Ok, I'm not done yet, so be gentle.
I told you the room was small. I am pretty happy with how things are coming together over all. I'm not so sure about the plant. That one was my husband's idea. I'm not a plant hater, I just don't like them in my house. I kill the suckers, for one. I've managed to kill a philodendron and a spider plant among many others. When you kill a philodendron you know you shouldn't have plants in your home. Reason two: I haven't the slightest idea how to use plants in decorating. Yes, I do intend to get the poor thing a real pot sometime before I kill it.
So here's the plan for what's coming up in the near future:
The squares on the left will be the handkerchief collection. The one on the right is my landscape photo. I have the large frame already for the right side of the room. It's painted deep turquoise and waiting for me to get the matting done. I've solved the cost issue with that so it should be done by next week. (If money and time come together correctly.) As you can see I also plan on new throw pillows for the couch. I was originally going to do cushions for the chairs as well, but I love the hand caning so much I'm not ready to hide it yet.
The rug is definitely too small. My solution for that is to sew a dark brown 12" burlap border all the way around it making the rug a 5'x7', which should be about right for the room.
The funky circles in the corner is my attempt to somehow visually compensate for the off center window. (And boy howdy, do I hate that off center window. There is no earthly reason for that window to be off center. None. Nada. No excuse. Just another reason to be annoyed with the people who owned this house before us. I could tell some stories . . . .) anyway, I'm thinking right now it would be fun to put brightly colored paper lanterns there, three or four to match the space. I'm also hoping to get the window trimmed out with moulding.
The little tables will be painted but I haven't settled on the color. Back when the walls were ugly beige I was sure I needed them to be a light color like white or golden yellow. Now that the walls are all light and bright, I'm kind of liking the dark brown. I think that will be the last decision I make in the room, because I just have no clue what to do with them. They do have to be painted though. The stain is pretty dated and scuffed and my children thought it would be fun to practice their knife work in the top. "Mr. Happy Face" just isn't something I want permanently on display in the room.
Farther into the future, we hope to lay down some kind of wood floor whether it be the real deal or laminate will be determined by budget. We're also planning on putting in a 5' set of French doors on the left. It would be positioned just out of the frame there. Then there's the three piece base moulding to match the living room and the crown moulding . . . .
There's always so much to do, but I'm so happy we're doing something. This project has got us talking about the rest of the house as well. Maybe in a year I'll have this house so cute I won't want to move.