I’m still playing catch up with the Style Cure assignments.
Monday’s assignment was to sit quietly in the room I want to change for 10 minutes and simply observe and make note of what I think is working and what I would like to change.
Things I like:
- The corner where we have Juan’s guitar and a print from our Italy trip hanging on the wall. It just works.
- Our bookcases. I worked on them several months ago and am still happy with how they look. I do think that the lower right hand side has too much white going on and feels sterile compared to the rest. Maybe mix that up a bit?
- A new little painting I made based on this piece I saw on Etsy.
Things I don’t like:
- All in the same photo:
- The mirror over the couch. It does nothing to bring in the light from the windows and instead reflects an uninspiring view of the TV and credenza.
- The large framed Venice print. I liked it a lot when we first got it and now I just can’t stand it. Plus when I see it I remember how rainy and cold our visit to Venice was. It was romantic in its own way, but nothing like the photo. Which only makes me feel like it is telling a lie.
- Our coffee table. Specifically, its hard edges and general baby-unfriendliness. I think it goes great with the rug, but not with the baby.
- The lighting. Currently, the only non-natural light comes from the fixture on the ceiling. We need lamps.
- Javi’s giant play yard. It’s not pretty, but it is a functional and necessary part of our lives for this season. And I can always fold it up when we have people over. Same goes for the bouncing seat hanging in the doorway to the kitchen.
Wednesday’s assignment was to take measurements of the room and furniture.
I started using MagicPlan on my phone, but things were a little off so I ended up going the old fashioned pen, paper & measuring tape route and then adjusting the MagicPlan measurements to get this final result:
I like the overall layout of the room (which is good because I don’t think anything else would work.)
Before the Rug
I’ve wanted to get more seating in the living room, but I also like how open the space feels right now. But maybe with a smaller (round?) coffee table, we could add a chair by the couch without disrupting the flow too much.
More good news? We can definitely fit a larger dining table!
Right now, sitting down for a meal means crowding all of our plates, cups, etc. to one edge of the little table to keep them out of grabbing range.
I’m thinking a long rectangular wooden table, matched with our current Eames knockoff chairs.