August 14, 2009

Dream On...It's Time to Redecorate








above photos - www.designersguild.com

This is a departure for me - a decorating post! We're thinking about doing a bit of redecorating around here; maybe rethinking our use of space.

Our living room's OK but we're getting a bit bored of it. (A glimpse of my living room can be seen about half-way down the side-bar). Mainly we have to do a rethink of the TV room (also known as "the study") and the spare room which was once the toy room.

I would love to do something like the above pictures from Designers Guild
. Our room has good bones and new windows from Marvin are soon to arrive. I love the airy, almost ethereal, look to these settings.

I can imagine floating around in such a room in a long white dress, the breeze making the fabric flutter around my ankles, while the air wafts the scent of freesia ... Dream on...

The study has a fireplace with a ((charming)) burgundy tile hearth and a huge closet installation. It's never known if it's a den or a bedroom. Right now it's the repository for dated furniture from my side of the equation, his side of the equation plus Ikea. It's a mess. And it's papered in lovely (she said sarcastically) deep green vinyl wallpaper. It doesn't have mallards on it anywhere but it should.

My easel's set up in there and I bead at a tall table. Mainly, it's the room for lounging in front of the telly. We've tried various arrangements, but with many old houses (ours dates from 1892) the dearth of electric plugs hinders us. Whoever rewired the house in the 80s didn't-do-a-very-good-job.

The study houses the TV plus 2 sets of speakers and an old stereo. Is there anyway to decorate around these without putting them in an armoire? Stereo equipment is just one of those things that never appears in magazine photos. Most of us have them. Are they really always hidden away? I find them ugly and I would banish them but the living room also has it's quota of electronics.

Here's a couple of suitably obscure shots of what it looks like now. Oh, I forgot to mention we have 1,800 books to decorate around.......

12 comments:

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

These spaces are so dreamy and light. I'm with you on the electronics. I would love to toss it all right out the window. (Can't hear the T.V. in the armoire anyway.)A library look would be great. Surround yourself with bookshelves. Good luck, Hazel. I'm having the same problems.
Catherine

Debo Hobo said...

I am a big fan of the use of color, particularly the drapery.

Diane said...

Hazel, you have fabulous taste!
All those photos have shots of turquoise and floral touches. I like the combination of sea and land. Wish I had the high ceilings to pull it off.

...mmm... said...

I can't wait to see the results. you certainly have some good inspirtatin to go off of here. Now, get cracking!

That, btw, is LOT of books. Whoa. Seriously. If you read each one through, that is 10o0's of hours if your life represented there!

Margaret Gosden said...

I am thinking that now that I have the iMac I can store everything in that, and enjoy the empty space!

Turquoise Diaries said...

Good luck.. I think it will be a fun adventure..

Rouchswalwe said...

Only 1,800? Piece of cake!

einbildungskraft said...

You are required to send us the post-decorating shots, be honest and show us how you integrate the TV!! :-))) Take all the time necessary ....

Solid Frog said...

Designers Guild is so inspiring. Nice to hear that you like the new IKEA catalouge since I work with producing it.

giulia said...

These are lovely, Hazel. I do like the colors very much & am with you on the books.

I will enjoy a trip to the website to which you link if only, please God, someone tell me which laptop to choose. It would be so easy if I could have an iMac. This is not happening. I have rarely seen such arguing & dissing in the blogosphere when it comes to laptop discussions. One would think it's political--everyone loving or hating absolutely everything.

I would like to disappear into those rooms above & not think about it a moment longer. Alas.

Cheers & hoping you are well.

xoSusan

tony said...

I Like Those Moments When We Look For A Change.Go For It Gurl!

Joanne said...

Such beautiful interiors! I love all the pastel and florals! :)