Been moving some things around and a slight bit of progress has occurred, however, I'm a bit frustrated with the unfinished state of the front rooms of the house. The dining room is shaping up pretty well, but the new dining chairs are MIA and I will need to buy a skinnier, longer console.
As far as the living room goes, I just can't get the area in front of the fireplace right...at least without spending a bunch of money. If I had more spare change and time, then I would:
1) change the rug...problem is, it's an odd-sized area so this will be a tough find
2) reupholster and refinish the little bench move it to another room...then have a wide, tufted bench like this made in a smoke colored velvet to use in that place
3) replace the glass insert with mirror on the gold campaign coffee table
4) reupholster the scroll arm chair and the settee
Voila - welcome to my conundrum. The goal is to get a more cohesive look going here. That striped silk chair is pretty, but throws a wrench in my cool-toned color palette. It didn't look so gold on the web.
Check out my new lamp...shade was $10 at the Arteriors warehouse sale!!
View from the entry...
Dining room changes: hung mirror and chandelier, got new custom 72" round table (thanks to my in-laws), and put down new rug.
China cabinet that was a floor sample steal at Macy's. They sell a VERY similar one for much more $$ at Horchow.
Temple of Flora framed prints flank the mirror.
The "rug" is from FLOR in a pattern called Side by Side. I decided to try this instead of a normal rug because I could get the size just right for the table and it wasn't expensive. It comes in 19"x19" squares, so installing it tested my patience as it required lots of carpet knife usage (but that's because I chose to line up the stripes instead of doing it parquet-style like they recommend on the website). No pain no gain, right?
We substituted the white chandelier for this one from Z Gallerie...the white one is now in the breakfast area. I love how the inside of the shade is gold!
Now if Restoration Hardware would get their shit together and deliver my chairs, then I'll be pleased as punch. I ordered the chairs last September and they've been backordered TWICE. As you can imagine, RH is #1 on my list of disappointing retailers right now.