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Does the art belong in this room ? Does the room work ?...
Xaloux
January 2, 2013 in Design Dilemma
This is a room in progress...I really liked this art but not sure if it'll go in the room. Originally I wanted to have a console on this wall and some art above the console and a tall tree on the right of the console and perhaps a chair on the left side - its a long empty wall at the moment. However the width of the art would far exceed the console I was looking at. Should this art stay or go ?

I am also adding a glass cofee table from Ethan Allen (http://www.ethanallen.ca/Rectangular-Heron-Coffee-Table/139270,en_CA,pd.html) and another small glass table between the two chairs, http://www.ethanallen.ca/Belle-Table/139283,en_CA,pd.html. These have been ordered. For the sofa end tables, I am considering this table from bombay: http://www.bombay.ca/product.php?productid=16227&cat=319 and the matching console for the bare wall. Does it all go together ?

Alternatively, should I drop the console idea and add a new seating arrangement with two chairs and a table in between with the art above ?

I really appreciate any advice I can get!
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Xaloux
Another view of the room
January 2, 2013 at 6:11pm   
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Home Preppers
I don't like the art with the rug.
January 2, 2013 at 6:19pm     
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Xaloux
Does it look too busy ? Do you think this art goes better ? http://www.bouclair.com/products/Wall-Decor-6/Blue-112/Wall-art-p13608/?pstart=1
January 2, 2013 at 6:21pm   
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anthip
The sofa, chairs and glass/brass tables you've chosen all look good with the rug as does the art work above the sofa. I'm not sure I like the heavier wooden furniture with it all. And I really don't like the first piece of art. The other one has the right colours but it's not my sort of thing. Have you tried Etsy?
January 2, 2013 at 6:27pm     
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Xaloux
Yeah, I am not completely sold on the wooden tables which is why I wanted to put it out to you all to get your perspectives. Thank you for sharing yours! I live in Toronto, Canada and don't believe we have an Etsy here.
January 2, 2013 at 6:31pm   
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Home Preppers
much better and the colors look right....well, as best one can tell online.
January 2, 2013 at 6:32pm   
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anthip
It's a web based store (etsy.com). Most people ship anywhere. They sell all sorts including real and original art rather than mass produced stuff. Take a look - the choices are endless and great value.

