March 26, 2017

Trying Green in the Great Room

Welcome to the great room today! 

I guess you could consider this a continuation of the last post, where I introduced you to some changes in the great room. 

Well, I have been tinkering with the room again. :-) Since I have the new tables I am playing with different table top vignettes. 

The great room in our house is a manly sort of room with a television, leather furniture, and history prints. I might as well call it a "man cave." :-) But I do hang out in the room too. 

You have heard me talk about the challenges of decorating this room. Sometimes I think maybe I should paint it another color...then I think about all of the trouble and immediately dismiss the idea. 

I thought I would try a bit of green in my challenging room. The wool rug has bits of green. I have admitted that this is the one room of the house that I have had trouble pulling together. 

Acquiring matching tables has helped so much. Yes...matching tables. It's funny how they just work, even though these days people mostly want eclectic. The "matchy-matchy" thing brings calm to this room, or at least to me. ha ha.

I searched the house for some green pillows and a green throw to give me a touch of color in my otherwise darkish room. 

I find leather furniture a bit tricky to decorate. A pillow cannot be too "froofroo" as it just doesn't go. Texture matters. 

My twig bunny works for the season on the cocktail table. Color. Texture. Scale. They work together. 

A bowl of fruit, though it be faux, adds some color. The golden pears pull the wall color down to the dark brown table. And the old brass bowl plays with the lamp color. 

I bought the lamp a few years ago because the base made me think of an urn, or pineapple, or artichoke. ha. I could not exactly put my finger on it...but something like that. What do you think?

Have you seen the most recent copy of Kentucky Homes & Gardens? Usually available for free in Lex and Louisville design shops. I love to look at the pictures. :-)

My mother and I have discovered something about new lamps...many do not use the three way bulbs up to 150w. The three ways go up to 100w. That's a bit too dim for reading if you ask me. I know. I know. I am supposed to switch to the new bulbs. I am "resisting." ha ha. 

How do you like my old school bell? 

It belonged to my maternal great grandfather. He was an educator in the early 1900s. He taught and served as an administrator in a rural Ky community over the years. 

The handle is worn. The brass tarnished. But it has the sweetest sound! My mother taped a note inside with a bit of family history. That is what makes the bell a special treasure. 

Since I am the only one (of my siblings) who went into education/teaching I was given the bell. (yay!) I am a fourth generation Ky teacher. 

The sun came out and I was able to turn off the lamps... for photos.

Excuse the bit of glare...but I think you can see the room better. 

I said this was the tv room, and you can see the reflection in the glass. I forgot to turn off the television before taking pictures. :-)  I keep it real here folks. ha!

The next thing I need to do is put away a few accessories and find a place for this trunk/chest. It seems I am always mixing and moving things around the house. I guess that gives me something to show you. :-) 

Come over to my Instagram for more pics and to chat between posts. 

Until the next time...

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. I love the green in that room, that is just what it needs. And the satin/silky pillows add just the touch of softness the leather needs this time of year. A lime and cream throw of some sort would lighten it up for the spring/summer season---well just like pillows, we can never have too many throws, lol. Sandi

    1. Thank you for your kind words...and yes, pillows and throws! I agree. sheila

  2. Green goes with everything! Love the twig have an excellent selection of rabbits. Maybe your lamp is a pine-choke or an arti-apple...ha! We like a lot of the same styles and profiles. xoxo

    1. My funny is something. Just don't know what. ha ha

  3. Sheila, I love the vine rabbit with green and a hint of purple.
    FYI Instead of donating to thrift shops, I think we should just float it around amongst ourselves and we pay for shipping. Let me know when you are ready. LOL.

    1. I agree...lets just swap around. Good idea. :-) Sheila

  4. Loving all the green. You have the cutest bunnies ever!

    1. Thank you....I just love bunnies. :-) Sheila

  5. Sheila, the green is a beautiful color in this room! Our "man cave" has a leather sofa and love seat also and I struggle with pillows too. I don't decorate that room for the seasons except fpr Christmas, but now I just may try lightening it up for Spring/Summer! Thanks for the inspiration! I have been SEARCHING for green throw pillows for another room here with NO luck:(

  6. If you want, you can download Kentucky Homes and Gardens at , and by logging in (free) at (see, etc at right bar).


  7. Love the green in the room Sheila...beautiful! I have placed toile pillows on our large leather media room sofa and seemed to work I have the animal print pillows on it....Have a great week Sheila!

  8. Sheila, I really love the school bell that's been in your family. What a treasure!

  9. Cute vignette and the green works perfectly. We have leather furniture in the family room and you're right, cutesy pillows just don't work.

  10. Love your green rabbit and the green in your room.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon Party. Hope you come back next week so I can stop by again.

  11. I don't care for the new bulb either. I love the sweet moss bunny.


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