The living room is so wonderfully livable.

All the changes I had in mind after my redesign suggestions have been (more or less) carried out, and it feels great.  The room literally feels good to me – you sensory people will know what I mean when I say the energy flows and pools well, the eye is comfortably drawn around the space, and it WORKS.  I mean the room has actually become a place where I, the husband, and the cats all voluntarily hang out. 

These were the original goals, as listed in this post:

  • Get some color in there!  Take the rust red in the drum seats and spread it around, and add another accent color to finish it.  [I ended up adding cobalt and turquoise.] 
  • Move the desk to the right corner of the room so that the landing strip is less crowded and so that small corner can be put to good use.
  • To make the double windows a focus, bring a loveseat into an L with the existing sofa, slipcovering to match.  No need for a coffee table as space is tight: the drum seats can double for that if needed by adding a tray to one. [I used the loveseat and the armchair as they fit the available space better.]
  • The bookcase on the back wall is one of the first things you see, so de-clutter it, and switch out the mirror for a bigger one. [I added a second bookcase to make this focal point more substantial and weighty.]
  • add two more sources of light for greater ambience and an inviting, layered look [still need one more!]. 

The Goods:

On the left are drum seats made by me, ditto the toss pillows.  I spray painted the lamp base cobalt blue and stenciled chevrons onto the rug.  I have made my peace with the black leather couches and am glad that at least they don’t collect cat hair.

The front door is off in this shot – I was painting it, hence the hardware at the base of the curtain.  Our “landing strip” table is a bit small but ok for now.

Here is the slightly unfinished back corner where my laptop lives.  (I do not know why our cream colored walls turn out so acidic in photos.  Maybe when I get a Real Camera – am currently using the Chief’s iPhone – I can do something about that.)

What do you think?  I’m very happy with the progress.  Naturally there are always tweaks as a newly restyled room gets lived in and I already know that the entryway landing strip will get tweaked.  I kind of want to get a big old thrifted buffet table and paint it blue. 

I also will be improving the lobster corner. (bigger rug?  hanging lamp or wall sconce?)

Here is a closeup of the quirky lobster lithograph we got from my parents, who had it from their typesetting business days.  That’s from before computers, kids.

So there you have it – the new living room! 

On my perhaps-someday-wishlist, I would love to upgrade the window treatments to be more substantial, and replace the 5×7 chevron-painted rug with a traditional pattern with more color.  I’m very happy with what we have for now, though.   I’m proud that I was able to make the most of flimsy cotton curtains with some clip rings and glued on ribbon trim, and turned an officey brown poly rug into an interesting chevron one.

I’m glad to get a color scheme established too – red and cobalt blue with turquoise.  It is a great starting point for a cohesive look that jettisons the neutral blahs.  However, I don’t want to get too narrow in my color scheme.  Mixing in bits of other colors is going to be necessary to keep it from looking too matchy and contrived.

Let’s do a last glance, shall we?

BEFORE: awkard and empty, furniture all the wrong proportions and shoved to the walls

AFTER: Cozy and collected.  Hurrah!