I spent almost the entire day yesterday clearing everything off the mantel and shelves and wall! A clean slate! It felt sooooo good! Mr. O Sink can't figure out why it takes me so long to rearrange ONE wall ( hang a set of deer horns on the wall and he's good to go) LOL! Seriously... it takes time. Thought. Standing back and taking a ton of photos! Is that how the professionals do it? Have you discovered when looking at photographs of a space that things stand out that you don't see when looking at it in person? Why is that?!! Drives me crazy!
Yesterday blogger friend Kelley commented that she could see a huge hooked rug hung over the fireplace. Wow! What a great idea! Thank-you Kelley!!
I proceeded to find the biggest hooked rug in the house (actually one of Jill's she's letting me borrow) and hung it over the mantel! From there things seemed to fall into place.
The French Urn rug was not big enough for what I am envisioning for this space!
Actually I like Kelley's idea of an even bigger rug for over the fireplace! I think a new hooked geometric might be in order! Sooooo.... my next rug project I think will be BIG! The largest I have hooked to date.
So you may be wondering where the French Urn rug ended up.......
I hung it behind a leather love seat on another wall in living room. Probably not it's final resting place. I think I need bigger here too! At least it's where I can look at it quite often. Max likes watching me rearrange but won't move from his favorite spot. As long as I don't move the furniture he's happy!
An open and bare space on the shelf! It makes me so happy I can hardly stand it! A swipe with a cleaning rag and WALLA! I am going to love love this!!!
If you are thinking about doing the less is more thing in your own home..... proceed slowly! It does take some getting used too! I tend to want to quickly fill a bare space with something.
Another blogger friend Pamela mentioned in her comment that sometimes the scale of a piece can make a difference when decorating. Thank-you Pamela! I tried using larger pieces instead of a number of smaller things in groupings. I like the way that works in this space.
Decorating has never been an easy thing for me! As much as I study the magazines etc. I sometimes give up thinking I don't have the right things to decorate with. I think the real problem is that I have way too MUCH to decorate with!!
So..... on to the rest of the house!
It will be a process...... if you like it so far...... nudge me to keep going......
For fear I lose my resolve!
I would like to post more in the New Year!
How's that for a resolution?
Talk to me!!!