Before I get back to discussing domino magazine (and I will) I thought I'd show you what I've been up to: meeting with a decorator and buying a new camera.
I had a decorator come to help me with my living room, which has been driving me crazy for years. It's the room in my house that most reminds me of a child--lovable, interesting, quirky, and murderously difficult.
Now that I can upload pictures (click to embiggen) you can see what I'm dealing with.
A bunch of things make it difficult. First of all, the walls are all taken up with windows, arches, and French doors.
Also the windows have radiators under them, so floor-length curtains don't work.
And the fireplace takes up a lot of space with its built-ins cupboards and shelves.
Also, it's hideous.
All the furniture has to float. There's no place to put a sofa, except in a small L-shaped extension that leads to the sun room.
The two little spaces on either side of this doorway are the only plain wall space in the room.
So. I was looking for ideas for new upholstered pieces and window treatments. Right now I'm making do with rummage sale chairs and loveseats, and leftover balloon shades from our old place in the city.
It was really time for a re-do.
Now, everyone says to start with the rug, because it's easier to bring fabrics and paint colors to a rug than vice versa. Well, I think I spent four months shopping for a new living room rug. I shopped Restoration Hardware, Home Decorator's, Pottery Barn, Ballard Design, and Horchow.
Here's what I learned: be very careful when rug-shopping by catalog. You end up with huge rolled up rugs that need to be returned.
I finally found a rug in a nearby store. My husband really loved it, so we ordered it. We didn't get a standard size, and it took eight months to be made and shipped. So the other thing I learned? If you like oriental rugs, shop for an antique. They have the advantage of being already made.
I must say, the fabric the ladies picked for the boards certainly work with the rug, which is cream, olive green, browned-down rose, chocolate brown, with a tiny amount of slate blue.
The decorator's shop window was papered in this chintz ... Thibault's Tea House in chocolate brown colorway. I love Chinoiserie! It may be why I hired them.
Now, as you can see, anything would be an improvement from the current situation.
But my granny pants are in a knot over the fabrics and trim that have been selected for my approval. Granted I'm not a 20-something stylist living in a studio apartment in Manhattan ... but somehow ... I'm getting a whiff of mothballs.
Am I right?
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