Jules emailed me these photos of her living room and asked for reader help in figuring out how to make the room come together.
The furniture made sense at my previous house, but not here. We had (no shock here) 20-ft ceilings and miles of open space. All the dark furniture and accessories provided a nice anchor to the tall ceilings and 302 windows. Now it just adds to the overall cave feel. We didn't have the cheap TV cabinet in the picture. Instead, we had one of those custom niches built into the wall. Our goal is to buy a flat screen, hopefully soon, which is why we have the cheap cabinet for now. The problem has been finding a reasonably priced unit with a mid-century vibe. We've looked into getting an old sideboard redone, but so far no luck.
If my husband had his way, our house would be lifted from the pages of Atomic Ranch. I like more of a mix of pieces, and could never be as resolute as my husband in defining my style. We are pretty much looking to add light to the room and brighten it up. We hope to one redo the fireplace, but for now we just need to work on it looking less like the inside of a pirate's lair. The mantle needs the most help. Those two little twiggy topiary things look ridiculous. I forgot to take them down. The clock is only up there because the boys play with the hands if it's at their level. Again, no commitment to keeping it.
The couch is a leather beast. We had it custom made for our old house and, to be fair, it is really comfortable. For this house, I really think we need something with legs to increase the light, but for now I put a sad little throw along the back in hopes of cutting some of the brown; it hasn't done much. The console table on the other side we hate. We just haven't found something that we like and I haven't had the guts to paint it. Again, we were looking for a mid-century sideboard, but so far no luck. The chest we bought 8 years ago for $30 and used it to keep dog supplies at the last house. I only just pulled it out of the garage last week just to have something to put my feet up while I'm looking at all the beauty that surrounds me.
I guess it's not bad, but it's not us--and it's definitely not this house. For now, though, we have to spruce this little room up and make it work!
You can see additional notes about these photos from jules HERE.