Well I try, and I try, and I try...
I can't get no SATISFACTION!
Yes, I'm being totally cheesy with the lyrics, but work with me here.
I have posted several times on our living room. The little changes, 'the improvements', the rearranging of items. But let's be real here. I just don't really like how my living room is working.
This is the first room you see when you walk in the door.
It feels large only because I have a two story ceiling.
Here it is today.
You can see some of the other posts on it by clicking on my archives under 'living room'.
(such a concept, eh? ;) )
What I do like about this room:
- the color scheme. Mostly. It needs more touches of pink in here.
- I like the current seating arrangement.
- the furniture, but maybe not the bookcases.
What I don't like about this room:
- too cluttery. I have always been GREAT at buying little accessories! ha.
- no wow factor to the room.
- I want it to function as a room for extra seating when we have guests over, a place to relax and read.
One way I cleared out the visual clutter this weekend was by taking down the curtains. I loved the colors in them, but I just felt like they were detracting from the room rather than complimenting it. I also did a major design faux pas:
I have always known that you are supposed to hang your curtains near the ceiling line of the room. Here's my excuse for why I didn't start that way.
This is the nicest house we've ever owned, and I really loved the trim work in the house- it was one of the selling points for me. I didn't want to cover up the window trim with curtains! Now, I plan to do them the 'right' way. I think it will help add a 'wow' to the room by highlighting the high ceilings.
I've already purchased the fabric, now I just have to work on them. Ikea has inexpensive long panels, but even they were too short for this window!
On to this chair:
I had purchased this chair at a thrift shop earlier in the year, thinking I would attempt some real upholstery and then sell it. When my friend Janna and I were working on re staging the room, she pulled this from my stash and we both agreed that it works great with the rocking chair in the room. I got it for $15!
It's got an interesting damask type fabric on it, but wrong color, and it's too worn.
I've taken lots of photos of it so that when I pull all the fabric off, hopefully I can use it as a reference for redoing it. I also hope the fabric holds up so that I can use it for a pattern for the new look.
Here's a 'before' photo from August - with the curtains and before I painted the mirror.
I am so glad I decided to paint it pink!!
Anyway, this is more of a room diary at this point. I have no idea when it will be completed. Between two holiday shows I have coming up, and the holidays themselves, it could be a ridiculously slow process. My plan is to do what I can, and really start taking a hard look at what I love versus making it work because I happen to have it. I'm a big advocate of use what you have, but at this point, I gotta come up with a plan and implement it.
My wish list:
- a dramatic chandelier instead of the ceiling fan.
- possibly lower shelves with some art work on the walls or a faux fireplace. (non working- just the idea of it)
- ???? I don't really know what else. The look and feel that I want is romantic, bohemian, contemporary.
|love the wall art, and this furniture layout is what I envisioned when we first bought the house.|
|I like the romantic feel of this room, achieved through soft fabrics and the art|
|(Dreamy Whites) a similar look for the chair. Love the oversize mirror. I need more dramatic impact pieces.|
That's all for now. I'll keep you posted on the progress. I'm just not sure of how steady that progress will happen!
Have a great Wednesday!