Breakfast Room

New Sitting Room Rug and Planned Changes

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I kind of left y’all hanging with the sitting room rug debacle. The last time I mentioned it, the rug was lost and the delivery date was being rescheduled day after day after day. Well, it finally arrived. And I love it.

If you’re confused about the room I’m talking about, it’s our breakfast room. And if you’re wondering why I’m changing it, I’m doing so at Matt’s request. He wanted a place where he could have a recliner and a TV, so I am temporarily changing the breakfast room into a sitting room, and it will stay this way until we build our addition to include a large family room where he will have very comfy seating specifically for him, and a very large TV.

But with building supplies at astronomical prices and somewhat scarce right now, we have no idea when that addition will happen. So for the foreseeable future, Matt has a comfy recliner and decent TV in the sitting room (i.e., breakfast room). And to answer the most-asked question about this transition, we do still eat our meals in that room. 🙂 Matt does quite well eating in his recliner, so not having a table hasn’t been an issue for us. It’s different, but life with a person with MS who relies on a wheelchair to get from place to place is different from most people’s lives in many ways. This is just one of the many, and we’re used to adapting.

So anyway, back to the sitting room. The reason I didn’t show you the rug immediately is because the addition of the new rug necessitates other changes in the room, and I’ve been completely lost about the direction I wanted to go with those changes or just how extensive I wanted those changes to be. I was even considering reupholstering the two benches, and repainting the buffet, but even with giving myself permission to redo those pretty major projects, an overall cohesive plan still wasn’t coming to me.

Well, I think this past weekend, I stumbled upon a plan that I actually love. And it happened at the perfect time because I wasn’t able to work on the home gym last week because the guys working on the master bathroom had to be in and out of that room pretty regularly to work on some more extensive plumbing issues than we had originally anticipated, and now they’re working on electrical, which also requires them to be in there. (Both scuttle holes to the crawl space under our house, as well as to the attic, are in the home gym closet.) So I’ll try to stay out of their way this week as well.

So while I’m staying out of their way, I’m going to spend this week working on the sitting room and see just how much I can get done before returning to the home gym project next week. Let me show you what I have in mind.

First, here’s the new rug in all of it’s colorful glory. You can find this rug here.

There are so many colors to work with in there, so that’s fun for me. The problem is that there’s no green. So the original curtains that I had in this room would look really out of place in here now since they were white with green trim on the leading edge.

breakfast room after - 30

But instead of thinking about all new curtains, I was stuck on the idea of keeping these same curtains and just swapping out the edge trim for a new color. And that’s what got me stuck on the entire design. Because I couldn’t get past the idea that I had to use these curtains, nothing else was coming together.

I started dragging out fabrics from my fabric stash, and I made a couple of trips to Joann Fabrics. But still, nothing was clicking in my mind.

One of the fabrics I dragged out of my stash was this beautiful azalea velvet that I bought from Tonic Living a while back to recover two chairs for the music room. Do you remember this? (It’s been a while, so it’s no longer in stock.)

lux velvet azalea tonic living

Obviously, I ended up going a different direction for the music room and purchasing this settee in a very similar color

music-room-after-5a

So I had nine yard of that beautiful velvet in my stash. And the only way I could think of to use it as on the two breakfast room benches.

But that just wasn’t sitting well with me. The purple buffet and the two purple benches create a cohesive look with the two purple chairs in the living room, and I really like cohesion. But I couldn’t think of any other way to use the azalea velvet.

And then this past weekend, it finally came to me. NEW AZALEA VELVET CURTAINS!! I draped the fabric over the curtain rod, and I loved it!! And do you see the trim draped over the edge of the velvet fabric? Do you recognize it?

That is a sari trim that I had purchased years back to use on living room curtains, and that plan never materialized. So when I saw it in my stash, I pulled it out to see if I could use it in this room. But there was a problem. The trim was way too pink/salmon in color, and I really wanted orange.

After another trip to Joann Fabrics to see if they had any orange trim that would work, and striking out yet again, I decided to try dying this trim to see if I could get it just the right color. I used the Rit Dye made specifically for polyester, and it took me four tries, but I finally got it just right.

You can see the original trim (right) plus my first attempt (left) and the final trim (center) below.

The original is on the right. See how pinkish/salmon that original color was? The one on the left was my first attempt. I mixed an orange and yellow dye together (but used way too much orange) and then left it in the dye bath for about ten minutes (the directions say 60 minutes). That process even dyed the gold thread and the sequins! The sequins are literally orange. 😀 I added way more yellow and watered down the dye bath quite a bit, and then did a couple more test swatches before going for it with my final 6-yard piece, which is the one you see in the middle. With that final piece, I left it in the dye bath for exactly ONE minute. That’s it. I didn’t want to end up with orange embroidery thread and sequins, so one minute did the job. And I ended up with the perfect soft orange color.