Do you need end tables for the sofa? Surely the coffee table is enough? Perhaps you could put two floor lamps (one on either side) by the sofa? Something like this?
http://www.4living.co.uk/product_images/r/706/Brass_boom_arm_floor_lamp_simp__69070_zoom.jpg
January 2, 2013 at 6:34pm     
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Home Preppers
I like the tables you chose. I think the room also needs some texture. Try changing out the lighter pillows with something with a little more texture and maybe some more color. Pull in another color from the art or rug.
January 2, 2013 at 6:36pm   
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Xaloux
I'll check it out - thanks anthip! Its a very large room, and very bare...the furniture looks like its floating in the middle of the room at the moment. I thought end tables would help fill up the space a bit.. I was going to have table lamps rather than floor lamps.
January 2, 2013 at 6:38pm   
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anthip
Have you got a photo of the other end of the room? Just so we can get a vague sense of scale?
January 2, 2013 at 6:40pm   
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smldesigns
Love the tables, love the sofa. Don't like either piece of art. Rather than art I would look for a nice console table or dresser - something with interest with two small chairs on either side. Then one day the perfect piece of art will speak to you. Depending on the simplicity of the the table or dresser you can either put a large mirror or piece of art there or move what's over the sofa over the table and put the mirror or artwork over the sofa. You want the room to look evolved, not as if you went to a showroom and bought it all. http://www.etsy.com/ - online store so it doesn't matter if you are in CA.
January 2, 2013 at 6:41pm     
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K.Marshall Design Inc.
I really do not love the art for the room. The art that is on the wall is spaced out of scale, if you decide to keep it, the smaller ones should snug in a bit. I would look for a large mirror for the room. or an over sized print that can actually rest on the floor. You need something bigger scale to the space. Good luck.
January 2, 2013 at 6:42pm     
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Darzy
I love how the room is coming together and the tables you have selected are great. I don't think either art piece is quite right tho. If you decide to have the console table, this art is beautiful and peaceful, like your space. http://www.houzz.com/photos/332686/Water-Series-100-contemporary-artwork-
January 2, 2013 at 6:42pm     
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judianna20
I think the art work is wrong. It is not important enough for the room you are designing. I would consider the console, two benches tucked underneath and move your mirrors above. Art work over the sofa.
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January 2, 2013 at 6:51pm     
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Xaloux
Thanks Darzy :). Ok the concensus is both pieces of art are a no-go...so they are gone! K.Marshall - I love the mirrors I have on the wall so will move in the smaller ones as you suggested. smldesigns - I will check out etsy and if something doesn't sing to me I think I might just hold off on the art. I just want to be sure, do the wooden end tables and console from Bombay http://www.bombay.ca/product.php?productid=16153&cat=327 go along with what I have already have (current room plus Ethan Allen glass tables) ?
anthip - will add more pics of entire room for scale.
January 2, 2013 at 6:59pm   
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kathleen MK
The wall needs a bit of the blue from the pillows and rug. The art might work with a low long bookcase with some blue pottery. ( As a potter I am partial to those rutile blue stoneware glazes that vary from blue to brown like the colors in your room.) Add a chair and and lamp for reading nook. Metal floor lamp or robin's egg blue ceramic table lamp on bookcase.
January 2, 2013 at 6:59pm     
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Xaloux
Here are some pics of the entire room Anthip. With all this space I wanted to add the wooden end tables, http://www.bombay.ca/product.php?productid=16153&cat=327 rather than floor lamps.
January 2, 2013 at 7:19pm   
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anthip
Could you rotate the furniture and rug around? Put the sofa with its back to the doorway we can see. Put a sofa table behind it with lamps on and a big bowl/nice plant. Put the rug in front of it so the sofa's two front legs are on the rug's longest edge. Position the two chairs opposite the sofa with their front feet on the rug also - at an angle as you have them. Could you then put a pretty antique type cabinet on the wall where your mirrors are now? Perhaps use it as a bar? Or media centre? I just feel like all your furniture is in the middle of the room and maybe you could get more use out of that gorgeous space by spreading the furniture long ways?
January 2, 2013 at 7:25pm   
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Xaloux
console plus two chairs on either side here - against the empty wall in lieu of the art against the chair / the floor ? ...
January 2, 2013 at 7:26pm   
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anthip
I love that rug. It's a shame it's not a little bigger. You could put a large trunk or table on the wall we were initially debating and then put another little seating arrangement there. Then if you had more guests you could turn your current chairs so everyone could see each other.
January 2, 2013 at 7:26pm   
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smldesigns
I think you can resolve the issue with the rug if you just pull it under the sofa a bit and don't have all 4 legs of the chairs on it - just the front two. You will probably have to put some pads or coasters under the back two legs of the chairs. Can you post a picture of the wall with the chairs?
January 2, 2013 at 7:35pm   
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2dogssashatess
I agree with anthip re the artwork. I do not like either selection. I do not like the wooden pieces of furniture you were considering either.
January 2, 2013 at 7:48pm   
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anthip
Have you ever tried turning the room around?
January 2, 2013 at 7:50pm   
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Xaloux
anthip - I'll play with the arrangements as you suggested, but not sure - I'm concerned about blocking the flow into the adjoining room. I intend on making that room into a formal dining room, and I already have another sitting room with the an entertainment centre. The adjoining room has floor to ceiling windows lets in a lot of light, I want to keep the view open...

sml designs - I only have 2 legs on the rug...I loved the rug when I saw it, its a woolen hand knitted rug and didnt come in a bugger size.Its 8.6x6.6F. (p.s. I intend on painting that ugly air register the same color as the wall so that it disappears)
January 2, 2013 at 7:53pm   
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anthip
Hmmm...It depends how long the sofa is and how wide the room is obviously. Putting the coffee table in the middle of the rug is going to affect flow anyway. You may find that bringing the furniture into the room and away from the walls makes flow around the set up easier. Lovely dining space. Do you have to go through the room we're discussing to get to the dining room or is there another entry point? Where is the kitchen in relation?

