I never consider a room DONE. There is always some detail that still needs to be tweaked. Rooms are continually evolving. And in the end, I’m never quite completely happy with them. The perfectionist in me has a problem with that.
So, that being said … I’ve ‘finished’ project ‘domino effect’ … sort of. But not quite.
As you can see, my living room is small. This is a 1904 farmhouse. There is nothing extravagant about my house. These windows face the street (and north). I have an enclosed porch out front and that is what you are seeing through the windows.
If I do a complete 180 from this spot, I see this view.
The wall and trim paint is finished in both rooms (thanks to a little help from Lacqui and nnK). As you can see, I carried the same stripes from the piano room through the archway into the living room.
I’ve decided that I can keep my sofa …
and chair for now. I was worried they would look dingy and too beige, but they actually just continue to look neutral. They still match each other, and down the road I’d like to replace one or the other. But they are really super comfy and aside from being filthy, still in pretty good shape so I will get them professionally cleaned and call it good for now.
My big splurge for this re-do is the new coffee table. I struggled with this purchase. Part of me felt like I should get creative, and find something fabulous to re-purpose as a coffee table on my own. But, I’ve always admired these factory carts, and when I saw this one on craigslist I knew I had to have it. I’ve mentioned that I’m usually a complete cheapskate, but sometimes I’m not afraid to spend a little more on something that I absolutely must have.
I sent my husband to Minneapolis to pick this up from Josh and Heather of Ferrous Furnishings. You can see some more of their very cool stuff here: https://www.facebook.com/FerrousFurnishingsMinneapolis (check out the amazing bar cart!). I was a little nervous because I couldn’t go with him, and I was entrusting him with the final purchase decision. But I had exchanged several emails with Josh, and he answered all of my questions and was super nice to boot.
The hubby thought the cart was fab on sight and brought it home and it’s perfect for our living room.
Now, you may have noticed a couple of things.
First, I haven’t added much to the top of the factory cart aside from a wooden box full of my fav magazines, Jeanne d’Arc Living. I’m struggling with what to place on it that won’t block my view of the TV (hey, a girl has to be practical!). Do I need something more, or should I just leave it? You’ll also notice that I haven’t shown you the TV, here it is in it’s own little corner.
As you can see, I don’t bother to try and hide it. Candace Olson, when asked what decorating items to get rid of, said “a big monstrosity of a TV cabinet with the television concealed behind doors. Get over it, honey, TV is here to stay.”
Next, once again I am in a quandary about the window treatments. I’ll leave the three front windows bare, but I must have something on the window behind the sofa. Unfortunately the neighbor’s living room window has a bird’s eye view straight in through that window. For now I have used a vintage linen tablecloth hung from a simple tension rod. It’s lovely when the sunlight is shining in through it, but is it too delicate for this room?
Finally, I started out with my grandfather’s watercolors on the wall above the sofa. They may look OK in the pictures, but I felt they were too small. There was a lot of empty space above them. So, I pulled out this old mirror frame, quickly painted it in my new favorite color, Kitchen Scale, and threw it up on the wall. It’s the perfect size, but now I need to come up with something to put inside it.
A reproduction vintage map of Rome? A collage of ironstone plates? Some vintage family photos? So many possibilities … what do you think? See what I mean? I’m never really done.