Our Renovation: Questions Answered

After this sneak peak of our living room, I received so many questions in the comments and by email, that I decided to answer them all here:

*The paint color in this room is Benjamin Moore’s Cape Hatteras Sand. I loved this color so much that we used it in another room as well.

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Cape Hatteras Sand-Benjamin Moore

The side tables are by Powell and Bonnell.  I originally found them on Decorati, and it was Lauren’s idea to add the marble tops.

The artwork is an Amanda Talley original, as many of you had correctly guessed!  Amanda designed this piece to my exact size and color specifications and was really great to work with.  Here is a shot of the whole piece:

 

The little balloon dog on the mantle was the biggest hit of all!  The majority of questions were inquires about this little dog.  Kelly and Victoria of Design Ties, liked it so much that they tracked it down and found them for sale at Anima Causa Boutique.  Mine came from Maison 24.
 And again, as many of you had correctly guessed, it’s a “tongue and cheek” version of the famous Jeff Koons balloon dog sculpture.

Finally, here is a shot of the living room, during the renovation.  We added to the size of this room by building out.  The new addition runs from the white pipe (left of the fireplace) all the way to the ladder on the right.  We also took a wall out and combined this new longer living room with a small sun room on the left, making one very large “L” shaped living room.   The new living room is now much more conducive to entertaining, and well…living!

Thank you all so much for the supportive comments and the really thoughtful questions on our living room renovation project!

 

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74 Comments

  1. I love the art and the balloon dog sculpture…Such a great post!
    Have a great day
    Kisses

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  2. Benjamin Moore's paint sings to my soul, Sue! I especially like his Elephant Gray shade.

    P.S. Living Room looks fab! xo

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  3. its a beautiful room Sue, and the doggy is the cutest!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  4. Jessica wrote:

    Beautiful home! You really outdid yourself! This is going straight to my inspiration folder as we work on my boyfriend's house. And I've been searching for the perfect grey for the kitchen and this might be it!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  5. Seriously the little dog is perfect! Thanks for naming your gray – I love it!

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  6. It looks like a magazine! I know that sounds cleche' but I'm so serious! I love the detail of the bottom of the sofa. And the large basket of wood is such a great idea! It's all very lovely.
    Kelly

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  7. Debby wrote:

    Stunning! Elle Decor are you taking note? Hello…. need to feature this in your magazine! I love your paint choice. Neutral but gorgeous. xo

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  8. Love the cut velvet pillows in those chairs too! Really great space. M.
    http://www.interiordesignmusings.blogspot.com

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  9. I love it all. The trim on the sofa! The painting! The fireplace surround. The side tables – genius to add marble. I can see many a wonderful party in this room. Thanks so much for sharing the details that go into making a wonderful room! xoxo

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  10. Love a play by play! The balloon dog is the cutest thing, but the AT painting…I want it!!!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  11. Stephanie wrote:

    It really is a beautiful room! I don't think I'd want to leave!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  12. Cara wrote:
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  13. Stacey wrote:

    Benjamin Moore paint is the only paint i use. I especially love their Aura line! Nice of you to give the inside info:-). XX

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  14. i know the reno ALL too well – being i gutted my entire house (just inside tho, i didn't expande or redo outside yet) .. and best of all – i did it ALL MYSELF! .. took me a long time, but i'm also not in a rush .. i'm pretty handy – had to contract out things – but i was involved with every pipe, wire, sheetrock screw – everthing – i was SUPER picky! .. NEXT i would love to raise the roof in my house to make the 2nd floor MUCH larger – but for a single gal ( i keep having to remind myself that) – it's FINE for now ..

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  15. I love every single detail! The artwork is fabulous, the little dog is beyond perfection for the space, the table is perfect for looking great and fitting the bill of having children in the home, the side table is eye-catching, the trim on the sofa is fabulous (love, love, love) and the entire room is fit for a magazine layout!! Thanks for sharing!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  16. ASHLEY wrote:

    it's so amazing!!!!!!!!!!! I love that paint color. Gorgeous!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  17. Honestly, I am not a beige/grey fan for my house, but this room is STUNNING! I just forwarded this post to a client to recommend your paint color for her entryway. BEAUTIFUL!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  18. Wow, the room looks so amazing, everything looks perfect!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  19. Kwana wrote:

    Your room is beautiful thanks for the inside scoop!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  20. You did a wonderful job! It is absolutely beautiful!
    Teresa

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  21. Looks amazing – straight out of a design mag. The molding is gorgeous.

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  22. Your living room is beautiful! I especially love the coffee table…very much my style 🙂

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  23. So very beautiful! So many great choices!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  24. I am a HUGE fan of Amanda's art. I want a piece for my dining area soooooooooo bad. I don't know if I could even afford it, wonder how much it would be? I need to go see her since I am only 45 min away from New Orleans!

    Love love your living area!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  25. Kelle Dame wrote:

    Completely gorgeous!!! It is very serene and light feeling. Love the artwork and the balloon dog!! Gotta have a bit of humor right?! Fabulous job!!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  26. I think you did an amazing job. It all comes together beautifully!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  27. GET OUT!
    This is NOT your living room?!!!
    Ah, when can I come over?!!!
    How did you know I've been searching the globe for a mini-Koons pup of my own? Though I wouldn't mind a full-size version either ; ()
    Your talent is beyond…

    Cheerio, Alcira

    thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  28. Thanks for sharing! Again, your living room is beautiful!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  29. Such a treat to see!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  30. Thank you for sharing! I love everything and I am so excited for you. Change is exciting and the possibilities seem endless.

