Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Use the dark stain that is on the sideboard on the bottom.  It's not really black - but it is very dark.  
I think if you do the entire table dark brown - it may be boring - when you can give a simple design more interest by the stain. 

This is what the table would look like all brown

Love the quality of this wood on this trestle table.  Looking French.  A light stain over the raw wood to protect it.   Not too yellow - not red.  

The look of raw wood is hot on the market - and it will accent the flowers in the side board.  
Any chair will go with this. 

Floors I feel are too red.  It has a commercial look to it.  When you move - the table top does not have to match the floors.  And you can always get some wall to wall rugs cut down to area rugs. 

 French Pine color

You don't have to have the wood match the red in the cabinet - I'm trying to match the lightness of the flowers.  

I would try for a slight stain to protect it.  The raw wood will turn color from the yellow elmwood to a orangey pine color like above.  The stain will also help it from turning. 

We could keep the top distressed and rough - or smooth and clean.  Here they used old wood to make a new cabinet. 

 This one is old and has turned the color as mentioned. 
 Smooth Raw Wood - new wood sanded. 

rough old wood used - raw wood finish

I think this is nice - slightly distressed - probably has a light stain on it for the color and protection. 

Raw Wood - My Cabinet in my living room

The contrast of dark chocolate brown and lightness of raw wood makes for a great combination. 

 Light wood French Bistro Chairs with fabric Parson chairs anchoring each end- keeping things light and airy. 

Or more dramatic with the black chairs with rattan base. 

And define the area with a rug - 
at least 9 x 12. 

Monday, September 21, 2015


1. The table to the left of the bed seems to be larger.  Measure the size of dresser needed.  Also measure the height of the bed.  
2.  The night stand on the right is small.  Just keep it.  - you can always paint it later to match the left. 


Light Turquoise lamp shades

Note the raw wood on the drawers and the white body on the dressers. 

Idea - make to fit - paint the outside white high gloss and stain the drawers.

all white - they painted the lower level of the wall so the white would pop.  

Light egg blue on the dress and a white framed mirror.  White lamp - but that pops because the walls are a darker tone. 
Another idea - all white dresser with a raw wood top.
You can make this larger - and add another layer to the drawers for a more polished design. Maybe even find the french drawer pulls like below. 

This cannot be made at my factories and again it's too complicated for what you need. 

More farmhouse design - keep it simple on the furniture - let the accessories and fabric do the busy work and tell the story.

The blue is made in india - and the other is too complicated for what you need. 

Add texture with wicker and blue and white pottery.

add silver or gold garden stool for sparkle - there is gold in the living room - and gold is now the IN fashion. 

raw wood stool  
blue and white lamp
I have 17 x 17 x 11 shade to fit this. 

Add blue and white plates - more a farmhouse look.  LAYERS

I'd paint the dresser and mirror.  Get the knick knacks off and the fabric. 

Use in the bedroom or the hallway leading to the bedroom - but not in the living room. 


How about a vintage clock above the TV to fill in the space. 
And a large piece of artwork hung horizontal above the sofa. 

The Louis Chair in the bedroom is the wrong color.  Move it to the LR and hide the TV cabinet.  It will soften it. 

Then along that wall - where you have the most room - find an antique Chinese Side board larger that the Mirror width .  Place the mirror over that.  It's too large stuck on the back wall.  

MEASURE THE AREA of the wall and the width of the mirror.

Check where this lamp is on the wall.  It is in the way of the mirror.  Can it be removed? It's not necessary where it is.  Put a lamp on the sideboard. 

Put 2 chairs on either side of the sideboard.  Paint the legs of the table black so it gives it more weight - right now it's floating. 
Add flowers and plants.  Plants always liven up a space and fill in gaps. 

Here's one way to make more room in the dining room.  

1. If you keep the bar there - don't put items on it to cover up the cubby holes.  Are there feet that can be removed on the bar to bring it down? Will it fit by the dining room table at all?  

2. You could stack wine bottles in the cubby bottom cubby holes. Hopefully the lights aren't too hot. 

3. Have mirrors cut the size of the holes and place in the back with glue tack. Could do this with burlap too. 

4. Put a plant in each cubby hole.  Get small pots - all the same!!!!! 

5. Small easels with family photos - all the same frame - done in Black and white.  Keep it clean and simple. 

6. Books and seashells - repeat it on the lower book shelf. 


Remove the cloth.  Your living room is now going into a sophisticated look - this piece is shabby but the mirror above will dress it up.  If there is an outlet - a small lamp. 

This is too farm like for the entry and too small. Put it in the bedroom or bathroom. 

This is hard to tell what room you have.  You need a small table and a chair - something to play at. 
Then maybe some new bedspread. 
If it's combined with the guest room - make it not too child like - they can grow up with the items - even if you move. 

I have this lamp available.