Out with the Old
We bought a new living room rug!
And guess what? You aren’t gonna get to see it in this post.
I know. I know. Boo me and my bad self.
Before you start hurling your nighttime snack at the computer, you should know that I will be sharing a room that you have gotten to see very little of…so plus side, right?! Hope so…because as far as I know, ice cream isn’t recommended as a screen cleaner. even if it is low-sugar.
Today we are gonna be in what I call the reading room…it’s labeled in the first floor plan below as the sitting room…
Once you walk in the front door, it is to your direct left and it was pretty much the only color in the house that we actually liked when we moved in. Of course, like every room and every wall, we will eventually repaint…because it was (and still is) all filthy.
When we first toured the house, the reading room was like my pregnancy brain – empty and dirty….
Besides two doors that lead out into the front porch, it has a window in the corner and a french door opening that leads into the living room…
Shortly after we moved in, we threw some of the random furniture in there….
our Ikea leather chairs, our hand-me-down side table, our craigstlist coffee table and our old bookcases – you know, to put the ‘reading’ in ‘reading room’.
After a while, this room turned into a storage area….anything and everything that didn’t have a home ended up here.
You may remember that we switched some thing up in the dining room – bringing in a new hutch which forced us to relocate in the shorter bookcases that once held white dishes. Eventually I would like these outta here too…and put a piano in that corner (my mom is a high-alert craigslist hunter for me right now).
Basically – this room is in constant flux. It’s a work in progress with things we have at the time being. Nothing is staged or photo ready…so don’t get your panties in a twist if it doesn’t look great to you…because it doesn’t look that great to me either.
Especially the undersized rug…
It reminds me of a bad toupee. Like the kind you see on a guy that sits two rows ahead of you in church…and it doesn’t quite cover everything that it needs to. And Lord knows that the deep part combover isn’t masking the issue. Now you know my sins…and during the sermon…the shame!
So when we got the new more comfy rug in the living room, we didn’t quite know what to do with this blue & white striped one we got for cheap at Pottery Barn outlet (it’s a Williams Sonoma Home rug in case you are wondering)….BUT we already own it (making it free)…so I dragged it in here.
Obviously it is a touch too big for the space…. and just like I learned in the office bathroom, lighting does make a big difference in photos.
During the day it looks a smidge better…a smidge…but not perfect. I think I can make it work…but if I can’t, I’ll probably just try to get my money back on Craigslist.
Styling would help too. and drapes. and some storage boxes so I can do some serious editing.
I think these two doors are gonna have plain white curtains (so that they match the curtains on the other side of the front door)…
And that corner window? I think I am gonna break a major decorating law and do different curtains on that window than the rest of the room.
I KNOW. Call the style police right now. or you can do a citizens arrest. extra points to you gals that have your own handcuffs (winkwink).
But I found this beauty at a discount fabric store (it was only $2 a yard) and I absolutely love love love it. They only had 9 yards. Not nearly enough for my 104″+ drapes on three windows. So I will do the only real window and leave the two doors to plain jane white. (by the way – I could buy more but the Robert Allen St. Etienne Lapis fabric is $22.50 a yard….which would mean it would cost $67.50 for one more panel – not one pair of panels – ONE PANEL….making it completely out of my budget)
So that’s where I’m at….one old rug out of the living room and into the reading room.
and one new curtain plan…
what do you think? Am I crazy? insane? wacko?