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Believe it or not, I actually got some decorating done this week. I know. I was shocked too.
I painted my living room Laura Ashley's Taupe 4 (same as my dining room), and I think it gives the room more drama. The mistint I had previously used was ok, but I wanted my seafoams and aquas and florals to pop more.
(Well hello there, Bogart)
Also, took out the oval coffee table....much as I love it, I needed visual space in this room. Might slipcover an ottoman I have in the garage for some foot propping action, though. We'll see. If you're local, I'm selling the coffee table for $75.
I'm learning again that so many of the plans I make for a room will change as I see stuff put together. I brought down a IKEA desk and shelves from upstairs that match the tall bookcases I already have in this room. Repainted the shelves heirloom white, and figured I do the same with the matching pieces....but I kinda like the wood tones with the floral and baskets.
Here's the bookshelves....I had previously painted them turquoise and glazed over them with a brown. Against the lighter wall, they looked fine.
But with the darker wall color, and all the color from the books, I felt white would look less busy.
And finally, I got hubs to hang the beloved chippy shutter:
Been saving those letter envelopes and waiting for inspiration. They are actually the packaging for galvanized metal letters I got on clearance last year from Restoration Hardware. While laying in bed the other night, mentally arranging furniture and such for this room, I had an *aha* moment when I realized I could make a simple banner over the shutter. Here's where I hung it:
Remember my inspiration?
How'd I do so far? This is what you see as you enter the room.
I want to add some more things to the walls, but for now, I feel like this room functions the way I need it to, and looks pretty darn close to the 'look' I'm wanting....vintagey, cottagey, browns and aquas with some faded florals. And a big black dog.