Don't be such a square

Alright kids. I am officially lost. I have no idea what to do in this living room of mine. I’ve heard a lot of people say that the middle of interior decorating projects rarely make any sense and now I completely understand that notion. So much so, that I’m not sure how to move forward. 

A couple of months ago I gave you this picture as a sneak peak of a project we’d been working on. Sorry to keep you hanging this long, but were moving at a pretty sluggish pace. 

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Since it’s been a while, here’s a quick recap. I primed and painted the mantle which originally was a rich expresso tone wood. It had been veneered in some spots and simply just didn’t look good. I used the same paint color that the contractor has used to paint the trim, baseboards and windows to paint the mantle. 

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And this is what it looked like when it was done. Nice, but sort of traditional even antique looking, right?

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Next, we painted the back of the “insets” grey. (By the way - I am calling them insets, but I am pretty sure that is a word I made up. Maybe not,  but in other words, the “insets” are the built-ins that flank the mantle. Capish? Good! I am going to keep calling them insets.)  Once we painted the wall of the insets grey, we realized that the trim and the mantle all of the sudden looked very yellow. And the re-painting continues…

We ended up painting the mantle and the built in bookcases in the inset Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White. I did this hesitantly knowing that if we set down the “white” instead of “cream” path, I was going to need to continue the white trim throughout the entire house. I made peace with this and told myself it would be a great winter project.

OK, moving on. 

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Now that the mantle and built-ins are white, the accent wall is grey, and the picture moulding is up (thanks to Jay!), I needed something to put in the picture moulding. It looks awesome, and is a charming addition, but it just needs something in it to make sense. 

I bought this mirror and it wasn’t right. Too small and too…girly.

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I found this Martha Stewart Collection Starburst Mirror but then feared it might be too trendy. 

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Then, I saw this Restoration Hardware sconce but decided it was too narrow. 

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And then, I found this awesome art from Joss & Main that matched my color scheme perfectly but was expensive and I didn’t want to buy two. 

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And then I officially proclaimed myself lost because I have no idea which direction to go. I need something! Well actually, two somethings since I have two insets with two empty picture moulding boxes. And picture moulding without any pictures or something to frame, really is just a big square hanging on the wall which doesn’t look cool and gets on my nerves every time I see it. But then I remember how much progress has been made in the living room, and remember what Huey Lewis and the News once told me: “It’s Hip to be Square.”

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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