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This great room/dining room needs some spice! Please help!

posted by: snickysnacker on 01.03.2012 at 02:42 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Hi all! Recently bought a new home and have begun furnishing it. We are saving for a new media console to put into the alcove where our TV is now. My problem is and has always been accessorizing. I just dont have the eye for it that many of you do! Please help.
Should I put up curtain panels to gives some interest to the room? It seems bland. I'm stumped by these ceilings which are 33ft high. Since the family room and dining room are joined, if I used curtains in FR, I'd have to put the same ones up in DR also,right? Additionally, the dining room rug (bought from overstock) also is a little blah. Definitely less colorful in real life. Should have returned it but didnt. Can I pull some color out of it for curtain panels or other accessories?
The clock above fireplace definitely looks too small but I already had it. Lastly, attached open kitchen is BM Hancock Grey so there is an olive tone going on in there.
Suggestions greatly appreciated!! Help :(
This needs some interest

overstock rug


clipped on: 01.18.2012 at 08:19 pm    last updated on: 01.18.2012 at 08:20 pm

RE: window treatment for these windows (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: johnmari on 12.12.2009 at 10:42 pm in Home Decorating Forum

My sympathies regarding your family tragedy, what a horrible thing to endure. I don't know if you are looking to distract yourself with the decorating, but here's an unsolicited comment you are more than welcome to ignore, but it is meant in a caring way: it is often recommended that one not make major changes and decisions (especially those involving significant financial expeditures) for several months to a year after such a drastic occurrence. As you said yourself, you're not thinking straight at all, and as others have noted, good-quality WTs for that many windows would likely be costly. Having to do it over in a year or two when you've gotten your head back on a little straighter because you made some, shall we say, sub-optimal decisions while you weren't thinking clearly is even more expensive, and does nothing for one's emotional balance.

But anyway, enough of the armchair psychology and back to the decorating. :-) Speaking for myself, however, if I were starting from scratch and did not already have an inspiration object such as a fabric, rug, or artwork (I've decorated an entire apartment starting from one smallish painting) I would likely start at the floor and work upward... I would first look for two rugs, one for the dining area and one to anchor the living-room area. Complementary in color and pattern, but NOT matching. One wonderful thing about a nice traditional rug is that it usually gives you quite a few colors to use throughout the room to tie everything together nicely and avoid monotony. Do you have any existing furniture you plan to use besides the dining set? Existing upholstered furniture may need to be your starting point, driving your rug choice rather than vice versa. Once the furniture is selected, at least the big pieces (and given the small space you have available for the living room, I'd probably be thinking a couch and two or even four not-too-large chairs rather than the ordinary and "expected" matching couch and loveseat), then I'd go for those window treatments.

I agree that a raw silk (or even a really good lined faux-silk) or linen would be beautiful, but I'd also consider non-bulky panels in a monochromatic/tone-on-tone pattern like a subtle woven stripe, jacquard, tonal embroidery or even a relatively unfussy damask-ish pattern, with sheers beneath since it doesn't look like you have knockout views to preserve. There are a lot of very big windows there and a multicolored pattern could be overwhelming indeed, but IMO a tone-on-tone pattern would have more visual interest than big solid blocks of plain fabric, especially if you also chose solids for your furniture. (I think a mixture of solids and patterns is nicest for a room of upholstered furniture, but that's me.) Many people consider matching the draperies to the wall color to be a very elegant look, and I think that that understated style might go over very well in this room because of the sheer number and size of the windows. A higher-contrast WT could make for a somewhat choppy look.

Unless they came from the factory already treated, consider having UV-filtering film applied to those upper windows that will not have window treatments, to keep the sun from fading your rugs and furniture, cut down glare, and minimize heat gain in summer. Any glass company can do it, just look in the yellow pages under "glass".

Are those pocket French doors? Delicious! Another unsolicited notion... One thing to keep in the back of your mind is something big to go on that high triangular wall above them. Perhaps a fabric wallhanging, a not-too-heavy metalwork piece, or a large stretched-canvas painting rather than a bulky framed item. You don't have a lot of wall space to display artwork on, especially the larger pieces that this soaring space merits (bitsy little pictures in a large open space like this just look timid, and grouping together a bunch of little things can look very cluttered) - that spot and the small wall to the left of the spiral staircase are pretty much it, and if you're planning a television in this room that little wall is really the only sensible spot for it (ideally a wall-hung flat-panel, if you have the budget for it, with a lovely console table underneath to hold components and decorative items).


clipped on: 12.13.2009 at 07:40 pm    last updated on: 12.13.2009 at 07:40 pm

RE: window treatment for these windows (Follow-Up #12)

posted by: parma42 on 12.12.2009 at 11:04 am in Home Decorating Forum

Tish has a good idea with the raw silk.

