Joining Amanda's party!
As I mentioned yesterday, back in the spring I won a consultation with Layla Palmer, of The Lettered Cottage. I really like her design style, and my living room was a blank slate, so this was a great opportunity for me.
For a more complete view of the room, see this post, which is what I referred Layla to. Here is a before:
And Layla's after:
Since the side of the armoire is what greets you as you enter the front door, she suggested hanging some artwork on the side of it, and a stack of baskets, or an urn with tall twigs or the like. She also recommended removing the console table and mirror, and replacing it with a large photo/art collage.
She suggested a rug, coffee table, bamboo blinds, and one long curtain rod, along with pillows, and artwork and sconces on the wall. As you can see, the accent color is green. After some discussion with her, we decided that though the bamboo blinds look good, it would be okay to keep the existing white 2" faux wood blinds, since they are on every window in the house.
This is what the room looks like right now.
I added the rug, found the coffee table at a garage sale, and though you can't really tell in this photo, painted the walls BM Natural Linen. The curtains came down when Craig painted and haven't gone back up, because I'm not sure what direction I want to go. I do have a long rod that matches the ones in the family/dining rm. I'm not really satisfied with the striped pillows; the green is too bright.
Here's my slight dilemma: I have since decided that I want my house to be lighter and brighter, so I'm trying to figure out how to lighten this room up.
My friend Dixie sent me this photo from The Brown Family and I'm strongly considering the board and batten for the windowless wall in the photo of my room as a way to add some white and character.
Other possibilities: some kind of redo for the coffee table that involves white paint (see below), painting my corner cabinet white...I'm not sure what else. I don't think that white curtains or pillows would look right. The rug is staying since I spent the money on it and don't have more to buy yet another one.
Dixie also sent me this photo, from a thousand words, as an idea for the coffee table: white distressed paint on the pedestal, darker stained top.
I like the look a lot, and I'm certain I recently saw on a blog a coffee table very similar to mine, with a very similar treatment as the above desk, but I can't remember where. If anybody knows, please tell me.
Okay, there you have it. Layla's pictures were a definite improvement on what I had, but now I want to tweak it a little. I don't mind keeping some green accents (especially since I already have the rug), but if you have any ideas for lightening up the room, I'm happy to hear them.