I had been waiting to post pictures of the living room until after we had hung some pictures. But that's not going to happen for awhile, so now is as good as time as any to show what we have done so far. One of the hardest decisions was the color of paint for the walls and ceiling. I knew I wanted it to be painted blue, but not a baby blue. I thought I finally had found the right blue, after I had painted MANY large swatches all around the walls. But after the room was painted I just thought it looked baby blue. You know how it is when you get something in your mind and you just can't stop thinking about it? I just knew I had to bite the bullet and have the room repainted.I loved the blue color that we had had painted in the back of a cupboard in the dining room, but it was a bit on the dark side. So I put that color in a plastic cup and kept adding white until I got what I thought would work. The painters took my special mix to the paint store where they custom matched the color and now I am happy with the results!
The sofa and two upolstered chairs are new, along with the cushions on the wood chairs and the pillows. I ordered customed sized seagrass rugs after reading so much about them on blogs and I just love the texture that they added. The room is large so we have the sofa and chairs at one end and at the far end we put an antique table that we had and I bought a bench for one side and we are using two wicker chairs that we had for the other side. I just can't decide on what type/kind/color of chairs to put there so the wicker ones fill in for now. It is an all purpose spot for playing games, putting together puzzles, reading the paper, and eating are all activities that have taken place there.
When entering from the front door this is what you see.
Here is a picture of the opposite side.
That is Arthur. I wrote about him before and how he is the best behaved dog ever. The armoire is from Europe and we bought it in Cananda a few years ago.It comes apart in pieces so it is easier to transport I have been told. When it was finally together in this spot after quite a bit of finagling and manpower, I thought it was just too big. But my husband said it is going to stay there for a while. Maybe I have just grown used to it but I do like it there now.
Here's the all purpose table at the far end of the living room.
Here are some up close pictures of some details that I like in this room.