I also got a couple of orange herringbone throws from Amazon, and then picked up these teal pillows from World Market.

I’ll be using both of those on the recliners after turning the pillows into lumbar pillows.

The two white curtain panels are some that I picked up at World Market after visiting Joann Fabrics and not being able to find a single bolt or yard of plain white decorator fabric (or any other color that would work, for that matter, because the decorator fabric section was almost completely bare) to make new pillow covers to go on the benches. So I bought this and will dye it the colors I need. So here’s a peek at all of these things together…

The TV wall will also be getting a little makeover. I’ll keep that to myself for now (mostly because I’m still working out the details 😀 ), but the plates and lanterns will be going, and will be replaced with something much more colorful.

And finally, I’ll be doing new artwork to go above the benches, which will have new and more vibrant pillow covers.

I like those paintings, but I’m ready to add something more colorful that includes some pinks and oranges along with the teals and purples. And I have just the thing in mind. I’ll be creating some artwork inspired by one of my favorite artists on Instagram, Kristi Kohut at @hapiart. If you go to her account and find the LOVE artwork that’s colorful and stripy and glittery, that’s the one that inspired me. I’ll be doing something similar to that, but I’ll use colors that coordinate with my house, and words that are meaningful to Matt and me, and I’ll be framing them in a way that’s new to me. I think it’ll be a fun (and probably pretty messy) project.

So that’s the direction I’m heading in with the sitting room. I have no idea how much I’ll be able to get done in this next week, so we’ll see! Regardless, I’ll be back in the home gym next week, because that’s a bit of a higher priority right now. But I’ll definitely finish up the sitting room before I get started on my studio.

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    Karen
    July 19, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    I like the direction you are headed! But how is Matt coping with the pink curtains? I remember that he drew the line at some point at the colour pink (which my SO mirrors, that might be why I remember 🙂 ) and I would imagine that sitting next to those curtains might be a bit overwhelming for somebody who is hesitant about the colour?

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      Karen
      July 19, 2021 at 12:15 pm

      oh and I forgot to mention how impressed I always am by your fearlessness to try stuff – like in this case the attempts to get the dye right! The result is perfect and I love it!

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      Kristi Linauer
      July 19, 2021 at 2:04 pm

      He’s actually okay with it. I asked him, and his response was, “I don’t care,” with a smirk on his face. I honestly think he’s be okay with just about anything I do. Although he did have an opinion about an idea that I had in mind for the wall behind the buffet and TV. One idea included a stripe wall design (shocking, I know! 😀 ), and he said, “We have enough stripes.” It’s very rare that he gives me feedback, so there will be no stripes on that wall. 😀 But he’s not bothered at al by the curtain color.

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    Carla from Kansas
    July 19, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    I love the “type” of art you have now. I think it is prettier than the Instagram. That rug is great.

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    Paula
    July 19, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    While the pink velvet is beautiful, it is very heavy and formal. Much too much for this area of your house in my opinion. Why not remove the green strip from the white panels and replace with a coordinating color from the rug. The rug is beautiful by the way. Just another opinion and suggestion.

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      Kristi Linauer
      July 19, 2021 at 2:01 pm

      I’m going to stick with my plan. 🙂 I love it.

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        LindaE
        July 20, 2021 at 9:41 am

        Sometimes I wish the comnents were like FB where you could show like, love, surprise, etc. That would probably get annoying for you overall, but for this response of yours Kristi, it would get a ❤ and a 😆.

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    Darlene
    July 19, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Some of the artwork on Instagram reminds me of a kaleidoscope. I love kaleidoscopes!

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    Dawn Marie Pinnataro
    July 19, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the color scheme with your carpet !!! Right up my alley!!!

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    Lizzy
    July 19, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    Kristi, I just LOVE those curtains! Yowza! One of the things I like best about your blog is how you aren’t afraid to pivot when needed and you constantly evolve. You get dinged from people on re-doing projects sometimes but I think it’s amazing. Trying new things is flexing your creative muscles. You’re just fearless with your projects and I find it so inspirational. Kudos!

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      Kathy Gray
      July 19, 2021 at 8:17 pm

      My feelings exactly, Lizzy. Kristi, you are an inspiration to me as well. I am a “pivoted” as well!

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    Julie
    July 19, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Well I’m waiting for the end result. Some times I can’t always envision your plans but you always do something fantastic.

    Glad you’re in a happy place about everything and Matt deserves a fantastic “chill” space.

    I loved the old breakfast room with teals, aqua, green but doesn’t mean I won’t love the new version.

