Earlier this week I posted some pictures of several area rugs I wanted to sell.
It was just time to change things up around here and I decided to start with the rugs.
Well sell they did, except the one in Mike's office, so this is what I am left with...
a bunch of rug pads and bare floors.
I sold my side tables too so now the lamps sit on the floor and on the radiator and all the accessories are just lined up on the mantel.
It's a novel look.
I wonder if it will catch on?
I also sold the rug that was in the library.
This is a very narrow room. We moved that wall on the left in three feet to give us more room in the kitchen. I love the extra space in the kitchen but it created a long narrow space here that proves to be challenging for arranging furniture.
As for the bare floor, I'd have to say it looks better naked than it did with that undersized rug that was here.
I had forgotten that this "maids bell" was in the floor.
We have tried pressing and pressing it, but to no avail.
A maid never seems to appear.
When we first moved in and before we did a major remodel, this room was the dining room.
All the meals back when this house was built were served in the dining room.
Thus the maid's bell.
You can read about that metamorphosis here.
(Circa 1998 - photo of our home from a realtor's brochure)
Now, though, that the rugs have all found new homes I am left thinking,
My jumping off point will be our living room. For months now I have been focused on a black and white rug for this room.
The furniture, walls and draperies I see in neutral shades.
I want to pop this space with a lot of black and white and then change out the accent colors with the seasons.
I even threw down a black and white pillow to help me envision my concept.
I know that sounds like a bit of an oxymoron but think about it and it makes sense.
Maybe I should call it updated traditional.
Initially I thought I would go more casual but in the end this will ultimately be "comfortable formal".
I would really like to bring in just one mirrored element.
Something like this.
Am I crazy?
As for the rugs, one image that I keep coming back to for our living room is this photo of the living room from the movie Something's Gotta Give.
I know it seems casual but I think it would look a bit edgier in black and white.
I even found a resource that has copied this rug and will be making it in my color combination. Unfortunately it will be later this summer before it is available.
Do I want to wait that long?
I have also thought this chevron design is uber-stylish
Would I get tired of it?
Whatever I use in the living room needs to coordinate with the rug in the foyer and that needs to flow with the library and dining room.
It really is the "If you give a mouse a cookie" syndrome.
That is why all the rugs went at once.
Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet, take your $$$ hits and purge.
That is what I did and so far no regrets.
I'm taking my time. I want these projects to fun and I love that you are all sharing in the design ride.
Thanks for your support and feedback.
I'll keep you apprised of our progress.