(1) It was a semi neutral yellow-beige color that the previous owners had painted the walls. I didn't love it but it took longer than I'd like to admit to hate it.
(2) The room is a lighting nightmare. It faces east. Our backyard has large old trees. There is a small time in the morning, only really during summer months, when there is any daylight. We live in a rowhouse so there are no windows on the side walls. Only one set of windows on the east-facing wall.
(3) I could never commit on a wall color or a plan because the light is poor and the room is packed with large dark furniture. Fairly new furniture or furniture I've refinished. Our basement is packed so it's not like I could move anything out or rearrange.
So it was kind of a no-win situation. This is the "before" photo, when I decided to paint it green. The kitchen, living room, and dining room are all open to each other so I wanted to use a color that would work with the living room (black, persimmon, and maize) and I already had plans to paint the kitchen a warm persimmon/terra cotta color.
|The tablecloth really isn't day-glow orange. I promise. It's from Crate and Barrel.|
So, now it's just neutral. I was inspired by things I found on Pinterest and Anthropologie. Other than the tablecloth, which I have to use because the table has a party-related injury on top that I haven't had repaired. Everything else I already had on hand. I will probably switch out some of the decor and images on the collage wall (just getting started) as seasons change.
|My collection of Delft houses and the Foo Dogs I inherited from my husband's grandma.|
|I printed out the map of Charleston from the Library of Congress American Memory website. Also I found the chalkboard, made out of an antique mirror frame, at a neat antique shop in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware in June this year.|
|A beach-inspired centerpiece that can easily change with the seasons.|
|Some of my inspiration that I found online on Pinterest.|
|I've had the starburst mirror for about 6 years or so. It originally came from Pier 1. I've always loved how it mixed with my Art Deco buffet and china cabinet (I refinished both myself; both had more than a few layers of paint when I found them in a consignment shop when we lived in Hampden).|