Hi Everyone! It’s been a slow week around here project wise because we’ve just had so much family stuff going on. Between classes and sports and squeezing in quality time together, some weeks there just isn’t time for much more! And that’s ok. When we have a few busy weeks like the last few we’ve had, I try to take a breath and remind myself that the kids are only going to be small once, and no matter how little I feel like I’m getting done, I am a mother, first and foremost. And you know what? That’s a big deal. And honestly, of all the things I do, that job is the work I’m most proud of. So hats off to not getting a single thing crossed off my to do list this week. We took the kids to Sturbridge Village, had a picnic and went to dance class, ate our meals together, and unburied ourselves from the laundry pile. It was ordinary and lackluster, but at the same time, so wonderful just being fully present and together. The kids start school soon, and that’s how it should be right now anyway. Right? [Read more…]
I recently met with a wonderful couple on the verge of retirement who’ve been living with the same living room décor for 20 years. They have a comfy space, with grand ceilings and enormous windows like you only see in houses that are a hundred years old. But after 20 years of family living, the space is, not surprisingly, looking a little tired – and dated.
Tired and dated.
Not exactly the feeling you want to evoke when you walk into your sanctuary! They told me that they’re looking for a formal – but not intimidating space that’s in keeping with their home’s Victorian roots. They wanted airy and light, but nothing too colorful, and nothing too neutral. Sounded like a straightforward and fun design plan in the making! But then they threw me a little curve ball. They have a dark leather sofa and loveseat that they don’t love the look of, but do absolutely adore how comfortable they are. Therefore, they must stay! Well, apparently they’re not exactly what either of us would choose if we were starting from scratch, but I assured them, I will make them work!
So how do you work two dark, heavy sofas into a light and airy room design? Let me walk you through what I decided to do!