April 28, 2016

A Starting Point

This is a sponsored post by photos.com

Whether you want to redesign a room from the floor up or whether you just want to refresh a room... you need a starting point. 

I am not happy with the way our great room, aka family room, looks. There, I said it.  I know that in reality the room is fine...but I have been re-evaluating. I think I need your help!

Our dark masculine room.

When we purchased the house we had a quick turn around to get the rooms painted before moving in the furniture. I chose colors I like, and all has worked out well for the most part. However...since living in the house I have realized how dark our great room is. 

All photos from "Photos.com by Getty Images", with permission.

So, hubby and I have been having a discussion about our great room. We are at the "talking" stage. First of all let me say that he probably sees no reason to change anything! 

I just cannot seem to stop thinking about how to refresh the room so that I like it better. I have been mentally re-arranging the furniture, and tweaking a few things. I have been looking at artwork too.

I want to stay within traditional style...but I want to refresh things. Whatever I do must still work with my leather sofa, large tv armoire, and my great grandmother's old table. Other than that things can flex here and there. 

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The great room is dark...for several reasons.
The back porch roof cuts down on sunlight. 
The dark leather furniture (which I picked out) and the dark oriental rug (which I picked out too) keep the room...well, dark! 

And...we have wood furniture and darker hardwood floors (which I chose.) So you see...I am responsible for how everything looks, good or bad! 

I don't mean to whine, even though I am. :-) I have a room that just has me stumped. There are several door openings...which means not much wall space. Furniture placement is challenging. 

What I have to do is start using my brain to figure out some changes that will make me happy with the great room. These things take time...but I am ready for the challenge, to see what I can do to. 

"Photos.com by Getty Images"
One of the changes I would like to make is to relocate hubby's war military prints and hang some other artwork. I am ready to move the war room theme somewhere else in the house. ha!

"Photos.com by Getty Images"
When I was contacted by photos.com it was a happy coincidence and just what I needed to explore some possible prints or photographs for a new look in the great room. Sometimes we need a starting point...and artwork is just the place for me to begin. 

I am limited by wall space, and how much I want to invest, but take a look at some photographs I found. I had not considered photographs until I saw these gorgeous ones on photos.com

Look at this beautiful horse portrait. Horses are so special in Kentucky. They are almost a trademark for the state I guess.

Beautiful Horse! It reminds me of my Veda...a morgan horse that my grandfather kept for me to ride. He would saddle her up and turn me loose. 
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I love horses and equestrian décor and could easily be happy with a couple of these prints. And with the Kentucky Derby right around the corner...a racing print would be nice too.

I love the colors and action in this photograph!

The photos are available in several sizes, and frame options. I could consider one large print and a couple of small ones to create a grouping.

Old Louisville...

I also love antique maps like this one of Louisville.  We once lived on third street near the University of Louisville campus back in our graduate school days. The map may be too dark or dull for the great room, since I am wanting to lighten things up a bit. But, I do like it.

Green River Lake in South Central Kentucky

This is a photo of one of the lakes a few miles from us. I love Kentucky photography, but I am not so sure I want this for the great room. 

Paris Bridge

Travel and architectural prints can make a great statement in a room, and I could use this one of a Paris bridge. I have walked oh so many miles around Paris.

Love these London phone booths!

I don't really have much red in the house these days, but the English phone booth print would bring some pizazz and color to the great room. My daughter and I went to London before she graduated from high school and this brings back memories of that trip.

A double dose of red here.

We attended Easter services in St. Pauls, so this would make a nice print also. 

I have no reason for liking old ships, except that I do. I really like this one. I think hubby would like this photograph. 

Religious architecture is something I studied in college and in graduate school as a French major. I lived in Aix-en-Provence for a bit and toured cathedrals all over the south of France and Italy... Plus several in England. This print really speaks to me!

And Wigwam Village...

I am not considering this print...but it has a funny family story associated with it. This is a photograph of Wigwam Village in south central Kentucky, and has been there for years and years. In fact when hubby was a little boy he asked and asked his parents to go stay there sometime. (It is an old "motor court.")  It never happened. ha! I am not sure Wigwam Village is my cup of tea either.  Don't feel too sorry for him...he traveled the country and attended the Kentucky Derby in box seats when he was a kid. Just  no Wigwam Village overnight. 

What do you think?  I need your help/suggestions. Do you have any suggestions about which prints would look good in my great room? Remember...I want a change of mood from "war" prints. :-)  Other than Wigwam Village I like every print I chose for this post. 

This will be a continuing story of "As the Room Turns" and I have no idea how long this great room refresh will take. It could be quick and painless...or it could drag on. Just no way to tell! :-) Any decision is expensive...so tend to think and think before doing anything. :-)

Deep in the Kentucky Woods

I do love these photographs from "Photos.com by Getty Images"  as a starting point for inspiration. You might like to take a look if you are needing some artwork for your walls. 

Disclosure: I partnered with photos.com for this post.  Also, All photos were used with permission. 

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My Kentucky Living
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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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