I’m back from a busy weekend decorating the Great Room. Even though I have been in my new house over a year, I had been putting off decorating and buying new furniture. My excuse is that I wanted to live in the space first. I also think that after the build, I was plain tired from making ANY design decisions!
While Lynn was visiting, I had some designers come over and propose a room design bid. The sticker shock about got me…. their cost for new furniture, etc. was between 30-40k!! Call me frugal- but the spirit of HGTV design-on-a-budget runs too deep in my veins.
Calling on my old staging days when I lived in the Bay Area and mentored under Nikolene M. Isley & Associates, I decided to buy a few key pieces, then re-arrange and stage my home like if this were a job.
I definitely needed a dining room table, since the old one I picked up (when I worked for Nikolene) at a consignment store. It was an adorable french country table, which I bought on the spot when I saw it, but later discovered the skirt was too low for comfortable seating. Big oops!
Here is the new table in place- expands to 8-10 chairs and 2 leaves:
I rearranged my TV/conversation grouping, and purchased a new chair. Now I still need to buy a coffee table and side table plus new lamps since you may notice my existing coffee table is now too small for the space:
Behind the sofa, I moved an existing table- another fun find from the consignment store:
Next up, I will pick a few fabrics to create pillows, a make valances for above all my picture windows. Then I will make 2 wall hangings for both sides of my fireplace- incorporating some fabric used elsewhere in the room. Trust me, it will not look too matchy, matchy.
Anyhow, the room has a wonderful feeling- warm and inviting! I love it!
Off to quilt now… Hugs, Carla