Today I put the finishing touches on the sitting room, which is the room next to the kitchen that used to be the dining room. It's pretty small as far as dining rooms go, plus it has a french door that opens in, so that takes up additional space, making it too small for the size of dining table we wanted. So, we made the next room over the dining room and turned this into a sitting room that Kevin can hang out in while I'm in the kitchen. It works well when we have guests, too... I can finish up dinner and still be part of the conversation.
To give you a little reminder, this is the wall that used to separate the kitchen from this room. (Sorry about the small picture, I can't find the original right now...
Then we had the flood, and while they were replacing the floor, we went ahead and had the wall taken out.
Then I had a couple extra days off over New Year's, so I painted. That was an arduous process. See, the room has a chair rail, and apparently there was a different sheen of paint above the chair rail than there was below, like one was flat and one was semi-gloss. I normally use Behr Premium Plus Ultra which is paint and primer in one, so I don't usually prime. Well, when I started painting, I noticed that the paint was a totally different color above the chair rail than it was below... so I had to prime the whole room, and then it took two additional coats of paint.
This is what it looks like now from the kitchen... It's so open now, I can't even imagine what it was like anymore with that wall there. Our next big project is to get an island put in... we already had the electrical run for it when they put the floor down (code requires an island to have outlets.)
The paint color in the sitting room is a custom mix... I started with a Sherwin Williams gray-green color (can't remember the name), but it was too dark so I had Home Depot cut it by 3/4 with white. The rug is an ivory wool carved rug that I got at World Market. I love the pattern, it reminds me of the designs carved on the walls of the Alhambra palace we visited in Spain.
We bought the love seat and chair at Sofa Mart, they were pretty cheap, but they fit the space well and get the job done. The chair and ottoman are dark green with eggplant colored flowers (eggplant is my new color obsession, but this house is too dark to paint with it so I had to settle for a chair.) The little ebony table is from Target. It's a hexagon shape with carved out sides... you're supposed to put a vase or something inside it. I haven't decided what to put in there yet.
The stuffed dog is my Bridal Shower Dog, it has a little veil on and all the ladies at my shower signed it.
The basket we're using for the other end table is a HomeGoods find, as is the pretty blown glass flower. The Love Knots vase is one of our wedding presents (the dried leaves and flowers are left over from a bouquet Angie bought me at Christmas.) Balsam and Cedar Yankee candle... mmm.
And finally, the gallery wall. Another one of my projects that took me forever, but it looks so good now that it's done, I just can't take my eyes off it! It has all of the watercolor prints that I/we bought in Europe. The smaller ones are actually postcards in dollar store frames. All of the other frames are different styles, but the same general color wood. More on how I arranged them and got them all straight in another post.
Now all I have left for this room is to make some decorative pillow covers... I have the fabric already, just need to take the time to sit down and do it!