In the meantime, I will update you on our plans for our little "Project." I'm always thinking of new ways we could decorate our home and LOVE doing mood boards. It's like shopping without spending a penny, and it's so much fun to see how many different ways I can decorate one room. It drives Shawn a little crazy sometimes. He's always seeing dollar signs racking up, but I just remind him, "Dreams are free!" The other day, I was looking at our living room mood board and thinking it was getting a little LOUD with all the bright colors.
LIVING ROOM BEFORE
|1. Green Jute Roman Shade, World Market 2. DIY Starburst Mirror 3. Paint: Sagey/Jogging Path/Yarrow, Sherwin Williams 4. Waterfall Acrylic Table, ebay 5. Thom Filicia "Fabia" in Spa, Calico Corners 6. Pier One pillow 7. Arabesque Rug, World Market 8. Teal painted piano, DIY 9. "Three Machines" Poster, Wayne Theibaud 10. Manstad Sleeper Sofa, IKEA 11. DIY Tripod Surveyer's lamp|
I love color, but our apartment isn't very big and despite the open floor plan I just don't think I could live long term with so many "in your face" color choices. So back to the (virtual) drawing board I went. In the original plan, I designed the room around a print we purchased in San Francisco from one of my favorite artists. It was Wayne Thiebaud's "Three Machines." I just loved the way the paint seemed to change colors and how vivid it was on the canvas, but filling my entire house with those colors was like a sugar overload!
|Wayne Thiebaud's, Three Machines|
|Ralph Lauren, Carolina Paisley via JoAnn Fabric|
LIVING ROOM AFTER
|1. Green Jute Roman Shade, World Market 2. DIY Starburst Mirror 3. Waverly "Wonderama", Fabric.com & Diamante "Seamist", Calico Corners 4. DIY Tripod Surveyer's Lamp 5. Acrylic Waterfall Coffee Table, eBay 6. Flokati Wool Rug, World Market 7. CB2 Pillows (discontinued) 8. Manstad Sleeper Sofa, IKEA 9. DIY Painted Piano 10. Mug Shot Pet Portrait, Manda's Art Studio 11. Paint: Jogging Path/Sagey/Yarrow, Sherwin Williams|
I learned two lessons through this process:
- If it's not working, change it - Don't get too hung up on any one piece. I love my poster print, but it just wasn't working for me. If something you love isn't working for your design plan, give yourself permission to get rid of it.
- Start with the fabric - It's always easier, when designing a room, to start with a fabric you love; then pick the paint and accessories to match.