The trim around the grasscloth accent panel on the entryway wall still needs a coat of paint, but I managed to get all of the trim installed, and get my living room repainted yesterday. I’m convinced that Benjamin Moore Classic Gray is the perfect barely-there wall color.
My baseboards still need some touchups as well. I got stain on them when I refinished the floors at the beginning of this year, and I have yet to fix them.
And as you can see, I decided to stick with just three grasscloth panels rather than add the fourth one. The consensus seemed to be that three looked better and more intentional, and that adding a fourth one (which would have to be cut lengthwise with half of that sheet added to each side) would look like I ran out of wallpaper.
I could definitely see that, so I stuck with three. It really wasn’t that big of a deal to me. I really just wanted to avoid my usual trap of overanalyzing the options, spending days weighing the pros and cons of each, spending hours on Pinterest and Houzz trying to find the perfect examples of each option, using my photo editor to do mock ups of each one to determine which one was better, blah, blah, blah.
I just wanted it done. So it’s done. It’s nine feet wide, and gives me plenty of room as a backdrop for whatever I decide to do on that entryway wall. So now I just need to decide what to put there!
I envision something more substantial than an entryway/sofa table. I think I’d like something more like a buffet, similar in size to the one that used to be in the entryway and now lives in the breakfast room. The only other furniture pieces I know for sure will go in this room are my consignment store sofa that I still need to reupholster (or have reupholstered).
I already have the fabric for it (a light and neutral Crypton upholstery fabric very close in color to the walls), so I just need to decide what to do with the exposed wood parts. I don’t want to keep the dark wood, but a more natural wood might be fine. Or I might paint it. And since the fabric is light and neutral, if I paint the wood, I’ll paint it a color other than white (which would blend too much with the fabric) or black (which would be too much of a contrast with the fabric).
And then I have a pair of tufted, fully-upholstered chairs that are kind of a transitional nod to wingback chairs. They’re hard to describe, and I can’t find the picture I took of them (I’ve been holding on to these for about five years now), but they also need to be completely stripped and reupholstered.
And in addition to those furniture pieces, I’ll also be using these draperies…
So for the entryway wall, a buffet in a natural wood appeals to me. I think a natural wood would look great against the teal grasscloth backdrop, and I also like the idea of natural wood balancing out the color in the room. But I have no idea what that piece of furniture should actually look like. My love of modern, clean lines is continually fighting with my love of traditional, softer lines and curves, and more often than not, it seems that my love of traditional wins out. But I really like (and prefer) a mix of furniture and styles. I think if everything in a room or house is modern, it can look cold. And if everything in a house is traditional, it can look stuffy and boring. I like the push/pull between the two that creates some unexpected excitement in a design, but I have a hard time actually implementing that.
So with that in mind, I’ve been looking at a few different options. I really like the modern lines, natural wood color, and black accents on this dresser…
And I’ve also had this picture saved in my “house inspiration” file for a long time. Of course, this is a bathroom vanity, but I think the general design concept would work well on a buffet.
But the more traditional side of me absolutely loves something like this…
via Eloquence, Inc. (doesn’t seem to be available any longer)
And then a last natural wood option that I came across and really like is this natural wood with painted design. This looks like cerused oak to me…
And then a completely different look that I absolutely love is a Parson style table (either painted or covered in some amazing textured leather, be it real or faux, with nailhead trim) with upholstered ottomans underneath that can be pulled out for additional seating when needed.
That type of console table by itself really doesn’t have the visual weight that I envision for my entryway wall, but when it’s used with two uphosltered ottomans underneath, I think it’s fantastic. Of course, what I love about that option is that it gives me one more opportunity to bring fabric into the room on the ottomans. And y’all know how much I love fabric!
So at this point, I’m not really sure exactly where I’ll land on this decision. It’ll all just depends on what I can find, what fits into my budget, whether I feel like making something or finding something ready made, and probably my mood at any given point during the decision-making process. 😀
But in the meantime, I can at least get going on on the sofa upholstery and also on getting my draperies finished since those items are definitely going in the room. I still need to decide on fabric for the two upholstered chairs, but that might be easier once the sofa and draperies are done.
My birthday is just a week away, and Matt asked me what I want. I told him I’d like to have the sofa upholstered, but now I’m having second thoughts. It would cost right at $1000 for the labor and for them to make a new single, long seat cushion to replace the three individual cushions on the sofa now. I’m okay with the price, especially since I know first hand the work that goes into upholstering a sofa. What I’m not okay with is the wait. I think it would be about two months before they could get it done, and that seems like so long to me! So I’m trying to decide if I want to just go ahead and tackle it myself (with my mom’s help, of course! 😀 ) or if I can be patient and wait. I certainly have plenty of other projects that can keep me busy in the meantime, but…two months. That means I wouldn’t see that sofa finished until the middle of end of August. *Sigh* I’m not sure what to do.