When I learned that Julia from Hooked on Houses was hosting a Freaky House Photo Friday, I knew I found my destiny. Finally an opportunity for the un-styled and ugly to shine! We all have our place in this world and frankly, I get worn out looking at all of your perfect homes and rooms. Blogland is filled with some of the best decorators and housekeepers on earth, but we can’t all be Martha. I’ve tried.
As most of you know, the FringeFamily moved into a ‘new’ house last August. We’ve been slacking working feverishly to beautify our world, but our house is just not ripped from the pages of Architectural Digest or Country Living. I’m slowly coming to terms with that. I’m also going to ask for your help…your ideas…your know-how, because I know you know how.
Let’s begin with the evolution of my living room.
This is our living room on closing day. Paneling, drop ceiling, nasty foul-smelling carpet that maybe someone died on, and a crack smoking mirror – love at first sight.
For some unknown reason, God did not wire me with common sense. Any woman in her right mind would have shuddered in horror, fired her realtor, and taken a therapuetic shopping trip. I began stripping the walls .
Underneath the paneling, I found layers of wallpaper dating back to Paul Revere. Well, maybe not that far, but there were a lot of layers.
The neighbor’s kids thought I was wrecking the house and for a brief moment, I thought they might be right.
In an effort to spare future generations great agony, I vowed never to use wallpaper.
Eventually my labor paid off and I birthed a clean, if somewhat sterile room.
Unfortunately the hardwood floors could not be salvaged, so I painted them. WHITE. Only paint your floors white if you intend to cut off your feet. Magazines lie. A white floor could even cause Martha to yell uncle.
This is where I need your help. I took this photo today, so it’s as current as it gets. I even scrubbed that floor on my hands and knees before snapping this picture, but of course you can’t tell. There are some things that I love about this living room and some things that I hate.
Where do I start?
Friends just reconfigured their living space and gave us their extra futon. We are overjoyed considering we’ve been without a couch for nine months because I sold our couch prior to moving. Notice all the furniture is mismatched? That happens when you shop in other people’s garbage heaps, but I am open to painting anything and everything.
First I think the frames on the Norman Rockwell prints need to be painted black. Do you agree?
We intend to build bookcases into the wall flanking either side of this mantle. I think it will give it more presence. It will also house a flat screen TV. Eventually even we will need to move out of the 80’s.
I desperately want to add some aqua blue and red into this room. I know it’s ridiculous and I’m trying to resist, but it is very difficult. I think a solid light color futon cover would brighten up the room, and a few aqua and red flowered brightly colored pillows would perk things up. Should I paint all the tables to match each other?
The other issue is that I centered all the furniture on the fireplace and not on the windows. Is that right or wrong? When it’s centered on the windows, you feel completely off-balance when sitting on the furniture, because you are then looking at a cock-eyed fireplace. Does that make any sense?
And yes, the curtains pull back. I’m not sure why I didn’t open them for the pictures.
So how do I make the space a little more cohesive without spending much money?
AND, how do I add a little aqua blue and red without looking ridiculous?
I don’t ask much of you, do I? Please help my freaky room this Friday! Any and all comments and suggestions are welcome.
For an update on the room, click HERE! Go see my new & improved look. 🙂