Let's ease on in, starting with the good.
It's been a dream of mine to have a dark green library since more or less forever. Granted, my dream library has a rolling ladder and more than one wall of shelves, but I'll take what I can get. Choosing the color was a beast. I was looking for a dark olive green, but every olive I brought home ended up looking too brown on the walls. Finally, after our walls were spotted with about a dozen slightly different shades of green, my mom and I painted a few swatches onto the windowsill. Seeing the color in natural light helped us decide. We went with Benjamin Moore Vintage Vogue, which had looked almost black in the 6-inch swatch I'd painted, but turned out to be a rich, gorgeous green. The color has some brown and gray in it, adding enough neutral that the green never feels garish. I love being surrounded by this color.
The chairs, lamp, and prints are also on my nice list. The chairs were a thrift find, and I don't mind that they look a little beat up. They're super comfortable, and while I'm not usually drawn to brown, the color works here. The prints were a recent buy, and I still love them. The lamp is from Horchow, a couple years back.
Those pillows. I don't hate them, but they're not bringing anything to the space.
WHAT TO DO?
As you can see from the photo, that table is a bit wonky. I haven't gotten rid of it because I like the black glass and gold leaf, but it may need to be relegated to a less prominent spot.
Brewster says the faux sheepskin stays.
That floor lamp was a placeholder that has worn out its welcome. Time to find a new guy.
WHAT TO DO?
That chair is a full-on Monet. It was my first reupholstery project, and it shows. It's also not super comfortable. It's not in the kill category because I do have some fondness for it, but I am looking out for something better.
The shelves and bar need styling. This is an issue for me, because I need my bookshelves to be functional. Don't talk to me about arranging by color or turning the books around. I get that it works for some people, but it's not happening here. When I'm in the mood to be emotionally devastated by a Kazuo Ishiguro novel, I need to know where to find one. My plan is to re-style these shelves in a Dewey Decimal-approved fashion. I'll let you know how it goes.
That ceiling fan. Oh, the humanity. If you can find a nice looking ceiling fan, please tell me. The best I've found are the modern, super-simple fans, which I don't think is necessarily right for this room. We rarely use overhead lighting in here, so that can go.
Also, that rifle (I think? Firearm of some sort?) is an antique, rusted over, not loaded, for-decoration-only item. We also have an antique sword hanging over the door, but I promise this isn't an aggressive room. I just like the vintage clubby touch they add.
... we have dog beds, you know. Like, actual dog beds that aren't sofas or rugs. I think the cat sometimes uses them. Anyway, the dogs and the furniture they're napping on can stay. The Milo Baughman-style table stays, obviously. As does the ottoman.
That lamp again.
WHAT TO DO?
I'm not sold on the layout of this room, to be honest. Granted, I'm not exactly sure what else to do in a room this small, but it's worth considering. I am also aware that we need window coverings, but again, not sure what is needed. I love the big old windows, and since this room is on the second floor, there isn't quite as much of a privacy concern as there would be on the first. Still, I'm not trying to be in a fishbowl.
The mirror tray is a memento from our wedding. We had a local calligrapher write out our dessert menu and used it on the dessert table at the reception. We can't clean it properly without destroying the writing, so while I know it's going to need to go at some point, I'm just not quite ready to remove it.
We're slowly working on the gallery wall around the television. I don't love the television living above the fireplace, but it's really the only spot for it in this room. Finishing the gallery wall has been tough. I really don't want to buy things just to fill it. I'm being very particular about what can come in here. I'm on the hunt for saturated colors (though I'll accept the odd black and white piece, faded colors won't work here), a mix of vintage and modern, and personality. I picked up this little ink portrait over the weekend at a consignment shop, and I think he'll be happy here.