Once upon a time, my "formal" living room was blue. Upon moving in, I immediately painted it the most wonderful asparagus green. It looked like this and I loved it:
Then one day, the combination of my three grubby little kids and that butter yellow slipcover made me decide that room needed to "calm down", so I launched a "While You Were Out" project and painted the room a nice calm Rocky Mountain Sky (B-O-R-I-N-G) grey blue and called it our Reading Room. You can read all about it here.
Well, that lasted about 15 months....
....and then I found this fantastic apple green velvet settee that was going to make the most wonderful photography prop:
Seriously, I was only going to buy it to haul it around to pose kids and families on it in parks and at the beach and store it in my office. When it arrived and I realized how large it is and how lovely it is well....a vision began to form in my head....and a trip to Lowe's paint department and quadruple lattes and an audio book was in order!
Guess what color I had to go with? Yep! The very same Olympic Asparagus Green and a matte black accent wall. I LOVE my results! I listened to Beach Music until 1 AM and painted not only the entire room, but every damn inch of baseboard I could see. I got this crazy idea Thursday night, starting painting Friday afternoon and was all done by Saturday at noon, but my curtains took a week to arrive. I did not want to take photos until the damask was hung:
It is difficult to see due the shadows, but I put a pretty music stand to the right of the settee so P can practice her clarinet in this room. We've also set up her easel to the left of the bookcase near the large window near the dining room table so she can get back to her painting whenever she wants now.
Art work by moi...that's right...summer term before my senior year in college spent sketching and painting my way through Italy and Greece earning Humanities credits with some architecture students at UofA. That was awesome.
It has taken me four years to finally get this room right. Now we love it and we use it. Every one of us loves it. We use this room to play games, listen to music, read, practice music, knit, paint (see P's easel to the left of the table?) and nap (our chairs recline!). It makes us happy!