Friday Room Reveal: Lynn’s Eclectic Living & Dining Room


It’s not often that I get to peek inside my readers’ homes, so I jump on the chance to share it with all of you. Lynn Colwell is one of my favorite women on the green scene. You may recognize her from the awesome book “Celebrate Green,” which she co-authored with her daughter, Corey Colwell-Lipson. From Lynn’s comments here at Green Your Decor, I sensed that she has a fun, eclectic personality, and I asked if I could see photos her home. Boy, am I glad I did!

From Lynn, in her own words:

The chest was purchased for $5 at a yard sale. I painted the drawers but couldn’t get the black lines between each section straight so I used a shiny black tape. No one can tell the difference. The quilt is by a friend of mine. This photo was taken before I traded the sofa here for another one I like better, which is in another photo. (you can see the yellow sofa below)


The walls are a light taupe. Not my favorite, but haven’t been in the mood to change them! Also, you’ll notice, no window coverings. The only place I have them in the house is in my office and the guest room. Generally I prefer as much light as I can get (we do live in Seattle!)

Lynn, trust me when I tell you that even without color on the walls, noone could accuse your home of lacking personality. It’s bright, cheerful and fun! Lynn also made all the pillows and recovered the stools with that funky, geometric fabric.


This fabulous creation is a silk tree whose leaves Lynn stripped and replaced with ones cut from magazines. I love it!


Here’s a suggestion. NEVER buy a glass topped table. I like that it makes the room look bigger, but it is simply impossible to keep clean. Thought you might like to see another of my projects up close. I call it “I don’t do math.” A good artist would have lined everything up perfectly (these are individual pieces of paper), but I’m not an artist and not a perfectionist. I wanted the colors and like the way it looks, but I wasn’t about to measure. When things started to go awry, I felt it actually looked more like me and I try to see the beauty in imperfection!


Another of my projects. This one really does look a lot better in person, LOL. It’s a sort of sculpture. I took one of those frames with the square mirror in it from IKEA, drilled holes for the branches, put a candle holder in the middle and voila– It’s not easy to find something to fit in that niche, but I did it and for about $1!

Am I the only one who loves Lynn’s space? I am seriously contemplating re-creating that piece of art for my sunroom/office. The walls are bare and boring, and this would definitely fix that. I’m envisioning rows of orange, yellow and gray. Hmmm…

Want to have your home featured in a Friday Room Reveal? Submit it now! I’m also accepting before and after projects, so if you have a piece of furniture you restored, or some other small project you completed in your home, you can submit that too!

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I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.


  • Louise
    April 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm


  • Hilary
    May 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    What a beautiful room! i wish I had this sense of taste! Wow!

  • beth engelman
    May 2, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    love love love the tree! It is so lovely and inspiring!

  • Barbara
    May 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I Love Lynn\’s home – it\’s beautiful!

  • Tracey Monette
    May 4, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Love all the colorful decoration self made by Lynn. It matches the personality I met and liked a few years back!


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