This is what our family room looked like last Spring...and up until a week ago. I would have kept it this way but once I hung the drapes the room had to be reconfigured.
In a perfect world, I would have kept the windows bare but the view is not exactly stellar.
The drapes occupy approximately 10 additional inches of the room's width and the room is not wide enough to accommodate this configuration with the addition of the drapes.
Also, the family room is at the far end of an enfilade of rooms. The kitchen, the breakfast room and the family room all had furniture running in the same direction, the kitchen island, the breakfast room table and the occasional table in the family room closely resembled train cars.
It bugged me.
All. The. Time.
Woo! Woo! All aboard!
A change was necessary...
Mediterranean Blue faux silk taffeta drapes from Halfpricedrapes.com for use in the Winter to add color.
In the warmer months I will hang eggshell taffeta drapes.
Pet hair does not cling to the taffeta.
I cannot tell you how grateful I am for that!
View from loft area...
In case you may have missed it...that curtain is several inches shorter than the others. *sigh* I can just move it to the corner window when the other two panels arrive.
On the far left...Mabel's rear end.
Still waiting on two more curtain panels for the windows flanking the mantel.
The curtains match the blue of the Persian rug...
As well as the blue of the Aubusson pillows on the sofas...
...and the Duck Egg Blue of the painted secretary...
From the Breakfast Room...
My helper was hospitalized so the railings didn't get painted.
He actually called me from the hospital to apologize!
He is doing much better now, thank goodness!
Say hi to McGillicuddy and Napoleon!
Some day I will finish the secretary. I am having commitment issues.
The paint for the railings and doors is waiting patiently in the basement...
This table was found on Craigslist.
The top of the table is painted to simulate marble...
I have chosen Martha Stewart's Plumage for the ceiling and Whetstone Grey for the walls...
Yes. I am painting the ceiling darker than the walls.
That way, I don't have to commit to color for all the rooms in my open-concept home...
I never considered this dilemma when we bought the house.
Me and my First World problems!
Another point of contention in this room is the openings between this area and the Music Room.
I had hoped to have them drywalled but we used the money for Daniel's treatments and Tallulah's hernia surgery. No regrets, though!
This means I either have to deal with it the way it is or come up with a less expensive means of covering it.
Or save up again and wait.
I have a few ideas rattling around in this wee brain of mine...
The mirror will be hung above the mantel as soon as the back is reinforced.
I should be ashamed to show this but then I remembered I have no shame.
This is kinda what the mirror will look like once it is hung above the mantel.
I could lie and say Gracie did this but she would have done a better job...
There you have it! A rambling post with no clear beginning or ending!