Yesterday I gave you an embarrassing glimpse in to the early days at Casa Sugarplum. We’ve come a long way, baby….but I want to keep going. Problem is, I don’t have a clear image in my head of how I want the room to look. I have several really good (and sentimental) pieces, so I’m going to let those take the lead and pull the colors from the rug.
The plan is to bring all the varying elements together into a more cohesive look. It’s the first room you see upon entering the front door, and even though it’s the ‘formal’ living space (read: no TV), we use it quite a bit. It won’t be a drastic makeover as I hope to
mostly only use the existing pieces.
(These pictures were pulled from different phases of the room, that’s why items are different in some.)
The wingchair dates back to the early 1950s. It’s been upholstered several times over the years, but this is how I remember it most from my grandparent’s house. I might reupholster down the road, but I like it for now. Adding some nailhead should jazz her up a bit. And I’ve been toying with the idea of painting the brick fireplace for years, but hesitated since getting paint off brick doesn’t sound like a fun job if I were to change my mind later. I did paint the mantel black, as well as the actual frame of the fireplace (it was brass).
The pass-thru leads to a wet bar on the other side. Don’t need or love that, but closing up the wall and ripping out the sink on the other side isn’t a viable option. We’ve peaked with how much we should spend on the bones of this house. The little seat beneath the pass-thru is actually a camel saddle, gifted to my great-grandfather for the work he did in Afghanistan in the 1960s. His monogram is engraved in brass on the sides….pretty cool, eh? The needlepoint was done by my great-grandmother and hung in my nursery.
I think I’ll paint the armoire a deep peacock blue, but not sure what to do with the hardware.
The back door is parallel to our black interior front doors (which I love), so I wonder if this door would look good black? Or would it just be a sore thumb next to all the open windows? Oh, and I want to recover the cushions on the barrel chair, too.
The secretary was a wedding gift to my grandparents 60 years ago, and I was thrilled when it fit perfectly in my house! And even though I love to paint fancy furniture in bright colors, I’ll leave this one be. All it needs is some polish, and the hardware cleaned. I think gold leaf would be stunning on the back of the shelves, too.
We’ve had these bookcases for 12 years. And I’ve wanted to paint them white for 12 years. I can’t wait to finally do it! (TWSS) And I’ve been hoarding this fabric for over a year for the backs of the shelves!
I know these lamps are well-loved, and I adore them too. Just not behind the sofa. The cool gourd shape is blocked from almost every angle except the front door, and once the shelves behind them are painted white, they’ll disappear. Plus, I have a thing for black drum shades. The terracotta tiles just bring another un-coordinated color to the room, so I think I’ll try them more neutral.
More Coordinated Sofa Pillows
Determine Fate of Side Table
What do you think? I’m open to ideas, apart from torching the room and starting from scratch.