This is the third in a series of posts about our living room redecoration (part I and part II) and at least I'm coming in under the number of Fast & Furious movies. Remember that the next time I get all series-y on you.
Cleaned Up Coffee Table
We used to have a lot of junk on the coffee table and the ladies from KSID put a long, flat basket with a little decór and a place for our remote controls. You can also see some throw pillows on the couch and they brought a touch of orange into the room.
I loved the curtains Mallory picked up from Target right away and didn't ask her to change them at all. In person, they are Texas Longhorn Burnt Orange. At least, that's what I call them. She also got a chair for the corner that actually reclines but looks nice enough, as my friend Alex said, to sip brandy in and then throw his sifter into the fireplace. Because why not? To which I said, "No. I mean, yes, let's sip brandy, Alex, but no glass throwing."
She also added a large candle to sit on the step up to the fireplace and got a gorgeous rug large enough for the room.
The rug I originally bought for the room was too small and I learned that you're supposed to be able to put it under the furniture in the room. It's so big that it makes me feel like we added carpeting to this room! It's a neutral gray color with tans and greens and oranges throughout.
The Magical Mirror
Everything against this wall makes the room feel warmer and cozier now. The mirror? Let me just say that when I saw that I fell in love right away. First, because I would have gone with a boring rectangular one if it was left to me. Secondly, because the shiny silver reflects the 2 can lights that we rarely turn on because they don't do anything. Now, though, they do! It's amazing how much more light we got out of that room by adding a mirror.
A close up of the mirror. Another thing that would have stopped me from buying this in a store had I seen it there first was worrying about how the mirror frame goes over the crown moulding. Knowing me, I'd worry that it would cover it up. It does! But, who cares? It's still so perfectly placed and gorgeous that I don't even think about the moulding.
THE MIRROR. DO YOU LOVE IT?
It's an open space that moves right into the kitchen area which is where I'm standing while taking this picture. It's bright, warm, interesting. It really made a huge difference having the KSID team step in with me and make this my new favorite sanctuary from the storm. I live, I mean really live, in this room now. Like Auntie Mame LIVE in this room.
The standing lamps are a few years old from Restoration Hardware and the team picked out new shades for them to match the rest of the room. (You don't think Resoration Hardware would actually sponsor a post of mine, do you? NO.)
Both paintings from the artist who did these to match an essay I wrote a few years ago finally made it up on the walls. Mallory finally just TOOK them from me and said she would do it. I feared that I would choose the wrong matte and frame so it froze me up and I needed her to do that for me.
She also added that bubble lamp on the end table between the couches.
I keep thanking KSID for helping me with this project because, seriously, they were amazing to work with and made The Cuban and I go on a lunch date (BONUS! We tried a new gyro place!) and did the big reveal for us once we came home.
You know how people do those shots of the excited family who sees their house for the first time and they cover their mouths and open their eyes wide and start crying? Aren't those boring shots? I mean, I did cover my mouth and cry and jump up and down when I saw the mirror, but this picture of me and The Cuban right after Mallory, who was taking our pictures walking in, said, "Mom, for God's sake, I'm taking pictures here. Fix your bra."
So you can't see those shots. But you can see this one. Of me hiking up my dress. You don't have to tell me. I know this is a super sexy picture. DEAL WITH MY BRA.
Thank you Kris and Mallory and Erin from KSID for doing this room for us!