That rug is gorgeous.
January 2, 2013 at 7:57pm     
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anthip
Also, as you have dark wood legs on the chairs and the stairs are dark you could have dark wood furniture but I wasn't keen on the finish of the stuff you showed. Something that looks like it has a little age to it would look much better here I think. Maybe look at thrift shops etc. As others have said, you don't have to do it all at once. We're always on the look out for stuff to finish rooms off. You've got good bare bones so you can add to it when you see stuff you love.
January 2, 2013 at 7:59pm     
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susan12202
I love the wall paint color - can you please share?
January 2, 2013 at 8:48pm   
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K.Marshall Design Inc.
Wondering if you would consider adding some fabric to the drapes? I really like the plantation shutters but it the window treatment feels a little light? I bet you could finding a beautiful aqua or cream if you are less daring to add to the side to give them some weight. What do you think about a mirrored console table to add a bit of sparkle to the room or a modern counter balance? http://www.westelm.com/products/martini-side-table-g057/?pkey=ccoffee-side-tables&cm_src=coffee-side-tables||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_--_- May be nice to have a narrow console table that could act as a server or bar for entertaining....
January 3, 2013 at 4:00am     
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Xaloux
@anthip - the room i'm planning to use as the dining space is at the front of the house. Its not close to the kitchen but it will be more of a formal dining space so not used too often. It does have an alternate door off the side of that room. I'll play around with the furniture arrangement on the weekend.
I'll keep searching for nicer end tables and console, will forget about the bombay ones, I ddnt quite love them anyway.
Thanks for all your suggestions - I really appreciate it!
January 3, 2013 at 7:44pm   
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if you love the art it works.
January 3, 2013 at 7:45pm     
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Xaloux
@susan12202 - the color is bamboo by Dulux Paints.
January 3, 2013 at 7:46pm   
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Xaloux
K.Marshall Design Inc. - I'll look out for the right fabric to add to the drapes. I like the idea - thanks! Also, I've always admired mirrored consoles but at the same time felt intimidated by them. You dont think it'll be too much to have too much going on between the glass coffee table, potentially wooden end tables and a mirrored console ? I liked this one -
January 3, 2013 at 7:56pm     
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Alexei Rebrov Art
I think it works just fine!
January 3, 2013 at 8:09pm   
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susan12202
Thank you! I'm not familiar with this brand of paint?
January 3, 2013 at 8:18pm   
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Xaloux
Neither am I - the previous home owners did the painting. They left me a can that has the details including the shop tel#. Are you by any chance based in Toronto ?
January 3, 2013 at 8:24pm   
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Darzy
Xaloux..I like the idea of the mirrored table, but I'd rather see a round one between your chairs across from the sofa. Then the longer console table on the blank wall, with art above and x benches below.

January 3, 2013 at 8:40pm     
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anthip
I like that mirror table. I think it might just work. Can you wait until your other items arrive and then see what you need? You may find that once the other tables are in it becomes clearer what else would and wouldn't go.

