Making Do With In-between Decor (TV Room Update)

Nov 12, 2014

Hello again!

It feels like I haven't blogged in ages, even though it's only been just over a week. In case you were wondering, I severely injured my back last Monday and was bed ridden for 4 days - I couldn't stand or walk or put any weight on my feet. I was finally able to start walking Thursday night and am 95% back to my normal self today. Having never majorly injured myself before, this experience was quite a scare, and it certainly put things into perspective for me. I'm thankful for "Aha" moments that encourage reflection and remind me to be grateful.

"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude" - Cynthia Ozick

Onto a lighter topic, I rearranged our TV room today. It's really an in-between room at the moment. When we do our major renovations after Christmas, we're going to open the kitchen up to this room so it will be getting a major makeover at that time. None the less, I didn't want it to feel like a neglected space until then.

Before:
I don't have any photos of the before because I wasn't planning on sharing this room yet, but picture blank walls, no plants or accessories, and a beige slipcover on the couch.

After: 
The cream covered slipcover that previously covered the couch frequently got dirty and blended in with the yellow/cream walls. Although the floral patten of the couch is dated, I've tried to make it work with a throw and couch cushion. I also used the green in the fabric as a jumping off point for the rest of the green decor in the room - the two side tables are green, there is green in the curtains, and of course the leafy green plant helps tie it all together.
The beautiful prints I've framed are actually cut from a 2013 calendar of the artist, Ed Roche's work.  This is such a great idea when expensive artwork is not an option.











I've kept the coffee table decor simple & practical with a candle, coasters with prints of Newfoundland row houses on them and seasonal pinecones.


There's no denying that the paint colour and flooring in this space are dreadful, but I think these few minor adjustments have created a cozy bearable space that I can enjoy until the overhaul. Don't feel like you can't make a space welcoming and comfortable even if it's just temporary. With a little attention you'll surprise yourself with how easy it is to bring a dull room to life.

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