Your chandelier and DR set are gorgeous, as are the rest of your spaces. Treating all the windows with sheers would be inexpensive but not a good look for your home, IMO. They wouldn't give you any privacy, either, if that's a concern.

Something like the panels I've linked would be understated but still important enough for their surroundings.

Also, are the walls painted already?

Here is a link that might be useful: Raw Silk


clipped on: 12.12.2009 at 11:39 am    last updated on: 12.12.2009 at 09:33 pm

RE: Help! Please give me suggestions for this job! (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: oakleyok on 12.12.2009 at 12:02 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Oh beacu, I'm so sorry. I know it's hard to focus on anything else right now.

What I'd do is make a list of furniture you need now. Sofa, chairs, end tables, coffee table, sofa table, bookshelf, etc.

That's what I did when we built our new room. Take the list to a good furniture store and pick the sofa first, and go from there.

Sometimes furniture stores have a really nice arrangement of rooms which will give you great ideas, mainly because they have their in-house designer decorating the store.

After the sofa choice, pieces usually fall into place very quickly.

By the way, that is a gorgeous room you have! Lots of space and light.


clipped on: 12.12.2009 at 08:49 pm    last updated on: 12.12.2009 at 08:49 pm

RE: Help! Please give me suggestions for this job! (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: kiko on 12.12.2009 at 12:12 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I'm so sorry you lost your granddaughter.

Your new space is beautiful. Have you found any "inspiration" pictures for your new space? I assume you are keeping your dining set and chandelier. Do any of these looks appeal to you?


clipped on: 12.12.2009 at 08:10 pm    last updated on: 12.12.2009 at 08:10 pm

RE: window treatment for these windows (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: tishtoshnm on 12.11.2009 at 10:41 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I wonder if sheers would be too light in this room. You may need something with a little more presence If you do not want something to ornate or flashy, raw silk or solid linen drapes could be a possibility. You could start looking at Country Curtains, Restoration Hardware, J.C. Penney, Pottery Barn, etc.

If the drapes are not making a statement, I would probably wait to pick them out after you have picked other fabrics for the room or an inspiration piece (nice rug, etc.). It is a lovely room.


clipped on: 12.12.2009 at 11:26 am    last updated on: 12.12.2009 at 11:26 am

RE: Education on Furniture Brands (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: cezzz on 12.08.2009 at 08:03 am in Furniture Forum

I'm not looking at brands, I'm looking for the quality and price. Many site offers good furniture quality for just an affordable price. When I'm buying furniture, I'm searching at the web and I'm not sticking to only one I'm always searching for the best.

Here is a link that might be useful: Living Room Furniture


clipped on: 12.09.2009 at 07:14 pm    last updated on: 12.09.2009 at 08:06 pm

Education on Furniture Brands

posted by: beacu on 12.04.2009 at 08:38 pm in Furniture Forum
I need to educate myself on furniture brands... Any help on how to go about doing it... What are some of the 'good' furniture brands out there?
I am looking to furnish my new living/dining room. I would like to go traditional, but more of a classic, relaxed look.
I need:
-window treatments
I have seen some pieces I like on the Bassett Furniture website... Does anyone have any experience with them?
I have posted some pictures on the above website...

Here is a link that might be useful: Picture Hosting


clipped on: 12.09.2009 at 08:04 pm    last updated on: 12.09.2009 at 08:04 pm

RE: Mudroom locker systems from cabinet companies? (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: nesez on 11.06.2007 at 09:11 am in Building a Home Forum

I've received a couple of emails asking about the locker system my husband built (red one)

It is approx 66 3/4 inches wide and 25 1/2 inches deep. The four dividers are approx 11 1/2 deep and 16 1/4 wide.

My husband built it himself using cabinet grade 3/4 inch plywood with veneer facing (available at hom depot), and the backing is 2 sheets of 4x8 bead board. With paint and all materials (drawer glides, plywood, bead board, and trim )it cost about $150-175.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to email.


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clipped on: 01.26.2009 at 08:56 pm    last updated on: 01.26.2009 at 08:56 pm