When we bought our rug from Emma Gardner we ordered the largest we could afford – all the while suspecting that it was really too small for the space. It certainly didn’t work with the extremely heavy curved glass coffee table which we brought from the UK, which we were afraid of even putting on the rug for fear of digging irreparable grooves deep into the pile.
YUKKY ‘BEFORE’ ROOM
So a new coffee table had to meet quite a long list of requirements. Child-friendly obviously – the old glass one had been great for that – and wipe cleanable. Also preferably not wood as I’m not sure how child-friendly that is over time and we already have a lot of wood in the room. And ideally white, as we already have quite a lot of dark wood in the room. I also quite wanted something curvy to detract from all the various rectangles.
After much fruitless trawling round the Internet, we went trawling round some Seattle shops and were amazed to find something we could actually afford in Ligne Roset – heavily discounted because it was a discontinued piece (you can take the girl out of Europe, but you can’t take Europe out of the girl). And remarkably it fit all of our criteria, except the curviness, though that was less of an issue since we’d just acquired such a nice curvy pink chair.
But it was also BIG and we were worried that it would make the rug seem even smaller and more inadequate in the space.
I’m hoping we’ve solved that problem by placing the table half on and half off the rug in what we fondly hope is a Rothko-esque sort of way. What do you think? Does it work like that, or just look odd?
Here’s Rothko’s interpretation of our living room. Which would look extremely fab over our not so fab sofa. Apparently it’s a snip at a mere $72.8 million, or the Husband has just offered to paint me one himself.
Here’s my list of what still has to be done in this room.
- Get rid of the egg yolk yellow walls. We have a couple of quotes from painters to paint the whole house, so I just need to finalise the colour palette and we’re set.
- Replace ugly front door that opens right into the room.
- Do something about all the ugly TV and stereo equipment
- Get cushions for the sofa (I’ve got some ideas for cushions I want to make)
- Sort out curtains for the front window
- Sort out the lighting
- Organise the beautiful built-in book cases a bit better.
- Find beautiful piece of artwork to go above the sofa, unlikely to be a Rothko
Unfortunately, because of a certain someone, we can’t replace the more-shabby-than-chic sofa just for the moment.