The unpopular guest room, Phase II.
Before I posted this guest room the first time around, I posted a few threads: "Art, how much personal resonance?" and "Why not laminate?" and something on budget rooms that have to meet certain criteria.
In the "Art" thread the most popular answer is that personal resonance trumps art by theme or by color scheme.
In the "Why not laminate?" thread, it seemed that most people would prefer a wood top even if they have to cover it to protect it.
In the one about budget rooms, one of the responses was "I would rather sleep on the floor than in a room with that furniture. (It was Louis XVI, with a laminate top, but okay)
I posted this room as a "what would you do with it", knowing that I needed to do some things to it. What surprised me was the amount of "start over" type responses.
"None of the art goes together": so much for personal resonance.
"The color is depressing" "Get a real headboard" "That's furniture for a small child's room" "old fashioned, D----" and the "What is that on the nightstand?" distraction, and others.
What I *didn't say was that I had just compiled the room in "get it done* fashion. So what I did was kind of an experiment. I wanted to see what people would say rather uncensored by the fact that it was a current work in progress. I also wanted to see if people just pay lip service to art not having to match, thinking that following trends is unimportant and "do what you love it's your house". (Not one of those comments by the way.)
My conclusion is that most of it is lip service because the biggest criticisms of the room were about the art not going and the lack of trendiness of the room. So I have to conclude that a lot of people say it because it sounds enlightened, but it's not how they feel.
Anyway, here is the room with the art rehung, and the offending Madonna removed, as well as the (also much disliked) chair in place.
For reference, the room is for my father who is 88 and has rather strict (but unspoken) criteria for a good room.
Art: all the art has personal resonance for my father. Some of it was hung in his office, some in his house, and there will be more of this type to come.
Portrait over bed: signed numbered lithograph that hung over my sister's bed when she was small
Window right: a pair of copper gold and sterling engravings of peacocks from my father's office.
Window left: Egyptology from Franklin Mint. This was not much displayed because the vitrine was so big.
Bamboo on linen midcentury modern pictures: his Aunt brought these from a tour of Asia.
Two Sisters by Renoir: one of his favorite french impressionists.
The paint color pre-existed.
Curtains and headboard fabric- a *new* offering from Country Curtains
Bedspread: Echo from Macy's He hates duvets and things that slide around
Window blind: custom from The Shade Store (most expensive non-art item in the room)
Delft lamps: from my parents' bedroom or the house.
Case pieces: Ethan Allen custom room plan. From a Master Bedroom of a couple about his age, through eBay.
Chair: eBay. Everyone hated this fabric, which I really didn't get, it's Bargello which is actually sorta trendy and it works well with the paint color. This is his putting on shoes and socks chair.
So, I rehung the mirror, which I knew needed to be done, and I juggled the art, which I knew needed to be done. Phase I was assembling it in a day so my father could sleep in it.
Now that he has a room that is "his" room he is willing to stay for a couple days.
His big criteria are that everything work perfectly, that he have a chair to put on and take off his shoes, and a specific place for things. He still needs a towel rack and he would like a bench at the bottom of the bed to put the throw pillows on and fold the bedspread completely off like he has at home. And he does not like garish things. Trendy is anathema to him. He still has cordovan shoes from 40 years ago and I coat that he is wearing in a picture where I am a toddler.
The pictures to the left of the bed are my mom, his dad coaching basketball in 1918 and a birthday card sent on the day of his birth.
It still need better lampshades on two of the lamps, too.
Here it is for good or bad: