We are back from our Hawaii vacation now and getting over the subsequent long flight cold that we both got. Three days after returning we both came down with a real nasty one. It has taken almost 3 weeks to get over it. Note to self: next time take some precautions when flying. Vitamin C, drink water, disinfectant wipes, whatever it takes!
We have been in our new home since August and the last week or two since returning, I have been thinking a lot about our living and dining room. We still don’t have art on the walls in the living room, the area carpet in the living room totally does not look good with the grey beachy floors and the room is far too neutral with no colour. I would dearly love to get this room DONE! So I am on a mission now to do it. We have a window of time right now before the weather improves. Then we will be doing our back yard. So now is the time.
It is so true that you have to live in a space for a while to figure out how it should be configured and decorated. Since moving in I’m sure I have changed the vision for the room 6 times. Our living room is kind of an awkward space to say the least. It is narrow with a fireplace in the middle of the long wall. We did get it clad in some awesome tile that I love. Then I thought that we should have built in cabinetry on either side of the fireplace. To have that custom made was going to be expensive to say the least. Then due to the awkward shape of the room, we eventually ended up moving a chair into the space next to the fireplace on the left side. Prior to that this chair had been in a really weird spot. If we had guests, whoever was sitting in that chair was talking to the back of the people sitting on the sofa. So it is much better now but that took away the built in idea for that space. The space on the right side of the fireplace didn’t look right at all. So finally in the middle of the night last week, I figured it out. The space is about 7 feet wide. Let’s look for a low cabinet or sideboard type of piece to go there. Then we get a bit of storage and we don’t have to spend a million dollars. A piece of art above and voila! So down to the used furniture store and low and behold we found the perfect piece to go there. It is a mid century teak sideboard. Just the right depth and width. It is on legs, so it doesn’t hamper the vent in the floor. It needed a bit of love, so with some furniture oil, it looks great. Don’t even have to paint it. I am very happy that matchy matchy is a thing of the past. We have all kinds of different pieces in our home. It is about whether I like the piece more than trying to match woods etc. We have antiques, modern new pieces and mid century modern pieces. Somehow all the jumble works out.
So now the carpet issue. I have been looking at area carpets for 9 months now. I hate them all. So I started seeing on line that there were all these lovely carpets on there that certainly aren’t in any of the stores in our community. Now I prefer to shop locally if at all possible, but there just are no carpets to be had here that I like. So I picked one on line and have ordered 2 of them. One for the living room and 1 for the entrance hall. I only hope they are as nice in real life as they look on line. They are a patterned taupe and grey colour and have a bit of a bluey teal colour in them. So now we have an accent colour. As soon as they arrive, I am going fabric shopping for fabrics to recover my cushions on the sofa and also my dining room chairs and bar stools. Then all that is left is to deal with some art of some sort for the walls on either side of the fireplace, and perhaps a couple of decor items. I am busy now looking at some DIY options so I don’t have to spend the earth on them.
By moving the new sideboard piece into the living room, that displaced a small side table. It is an old 1930’s era table that has some cuteness factor to it. I hated to lose it. My husband had the idea to paint it and put it in the guest bathroom. There is just enough room in there for it. It is not a precious piece so I had no problem with painting it. As we speak the paint is drying. Yay!
So almost there! Still some work to do on recovering dining chairs and choosing art work, but we are getting there. The nice part of the whole thing is that we have managed to do it without spending too much. The re do of the dining chairs will be a can of paint and a bit of fabric, so that fits in the budget. Will post before and after pics of the chairs in an upcoming post. We won’t talk about what needs to be done in the master bedroom quite yet. After all, the carpet that is coming out of the living room has to go somewhere, doesn’t it? And then, it won’t quite work with the paint colour on the dressers, will it? But that is a future project after the back yard. What would have driven me crazy when I was working full time, is now so much fun!
Here is a pic of the new sid
eboard and a before and after of the vintage table.
I apologize in advance for the pictures. Not my strong suit.