Living Room Decor – Part 1

There are many, many, many things I love about our house, but the albatross around my neck has been this living room wall. Now, the wall is really a nice wall since the peak of the cathedral ceiling meets there and it is the main focal wall that can be seen from the kitchen and dining areas. But, what could have been a really nice asset to the house has been hindered by the builders choice to put the return air duct smack dab in the middle of the wall and then while we’re at it let’s throw the thermostat on that wall also! Then there is also the doorbell ringer thing to top it off.

So in short, decorating this wall has always been a challenge for me. It intimidated me. I did not want to draw attention to the vent, so I just chose to not do anything to it.

Until now…..

This gives you a better idea of the height of the wall. You can also see the dormer windows on the right.

My whole theory of this wall was to just totally go for broke and ignore the ugly vent and maybe it would not be so noticeable.

I bought these shelves at Hobby Lobby at one of their 1/2 price sales.

I stacked these picture frames for a little architectural interest, copying a look I saw in a French Country decorating book.

This bronze dog is a bookend that was from my MIL’s house. I have a couple items that I have been playing with in that spot and the dog is the chatzky of the day.

I wanted something tall on this shelf to bring the eye up toward the ceiling so I chose this subway sign art.

These signs are very expensive if they are original vintage ones, but I made this one myself. It shows a train schedule for the Long Island Railroad. Train, subway, same difference right? They both run on tracks.

I put this crock that I bought at a garage sale a few weeks ago beside it. I painted the number 3 on it with acrylic craft paint in case I get tired of it and want to wash it off later. The font is called Engravers MT if anyone is interested in font styles. And while I’m at it, the font for the subway sign was Helvetica.

OK, here is my dilemma. These are the pillows that I bought with the couch. They match an armchair that is in the room.

I’ve always been fond of paisley.

I found these pillows at Kohl’s and thought they would be a nice change. I sort of like the geometric pattern and thought even though they are modern, they look vintage also.

Sort of modern/industrial/vintage?

Or do I use both at the same time?

Too much pattern confusion?

So paisley, circles, both? You decide because my brain is fried from the wall.

Now, I have to admit that I hyperventilate when thinking of the blog world looking at my living room. It seems so personal, you know. But I enjoy so much looking at other people’s houses that I thought I would show you this little area. Tomorrow I will show you the rest of the room so you can get a better idea of my decorating style (if I have one) . . .

I’m linking with Between Naps On The Porch’s Metamorphosis Monday.

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  1. says

    I would stab that builder in the eye (not really). Your sign is off the chain. Make me one…I will pay for it and shipping…it is just eight kinds of awesome. I like all four pillows…Joe says I am pillow crazy however. Taking photos of the insides of my homes make me anxious also. The old house is so dark I imagine I will never get ant pics of it. I make a terrific effort not to compare because I know I am blessed no matter what. Plus buying stuff second hand is wildly fun as you know. hugs♥olive

  2. says

    Happy Monday, Pam!

    I think your wall looks fabulous. The vent looks like it is part of the design. I like the the circle pillows.

    Have a great evening! La

  3. says

    Hi Pam! I am in LOVE with the subway sign you made! I want one now!!

    My vote is for both the paisley and circle pillows together! I like the look of lots of juxtaposing patterns!!

    You’ve done a great job with that wall!!

  4. says

    Hi Pam! You know…I think that is a Midwest thing with the vent up in the wall like that. I live in WI and I never saw that before I moved here…hmmm…I’ll tell you- I think more builders should have women on their design teams because then they wouldn’t have things like that! lol

    As far as the pillows go..I am the odd man (or I guess woman) out. I like each one separately but I don’t like all four of them together..but that’s just me. If I were using the circle ones (which I do love) I would probably pick up a solid color that complimented one of the circles and buy/make pillows from a different fabric. It’s hard to tell with pictures really because colors,etc. don’t always run true. What do YOU think? I guess that is the true test!>)

    I love what you did with the wall though…and I think that’s a pretty good “wrap” for that vent..It is much less noticable. Good job, my friend. Diana

  5. says

    Ok! Your theory worked! Because I didn’t even notice the vent and thermostat until I actually read your post! :) The builder was clearly a man! He needs a punch in the face! any who! Leave both the pillows. Love them together. AND I love your coffee table! :) I think you did a great job! :)


  6. says

    I think your wall looks great. Maybe you should paint the vent a darker color and just make it more part of the grouping, kind of like a sideways shutter! Love the pillows either way.

  7. says

    LOVE YOUR LIRR SIGN!!! I’ll bet your hubby loved it! And I don’t think that vent stands out at all because you have given other nice things to concentrate on. If it really bothers you, you could always hang a little shutter horizontally over the vent. With the shutter openings, it wouldn’t hinder the wall vent. Know what I mean? Again, LOVE the sign!

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