This Refresh Your Space challenge was sponsored by Kohl’s. I was provided a promotional item for sharing my decorating dilemma with you.
When my son and his fiance moved in April into their new home we gave them the vast majority of our furniture. That meant that we needed to replaced our couch, accent chairs, dining table and chairs, and more all at once. Good for them, but really expensive for us – talk about refreshing your space! We’re starting over with a nearly clean slate.
Our first purchase was the couch below. We have a small living room but we’ve always wanted a sectional so it was an easy purchase. Next we painted the walls Gray Marble (well most of them – there’s still some painting to be done). We also purchased a white dining room table with dark gray upholstered chairs with white legs and that’s where we stopped.
Decor Reuse, Repurpose, and Remake
We have some leftover decor we may remake and reuse like our table lamps which are Oil Rubbed Bronze (ORB) with gold shades (leftover from our previous burgundy and gold decor scheme) which match our dining room chandelier. I’m OK with the ORB and with the charcoal gray couch, but the gold has to go. I’m over it.
We also have glass end tables and a round glass coffee table, but the glass coffee table base is gold. It’s gotta go, too.
So here I am now, stuck with very sparse furniture because I can’t decide what to do but I know that I can make a huge change by adding color. I’ve considered going completely monotone gray and bringing in color in cheap accents that can be replaced when I get bored. The problem with that idea is that the hubby HATES “stuff”, including pillows. I think I’m going to have to pick a color for something more substantial like an accent chair or window treatments to have color.
The grouping above represent my first option – purple. I love the idea of it but wonder how long I could live with it. The pillows above are expensive but they’re embroidered and down-stuffed. I’m not sure how long they’d last before the hubby put them in the garage in the accent pillow graveyard, but they’re stunning. I also love the ottoman – it has a slight pattern and exposed legs so it’s not too much fabric. The clean lines would look great with the skirted couch. And the purple chair? LOVE it! The size, the shade, the fact that it’s armless – all pluses. Then there’s the console table set – they’d be like jewelry in the room – shiny and silver (but the ORB would likely have to go). They’d sit behind the couch which separates the living room from the dining room so they’d be a perfect buffet table.
So many choices! But I’m not ready to commit just yet. I’ll post some more color and whimsical print options soon and I’m hoping you’ll help me decide which direction to go. If you were stuck in my decorating dilemma, how would you refresh your space? What would you pair with the charcoal gray couch?
A mom and wife, Connie blogs about entertainment, going green, products, technology, DIY home remodeling and decor, and more. She's an animal lover and lives in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, WA.
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