Franz's mom was an artist. She painted. We got to see lots of her pieces when we took a trip back east before we were married. Each of the relatives has something she painted. We are lucky enough to have this gorgeous peacock piece:
Now that I have my inspiration piece, I can start looking at the rest of the room. Franz and I both prefer a cool color palette over a warm one. We really like blues and greens, and we both love the beach and ocean. Another reason to keep our existing drapes, carpet and wall color- they remind us of a warm sandy beach and provide a good neutral background so I can integrate some bold blues and greens into the room.
Here are some pictures of rooms that I've ripped out of magazines because I loved them so much. With this first picture, I love the chunky wood table. The wood grain is amazing, the large colored vases, the natural elements (bamboo curtain rods, linen looking drapes, twigs in the vase, large clam shell bowl).
|Better Homes and Garden August 2010|
|Coastal Living June 2011|
|Coastal Living, not sure what month or year|
Okay, back to reality. Here's the floorplan:
The major project I would like to accomplish is the tv wall. As a reminder, here's what it currently looks like:
|Family Circle January 2011|
I've spent the weekend stalking Craigslist for some kind of credenza but didn't have much luck. I think I may have found some dining chairs though...I'll keep you posted.
For those of you with kids, do you have concealed toy storage in the living room? Does it help reduce the clutter? Which do you like better for our space- option #1 with the shelves, or option #2 with the picture gallery? Either way, I'm just really excited and looking forward to making this a space that all four of us can enjoy.