The first layer is the floor plan--and the furniture arranged according to it. The basics.
The second layer is the soft furnishings: the rug(s) and draperies.
The third is the decorative accents: artwork, pillows, and totkches.
It's an artificial and arbitrary division, of course. Along the way we have to decide on a colour scheme, how dark or light the room should be, the amount of contrast in the finishings. The latter has been the biggest challenge for me--she likes rooms that are light--but when it comes to individual objects, she likes them dark.
To help us out, we decided to find a piece of artwork to guide our decisions about everything involving colour, contrast and style. I would copy the piece if it was something I could do.
In all our wanderings, it came down to two choices. I photoshopped them into the best shot I had of the room with the sofa uncovered.
Halyard, from Ikea:
The Tulips from Home Outfitters:
We went back to visit the Tulips and she fell in love all over again, so with a 20% off coupon in hand, she purchased it.
I hung it yesterday.
Just for fun, I played around with the Ikea picture (which was only 5" larger in each direction and twice the price). I think I have the scale right:
I am so glad we went with the tulips!
While I hung the picture, Mom worked in the adjoining study, weeding out the bookcase.
We're working on a dressing area she has upstairs as well as one of the bedrooms. We also have to clear some room in the basement, too. Unfortunately, it isn't a "pretty" project, but it needs to be done.
Another project I hope to be able to show you soon is this hallway. It does not have a light. I forget why, but it was another screw up in the renovations she had done about ten years ago. I am hoping to put her collection of mirrors on the right hand wall to help bounce some light around.
That's what the carpet in the living room looked like before we pulled it up. It was in much worse shape.
It needs sanding and paint, though, first!