I will say this: Tyler's opinion of how the finished spaces look is important ... and you draw your own conclusion, and I'm sure you'll get there.
I asked him what he thought, and he answered: "Design isn't my thing, you're amazing at what you do - just do what you think is best." I mean, come on! I suppose that's true for some people, but I wasn't taking that as a final answer. I started showing him rooms from the many interior design coffee table books that I have laying all over the apartment right now. Watching him ooo and ahh over different rooms was really helping me to understand his design mind, one he thought he didn't have. And what's great about his design mind is that it's drawn naturally to calm, neutral spaces.
So, needing a break from wasting my time painting with what is essentially milk disguised as paint, I started looking at inspiration pics, and these were some of the favorites:
Design by Lisa Luby Ryan, her vacation home in Delaware. Soft white walls, linen curtains, and linen slipcovered furniture. Beautiful.
Design by Melanie Turner. Soft white walls, linen curtains, and linen slipcovered furniture. Hmm, are we seeing a pattern here?
Design by Brooke and Steve Giannetti. Soft white walls, linen curtains, and linen slipcovered furniture.
Now, don't expect the living room at the apartment to come out looking like any of these rooms. I'm telling you right now, it won't. But, they do provide a high level of inspiration and that's always helpful.
What we will likely end up with will be something more like this:
Keep watching, you'll see it all play out! And if you haven't already followed me on instagram, you're missing my melt down videos!
P.S., Quick answers to some questions:
1. Do you regret selling your things?
No. Absolutely not. Life is too short to have regrets about stuff, and I enjoy this - for as much as I lament over it and make fun of it, putting together new spaces (even in the same old space) brings me a lot of joy. So, no - no regrets.
2. Will you work the blue into the new neutral theme?
No. I mean, luckily I didn't get too much blue stuff. The sofa will be slipcovered in a new slip, and the walls as you know are already going back to white. The fabric I had bought for curtains, etc., will be sold off or used in another project. The only thing that I have that's blue and will stay is the Hermes throw. But, I'm pretty sure that's going in the media room. Stay tuned!
3. Are you crazy?
Probably. Do crazy people ever really know that they're crazy? Here's what I do know, I'm having fun, and I'm happy!
4. Will you talk about the fireplace?
Yes! Actually, I have planned a post about that and why I made the decision to do it. I can't really give you a DIY instructional unfortunately, but I can tell you the steps that I took. Keep a look out for that post once I get the painting finished.
5. Are you selling anything?
I am! I'm selling the old chandelier from the dining room (if you're interested let me know and I can get you photos and dimensions) and I'm still selling off art! So, send me an email if you've got interest in those things. I'm hoping that I'll have everything pulled together and I'll have another small sale (fabric, books, art, and decor) on the blog in July/August.
Have a great long holiday weekend!