When it comes to decorating, I am inept. No, really, I have no skill in this area. My history is full of ideas that didn’t pan out. When we were newly married, I would buy little things that I liked for our apartment and eventually, I would have a room full of things that I liked, but a cluttered room that, as a whole, I didn’t like. When we moved into this house 4 years ago, I thought this would be my chance – it was pretty much a blank slate – most of the rooms hadn’t been painted in the 12 years since it was built. But, knowing my decorating history, I decided hiring a decorator would be better in the long run. In the last 2 years, she’s come over 3 times – mostly to pick out paint colors, give me ideas of what to do, etc. You’d think that I’d learn a few things here and there, but still, I remain unable to put together a room that I like. Case in point: a few weeks ago, I made these pillows out of Amy Butler’s Sunbloom fabric.They went well with my couch, I thought, but that was where my thought ended. I really didn’t know where to go from there. In walks my friend Lizzie one day and she says, “So what are you going to do to pull the blue out of your cushions?” First I thought, “What is she talking about?” then I thought, “She’s brilliant!” I finally had a direction for my living room. I started looking around for blue stuff and noticed that there is blue stuff EVERYWHERE these days, and not just blue stuff, but stuff that is both blue AND green. I got these vases for my mantel,
and a king size quilt which I cut in half and bound with Sunbloom fabric on the cut side. I considered, for a brief moment, making my own quilts, but this color was just perfect, and I couldn’t have made quilts for cheaper. AND, because blankets on the back of my couch NEVER stay put, I hung them on a massive wall that currently has nothing else on it. They are functional as well, since I often get cold at night just sitting on the couch.
The walls are green like the couch, btw, bad picture.
The room isn’t done, but I’m becoming more and more happy with it. Maybe some neutral curtains, a basket by the mantel with a Sunbloom liner…one day maybe, just maybe, no one will be able to notice that I don’t know what I’m doing. Thanks Lizzie!