Our guest room is thisclose to completion, but while we wait for the final pieces to fall together, let’s switch gears to the living room – a room that, for the most part, could be considered complete, but let’s be honest, this is us.
Maybe it’s because we started by selecting pieces and color schemes that were outside of our comfort zone, but every purchase for the room (and that includes the dining area, too) feels so difficult! To be honest, I’ve been feeling a little meh on the paint color (is it too blue?! I ask Scott way, way too much), and I’ve already started some tweaks to the gallery wall. We love our desk-turned-media center, but since Day 1, we’ve been itching to add a stone top (we think?) to provide a bit of weight and contrast. And although we’ve enjoyed the process of pushing our limits, choosing bold colors and wholeheartedly giving in to our crush on brass, I’d be amiss not to admit that there’s something missing. Something we just can’t quite put our finger on.
One of our biggest challenges has been finding appropriate end tables for our big, hunky couch. We do have this cute guy, but coming in at around 18″ tall, it quickly turned into a placeholder. The arms of our sofa are a good 30″ off the floor, and everything we’ve found at flea markets, yard sales or in store has been too shrimpy. And then one day, I was reading this post by The Hunted Interior, and it hit me! We’ve been going about it all wrong!
In said post, Kristin picked up a large round table to offset the tall arms of her furniture. Not only would the same idea fill the corner of our living room perfectly, it would bring in a bit of height to an otherwise empty, awkward space! I showed Scott, and he agreed. We pulled up Craigslist and searched “bistro table,” which brought up a newly listed 30″ (wide and tall) marble top. A beauty! Look!
A few emails back and forth between the seller had us picking up our new end table shortly thereafter, and we love, love, love it.
The veining in the marble is spot on, and it mimics our marble tiled entryway beautifully. The heavy iron base was a bit chipped, and although we considered keeping it that way, it ended up feeling a bit too shabby (chic?) in our space. Two quick coats of Clark+Kensington’s Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! (you know we dig it) polished it right up.
We laid an acrylic tray on top to corral a freshly potted ZZ plant, soon-to-be coasters (we re-ordered these guys, as our original Watsons served as CC’s lunch) and a framed photo. Remember when we said it’d be fun to have a demolition photo in every room?
The other side of the sofa is still sporting the mini table, as well as our subwoofer (we ran the cables along our baseboards using these), but we’re thinking it’ll get nixed for something similar – and preferably something with four legs, so the subwoofer can tuck beneath it.
In the meantime, we’ve been waffling on a few dining room rugs, feeling stunted on which direction we want to go. Do we want to bring in color to balance out the living room? Or less color to keep things from feeling too wild? I’m strangely leaning towards an overdyed pink (because my goodness, pink + navy, you guys!), but is that just crazy? Go big or go… home?