Are you ready for another confession? I am horrible with decorating. It is true, I do not have the faintest idea how to decorate my home. Yes, at Christmas and Halloween I rock at decorating; but any other time of the year my house is embarrassing. Presently our house is somewhere between a frat house and grandma’s house where nothing makes sense. We have little to nothing in some rooms and items that make no sense in another room.
Sure, I could leave it as it and not worry. It is mine and Lynden’s home, so as long as we are comfortable does it matter? He accepted a long time ago that my DNA includes a strand commonly called “Decorative-Challenge.” Unlike his mother and sisters, I have no idea how to decorate. His mother should have been an interior designer; I think I have mentioned this in a past post. Seriously, she does an amazing job and inspires me to improve how I style my home.
At the beginning of this year, I made it my goal to improve my home’s style. Inside style that is, sorry dear neighbors my yard will still look poorly maintained. Maybe next year, or in a few years when we have the necessary funds, we will tackle the yard to improve its appearance. Trust us, we both want to, but neither of us has green thumbs. Anyway, at the beginning of the year, I wanted to work towards making my home look pretty. The first area I planned to tackle was the front room. I hate when people come to the front door!
The room is a small boxcar greeting area, long and rectangular with suffocating walls. Lynden and I have discussed trying to open up the room, but it would involve breaking the bricks from the old coal furnace. Again, lack of funds has us there. In addition to having an awkward shape, we have two doors on the same wall. I am sure back in 1950 this made sense; today in 2017 it does not. For the time being, we plan to leave the structure of the room as is and work on affordable improvements. My goal is to “spruce” up the room by Christmas.
Thinking of this room and necessary updates have given me anxiety over the past few months. Periodically I will find myself lying awake thinking, “well maybe this could happen, or perhaps that would help improve the room.” The other night as I ran through my laundry list of what is wrong with the room, I realized I slowly need to tackle my list. Therefore, I decided to create a post on what I think would bring these 1950s Living Area into the 21st century.
1. A Fresh Coat of Paint
This is a no-brainer, although surprisingly it is not first on my list. This room needs a fresh new coat of paint. The old, stale, white coat is unwelcoming. Perhaps years ago it was beautiful. Fast forward twenty or thirty years, the color is dull. I am still undecided on the exact shade I want to paint the room, but I do know I want a gray accent wall.
2. Updated Coffee Table
This odd-shaped table randomly made its way to our house about four years ago. One day I came home to find Lynden’s brother’s coffee table in our front room. Truthfully I am still a little lost on why it ended up with us. Did they mean to store it there until a later time but decided to get a new one? Or did they plan to give it to us? See, I do not remember, but now it belongs to us.
The table is solid and has potential. Yes, it has wears and tears thanks to Brayden; but with some TLC it could improve both the table and the room. My problem here is where to begin and what color to paint. Do I paint it all white to match the end tables? Or do I paint it white and stain it “honey pine” to match the small console table my mom and step-dad gave me for Christmas.
3. Coffee Table Décor
I honestly believe that a coffee table can make or break a room, just in case I did not already make that clear. How do you tackle the decorating of it? Do you make it functional; do you make it only stylish, do you just toss on it whatever you have on hand? I want this one to mainly focus on style. This room is hardly used, but when it is, we use it for casual conversation and relaxing. I know, I need to touch up the coffee table before I can even begin to style it; but that is the next area I want to tackle.
4. End Table Décor
I love these end tables. Ileen gave them to use when she gave use the couches years ago. I have somewhat improved the pile of junk that once sat underneath them. I purchased the storage bins from Walmart. Of course, as with other things, these may also rotate to the bedroom. Our closet does after-all need work, and these are a perfect size. I may purchase different ones to match the room. Who knows, but see what I mean, I am lost with decorating.
5. Finishing My Welcome Table
This is the beautiful console table I received for Christmas. I absolutely love having an extra place to store items. The only thing I need to tie it together is to hang up the mirror. My sister gave me the welcome sign years ago, and my friend Stephanie gave me the picture frame when my Yiayia passed away. As for the lamp and diffuser, I have to admit they came from Walmart. I know, please gasp in horror. Walmart is typically not my go to place to purchase decor, but these two items grabbed my attention. To complete this Welcoming Table, Lynden needs to hang up the mirror. We just are rarely in the room so I never think to remind him to hang it up.
6. Bookcase Update/Possible Reading Nook
Years ago when Lynden and I first moved in together my mom and Bill bought us this beautiful bookcase. I still love it, but I plan to move it into either the kitchen or if possible basement. Truthfully I think it would look beautiful somewhere in the “dining area” filled with cookbooks. Of course, that may actually look odd, so who knows.
Instead, I want to refinish my childhood bookcase. One day in preschool or kindergarten I came home to find my very own bookcase. All I remember about it is that I felt like Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I finally had a space to fill with all the wonderful books I would learn to read. Now, obviously I know how to read and I enjoy it, but if my past 30 years have taught me anything it is this, “I am a Lorelei and I watch way too many movies and read too few books!” Still, I think the old bookcase would look beautiful in chalk paint. Maybe white or maybe blue.
7. Wall Decor
My walls always remind me of that scene from the Grinch. You know what scene I am talking about, the one after he has stolen all three decorations from the home. Over the next few months, I hope to find a stunning canvas and to make a beautiful picture frame to place above the couch. Originally I debated having a gallery wall, like the one I put together for Christmas; after spending some time on Pinterest I have changed my mind. Hopefully, I can figure out some details and build my perfect frame.
8. Possible Faux or Electric Fireplace
This is a gathering room, yet it is missing one key element, a focal point. I am debating on whether or not an ideal focal point is a faux or electric fireplace. Any thoughts, no seriously I would appreciate some input here.
9. Couch Cleaning
“Look this couch, isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you say the colors are sweet?” Okay, I am a nerd; but I reference Belle above so why not sing Ariel’s melody. Truthfully I love these couches. Ileen gave us these couches before I even graduated from college. Everyone in the family loves them. We have loved them. The dogs have loved them. Shelby sleeps on them every time Ileen comes for a visit. I myself have slept on them several times. I love the pattern, but they are in need of a bath! It is a process to wash them, so hopefully, when I do I can avoid them bleeding. Also, there is a matching chair hanging out in my mom’s shed. I need to grab it, but it may or may not have mouse droppings on it. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to properly clean and sanitize furniture? Help! I think this chair would complement my bookcase.
10. Front Closet
This goal is simple. Lynden and I both want to upgrade the front closet. Take a sneak peek at what we plan to achieve.
So there you have it, ten reasons why my front room keeps me up at night. I am determined to improve the room. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Maybe by December, I will reach my goal. Wish me luck; this procrastinating, clueless decorator is going to need it!