Fairview home owners hired Decorating on a Shoe String to add some “punch” to their still rather new home. The first and second remarks made upon first entering this house (besides, “Glad to meet you” & “We’re here to serve–“) were,”There is too much white woodwork in this FR. Gorgeous hefty woodwork, but too white–” and, “We need to do something about these windows.” Neither of these items was a felt need at the time, so we got started with the felt needs.
Because it was important to both the husband and wife that we reuse and recycle their existing furniture and accessories we scheduled our “While You Were Out” rearrangement.
The rug was angled and the sofa was moved farther away from the fireplace. A Game Room chair was imported to add highly desired seating by the windows.
The result of our first day of rearrangement was that the husband (an arty sort of guy) “got on board”. He became so enthused about the immediate impact of the rearrangement that he propelled us several steps farther down the beautification and remodel road!
We removed the shelves from the built-ins which gave us room to display bigger, bolder objects. Fewer bigger things are almost always better than lots of little things.
We replaced the painted leather tapestry over the fireplace with something edgier and bolder. (Reuse/Recycle? The tapestry was framed and now looks great in the LR– stay tuned.)
Our confidence level was up now, so we were finally ready to address the amount of white woodwork in the FR. We addressed a prominent part of the white woodwork with black paint.
Baby Can lights in the art niches bring the wall to life.
Inertia. An object in motion tends to remain in motion. While we were on our roll, we added groovy curtains at the windows, building on our black & cream theme.
Retail pillows are almost always cheaper than custom pillows. But alas. No one had invented the pillows we needed yet. When we found a cozy houndstooth and a weave that resembled the motif in the area rug we had pillows custom made.