Oops, I did it again.
I sold a room full of furniture without having a plan in place or furniture on order.
This is a photo I shared this past Christmas of our family room, or as we call it, "The Green Room" .
So many of you had such nice things to say. Thank you.
With all of it's Christmas embellishments I thought it was pretty too.
After the holidays, though, it was back to reality and some strategically placed throws.
What I knew and you couldn't see was that the sofas were becoming quite faded. That and the fact that I think one of the kids must have had a party here while we were away because there is a very mysterious red stain on the flip side of the seat cushion of that yellow chair.
The other thing you couldn't have known, because I didn't show you, was the jarringly obnoxious look of the other side of the room.
Who wants to look at an eyesore? Right? This just hasn't been working for me.
Yep, the big black hole.
It all started when our son took off for Japan and we "inherited" (bought) his humongous flat screen. Although, I love the bigger picture of this screen, it obviously wouldn't fit inside my tasteful entertainment center. So, we quickly purchased this black TV stand from another one of our darlings. Now this kid conveniently works part time at one of the big electronic stores and he was so stoked that we were replacing our old tube set that he couldn't wait to show us this. The cabinet isn't bad but in the end it is just a whole lot of black in such an airy room. The other problem is I guess I didn't realize how dusty this place is. Wow. Dust and repeat, dust and repeat.
Even my big guy agreed that this wasn't the best look here but we were still finishing up the living room update and I was already making plans for a couple of upgrades in the library. The thought was we would basically put this room on hold until later this year but maybe go ahead and at least purchase a new TV cabinet.
So with a new TV cabinet on order, this one was quickly snatched up by our youngest and now our ginormous television is sitting precariously on an old shabby chic side table. The components are stacked on an end table and all the cords, manuals and such are piled up into some cardboard boxes on the floor. Just when I thought it couldn't look any worse, it does.
Bet you're jealous now aren't you?
I placed an ad on Craigslist this week to sell a few other pieces of furniture that I just couldn't find a place for and I had three of the nicest women come and look at what we were offering.
I had to walk them through our family room and when I did they all told me how much they loved the colors and furniture here. Now, truth be told, the hubs has never liked those sofas and has complained for years the they are uncomfortable. When he found out we had some interest in them he told me to get rid of them. Really? Get rid of them? You didn't have to tell me twice.
So in the span of about twelve hours I went from a room full of furniture to a room that looks like this.
The leather chair we stole from another room so at least one of us has something to sit on. If I had thought of it I would have sold the old phonograph table too. The trunk I wanted to keep, along with the rug and the pieces that I have painted.
I really think I want to stay with brighter colors in this windowed and porch feeling room and I know that red and green will still play an important role in my color scheme but I did have some fun last night pulling together some Olioboards to showcase some of my ideas and concepts for this room as we move forward.
I want a little less of a country look and bit more of a mid-century meets Be Colorful style.
I still love a green sofa and that Chive green from Crate and Barrel speaks to me but maybe the sofa should be neutral and the chairs could be green this time instead. If I got tired of red I could mix in some turqoise.
and without the blue.
Then again, red chairs would be a fun alternative too, especially with green walls.
Olioboard is yet another way I have discovered to totally blow off an afternoon.
It's kind of like pulling together outfits for my room.
So the adventure begins. I wonder where we will end up.