Friday, January 11, 2013

Our Living Room - (The first) Makeover, as work in progress

I was wondering what my first post on the new year should be about.
Well, actually it came very easily.
We got home from Europe on Tuesday evening, and because of the jet lag (ten hours difference) I could hardly sleep at all the first couple of nights.
So, on the second night, being wide awake and under a very creative impulse I suppose, I started moving the furniture around.

Here is the result - the first makeover of our living room, as work in progress.

Although I kept most of the initial furniture pieces the room has now a different color scheme that includes a bright red hue, and it has a completely different feeling too.

So, here is what I did:
- I rearranged the furniture with the sofa facing the French doors that open to the outdoors;
- I took out the rectangular oriental design rug, and replaced it with a round shaggy rug that we had in another room;
- I replaced the two brown leather and wood chairs with a playful bright red lip bean bag chair that we had in another room. I layered the chair with a white sheep skin;
- I repeated the red color - in the two bolster pillows on the sofa, and in the red ottoman;
- I brought in a new table lamp that we had in another room, and placed it on the console table next to the sofa to bring some mood light to this corner of the room also.
I layered the console table with another sheep skin;
- I took out / added a few decorative accessories;
- there is no art hanging on the walls, and now you understand why I don't want to make holes in the walls - not yet.
And actually I very much consider having a picture rail molding installed in order to allow for an easy changing display which I know that is going to happen quite often.

What look do you like more - the initial look, or this one?

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(The first) makeover of our living room as work in progress.

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(The first) makeover of our living room as work in progress.

At right - French doors that open to the outdoor

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(The first) makeover of our living room as work in progress.

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(The first) makeover of our living room as work in progress.

In the background - the entryway, and the stairs leading to the upper floor.

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(The first) makeover of our living room as work in progress.

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(The first) makeover of our living room as work in progress.

In the background - the entryway, and the stairs leading to the upper floor.

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(The first) makeover of our living room as work in progress.

In the background - the entryway, and the stairs leading to the upper floor.

What look do you like more - the initial look, or this one?

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2 comments:

  1. I like this second make over very much. The first one was nice, too, but maybe a bit too bland? I am certain that seen in reality it was serene. You have a good eye for detail and balance. I wish I read your comment about hanging paintings on the walls when I moved into my new apartment. Holes in the walls, galore!
    Very nice house/home. Congratulations.
    ~Doina

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  2. I like this look of our living room much more too.

    The first one was nice and good, but:
    - I wasn't happy with the position of the sofa and the console table behind it that blocked the entrance to the room too much(it's a thing that is very hard to be perceived in photos);
    - also the initial furniture layout took too much of the floor space.

    Now, with the same amount of furniture the room is literally so much more open, and spacious.

    Also, I should add that when I saw the red lip bean bag chair just days before we left for our vacation I felt that kind of 'this is a great piece' enthusiasm and I knew I wanted it somewhere in our house to inject color, energy, fun.

    And, I like the fact that the red chair is low, because:
    - it's a perfect match for the two low zebra stools that I placed on the opposite side of the coffee table;
    - its low height doesn't block the view of the fireplace.

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    Yes, it's better to postpone making holes / hanging things on the walls until you are satisfied / sure that the things that go on the floor are in the right position, and they will stay in that position for a while.

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