I get bored easily.
Especially when I am not busy painting a new project.
It gives me too much time to look around and want to switch something up.
Even in a perfectly good room that we remodeled less than two years ago.
I don’t think this trait is on my husband’s top ten list of things he loves about me.
It may have to do with spending money.
Or cutting into football watching time.
So when I started thinking about the rooms I wanted to make changes in, it happened to be the first three rooms that we completed when we moved it. And as I disclaimer I still love them, but they all needed a little freshening up. And to of course on a budget (see above). The three rooms are the dining room, family room and office. And while the office and dining room are still works in progress, the family room’s minor changes are complete. And they are just enough to keep me happy with the space.
And I am happy to report that no football watching time was infringed on for any part of it.
The Family Room
Issue #1- Too Much BrownSince we bought the bookshelves, I have been trying to convince Derek to let me paint the back. Or apply pretty fabric or decorative paper to give them some pattern and pizzazz. Just something to break up the boring brown.
But that idea got vetoed. Maybe because he knows my propensity to want to change things and anything permanent would not bode well for the solid wood bookcases. I could day that we could just add built-ins when I get tired of them but I don’t think that would help my case.
So for two years I let it go and tried to enjoy the brown.
Then one day it hit me…..what about spray paint? It is cheap and easily re-doable and who needs to touch the bookscases? Why had I not thought of this brilliant idea sooner?
But a couple of weeks later I am still not sure. Maybe the blue is too shiny? Maybe it is too much contrast with the brown bookshelves? Maybe the lamps are too skinny? Maybe I should just go with gray instead of blue-gray? Maybe I am just feeling fall-ish now and this is just reading a little too springy? Maybe I way overthinking this and just need to be happy that is not brown and get over not painting the interior of the bookshelves?
Issue #2 It Just Doesn’t Feel Done
There is another change in the family room that I am 100% in love with….the rug.
I was a little iffy on adding an area rug over carpet. But the space was not really unified and I wanted some more modernish touches in the room to make it flow more with the adjoining kitchen. So I got out one of our 5x8 area rugs that we were not using and see what I thought of the idea.
It was love at first site….except the rug was way too small.
So that led us on a rug search. It had to be big. And cheap. And modernish. And good colors. And not solid brown (see above). And not matchy with the walls. But not too orange either. And not too busy. Basically perfect.
We went everywhere in the city that carried rugs and came back with nothing. It may have had something to do with how picky I was being.
Overstock had some great and cheap ones, but the colors and sizes were not matching up. I then stumbled on Rugsdirect.com and found a couple that met all of my criteria. And free shipping and returns.
It was a very exciting day.
We ended up with this one.
And I am amazed about how something so simple can complete the space.
Some friends commented that it was brilliant that the circles of the rug complemented the circular coffee table so well.
I was totally thinking that when I picked it out.
Issue# 3 Throw Pillows
You also may notice we now actually have some throw pillows on the couch and chair. There are still some more half finished in the sewing room, but we at least have some color on the sofa.
But I have a confession to make.
I asked you opinion on throw pillows a long time ago.
About whether I should use the home dec fabric I already had or go with more modern cotton prints.
And the majority of you said to stick with what I had.
Well I didn’t.
Sorry….but I did listen on your advice on the kitchen curtain color, so you can’t stay mad.
So what do you think? Hopefully I am not the only one that gets the itch to change things up. But I think I am satisfied with the space and will be able to enjoy my time hanging out in there and not thinking about what I want to change.
For now at least.