Case in point: Our office/family room-this room is right off of our kitchen, holds the computer, has no TV...we actually spend lots of time in here. But there is ONE GLARING ISSUE....paneling....and I HATE it. And...it's not something easy to paint over. It's real wood...with deep deep holes(I just put a ruler in one and it's 3/4 in. deep)...like someone went out into our front yard, chopped down some trees, and immediately nailed them to our wall. I am a "light" person. I need light. I crave light. And these bad boys steal it from me on a daily basis. I think that is why I am always working on this room. It has been the number one decorating argument in my house. I say paint...hubby says NO WAY. Ironically enough, every person who walks through my door compliments this room...and I can't for the life of me figure out why. I think it may be the "cozy cabin vibe" that if gives off.
ANYWAY...we have lived here for almost five years, and every year this room has looked different.
Year 1: White walls above paneling. Desk for computer. No rug. No art.No lamps. One coffee table. Two white chairs from IKEA...and there were three of us..so it was a roll of the dice as to whether or not you even GOT to sit down.
Year 2: White walls above paneling are now painted taupe. White curtains. Same white chairs. Thrift store side table. Desk. No rug, art, or lamps.
Green rug. Red couch. Black and gold lamps. Gold curtains. Red star. Same white chairs.Too dark.(Hutt practicing the long jump. Mommy needs to clean.)
With the help of Melaine from mysweetsavannah.blogspot.com
I was able to lighten it up! She suggested painting the paneling(yea!) so I told Brian that SHE thought it would be a good idea. He actually kinda agreed and we put it on our list. Then as the list grew...he took it back off :(
Year 5: I decided that I want more color. It may be because this has been a LONG winter for us southern folk and I'm craving bright colors, or it may just be that my style is changing. Again. Either way, today the room looks like this.
And I think I'll keep it. For a few months anyway...
PS. There is a lot more to this story but for some dang reason this post has taken me entirely too long to write and I need a glass of wine...because ladies and gentlemen...it's Friday!! Cheers!
*****Update! We have decided after looking at this picture that the gold frame is going to become white...the gold brings out the wood trim which is what I am trying to avoid! HA! Off to The Home Depot...picture later!