So, after reading all of the opinions I solicited about my family room, I wrote a post about my thoughts and plans. The post turned into a rather disjointed mess-of-a-conversation with myself about the room and the direction I’m heading. I went to sleep thinking about rugs and fabrics and paint colors and furniture arrangements. I woke up this morning and started rolling up rugs and stared at the room with my head cocked slightly at an angle, thumb on my chin, pointer finger resting on my nose, tapping occasionally as I lulled around the space. I then realized a couple of things…
First of all, I need to just step away from the room for a few days, which I am fortunately doing. My husband and I are taking a mini-vacation to Charlottesville, VA for some hiking, good food and to tour Monticello and walk around the beautiful UVA campus. (My Opa was a graduate of UVA.)
Next, I realized I need to do a “room reset” as I call it. (I talk about it in my book.) That means, I remove all of the rugs, accessories, stuff on the walls and small pieces of furniture. The only things left are the large pieces of furniture. From that point, I fill the holes in the wall, touch up the paint and try to look at the room with new eyes. I do this every once in a while with spaces, especially if they are giving me a tough time. Sometimes you just need a clean slate to figure out what you want to do. This family room has always been a challenge for me because of the long, skinny shape and the location of the doors, walkways and windows. I’m sort of looking forward to moving around the furniture and putting a cohesive plan of action together to get the look I really want.
Thanks to all who shared their opinions. It was very helpful!
A couple of weeks ago, I had some new portraits taken as well as some pictures of me with the products in my milk paint line for the website, an upcoming lookbook, etc. Well Eddie, the photographer, had her camera stolen along with the camera card containing the pictures from that shoot! So, that’s a huge bummer…more about the camera than the pictures. We scheduled a second shoot for today. As I was preparing for it, I realized that this was a second chance. I learned a lot from our first shoot together like I should file my fingernails and make sure everything that’s in the room and visible through the doorways is fit to be a backdrop for a photo. Eddie learned a lot, too, about the lighting in my house and which angles were flattering for me.
The last time we took pictures of me painting the dining chairs. Now that those are done, I had to pick something else to paint. Hm…my piano stool has been hanging out unpainted for a few years! Let’s use that! We also had my new/old dining table and my newly painted and slipcovered chairs in the dining room and I think I’ll be happier having those in the pictures. So, I set everything up for the shoot…
Once we were done shooting in my house, we went to local barn on the Gettysburg battlefield.
It is the perfect barn for photo shoots, because it has red siding, stone walls and large white doors, so we have a variety of backdrops. We also took some shots in the neighboring field. Eddie and I were laughing a bit at ourselves. Yep, here I am painting my furniture in front of a historic barn on a national battlefield. Doesn’t everyone do that?! Well, it makes for a better backdrop than my workshop, that’s for sure! I hope to have some pictures to share soon.
See you tomorrow for FFF!