Refining and the chaise

Mother has mentioned numerous times that she would like a sectional for the living room. I have personally never liked a sectional. I think of bulky, cheaply made hunks of tacky junk people throw in front of televisions. You know, those ugly things people buy for $599 at discount stores?

Then I came across this beauty from Dwell Studio. It has a left or right facing chaise. $1,800 is not a bad price point either, and it comes in a variety of standard upholstery fabrics and lots more for an upcharge. I was reading a HouseBeautiful book and came across the work of Robin Bell and further knew a wallpapered focus wall would be excellent for mom’s living room. Don’t you love this zebra wall paper below!

I cannot help myself when it comes to playing with ideas for the room. Here I’ve delved a little deeper with the decor. Of course, most of this is out of budget but it’s fun to get a sense of how the space can look. Here we have the demilune and tv stand from the previous entry, the pieces I’ve been speaking of from entries prior, and I threw in new sconces, new art, and new blue lamps. I know mom would love those lamps.

We are missing some chairs but in time… I have not found any good Boston Terrier art for the gallery wall behind sofa. Eyes peeled! Will of course have to find the right shade of orange to complement the wallpaper.

You can find all this on One Kings Lane.




Hughes Tables

So, I showed my initial plan to mumsie and she approved! Wallpaper and all.

She thinks nothing can be accomplished online, i.e., she hates internet shopping, but we all know I love it! So I’ve been perusing the webs for tv stands and other sorts of tables.


I had no idea about demilunes until this week! I’ve actually been in the presence of one for years and never understood why the round table looked broken in half. If you find fancy antique ones, they come in pairs (like the one I’ve been staring at all these years), and are meant to be hooked together to create a round table, and when unhooked, and not in use, pushed against the wall and used as console tables. Demilunes, meaning half moon tables, are great space savers and add a touch of elegance to your space!

They were popularized in France in the 1700s. They can flank fireplaces, be used in entry halls, as bedside tables, as dining tables in tiny apartments, wherever your heart desires.

And since my mother loves antiques, I think this is just what we need for the room.

Here I’ve listed a row of antiquey demilunes and on the bottom row more modern/eclectic demilunes.

I am kind of obsessed with that mid-century Pier 1 tv stand for her (a bit of me should go in this space, right? Haa..) and I think it could pair well with the Anthropologie demilune table. Also, the white Kindel table.

The Wayfair piece is a nod in the more traditional direction she likes, and the Crate and Barrel is more modern and clean.

A correct mash up of modern and antique could be accomplished with any number of tables, and some offline scouting will be necessary. BUT I’m not going to rule out that Pier 1 tv stand. No ma’am. Picture it in a room with demilune #1 and #4. It would work just fine. And the square lines in our Target gold side tables would mimic the square design in the tv stand. Tying things together, baby!


Here I’ve incorporated the blue slipper chairs, target side tables, pier 1 tv stand, anthropologie demilune, animal print stools, acrylic coffee table, and persian rug into my room plan. The furniture added is not to scale. Just for visual reference. I rotated the rug horizontally instead of vertically. Here it fills the space better but I’m not sure what it will be like in the real life space.

The green blobs are plants 😀

*Price available upon request from dealer.

Hughes Mood Board

1d65I want to give my mother an eclectic, colorful space but maintain a traditional style, incorporating her love of antiques. As seen in the entry below, her space is bare, and while she has a lot of  reds and yellows in the room, they leave it looking cold and empty. Not warm and inviting. I’d like her to toss out that crusty old striped sofa and get a neutral beige sofa so we can add in a billion patterns and textures on the walls, floor, and in the chairs. The images here are great for showing how a boring beige sofa can be jazzed up with pattern (I believe all were sourced from here).

I can’t get this Farrow and Ball wallpaper out of my head. “It is a beautifully textured woven design that conjures picturesque scenes of Japanese fishermen repairing their nets” — Mother is obsessed with Japanese art so I thought a nod to Japan on the walls would be great! Whether or not she agrees has yet to be determined.


The wallpaper would just be on one wall, the wall with the sofa, across from the fireplace. To break up the wallpaper and add life/color we could add a gallery wall. A thought occurred to me to find a lot of paintings of Boston Terriers. Mom has 2. But that might prove to be a difficult task. She might really love that personalized touch! Something to discuss.

Her 1 of 2 requirements is the oversized plush sofa. I know she likes them to be skirted and I think that look will go well here. We have a 9×12 red Persian rug. I’d like to see REAL LIFE plants in the space. Mom is kind of fanatical about crystal lamps but I’m not. These are Target lamps. I like the shape and texture. 2 for $199 seems like a deal! 🙂  White will bring something modern to the room.

These are also Target side tables. I like the gold (which I’m sure she would too) and the shelf for storage. That will be good for stylish books and knickknacks.

I was thinking of some sort of slipper chairs to sit around the fireplace. Blue will pick up the blue in the rug and play off the orange in the walls (should we be bold enough to go that route). Also, fun stools in an animal print will provide extra seating when needed. Mom currently has a “jungle room” so animal print is high on her love list.

Other things we’ll need are an arm chair and something to house the tv. I’m not deadset on that coffee table but I know I do not want a wooden one for her.

So, what do you think? I guess it looks wild here in 2-D format but in my mind I see a beautiful eclectic space full of life and warmth ready to be sat in and enjoyed!