I thought it would be nice to show you a little bit more of what I'm working with.
The room is quite large and sits right off of our foyer. The entire room has been painted including all of the trim. The fire place is an interesting shape. I wish it had a mantle and I'd love to retile the surround in a gray marble, but neither of those things are happening. My husband did manage to light the pilot so at least we can enjoy it this winter. Should I hang something above the fire place? I'd love ideas.
The room has a lot of windows. Before we painted all of the trim white the room felt really dark. It probably didn't help that the previous owners had really heavy dark draperies. At the top of the picture you can see the built in pelmet that hides curtain tracks. This is a nice feature that I am glad we kept intact when we removed all of the wallpaper and repainted.
There is a little hallway that's sort of part of the room - remember the weird railing thing I showed you in my first post? We got rid of it to open up the flow. The half bathroom I tackled in my first ORC is behind the secretary in the hallway. I have some plans for that wall. They do not include the paintings leaning against the column. They are going elsewhere in the house.
I do have some furniture for the room in addition to the sofa that is being reupholstered and the chair that is being made by West Elm.
This mirror and table were in my grandmother's house. I don't know that I'll keep that lamp there. I think I want something lighter.
The table originally had very ornate drawer pulls. These were not exactly my taste. Last week at World Market I found these pretty brass and mother of pearl pulls. They are modern, but just pretty and delicate enough for the piece.
This table was also in my grandmother's house. She had amazing taste and every piece of furniture had a story. She loved estate sales and flea markets. I'm not sure where it will end up in the room. It has a little damage/fading on the top. I'm going to try to repair it. I've thought about painting it, but I'm not sure that's the route I want to go.
This acid jar was found in a junk yard in Belgium. We lived there when I was a child and my grandmother found it on one of her visits. I'm not sure if she hauled it back on the plane with her or if she waited patiently for us to move back. I love the color and its a nice sculptural element in the space.
The secretary was not my grandmother's. I bought it on Craigslist for $75! I painted it cream and I plan to reline the cabinet with a different fabric. It will stay in it's current location.
Last but not least are two small accent tables. The coffee table (you guessed it - it was my grandmother's) is a little small for the space. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to find something a little bit bigger. I need to see it with the sofa and chair before I make a decision. I also have this cute little side table (possibly a plant stand). I'm definitely going to paint it. I have a few ideas and I hope to tackle it next week.
My sofa should also be here next week - once it arrives and the curtains are up, I'll feel more optimistic about this room coming together!