Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Operation Black Ops: why dark walls make me happy

{or "Stuff That Gone Done Over The Summer"}

move in day, 2008 - look at that plain white box of a room

These last three months have been spent doing projects that have been put off for years. YEARS. You know those ideas that you have and then never get around to doing them, even if they aren't really THAT big of a deal in the first place? Those.


second day in the house


Within a week of moving in five years ago I had primed or painted most everything, but left that far wall empty. It was the perfect spot for something different and fun and awesome. Guess what I did?



Nothing.

I looked at my things-that-need-attention list and decided that when I had finished everything else, I'd tackle it.

 sitting room - 2010

This room has evolved, as all spaces should. The desk got sold and the computer got moved to the game room, the old couch got moved in, and collected treasures from all over the house gathered together into a makeshift "focal wall".

2011
Then one day someone got a little carried moving around rugs and vacuuming. That's when the "what if we moved things around a bit" game began. Tell me that happens in your house too?
Next thing you know...


Loved the hutch on the big wall, but look at that beige backdrop. No. Just no. Even frames can't distract from the abomination.



You know what would make it better? Some nearly black paint leftover from painting the bed.

(That I haven't talked about yet. School just started - be patient as I get my groove back.)




Sure, the Target rug circa 2004 is too small, the $15 craigslist coffee table from way back here is too big, the chair from the alley may not be the right scale, but shaking what you're mama gave you trumps all of that. Using what you've got is always better than chasing after perfection. Amen.




I also cannot take a photo without this window blinding your retinas. Everything is bigger in Texas including glare. My apologies.





The original El Lampo gives off a lovely light for little boys who like to lay and read long after they're supposed to be in bed. It sits atop a free hand me down from one of my besties (thanks Rosemary!) The DIY free painted silhouettes still melt my heart every time I see them...




It breaks all the rules to put a couch in front of a window,



but it sure makes for a cozy view from the kitchen. Following rules is lame anyhow.




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19 comments:

  1. The dark wall looks great, and the room very comfy! I also love that you've got a silhouette of your dog!
    As an aside... have you ever re-upholstered a chair? I've got designs on my armchair....

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    1. Nope, but I *do* have a wingback in my bedroom that you can perfect your technique on ;)

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  2. Your house and knack for detail, color and creativity is truly inspirational. I could read through your blog all day if I could! Thank you for sharing.

    Lindsay

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  3. It looks great. I love dark walls; I think they make everything look so cozy and welcoming.

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  4. That black wall looks fabulous and I think the couch looks perfectly fine in front of the window. Rules, schmules... Plus, I'm all about using what you've got or have been given for free. Free trumps paying for stuff any day of the week, that's for sure.

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  5. Who says you can't put a couch in front of a window? I'd love to curl up on that couch with my book and cappuchino! Your room looks so warm and inviting.

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  6. I love it! So dramatic and awesome.

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  7. Your house is amazing. I love all the different things you have done with it but the black wall is pretty cool. Thanks for taking photos of all the redo's and sharing them with us.

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  8. Beautiful job. I have a ton of ideas, but no time and actually no place to do all the great ideas that are floating around in my mind. My daughter moved out and the new guest room was redecorated before I could say "I can make that" Guess I shouldn't complain about a hubby that takes an interest in how the house looks.

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  9. Painting that wall black makes everything come alive! I will never forget one of the first decorating shows, (can't remember the name but I think the host were Matt & Sherry) they painted a dining room black, I fell in love! It made everything show up, great job as usual!

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  10. Paint covers a multitude of sins. Amen. Black paint fixes abominations. Amen.

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    1. It balances out the utter anarchy in my craft room.

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  12. You are amazing. I keep wanting to know when you can come make your magic in my life. :)

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    1. Your home is lovely, Diane! And if you ever need help, you know my number :)

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  13. painting a wall black is a scary thing but that works for that room!
    Helen

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  14. I LOVE it. ALL of it. Nice work using what you've got to design such a happy room!

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  15. What a difference that black wall made! And the couch looks great in front of the window! Looks like a professional designer room.

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    1. HA! Certainly not even close to anything resembling professional. It's been over a year though and I haven't grown tired of it, so that's saying something, right??

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