So many times people have asked me how to start a decorating project. It’s hard to give a direct answer but my usual mode of attack is to select something that you love and want to use in that room. It can literally be anything from a painting, to a pillow; from a chair to china …which is where I began.
I was lucky enough to inherit my maternal grandmother’s Friendly Village china set. I remember eating off of these beautiful plates in her home outside of Toledo, Ohio during family gatherings when I was a little girl. They were so dramatic compared to the everyday plates we used at home. So now that they’re mine, I want them to be the centerpiece of our home.
Even before Mr. W. and I closed on our new home in Indiana, I started gathering fabrics for upholstery that will be in the living room. And even though these dishes won’t be used in the living room, the dining room is open to it and I want it all to blend seamlessly.
First, I found this beautiful muted floral linen fabric that echoed all the colors in the dishes….earthy charcoal and taupe, muted sage, quiet aqua, and even a touch of petal pink. How lucky! I had my starting point for the room. The next fabric selections were not necessarily as easy.
What did I want the sofa to be? Since it is such a big anchoring piece in the room, I needed to take my time, think it through, and really try to visualize what it would look like. I had my heart set on a tufted back style in a burlap type fabric; but in the end, I decided that I needed more depth of color and chose a charcoal leather with dark brass nail-head trim. The brass will contrast the leather just enough; and give the sofa a vintage feel. Now I was free to use the burlap on the cocktail ottoman. We purchased our first cocktail ottoman years ago; and have never had a regular coffee table since. When it comes time to relax, I love the luxury of putting my feet up at the end of the day. Add a pretty tray to make it useful for magazines, remotes, and a cup of tea.
A soft sage plaid for a comfy arm chair keeps the room from being too “sweet.” But to make it special, I added a new treatment of contrast taping and spaced nail-head to the bottom of the chair. Wooly fringe around the back pillow set it off from the rest. These accents, while sometimes adding to the price of the piece, can make it your own. No one else will have it. To me it says that I took the time to think about the details, the “jewelry” of the room. When working with an interior designer or furniture salesperson, ask them about little details that can take a piece from great to knock your socks off!”
With the furniture pieces selected, I went on to paint, carpet, and wallpaper….
For the carpet, I chose a pattern, of course! Why go solid when there are so many beautiful patterns available? Although not right for every room or style, for me it was a no-brainer. Soft gold in an arabesque pattern was the perfect choice.
Because there are so many paint color options, I tend to save it for the end. Paint colors are endless, fabric choices are not. I went with a soft dusty spruce blue/green. With white trim, it will be a fresh and quiet backdrop to my furniture selections.
I LOVE WALLPAPER! I know it’s not as much in fashion as it was 20 years ago, but I can’t live without it. It can add so much to a home if strategically used. Proper placement is key! So I ordered a blue/grey/ oyster damask print. The paper looks like old ripped fabric; and will go on the foyer wall and all the way into the open dining area.
It’s coming together and I’m so excited! Once the furniture is here and in place I’ll send you some pics…. But for now I’m having the painting and wallpapering completed; and the carpet just went in this week.
I can’t wait for you to see it!
Talk to ya soon,