It feels like a new day here around the old homestead now that the painting in the sitting room is done. Some of you were interested in the "after" even though I had no major plan. But we did simplify and switch out a few things that I can show you.
What I was looking for was breathing space and impermanence. A sort of blank space to change up a lot. A ton of the accessories have been removed, from the fireplace especially.
We took out all of the old mirrors that were originally there to make the space feel larger, but I found that they came to make the space feel too busy, and that they turned out to be tricky to photograph around. This is an earlier picture that also shows the old khaki wall paint.
This was the room on Friday. That cabinet in the center was switched with another taller, white one. It was full of books and movies and had a large decorative birdcage on top. Placed against that wall, it hardly ever had a change up. The windows had also been framed in the dark wood with a dark header over the one in the adobe brick wall.
The new cabinet was formerly in my hallway and full of cookbooks and kitchen storage. The room is shown flooded in mid afternoon light.
This little chippy white coffee table gets moved around a lot and gets to stay. It's quite functional, and will be a great spot for changing displays. (It's also great for showing off my linens.)
I just picked up three of these yummy baskets at a super closeout price from my local Pottery Barn. I always check out their clearance section for bargains. I passed them up when I first saw them marked down to fifteen dollars, but went back hoping one might still be there. And voila! Ten dollars each!!!
The cabinet has change up potential too, but it also houses the majority of my ironstone collection in one place.
This is the same corner at Christmas. The birdcage has yet to find a new home.
The woven blind was already in place, and I have added a woven french basket of the same color on top of the cabinet. It still needs flowers!
|In my hallway BEFORE.|
While this wonderful cabinet was very functional, I felt its decorative potential was underused.
A french desk was removed from in front of this window. I thought I wanted this bench for stacking books, but found that it not only made better sense for extra seating in a pinch, but that I also preferred the visual space it left. One of the club chairs was taken out permanently too.
This dark, tall, and bulky entertainment center has been replaced with a louvered console (below) that coordinates with the plantation blinds. (Pottery Barn.)
The TV and console, tucked away and invisible from the entryway, gives a much cleaner look. (The console is only about forty inches wide.)
Having a bank of windows makes all the difference in this small room.
Less busy, still cozy, lighter, and feeling more spacious. (For now, absolutely nothing has been rehung on the walls.) There's even room for pulling in more chairs when needed. Come on over!
I hope you have a great week ahead!
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