Out of approximately the nine homes we have owned (moving around a lot with the military) I have found our new home to be probably the most challenging to decorate. I miss walls to nestle furniture around, and a place to hang more pictures. (sorry the pictures aren’t better. I tried at night…too dark. I tried in the day…too bright with the snow!) Just try to pretend they are better.
With ten foot ceilings and an open floor plan I feel it is harder to create an intimate setting in my living room. Look at the picture above and below and you will notice I have moved the tree around. I had a nice wooden fern stand in the one corner that sold and now I have an area just begging to be covered! If I see an empty space, my husband always says I feel the need to put something there…. And he is right! Never have I been one of those people to say “Less is more”. This house is also lacking bookshelves. I have my eye out for a nice 7-8 ft. piece of furniture that can hold books as well as pretties. A great secretary would be perfect.
It would go in this area next to the fireplace.
Here you can get a better idea of the floor plan. This picture was taken in the entry and shows how the living room is across from the dining room.
That empty corner just haunts me!
This photo shows the dining room and entry. Don’t mind Maggie who insisted she would continue her bath even with people looking. :)
Just so you don’t think I am going overboard on the trees, the one in the dining room corner is for sale. They are just too big to store once I have them potted for my business, so they normally just find a corner in my home waiting for a customer to claim it. My friends are used to seeing trees and arrangements with price tags dangling. LOL!
Occasionally I wish I hadn’t gone the “safe” route with furniture and window treatments. Here is a closeup of the living room draperies. I really do love them with the beaded trim. There is a pretty stitching in the fabric, but you do have to look for it from a distance.
After evaluating the overall look of the room I recently noticed what I am missing ~~~ PATTERN.
Some big checked pillows or something to liven up the room is definitely what I can see is lacking. That should be pretty easy to solve. I have had the urge for awhile now to get my old sewing machine oiled up and try my hand at sewing once again.
If you have an idea for improvement don’t hesitate to suggest it!
A winter coffee table with red velvet flowers and log looking candles should work a few more weeks. By then I will definitely be interested in something a little more springy.
Really, I’m not complaining, but do you see another area that’s hard to decorate?
I have a three sided fireplace mantle! You can see two sides in this picture. It wraps on around to the hearth room. While building the house, I was excited at the possibilities. In reality, it is tricky! What you place up there has to look good from several angles.
While I was snapping away with my camera I happened to look out the window. Thinking I might see a deer rooting around for food in the woods, I saw a male cardinal at the feeder instead. Look at all the black feathers on his lower back. That seems odd to me.
Today ( a little late) I am joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life with the 50th Tabletop Tuesday. There are always great ideas just waiting to find at Marty’s.
Is it snowing in your neck of the woods? The weatherman tells of just how far the snow is reaching so there is a pretty good chance.
Stay snug and warm…