Dumplings, I think I'm finally on the other side of the move. All of the importants are unpacked, and we've figured out how we're going to live in this house. (Do you find yourself doing that when you move?) LB and I decided to buy all of the new furnishings first and then tackle any reno projects, which is the opposite of our approach towards the last house. So I've been ordering pretties like a drunken lottery winner, before LB has a change of heart.
The living room has glorious views of open meadow where elk and deer roam. The seafoam-colored posts and beams will be painted a deep charcoal, and the wall-to-wall will be replaced with wood floors. The long wall features an old time-y wood-burning fireplace that terrifies me, both functionally and aesthetically. The mantel goes on forever and was hewn from a single piece of timber. The bricks are not in good shape with several chips and cracks. I'm thinking of painting them for now, until I can figure out what magic I want to conjure there.
That seafoam is something else, isn't it? This a good example of the evil power of HGTV - paint is not a decorating cure-all. The posts and beams are cedar and very porous. That paint cannot be stripped, so the grain of this once-gorgeous natural timber is now permanently hidden. I have to count my blessings the paint budget did not allow for the ceilings.
My furniture plan features a mix of natural elements - raw steel, hides and rich woods - and bold, graphic shapes and designs. The palette is black, creams, stormy blues and deep golds.
The board above will give you an idea of what's on the way and what I already have.
Clockwise from upper left:
Replaceface Bill Murray pillow.
John Robshaw Clack pillow.
Room & Board Slim shelves in natural steel.
Stray Dog Designs Doug buffet lamp.
IKEA Tisdag floor lamp.
Anthropologie Fes chairs.
Jayson Home large Francisco foot stool.
Urban Outfitters Money bean bag.
Pottery Barn Clyde bar cabinet.
Anthropologie pillow, no longer available.
Jonathan Adler Ulu brass side table.
West Elm Petersen leather sofa.
Burl root table, locally sourced.
Jayson Home Zaha chair.
Anthropologie Garvey flokati chair, no longer available.