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    Adele
    July 19, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    As soon as I saw that rug I thought, “She needs to use that sari trim with that.” I scrolled down and, voila, there was was the sari trim with custom improvements. It is perfect with the new drapery fabric.

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    Teresa
    July 19, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    I can’t wait to see this all put together! I love all of the colors.

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    Inez G
    July 19, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    I love, love love those paintings. What are you going to do with them. I would love a print to frame!

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      Kristi Linauer
      July 19, 2021 at 10:59 pm

      I’m not sure yet what I’ll do with the actual paintings. I’d be happy to offer the prints in my Etsy store (which is closed right now). I’m hoping to open my shop again in the fall.

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    Cynthia
    July 19, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Appears your new rug is complementary to your living room rug. How is the LR rug holding up?

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    My2cdnts
    July 19, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    I’m sorry but all this changing and redo…and to such wild colors makes me feel anxious and gives me a headache. There is no doubt you are a very talented and hardworking woman, but I do not know how to do this dance you do. Nor can I stand by and watch anymore. I have followed you for years, but I must bow out. For my mental health…😵‍💫
    But I wish you all the best.

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      Kristi Linauer
      July 19, 2021 at 10:55 pm

      Right? It’s absolutely crazy that I’d take a room in MY home that I finished over FOUR YEARS ago — a room that I was never truly happy with (and shared that frustration on several occasions), and a room that my disabled husband has now asked me to completely change in function so he can be out of the bedroom during the day — and that I’d use this opportunity during this week — a week when I can’t do anything in any of the only three remaining unfinished rooms in my house — to make some decorating changes so that I actually love the aforementioned and previously bleh room in my home, and that I’d share those changes on a blog called Addicted 2 Decorating. Insane, right? I mean, it doesn’t get much crazier than that! I can see how that would affect your mental health! 🙄

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        Linda
        July 21, 2021 at 6:44 pm

        I love your response to MY2CDNTS! So cliche, but I have to say YOU GO GIRL!!

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      Andy
      July 20, 2021 at 12:14 am

      Blimey.
      How mean spirited!
      This is one person doing her thing, in her own house.
      It does not matter if you like it or not : her house, her rules.
      There was no need to be so spiteful.

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      LindaE
      July 20, 2021 at 9:47 am

      Well the great thing about Kristi’s blog and Kristi’s house renovation is that YOU don’t need to “do this dance you do.” It’s Kristi’s dance, it works for her, and tons of us love watching her “dance”. Not sure why that impacts YOUR mental health.

      I honestly thought the comment was satire when I first started reading it. There’s an expression which is kind of snarky but fitting in this instance: this isn’t an airport, so you don’t need to announce your departure.

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      Michele
      July 23, 2021 at 1:18 pm

      The picture you’ve just painted of yourself makes you look like a colorless jelly fruitcake.

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    Marianne in Mo.
    July 19, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Love the rug, not sure you need to make that many changes, maybe just the curtains, which I know you weren’t happy with to start. But you do what makes you happy, as I would do the same if I were you. Shoot, I’ve been living with curtains that are 4 inches off the floor for a year! They shrunk when washed (thanks IKEA!) but I haven’t had the energy to deal with it, especially since no one has hardly been here in forever, and you can’t see the bottoms anyway except from certain points.

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    Francine
    July 20, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    -I love reading and watching you doing you! Fun and exciting and gives me hope that more people are like you! Doing what’s good for you and yours is the best…keep on keeping on!

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      Margie
      July 21, 2021 at 7:25 am

      Thank you for showing us what many of us struggle with in real life! I needed the push to change up the colors I love in my living room that are just too dark! I love how you show us that when life changes, you change your home to gracefully reflect that! Way to go, Kristi!

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    Eileen
    July 21, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    You have such exciting ideas, so many surprises and “pivots”. You are one of the most creative people on the internet and I just love it. It pushes me to think!!!

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    designdreamer
    July 21, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Your breakfast room was probably my favorite room that you’ve done. REALLY liked your table and chairs, but I get it that you needed to make a change. Just curious if you kept the table and chairs, and plan to bring them back once you have your family room added. And of course then what would you do about the current changes you plan to make to the room

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      designdreamer
      July 21, 2021 at 10:54 pm

      OKay, just read your response to someone else, so I guess you’ll NOT be bringing the old stuff back. Oh well, I enjoyed it for awhile, 🙂

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    Michele
    July 23, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    I have a set of those wood fold-up TV trays that I use when my dining table has an overflow or I’m eating alone. I also use them for to hold books when I’m researching from my recliner. 🙂

    The rug is so pretty and the azalea-colored curtains are gorgeous! I would have never even thought to dye a trim with sequins on it… what a fantastic idea. The burnt-orange-ish color is perfect.