before the 11 o’clock service. Tommy, Shelley and the kids were already at church, and I was excited about the opportunity Shelley gave me to play around with all their “new” stuff so they could be surprised when they got home that day. Oh, and speaking of that, here are some of the things Shelley and I picked up while we were out and about on Friday:

Flea Market Finds

She also picked up a couple of pillows at Target to mix in with their brown ones:

Target Pillows

Here are some photos of how I ended up arranging things in the entertainment unit before I dashed over to Centerpoint that day:

Moonshine Paint | Ikea Entertainment Unit | Ikea Rug

Moroccan Star | Bookshelf Decor

Artificial Cotton Stems | Old Books | Rattan Charger | The Lettered Cottage

Music Book | Sit Down Rest a Little While

Earth Laughs In Flowers | Old Books

Ikea Box | Flea Market Baskets | Old Books

A Good Laugh Is Like Sunshine In The House

I mixed the stuff she got at the flea markets with a few things from our house, and a few things from around their house. It was all about making sure I used things that would really pop off that super dark background. Lots of whites and textures and stacking things up to fill in all those black holes!

I thought I’d close today’s post with a little snippet of Shelley (and Nick) singing at church recently:

Shelley adds so much Light to my life, and I feel blessed to share her (and her kids living room!) with you today! 😀

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  1. Chris P says

    Love what’s going on with the changes…beautiful! …and love the song…I left wanting to hear more!! What is the name of that song?

  2. says

    Great progress is being made! I would love to go on a flea market expedition with you. I bet you could make me see things in a different light. I have a creative mind but sometimes I feel like I’m missing out. (Can you tell I’m getting ready to decorate for the holidays and feeling in a rut?)

    What a beautiful song!

  3. Pam says

    Amazing… both your ability to mix things up and make them look incredible,,, and Shelley’s singing. I would love to hear more. Beautiful: both of you!

  4. Donna Doble-Brown says

    Miss Layla, Thanks for filling up my heart this Wednesday morning! What a beautiful voice Shelley has . . . . and of course I LOVE what you’ve done in their family room . . . . what a wonderful space! :)

  5. Rachel Carey says

    God brings so much to our lives…we sometimes just need to LISTEN.
    I used to pick up a milk shake at Chic-Fil-A, sit in my car and watch the snow fall. When there is no need to rush, just don’t! That time the two of you spent in the van was PRICELESS!

    I can’t wait to see the finished product here, it looks great!

  6. Colette says

    Thank you so much for including the video of Shelley and Nick singing at church. I had some serious goosebumps going on listening to them.

  7. says

    I have the same Ikea Hemnes entertainment center! I love it, and after a year and a half I can say it’s held up very well. The decorating you did on their shelves is lovely, and makes me want to go rearrange my own too!

  8. Stephanie Whitzell says

    Wow, that is such an amazing song! Shelley’s voice is incredible. And, Layla, you are just a beautiful soul. I love that in spite of your job being all about “stuff”, you still see that real treasures are found in those moments of connection, friendship and joy. Thanks for sharing that story and brightening my day.

  9. says

    some of my favorite moments are unscripted & unplanned ones where my intentions were derailed somehow. love, love, love that a storm had you ladies lunching in a minivan. but even more, i adore that you are smart and blessed enough to recognize the gift of that lunch!
    oh happy day!

  10. Harriet Cantwell says

    Oh My Glorious…that song ushered me right into the Throne Room! Nick and Shelley have a true anointing!

  11. Laura says

    Can you please find out what two stains they mixed for their hardwoods? We are getting ours sanded and re-stained and I really love the color of their “new” floors. Thanks!

  12. says

    Oh, I have that same star lantern! I picked it up at a yard sale a few years ago. I haven’t thought of painting it though I don’t think I could bring myself to do it! It’s good to see how someone else used it…. gives me ideas!

  13. says

    I love seeing how others decorate units & shelves. I think it’s something that a lot of people have difficulty with – “how do you display all of your things?”
    It looks beautiful!

  14. says

    You are right on Layla – that time with friends is a gift. And your gift of design is shining with this display you put together – great job!

  15. says

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