Dulux is a huge brand of paint in Europe. I suspect less so in the US although I'm not sure.
January 3, 2013 at 8:42pm   
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Natalie
Love the rug, sofa, and chairs and all the links you provided for the furniture pieces. Excellent! LOVE the painting Darzy suggested and judyg's alternate idea for your mirrors and console area as well as hanging the art over the sofa. This space is HUGE and there is some void areas-that's fine---but because it opens up to the entry, dining, hall, etc. I suggest adding more drama with deeper, richer wall color for this particular space. Think sophisticated, classy, and elegant. The pic I've attached is for inspiration---walls are a bit darker than what I envision, but those gorgeous chairs are quite close to the hue of your rug and pillows---I just had to share this color combo-though I'm sure whatever you decide will look lovely. Good Luck! http://www.decorpad.com/photo.htm?photoId=5165&relatedPhotoId=7237&index=0
January 3, 2013 at 8:48pm     
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Your choices so far are fine. I had the same issue with a rug that was perfect except it did not come in the size I wanted, so i just put a larger seagrass rug under first and then the decorative rug on top. This solved the problem. I would move the art over the sofa and use the other wall decorative items over the console. Add two chairs to either side of the console and a lamp on the console. This should help and not cost much of anything.
January 3, 2013 at 8:51pm     
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silvc
Absolutely not - the scale is too small for the wall. You can have the ugliest pix, as long as the scale is right, it works.
January 3, 2013 at 9:57pm     
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Xaloux
@Darzy - I'm still going with the round glass table from Ethan Allen in between the chairs. Those are already ordered, but I have to wait for what seems like a lifetime (8-12 weeks) for them to arrive :). I love the torquise linen stools, I wonder if I can find something like that here - will keep my eyes open. Thanks for the ideas!
@Natalie - thx for the inspiration. Those chairs are lovely. I have strict instructions from hubby to focus on one room at a time, so will ony be touching the dining room after this room is complete but guess its never too early to start thinking of what I want to get. I like the idea of deep brown tones for that room which I wouldnt have considered if it werent for the pic you shared.
January 4, 2013 at 4:15pm   
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Darzy
Xalous..Oh good! I much prefer the Ethan Allen glass tables. Have you already ordered the Bombay ones? I'm not "sold" on those end tables with the glass ones, that I love. As far as the "console" wall, I think something vintage, painted silver, would be beautiful.
January 4, 2013 at 4:22pm     
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Xaloux
No, I decided to forget about the Bombay end tables and console based on th feedback I received from all of you, plus I didnt quite love them anyway. I'll have a lot antique gold in the room, you dont think the silver will be too harsh ?
January 4, 2013 at 4:34pm     
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Smilow + Mathiesen
I think the art is too small for the space and is too matching with the rug, but the wall Is a perfect place for a great painting or print. As an artist myself and one who thinks art gives a home it's soul, I encourage you to keep looking for a perfect piece.
January 4, 2013 at 5:15pm     
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Xaloux
Smilow + Mathiesen - are you referring to the art on the wall, the sunburst mirrors or the 3 piece frames lying on the floor /chair ? The art on the floor/chair is definitely out now, thx to all the feedback I rcvd.
January 4, 2013 at 6:34pm   
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Smilow + Mathiesen
Sorry--I too was referring to the art on the floor.
January 4, 2013 at 6:45pm     
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susan12202
Callous - thank you - no I'm in the South US. I appreciate the info. Your room is beautiful, and I'm sure it will be stunning when you finish it!
January 4, 2013 at 8:08pm     
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Xaloux
thank you for all the encouragement!
January 4, 2013 at 8:26pm   
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Bonnie
I don't know if someone already suggested this idea for the rug (sorry didn't have time to read all the posts) but in some design book I saw where the designer placed a larger sisal rug under the main rug. The advantage of using a sisal rug under your rug would be you could get a sisal in a custom or bigger size and they are inexpensive. It would add texture and interest and help to eliminate the rug issue.
January 4, 2013 at 8:50pm     
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Bonnie
Here is an example of the sisal under a rug idea...

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January 4, 2013 at 8:59pm     
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Natalie
Hi again---the comments I made were for this room, not the dining room. :)
January 4, 2013 at 9:07pm   
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Xaloux
Thx Bonnie. Yes, someone had suggested the sisal under the rugs, in facts I was online earlier looking for it and wasnt too sure however the picture you provided really help with visualizing the look - thank you
January 4, 2013 at 9:14pm   
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Xaloux
Thanks Natalie - ahh, I just re-read your post, I will save the idea of changing the room color for down the road when I'm ready for some more change ie after the room is done - maybe a year down the road - thx again.
January 4, 2013 at 9:19pm     
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suzstag
If you're in ole with rug and pillows the jade hue then I'd remove the picture. If you live the picture more change up the rug with a more oriental feel while pulling in the red burgundy color from the picture. Be careful not to go over board with the red/ burgundy accents though.
Keep us posted
January 7, 2013 at 5:32pm   
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Xaloux
The red painting went back to the store. Definitely keeping my rug and pillows. Just added a plant to the room. Will be adding a second plant - should all my pots be of the same color ? I am going to be adding a bigger Dracaena plant which will require a large pot - should I stick to the blues or get a beigish brown pot ?
January 9, 2013 at 3:32pm   
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Xaloux
Also liked this table for the wall, but shied away because it seemed too small for the area. What do you think ?
January 9, 2013 at 3:38pm     
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altalag
yes...get the table!
January 9, 2013 at 3:44pm     
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thislittlehouse
I think float the couch on the far end of the rug and place the two arm chairs opposite (with their backs to the door way.)

Then go for some occasional tables with nice lamps, books, ornaments instead of a coffee table so that the rug can really sing! It is lovely!

A console table for the wall on the left, under the starburst/mirrors would balance that long wall with the windows on either side.

The plants in light, clean coloured pots like blues and white will look great in this space. You may also consider changing the drapes to white. The dark drapes are very subdued with the colours of your furnishings.

