scratch that one


As you know, I've been trying to cottage up our living room.  I had an idea in my head as to the direction I wanted to go and as the pieces started to come together I liked it less and less but I figured I'd live with it for a while and see if it "grew" on me. 

Then the other day my husband put the decisive nail the coffin with his ever so tactful comment, "This turquoise makes me want to puke."  Sorry for the graphic language but if I'd said it any other way you might have missed the passion behind it.

I still love the color combination and the softness of the look but in the overall scheme of the living room, with it's bulky brown leather sofa's, it just isn't working.

So most, (not all) of the robin's egg (not turquoise, honey) blue is being painted.  I'm not sure what color yet, probably red since it is the common thread throughout the adjoining dining room and kitchen.

That's the great thing about decorating...try something new and if it doesn't work out you can always repaint or recover and start over.

This redo is a very inexpensive and easy fix but I've had others that cost me much more. 

What about you?


  1. I am enjoying this because I know I want totally different colors in our new dwelling. It has the earthy warm colors (gold and greens) I used over 10 years ago and I want light and airy.
    So funny your husband's comments...but I do want to see the walls when painted, I want to paint my kitchen robin egg blue
    Now you have inspired and I am off to get paint swatches.

  2. I love robin's egg blue, but most men are not into cottage/shabby chic, so we have to compromise. My livingroom is cottage-y but in more masculine colours of beige, red and brown. Lana

  3. My husband has nearly forbidden me from painting anything else white!

    Susan and Bentley

  4. I was going to say how much I liked the fire place area, but I know how it is trying to work with darker furniture. Don't ask what got into us the day we bought our family room furniture. Normally we like light colors, yet someone picked out a (ugly) tan sofa 2 dark leather recliners, plus a chair with a dark pattern. It's been a challenge figuring out how to lighten it up, yet still make the accessories blend with the rest of the room.

    I'll be anxious to see how you have remedied this situation in your house!

  5. I am looking forward to seeing what you do with your living room. I painted my kitchen and foyer (both tiny) a pale green, which turned out paler than I anticipated. With a neutral floor and counter, it looks a bit drab. I need to figure out how to liven it up a little. Good luck with your room!

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  7. Everything looks lovely from this end, but then red sounds great too. I love aqua colors right now but have not a lick of it surrounding me and wouldn't know how to introduce it. I have a riot of color going on around here and my husband just lets me do whatever ... although he does roll his eyes when he comes home and finds everything upside down because I've decided to rearrange things once again :) Have a great week. Tammy

  8. I loved the pictures you showed. I thought it was very pretty and cottage. It is hard to decorate and I am finding that out. I am doing three rooms this year. All but the living room is easy to do. I am really going to need advice with its time for the LR.


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