Sunday, June 28, 2009


we got our new couches
we love them


i am not a great interior decorator

not since highschool anyway
ever since i've outgrown Ricky Schroder and Kirk Cameron posters
my decorating skillz have gone out the window !


i'm after some help

what should we do ???????

all suggestions are welcome

we're thinking a rug
but what color ?

do we do a coffee table ?
what shape ?
timber ?
glass ?


this is what it looks like now
the pile in the corner of the couch that i did not straighten for the photo
contains the afghan my grandma knitted for us
two brown pillows and one pillow covered in an african pillow case
i like it and i could get more but will they go with the colors of the painting ?
does it matter ?
do we go with other color pillows ?
what color ?
more than one color ?

see .... no interior decorating sense.
and for the record
for those of you who don't see me in 'the real world'
i have no fashion sense either.
it's true.
but very true


here's a couple of different views of the room the couches are in.
it's a big room.
the piece in the corner that you can see in the top, right photo is going to move
out of the corner and onto the wall between where it is now and the table
we will probably fill the corner with plants.

and i really need to get some stuff hung on the walls
but we were waiting for the couches ...


here's a close up for you to see the color of the material ...
and the cushions we had on the old couch, which is now in my garage studio !! :)
the kids are happy because they can comfortably sit and watch me paint now !

anyway ... help me out here people !! any ideas ?!?!


Mari June 28, 2009 at 8:26 PM  

I'm no decorator either but I think you need a rug. I do love the cut and pasted picture though!

A Captured Reflection June 29, 2009 at 5:25 AM  

Nice to see more of your home :-) Lovely couches. Yes definately a rug, something with earthy tones that pick up the colours in your painting and blend with the other interior colours. Maybe a neutralish rug with a gentle pattern (maybe some lines or swirls in it) with red, blue and brown?

A couple of houseplants, that flourish of green with beautiful pots which again pick out the colour of your painting would
'knit' this lovely room together too.

Looks pretty. What do you reckon? IKEA trip time?

jane June 29, 2009 at 6:35 AM  

oh those a really nice. i´m in the midst of trying to convince jorge that we need a new sofa... i´ll keep you posted. i think a coffee table is a good idea. maybe in dark wood.?. i really have no idea also. it would be like the blind leading the blind. but i do love what you´ve done so far!:)

Cheri June 29, 2009 at 7:26 AM  

I totally agree that you need a big rug with some of the colors of the painting to draw everything together.

T'lia June 29, 2009 at 8:37 AM  

If it were me, I probably wouldn't put the couches against the walls- just cause it keeps the room really big. It might be nice to have one in the 'middle-ish' of the room, against the dining table. But obviously not AGAINST it- just in that area. That way you create more of a new space.

I know that leaves a blank space against the wall, but it might be nice to put a complimenting painting against that, or in the future get a cabinet to display some items in...

I think the painting will look GREAT there! And a nice timber coffee table, with a rug underneath would be brilliant.

I'd choose one colour from the painting, and use that as the main colour of the rug. Possibly the blue.

Khrista June 29, 2009 at 2:13 PM  

I hope Rachel visits... :) She has great decorating sense! I WILL have her help me decorate when we buy a house! :) I think the painting is going to look fabulous over the couch! Can't wait to see this room come together!

Kayren June 30, 2009 at 3:47 AM  

I would probably have the sofas face each other. If you have room, take the one off the door wall and have it back to the counter area, leaving a walk space. If not, I'd take the sofa off the picture wall (leaving the picture) and have it face the other one. Then you can do a rug in between with a coffee table on it. I'd do a wood in the same tones as the wood in your kitchen that I saw on the half counter wall.

For the rug I wouldn't go too busy because of your painting...maybe some large block square pattern in colors to match the painting. I think you need color because of all the neutral in the room. I think swirls and pattern would be fighting against your beautiful painting.

I think you said you were moving some things over to that other blank wall, like the shelf that was by the glass door. I would do that, and maybe have another matching or coordinating rug in front of that door. It could be smaller, or a runner.

I said all that and I'm no decorator either. :)

Demara June 30, 2009 at 5:54 AM  

Nice large room!! I did up some colors for you in photoshop [link below] let me know what you think?

I would also recommend putting a floral tropical plant in the corner of the couches. with an end stand [to put your tea on].

A rug might be good too, but I don't think it's necessary [although it would make the room look a lot smaller/cozier].

If you do get a rug make sure it's a solid plain design. That painting [not sure what it will look like but if it has all those colors in it] it is very busy! And so is the Africa pillow [I would have one or the other in that room] the couch's new color I gave it ties those two busy colors together I think though.

So if you were to get a rug it should be a nice dark green to match the walls! And if you get a coffee table or end tables they should be a nice creme color to match your wall trim.

Plus if you could find a tropical plant that had nice creme flowers that would tie the whole room together.

Thank-you for letting me have some fun with your room! :) Hope I helped some what.

The Room Revamped :)

Demara June 30, 2009 at 5:58 AM  

Oh the brown pillows I changed to a dark green to match the ceiling color.

When the wall paint is darker it tends to make the room look smaller and therefore cozier.

I chose that color for the couches because it's a mix of the red and yellow in the Africa pillow.

And plus I think that creme colored afgan looks REALLY nice with that color on the couch!

For paintings, or wall hangings, I'd go with creamy pastels, or black and whites.

Aw this was so much fun!! lol THX again.

Demara June 30, 2009 at 6:02 AM  

Oh and btw I'd paint that drk brown wooden slab that segregates the sitting area from the kitchen the same sage green I made the walls in my revamped photo...just so that all of the sitting area is peaceful.

Palmer and Co June 30, 2009 at 7:14 AM  

What a great space!! Those couches look super comfy... good purchase. Hhhmmm...

I would do a wood table. I'm not a fan of glass due to the pure fact that, well, it's glass and the fingerprints.

I would for sure to a rug. It would help define that area. Kind of like an anchor.

The painting is going to be killer there!! I would pull colors from it that you like for pillows, rug, etc to pull it all together.

Maybe play around with the placement of the couches and see what feels best. It looks like a big space with many options.

How fun!! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

malo June 30, 2009 at 7:43 AM  

Great sofas and floors and I love the painting. The color that comes to my mind is green in different tones. Dark green, moss green and lime. And some balc and white too. A big carpet an a round coffee table in dark wood. Some lighting and maybe a small table besides the sofa fronting the camera.

Stacy July 1, 2009 at 7:49 AM  

Okay, the first thing is what STYLE do YOU like. I could give you suggestions all day, but in the end you have to live there. Are you a modern lover, you want to use the African pillow as a base?

The couches will pretty much go with anything, so decide what you want to center the room around and design from there. Pick a color or two from the painting or the pillow and then use it for the walls.

Once you have the color scheme and the style chosen, go to some antique stores or discount ones and try to find something that will go with it.

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