In an earlier post featuring our living room makeover I lamented over my need for a bit more pattern and perhaps some pops of color in this space.
As is usually the case, pulling a room together is sometimes just a series of smaller trials and errors and this room proved to be no exception.
It goes without saying that I am a color evangelist but occasionally, and this is that occasion for me, I like a more neutral sophisticated look.
Our home is a collection of rooms of color. Yet, I wanted to bring in a couple of calmer, color- subdued spaces too. But after I had most of the bigger pieces in place I was still struggling with myself. It still wasn't right. My go to easy element is color. The more I thought about it the more I began to convince myself that I should introduce some brighter colors into this room for that quirky unexpected twist so I brought in this piece.
My mom came over and put into words what I already knew.
The bright bold painting that I had just hung and written about on the blog was okay but it was actually a bit like the old game "One of these things doesn't belong". I like that unexpected element but maybe this wasn't quite the right thing. If I hadn't already wondered about that myself then the canvas would have remained right where it was but I appreciated her honesty and knew she was right.
So although I still loved the boldness and the color of the canvas, I knew it would look better in another space. So I have moved it to the dining room and I think it works wonderfully.
More on that room soon.
Other than introducing pattern and color to our living room, my other hurdle has been the accessories and where to find them.
I live in one of those fly over states and although we have a couple of nice furniture and design stores, the fact that we have so few resources thwarts my ability to buy locally. A few years ago there were more choices but it seems as if the furniture business has suffered some collateral damage from the housing downturn. I doubt that I am the only one that is finding this to be the case. So what's a girl to do?
Shop on-line of course!
Actually, a major portion of this room is the result of on-line shopping.
The rug, tables, mirrored chest and piano are the only things that I bought here in town.
The rest of it was all an on-line purchase, including my latest pillow acquisitions.
Love love love these TRINA TURK greek key pillows that I bought on Joss & Main
Now, what to do about that fireplace???
It is such a yawn.