The living room is still, very much, a work in progress. We haven’t unpacked the books on the shelves…or picked out a coffee table…or added a rug. I really want to love everything in this room, so I’m just taking my time. Waiting for the right things to appear. But, of course, I painted it (Leaf 07). And added a couple of sconces. It still needs more lighting, but I always forget because it is so bright during the day. And, also, I want to find the right lamps, which takes time.
When I finished painting this room, I immediately thought it was too bright. My mom still doesn’t like the color up on the walls in this room, but it grew on me very quickly. This room is not sophisticated, it is not subtle or grown up. It is vibrant and young. It reflects the life in our house and the life that grows green leaves right outside the windows.
I love the look of pewter/tin/tarnished silver against the acid green. These necklaces, my mom picked up in Thaliand in the ’80′s and I woke up thinking about them as we were moving and called her up and asked her for them. I now understand they were meant to go here.
And, of course, this is what our couch usually looks like. Which is why I had to get a slipcovered sofa. I would have preferred something more tailored, a little cleaner, a little sexier… but this is our life. Cat hair and all-and it doesn’t make any sense to design for a reality that doesn’t really exist.