Not only that, but my apparent love of brown is blatantly clear. The rug is actually a recent purchase and I found it during one of my many trips to Home Depot of all places. I wasn't looking for a rug at the time but once I saw it and then felt it I was sold- it's super soft. These pictures aren't doing it much justice either because it has such pretty blues and greens in it that are being overshaddowed by all the BROWN.
Here's a picture I took over the weekend before I finished cleaning where the color is much truer. Our walls are definitely a gray tan and the rug has no yellow-undertones (I think I need to change our light bulbs).
Now let's take a closer look at the top picture for a sec and evaluate just exactly what's going on here:
There are clearly four different styles going on at once.
1. Modern neutral Dolce slipper chair
2. Timeless tailored leather sofa
3. 1970's bold patterned wing back chair
4. 1950's mid-century dresser turned TV console
Yowza. The craziest part is actually what you don't see right on the other side, in the dining room. In there is our black parsons desk (modern) and our chunky hand-me-down dining table (colonial). Good golly that's a crazy mix of furniture. The funny thing is I never really noticed it until it all wound up in one room staring back at me.
Here's what we're thinking we can do to remedy the situation for little to no money:
1. Bring out (and assemble!) our second slipper chair.
2. Put the wing back chair in the basement (which will eventually be a family room).
3. Construct white built-ins around the bare window with a bench in between beneath the window. The TV will then be relocated to one of the built-ins (probably the one on the left) and the white will counteract all the brown.
4. Move the dresser to the dining room where it will serve as a buffet (and possibly get painted).
5. Hang window treatments.
Then in the more long-term realm, we'd like to buy another sofa and have them facing each other, perpendicular to the built-in wall. This way the TV isn't necessarily the focal point of the room and you can sit and talk to people without being right in front of the TV. Now here's where my awesome Photoshop skills could come in handy but seeing as I have none of those, you'll have to just use your imaginations! Basically picture built-ins around the window and the TV console as a sofa. There, you see? I know we'll get there one day so we're just taking things step by step and we're excited to see how this room will transform over time into what we imagined all along, kinda like these rooms:
Obviously minus the fireplace...
You tell me, how long did it take you to hit your style stride and make your living room into the room that greets you when you walk in the door? I'm looking forward to that day.
I won't be posting tomorrow (and maybe not even Friday) so a HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you all! Enjoy your weekends. I'll see you on Monday when full Christmas-mode strikes.