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  31. It is so beautiful! And completely how I envision a living room of mine to look one day 🙂 That balloon day surely is the best part though! How fun and adorable!! Have a lovely day gorgeous xo

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  32. Marie wrote:

    What a beautiful space!:D Thank you so much for sharing!:D

    ***** Marie *****
    allthingsmarie.com

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  33. I think your painting just makes the room. and isn't it funny how a little whimsey like the dog piece can kick a room up!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  34. lila Check wrote:

    your taste is impeccable,chic,simple and with superb colors that complement each other.Fabulous taste and choices.love everything!
    Thank you for sharing your little secretes here.
    xoxo

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  35. Krystal wrote:

    That is very cool that you can get a painting customized, i like that idea!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  36. Amy R. wrote:

    Pure perfection!! I want more! Hubby & I plan to add a fireplace. Would you mind to share more pics of the fireplace?

    XO,
    Amy R.

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  37. Averill wrote:

    How did I miss this, Sue?!?! Clearly I'm woefully behind on my blog reading! In any case, it looks fantastic. I LOVE LOVE your color palette and the mix of modern with traditional — it's fresh and playful, but still some seriously good design.

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  38. Wow! What a great renovation! I especially love your paint color and the type of crown molding you chose! That looks like an incredible living space indeed. And the balloon dog is such a great touch!

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  39. So stylish like always ! love the art work where did you get the draperies…next time it has to be me:)

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  40. Stunning space! Thanks for sharing the paint color.

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  41. I love it all Sue! The paint, the art, the fabulous balloon dog (I really enjoyed the post over at DesignTies). It's neat to see the before photo as well, thanks for sharing all the details!!
    Nancy xo

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  42. Gorgeous paint color! love the little mini Jeff Koons too 🙂

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  43. The whole room is gorgeous and I'm extremely jealous! Can't wait to see the rest of the photo shoot. I thought that looked like a Jeff Koons' sculpture.

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  44. I love your blog. hugs

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  45. Lovely and elegant interior! Thanks for sharing the paint color.. looks fabulous . one word…. Elegance!

    xo

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  46. wow you did such an amazing job!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  47. Josie wrote:

    It's just such a gorgeous space! I love the wall color.
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  48. Sue – it's stunning – you did a great job!!

    Published on 10.19.10 · Reply
  49. Sarah wrote:

    This room is beautiful. From the couch to the pillows, side tables, rug, painting and curtains. I love it all! Hope to see more of your home reno soon!

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  50. What a beautiful room – thank you SO much for inviting us into your world! I especially appreciated seeing the before picture (or rather, the in progress picture) – it gives me hope that a raw space can be transformed into such a finished product.

    Love the Amanda Talley and the balloon dog sculpture – they are the perfect finishing touches.

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  51. annechovie wrote:

    Very chic, Sue! Nicely done. xx

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  52. Your living room is so chic! I love it…and I love this paint color! It looks great with the purple and green accents.

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  53. Dobbygirl wrote:

    I just love it! That painting is beautiful! I've made note of the paint color (I'm a NC girl so anything Cape Hatteras brings fond memories of great summers)! Thanks for sharing!

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  54. love the art! and the tables…both are so pretty!

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  55. La Dolfina wrote:

    This room is perfection. Thanks for sharing some of the magic. It's so edited. It really is just perfect!

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  56. Thank you so much for posting the details! I absolutely love love—lOVE the finished deal. So much zing! So classy and full of personality, the best kind of design!

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  57. Sketch42 wrote:

    Its seriously magazine worthy.

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  58. What a gorgeous living room you have there! Thanks for sharing the deets!

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  59. How gracious of you to share your recipe! I would expect nothing less from you 🙂 Very lucky house guests who get to be entertained and wowed in person in your new living space!! I LOVE it all, I am thrilled for you 😉

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  60. Jennifer wrote:

    This is extraordinary! What an absolutely gorgeous room.

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  61. Kristin wrote:

    Such a beautiful space!! You did an amazing job. Where is the rug from? I loooove it!

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  62. It's such a gorgeous room and that wall colour really makes it feel so cozy. I love your art, the balloon dog and all your decor accents – so chic! 🙂

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  63. Jaclyn wrote:

    just found your blog and have a major desire to (buy my own house) and then decorate it!

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  64. I really like this room! The paint colour is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  65. Looks amazing! We used Cape Hatteras Sand in our kitchen. It is such a great color. I love the little dog!

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  66. It is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  67. SBG wrote:

    love this!

    Published on 10.20.10 · Reply
  68. Thanks so much for linking back to our blog and Kelly's post on DesignTies! I didn't see Kelly's post before she published, but when I did I couldn't stop staring at the photo of your living room… I even tucked a copy of the pic in my inspiration folder! Everything is FAB!! And I really want a balloon doggie!!
    Victoria

    Published on 10.21.10 · Reply
  69. I missed your room the first time around. It is beautiful and can definitely see it in a magazine. There's so much prettiness to look at -love it all! And I want that coffee table!

    Published on 10.21.10 · Reply
  70. I swear, I thought that image was from a magazine. For sure. It's looks stunning!

    Published on 10.21.10 · Reply
  71. I'm with Designstiles, I immediately thought the room was styled by a pro, it's absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy your new space, it must be nice to have the remodel behind you.

    Published on 10.22.10 · Reply
  72. You did a great job, it's wonderful !

    Published on 10.23.10 · Reply
  73. Anonymous wrote:

    Love love love your home! Is the paint Cape Hatteras Sand more of a gray or beige in person? Thank you!

    Published on 4.5.11 · Reply
  74. Nicole wrote:

    I love your living room! Is that color, Cape Hatteras Sand, more of a beige or more of a gray? Thank you!

    Published on 4.6.11 · Reply