Hey Guys- did you notice that P-Dub looked at my blog the last time I gave her advice? I was so excited, I told my husband, "The Pioneer Woman looked at my blog!!!!!" He looked at me like, "huh?" "so?" "who's that?" etc. I couldn't get anyone to really care- but I cared. It made my week. :)
Translation: Help me? Please
I knew this was an area we’d need to tackle soon, but I’ve been putting it off for a very good reason: I’m completely uninspired when I look at this space. Honestly, I’ve tried…but I couldn’t have fewer ideas for this space if my brain were missing from my skull. Look at this room- - the main problem- balance. The fireplace on the left is some serious visual weight. We need to balance it? When the room is in balance- it will feel "right."
I’m just being honest. And Marlboro Man and I are pretty easygoing and non-picky when it comes to things like this. But when you sit in a chair and it smells like the inside of a cow’s intestinal tract…well, let’s just say the furniture store was very nice and said they’d be glad to exchange it for something else.
The lamp with the “X” is going away—it was just a spare from my house that I threw in there the night we watched the UFC fight.
The question mark on the walls signifies my utter cluelessness as to what to do there. The question mark needs to be something that has such visual weight that it balances the weight of the fireplace. That is what is needed to bring some balance into the room (oh yes- and we also need some plants. :)So- what could bring balance to the room? Idea #1- A large rug hung on the wall. A really cool one- like this one Nourison's Calvin Klein collection: Shop around. NOTHING is more fun than rug shopping. (I mean that- there is nothing that I would rather do.) Find the perfect one that warms the place up, and gives more visual balance to the room.
Another option? Idea #2- Add visual weight to the opposing wall by changing the wall surface- put a grass cloth on it- (over the entire wall) then add four, 4' mirrors, (in a box shape- not horizontal) like the one below: (from Uttermost- 48" diameter)Another option? Idea #3- Have a custom piece made similar to Crate and Barrel's timber wall art (below is a somewhat lousy picture)- I say have it custom made, because you would need it on a much larger scale. Start with a large canvass, about 60 x 100- paint it a contrasting color to the timber wall art- (It could be brown, gray, green, black- whatever goes with your new ottomans)- hang the timber wall art on top of it. The contrasting canvas beneath will help to add the visual weight you need. Idea #4- I know that you are into photography, and initially mentioned hanging photographs. You could do this if you first- selected photographs that are full of color, (to add visual weight- I fear that sepia tones would be too subtle)- OR- have very heavy frames- with sepia tones in your photos. And second- have them large enough to really be a substantial force on the wall. (keep in mind that we are endeavoring to balance the visual weight of the fireplace). Use a company like Icandy- they can take a photograph, and produce it on a large canvas. You can have one very large one, or a set of 4 or 9. Use the portion of the wall that encompasses our furniture arrangement- just smaller than that area.
And then…would all of you please decorate this space for me? What goes on the wall? Photographs? If so, how large? How many? What arrangement? I think you would have a hard time achieving a visual weight balance with a collection of photographs- unless done as stated above. Once the cow bottom chair is gone and the matching new chair arrives, what do we need to achieve a good looking/functional furniture arrangement? The leather furniture is more for durability (ranch=stains) than anything else, but how do you wake up leather furniture and add some color? Color is sorely missing from the equation.
This area is stumping me almost as much as the kitchen hood.
I need you.
I need you badly.
Look below- I went throught the trouble of changing your yellow stickynote rug to two blue sticky note rugs. :) I'm just kidding- it was no trouble at all. :) But seeing the sticky notes- I like this even better.