I need help finishing my LR. So far all that the elements have in common is that I bought them! I like the collected look, but I am not pulling it off here. ONE PROBLEM - I do not want to get rid of anything in the room.
The room itself, built by the PO, is a quirky octagon with a windowed cupola. Three walls are window seats. A fourth wall is the entry, with double French doors leading from a hallway, and a step down into the room. We have only one "normal wall".
This is our "formal" living room, in an informal house. It is not likely to get heavy use ... either when we have a couple over for dinner, or as one of several spaces flowing into each other for large parties. Also as a place to read (it's very quiet when you close the doors).
THE CHALLENGE : I am not willing to take anything away, but what can I add?
Here's where we are starting
The Elements that work together ok:
The Asian-inspired Amsterdam streetlamp chandelier, Turkish ottoman, Turkish silk rug, and Moroccan fpl tiles. The ticking on the window seats, a blue and off white ticking that looks kind of tobacco stained, matches the fpl tile colors exactly (the tile mfr used the fabric) The mirrored table - maybe not. It is one thing I could get rid of. DH wants to put a work bench w vise there, as a bar.
The elements that are less cohesive:
The rustic horse weathervane and the beehive fpl screen (a trick so that, when unlit, it is less noticeable that the fpl is gas)
The chairs are brand new, MGBW slightly distressed leather. I love them, perhaps because I was going through my Mad Men phase when I saw them. But I think it is both the color and style of these chairs that is throwing things off. The floors lamps, a must for reading, I think are fine with the chairs.
I need to figure out what to put over the fpl "mantle" (enormous, 3x8), but I am not terribly worried about that right now .. it's the kind of thing you can't force. But I do need help on:
1) Selecting at least 2 throws for the chairs. I think they should be light, like the ottoman
2) Something to put on the ottoman - dark like the chairs?
3) Pillows for the window seats
4) Someplace to put a drink in between each set of chairs
5) We need to decorate the shelves around the room at ceiling level.
6) I have some artwork that I want to hang on the molding between the windows, like some people hang on the wood frames of bookcases? Yeah or nay?
And of course if you have any ideas about a 3x8 platform over the fpl --- maybe a bunk bed!
Thanks in advance.