Here is the before again:
Here is the main inspiration for this room- I fell in love with these here curtains from PB. I typically make my own curtains- but I decided to splurge on these bad boys- and I'm glad I did- they changed the whole look of the room!
The round tables are something we got years ago at a hotel liquidation sale. They are so cool, right? Probably one of my favorite pieces in the house- but they are VERY heavy!
We need a rug in this new seating area- maybe later in the year...
This is one of my favorite family pictures- it's of Donell's mother as a baby- with her parents and brother.
I love the way my paintings look on the gray walls
The children love the new setup as well- they can chase each other in circles around the chairs!- ahhhh, if they were always this easily entertained- my life would be so much easier!
Not sure what we are doing with the mantle at this point- this is one of those year or more projects. We really want a whole new mantle- but this one is fine for the time being.
I decided to paint the whole mantel wall white, along with the brick surround and the wood- makes it a little less awkward (it's currently a floating shelf, with a gap of wall between it and the cheesy molding that was tacked up around a brick fireplace surround.
The artwork on the mantel is all mine- the blue figure sculpture is from a college figure modeling class (I stained it with blue shoe polish:), the piece on the left is a large etching I made in college (it's an abstract representation of a Gauguin painting of a Tahitian woman holding a mango), and the one on the right is a little watercolor I did from a photograph of a mud hill in the painted dessert (D and I stopped there on our way cross country- I spent a semester in Arizona in college).
I would like something large and not made by me for this space- I'm still looking...
Oh- and this little kitty on the wall is a paint drip from the original coat of paint that was done a couple years ago- my dad (professional painter) came in the day after the amatures and noticed the drip- and popped it off with his putty knife- well it came off in this exact shape- I HAD TO LEAVE IT!
This is me and D's little "shrine". It's my favorite wedding picture taken by my girl Kel- and the little blue vase has purple sand from the beach where D proposed to me, and pieces of coral from our honeymoon in Aruba that we smuggled back.
You might have noticed all of the french doors (which I LOVE), but the trim is really shabby- which I DO NOT LOVE- since I am the only painter in the house. VERY tedious work- but I will get it done!
and- I'll leave you with a picture of my little drama-queen. Sad because Mosie took a bite of her fruit leather- gotta love little brothers:) How I wish she still napped- days like this she could really use one!
What do you think of the new space??? I'd love to hear your thoughts!