:) Elise
January 9, 2013 at 4:09pm     
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Darzy
Love the console. It speaks to your silver pillow on the sofa too.
January 9, 2013 at 4:26pm     
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Nancy Hehmann
I love the console too! I think the area rug is wonderful with your sofa and cushions.
January 9, 2013 at 4:45pm     
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Xaloux
Thank you all! I found a more clear picture of the console with the dimensions - you dont think it's too small for that wall ? I'm concerned about the size..... http://www.bombay.ca/product.php?productid=18757&cat=0&page=1
January 9, 2013 at 5:19pm   
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Smilow + Mathiesen
This may or may not be your style but this is what I would suggest putting over the console art-wise--simple, a blast of color and makes the room look hip, fun and elegant.
January 9, 2013 at 6:38pm     
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Xaloux
I like the colors, smilow. Although, I already have some art for that spot that I was considering placing over the console. Its hand embroidered with gem stones in the middle of the embroidered flowers...what do you think ?
January 9, 2013 at 8:17pm   
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A lot of great ideas flowing! Here's some original art that can give you some ideas on your color scheme. The beauty of custom original art is getting the perfect size, style, and color scheme working for you to create gorgeous spaces.

Art similar to these would work beautifully with your lovely area rug. What do you think?
January 9, 2013 at 9:08pm     
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Darzy
Xaloux..we haven't mentioned this yet,but your curtain panels are hugging the edge of the window. I think extending the rod about 4-5 inches from each side of the window frame would give the illusion of larger windows, hide the frame/trim and frame the sofa better. Your hand embroidery art is pretty, but I think too traditional for your space. It would be lovely in the bedroom, or even the bathroom.
January 10, 2013 at 12:33pm     
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Darzy
BTW. I love the pretty mirror and small console table at the entry. Is it too valuable to paint? It would really say "look at me" and pop off the wall if you painted it the pretty blue of the sofa pillows!
January 10, 2013 at 12:39pm     
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decoenthusiaste
I think a low credenza would do more to ground the "floaty" feeling mentioned above. If you size it right, you can move it behind the sofa if you rearrange or even use it in the dining room. I'd put a console table, which is leggy, in the entry to keep it open feeling.
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January 10, 2013 at 1:03pm     
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Xaloux
@NextTrend - The paintings are lovely. Will keep my eyes open for something along those lines.
January 10, 2013 at 5:10pm   
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Xaloux
@Darzy - as always, I really value your advice,thanks for consistently helping! I know the whole curtain rod area needs work, I am choosing to ignore it until I get the furniture / art right and then I will tackle that next. I love the idea of painting the console at the entrance, its not too valuable - that ill be my summer project , can't wait! :-)
January 10, 2013 at 5:13pm     
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Xaloux
@decoenthusiaste - the cardenza idea would certainly be a filler for the large space, thanks for giving yet another option ....still on the lookout for the perfect piece.
January 10, 2013 at 5:16pm   
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Xaloux
What do you think about this oil painting for my room ? http://www.qiqigallery.com/displayimage.php?album=search&cat=0&pos=4
February 3, 2013 at 2:00pm   
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wasn't able to open link--can you email me the photo pamsmilow@.me.com
February 3, 2013 at 2:23pm   
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bbishop005
Could you angle the sofa from the corner, to the let! And angle the chairs?
February 3, 2013 at 2:46pm   
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bbishop005
Or, put it on the wall to the left, but move it in a bit? Then chairs can face it and you coul do a square coffee table in middle.
February 3, 2013 at 2:48pm   
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Xaloux
Ok, I managed to do a screen capture - does this pic go with my room decor ? Also I have a choice of getting it as a 36x24 or a 30x30...I'm concerned the 24" would be enough height and i'm not too sure of the square, I feel it needs the stretch of a rectangle...
February 3, 2013 at 3:44pm   
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Smilow + Mathiesen
I think the painting would look okay but I don't think it is big enough...What is the width of the console under it. The painting should be the width of that or a tiny bit less. Rectangle is the way you want to go, definitely not a square in my opinion...a longer horizontal rectangle is more elegant.What is your budget for the painting? The art can make or break your space.
February 3, 2013 at 4:19pm     
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Xaloux
Thanks Smilow + Mathiesen - glad to hear my concerns about the size are not totally unfounded :). My budget is $300....and I actually havent found the perfect console, still looking for it but I really liked this piece of art - and its got all the right colors for my room.
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Patty Scott
real cheep, framing costs are more than $300.
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