So, I mentioned that I wanted to warm up the family room a bit. I love our gray sectional and the Gray Owl paint we have going on, but any more gray and I was going to need a beach vacation to get warm. (Okay, I’m still going to need a beach vacation. Taking this land-locked Coloradoan to the beach at least once a year is Mr. B’s #1 philosophy for how to achieve the Happy Wife = Happy Life equation). The thing about a move though? You just ooze money for awhile and I didn’t want to buy everything at once. Even when you’re trying to be frugal. We should have just agreed that he budget was out the window for the summer of 2013, but it was probably for the best that we kept some semblance of living within a budget while still allowing purchases here and there.
Anyway, I wanted natural texture as the first stepping stone to warming up the Family Room. A seagrass or jute rug was my top choice, but Mr. B (while admitting he really likes the way they look) doesn’t like walking on natural rugs barefoot and doesn’t think it’s good for little kids playtime. And I have to agree with him. So, I turned my search to a natural woven coffee table. And once we had the sectional for awhile working with our ottoman that I slipcovered as a coffee table, I knew rectangular wouldn’t work, and decided round was the answer to soften the square lines of the sectional. I stalked pretty much every source for woven coffee tables and purchased one last week when it was on sale on Joss and Main.
It arrived in like, 4 days or something absurdly quick like that. And I loved it immediately – the brown is warm but has hints of gray to tie everything together. . It’s much smaller than our rectangular ottoman was, and took me some time to adjust too, but it’s actually perfectly scaled for the sectional. The other side of the room just needs some more furniture now. Naturally. Thomas’s favorite books are the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series, and I feel like I’m living my own version:
If you give an Emily a coffee table, Mr. B will want a rug that doesn’t wrinkle when you vacuum. And if you give Mr. B a rug, Emily will want a comfy new chair and ottoman for the other side of the room. And if you give an Emily a chair and ottoman…you get the picture. Decorating this room will be a process. Which is how I like it so that things have a collected-over-time feel. I have to remember to enjoy the process and not rush to the finish line.
And here’s what the family room looked like before I decided I should probably put things away for these pictures:
Library books, rug samples, plastic cash registers. Real, beautiful life.