The Great Room (in progress)

We’ve been here two months and it seems like we’ve been here only two weeks. So much to do and so little time! I can’t complain too much, though. We are thoroughly enjoying this new house and I am enjoying the decorating process immensely (when I find time to actually do it, that is).

I’ve shared a few terrible photos of what certain parts of the house are looking like, and have apologized a thousand times over for crappy photos. So today I thought I’d share some better photos of the great room that I took with the Canon Rebel this morning. Despite the colder temps it’s a bright sunny day outside. I may as well take advantage of it while I can.

Great Room from Hall This is the view of the great room from the main hallway. The painting over the sofa is entitled Beyond the Limelight and it was one of the paintings my aunt created for her series Rock Gods. She was kind enough to let me give him a new home for a while. You’ll also notice my Chanel No.5 painting to the left, and I promise I’ll post more about that piece soon. It’s a huge painting that needed a large wall and I think it fits that space perfectly. I can see it from the kitchen and also from where I sit on the sofa. I think it’s important to place art you really love in places you’ll see it often.
Great Room from Kitchen And here’s a view of the great room from the kitchen. It’s sparse, but it’s getting there. The sputnik chandelier was an design choice I made over the summer, and I love how it adds major sparkle to the room when it’s on at night. My fiddle leaf fig (aka “figgy”) has been temporarily propped up on a chair so he can get some light to those lower leaves. Once I get my cable box situation sorted out near the fireplace, figgy will inherit the antique brass faux bamboo table so he can have a chic perch.

And let’s not avoid the elephant in the room…can you say HUGE BLANK WALL? I obviously need to get my ass in gear and get a gallery wall together, but it seems like such a daunting task. It would help if I took stock of all the art I have around the house. Maybe I’ll drag everything out today and see what I can whip up.
Coffee Table And here’s a little close up of the coffee table. Just a jumble of books, boxes, a tchotchke and an orchid all corralled in a tray or two.

There are definitely a few things I’d love to change about the room. For starters, I need better pillows. These black and white Ikea pillows are getting us by, but I really need more variety, color and texture. Over the summer I had this idea that I would use some massive 24×24 pillows I had gotten from ZGallerie, but that dream has since faded when I realized that they would slide and fall down on my leather sofas. Anyone else have that problem? It’s super annoying. For now all I can do is drape a throw over the arms of the sofas in hopes that the pillows will have something to grip and stay in place. I know, #firstworldproblems, right?

Aside from that, I still have to hem my drapes, and I’ve been thinking of taking the builder blinds down for now since we never seem to use them at the back of the house. I have a swivel glider chair in the garage that is just waiting to be brought into the great room, so that will be added in the corner near the kitchen.

So that’s all for now. I’ll do my best to post up more pics soon. Who knows… maybe I’ll have a gallery wall to show you in the near future!