Wednesday, January 22, 2014

MY VISION

There should probably be a rule that prohibits posting a new mood board until you have actually implemented your previously posted mood board.  But, there are so many things I want to do in this condo that I just have to go where my energy takes me.  And right now, that's straight to my living room. 

Living Room Ideas - with walls

Living Room Ideas - with walls by sargeincharge

  My living room has been troubling me.  I like certain elements, but it is just not coming together the way I had envisioned.  The TV corner still needs help, but I realized the biggest problem was literally the biggest thing in the room- our chocolate brown monstrosity of a sofa.  Matt bought it when he lived with a couple other guys, and it was perfect for them.  It was also fine in the den of our old apartment.  But in our current apartment, it is too dark, too deep, and too square.  It just is not working.

Lately, my tastes have been shifting.  While I used to love clean-lined, mid-century everything, I have developed a new appreciation for more traditional styles.  And right now, the dining area of the apartment is all antiques (which I inherited from my grandmother and drove all the way from Toledo in a cargo van rented from the gas station on the corner- how did I forget to blog about that saga?) and then the living area is all mid-century with sharp angles.  The right sofa could serve as a bridge. 

I started browsing sofas (by browsing I mean that I devoted a minimum of three days of my life to obsessively researching sofa styles and manufacturers) and realized that I was drawn to the kind of sofa I never would have liked before: soft, slipcovered, with a more curved/traditional shape.  Once I figured that out, my whole vision for the living room snapped into focus!  A slipcovered linen sofa could soften all the hard angles going on in the living area, and work with the base color of the rug.  It is the answer to all my problems, and now I cannot wait until we are ready to buy one.

You might also be wondering about the (possibly Milo Baughman?!) chrome and glass coffee table.  It is from my parent's old house in Indiana and has been sitting in Matt's childhood bedroom for two years now.  Because that is normal.  Anyways, I haven't used it because I was afraid of mixing the chrome with all of the brass I have going on in the room.  And that is just dumb.  There is no reason that the chrome cannot play nicely with our brass lamps/accessories and grey CB2 side tables, especially if I add a little silver elsewhere in room to make it look more intentional.  So it will be coming up to Chicago to bring a little "glam" to the living area.  I am so excited to use it. 

Have anyone else's tastes been moving in a more traditional direction?  It could just be that I am more aware of it now, but I have noticed a lot of stylish folks incorporating some traditional elements into more modern homes. 

9 comments:

  1. Yes, I am definitely more of a traditionalist as each year passes. I agree that the brown sofa is too dark in your current place. When in doubt, go with a neutral light color for the sofa if the walls and flooring have strong colors and/or patterns.

    All that chrome and glass freaks me out, but then again, I have two rambunctious boys. Someday, maybe, I'll get to have a grown up coffee table again.

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    1. Yup, neutral seems to be the way to go, with such intense walls and rug.

      My parents said the same- I think they had some sort of cushioning applied to the corners for a few years there!

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  2. I relate so much to shift from modern to traditional style. Dwell Studio and mid-century aesthetic was so cool in 2005 to me and it feels dated for some reason. Mostly not authentic. I am growing up and being done with hipster rendition of timeless. I have a cherry table made in VT that is aging well under the abuse of my kids and making me think of the rest of my home as needing similar timeless items.

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    1. I am not totally over the Dwell look and still love a lot of mid century... I think it needs to be tempered with some truly timeless pieces (like your table).

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  3. Mona, your comment made me laugh. I bought a mid-century sofa in 2005 and had it reupholstered in orange Maharam fabric. You can't get more Dwell than that. Granted, one of the legs is broken and it's always covered in a white Ikea bedspread because of cats and kids...I have a mix of mid-century authentic pieces and early 20thc shaker and craftsman things from New England flea markets. I'm just trying to find a way to work with the stuff I have. I'm a fan of the palimpsest method.

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    1. I think Shaker really works with mid-century. Two different ways of using clean lines... very palimpsest (had to look that up btw ;) ).

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  4. I LOVE that wall color and yes, go with that table, it totally works!

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  5. I like the wall color with cherry wood. I have a dark warm grey with my cherry wood but I like your blue grey better. I like mixing shaker with mid-century as an idea - That table will be set aside a little while with a first born learning to walk, you will not trust any cushioning. Also I have friends who bought a fabric couch hidden under a cover due to kids. I vote for leather that can be wiped clean and survive longer the abuse of a fun new family.

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    1. I am definitely considering a fairly light colored leather but am worried about dog scratches and dark denim staining. ugh! Can't win :)

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