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. 
"Photos.com by Getty Images" 
I love horses and equestrian d├ęcor 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
My Kentucky Living

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.


  1. My husband never sees any reason to change anything either...a constant struggle around here! I like the idea of the equestrian photos! I think that would make a great starting point! Can't wait to see what you do!

    1. The equestrian prints are so nice...and I love them. I will have to figure this out. Maybe a grouping.

  2. I think the horses would be pretty in your den. I love the horse with the " whiskers ". Too cute with Derby time in Ky. IAM sure you will come up with some pretty ideas. Have Fun !

    1. I went back to look at Mr.Whiskers...it is a great photo. I have to watch verticals and horizontals on my wall if I choose a grouping...so I will first figure out the pics I love more than others. So hard! Ha!

  3. We have several derby and horse prints..we also Have alot of Derby glasses and memorabilia....Have to start thinking of selling in case we sell our house and move!

    1. We framed some Derby posters for my daughter and I don't know where those are right now. Hmmm, I need to look to see if I could use something. Thanks for that poster reminder.

  4. Such gorgeous pictures! It would be difficult to chose. The horses are very striking and I would probably build a room around them. My aunt and uncle lived on South 3rd Street for many years. I can still see the house.

    1. A grand old street with lovely old houses!

  5. I am such a stick-in-the-mud that I could never choose a photo, sketch or painting unless it had some special meaning for me. I live the old map and wonder if the mat and frame could provide some of the colour you're craving.

    1. Marring would make it better. Thanks for that idea!

    2. Matting would make it better. Typo!

  6. My family room is in a windowless basement. Can't get much darker than that! Maybe it's because I am not from Kentucky but I think you might get tired of the equestrian pictures real fast. They seem kind of "clubby" to me. If you have traveled quite a bit why not include some iconic photos or prints of your favorite places? I have water colored prints and some actual photos of places we have gone.I never get tired of looking at them and they can be great conversation starters. Judging from your beautiful blog, I am sure whatever you choose will be perfect.

    1. Thank you. One or two horse prints would work for me...with something else for variety might be a combo that could work. I had a special horse in my life...and I wish I had a photo of her.

  7. I would definitely do the equestrian prints. You can do a modern yet traditional Ralph Lauren design.

    1. I do love Ralph Lauren style! That helps me get a vision in my head. Thanks.

  8. I just read a post by a gal that is really a talented home decorator. She also has a dark leather sofa (perhaps more light than you) but overall the room has warm feeling created with the rich textures from the leather and accents. What I liked too is how she made a collage wall with a collected group in her case of cows, that had never been grouped like that before. It looks fantastic. Maybe you'll feel some inspiration from it- she even has a taller/trunk style coffee table like you do. I would first start with a lighter rug- I'm confident that would brighten your room up right away. We all have those "guilt" purchases that hold us back from accomplishing what we really want and I think the dark rug is drawing the room down further into it's darkness. I think you need a theme with the wall art- if you jump around too much with different themes it won't carry well. Anyway here is the link:http://www.vignettedesign.net/2016/04/the-family-room.html

    1. Liz, I visited the link and oh my gosh her room is wonderful. I would love the grass cloth. We had it in our Georgian! These pics make me feel better about my room. I still need to tweak things...and the rug may be one of them.

  9. Sheila, love the horse-racing picture and the pictures of the single horse with the light background colors. Is it acceptable to have different sizes of framed pictures in a one-wall grouping? Or could you mix pictures with an artifact from racing, like a laurel wreath (small) or one of roses? Maybe another wall could showcase another complimentary Kentucky scene.

    1. Yes, I am considering different sizes of prints. I would love a nice laurel wreath to mix in. Great suggestion! I need to look for some racing stuff!

  10. That lamp is so great......there is so much that is already good in this room. You'll make it even better. I love your blog!

  11. Those are very pretty. I love a nice dark great room with nods to equestrian life a la Ralph Lauren. Our new family room is in the middle of the open concept house so it is quite light. I'd like it to be a bit more moody to complement the leather and persian rugs brought from the old house. Maybe lots of silver touches and blue and white ware would lighten things up for you. The racing photo is divine (I have Derby on the mind these days!)

  12. Wow...these are so pretty!!

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  13. Thanks for the inspiration of decorating with these prints and sharing them at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

  14. All these photos are definitely a great place to start getting inspired for a room redesign. Love photos.com! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  15. My husband, also, thinks that everything is fine where we live and nothing needs to change. We even have broken mini-blinds in our bedroom, but according to him, they're just fine...LOL! Anyways, just wanted to say I love the horse photos, but then again, you're the one that will be living with them on a daily basis. I did notice that your lamp shades are very dark, maybe think about switching them to white or off white and bringing in a lighter rug or even painting a piece of furniture. I'm going to anxiously be watching "As The Room Turns".

  16. All your photos are stunning Sheila. Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings!

  17. I really think that you are on to something here.
    Your plan sounds well thought out and I am looking forward to seeing what you decide on!

  18. What great photography of KY. I grew up there and it is a beautiful state! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

  19. I know exactly what you mean about feeling the need to make a change.
    In my case- I can't get it off my mind until I have a plan.
    What a smart idea to use photos as a starting inspiration point.
    You are well on your way Sheila!
    I can't wait to see what you do.
    Happy TOHOT,
    White Spray Paint


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