Then, I fell in love with this red/rust colored chair because I thought it went with the fabric. After that, I fell in love with this yellow rug THAT DID NOT GO WITH EITHER OF THE FIRST TWO ITEMS. And I still bought it.
Can you see the dilema here? I started buying random things one by one, and ended up with lots of things that did not really go together. I discovered that I am much better off finding a few main things that I really like (like a sofa and rug) and then accessorizing around them. Moral of the story, I don't need to design a room from scratch around fabric for throw pillows.
Let's be honest. The red chair was a stretch. I mean, I think it would work great in a room without a yellow rug. I was just so desperate to find something that matched the pillows I made. And it sort of matched. So I bought it.
Here are a few more "before" pictures. I am not sure how I would exactly describe it. But too much brown, and the chair kind of sticks out like a sore thumb.
So what did we do? Built white bookshelves with a cute neutral yellow fabric backdrop to keep things light and airy...had someone make a slipcover for the chair (I am not that talented unfortunately), added a couple new pillows, re-arranged a few of the furniture pieces, and Christopher and I also painted a canvas for the wall (again, it may be a stretch but it was much cheaper than buying something new). And now we have a much lighter, fresher feeling space that I am pretty happy with. If money were no object, there are a few more things that I would do. But right now, I am happy with the almost finished product.