Before I do anything else today, I have someone I want to thank. That’s you! Thank you so much for supporting us and listening to our podcast. (If you missed it, you can find it HERE.
We started working on the podcast many months ago. It’s a dream come true for me to be able to record a podcast about my favorite topic (home decor) and to be talking to my friends 3 times a week. I thought you would listen and be supportive, but yesterday we were blown away! We just officially released the podcast yesterday and already made it to #15 of the most popular podcasts in our category. That’s in less than 24 hours. How did that happen? You…
I’ve been reading up on podcasts. The average podcast episode gets 141 downloads in the first 30 days. If you do the math that’s about 5 downloads/day. We just got almost 3,000 downloads for each episode on the first day. Thank you, thank you!!!
Okay I had a DIY for you today, but didn’t get it photographed in time to share today, so I’ll have to share it later. Instead I’m going to show you the living room at the farm.
I’ve been transitioning it to more color and more comfy seating.
To go back to the beginning, here’s what the room looked like.
The problem has always been how do you provide comfy seating that looks good, and doesn’t feel crowded in the room. When we bought the farm, I had the chance to buy the sofa and chair for about 1/4 of retail, so I bought them for the farm. The room was a bit crowded.
I sold the oversized chair and changed the position of the sofa and the bench. I also changed the artwork to better fit the space.
I think these changes were good. The chair just didn’t fit and we couldn’t open the door all the way. Then I moved the sofa and bench to the mountains. I decided to go ‘off-road’ and add a daybed instead of a sofa. I brought in these chairs from my study. The daybed was so that we could use the daybed for sleeping when needed. I also missed my Swedish bench and wanted something more comfortable with a similar design ascetic. The chairs really go with the bed, but something was off.
I bought this pew for the porch, but tried it inside the house for a change. I knew it wouldn’t stay, but thought I would enjoy it for a few months. I also added the blue rug.
Let’s break down the changes. I was removing the khaki color and adding blue and white. I thought I would add some comfy seating, but didn’t want a light color because it’s a farm and the chairs won’t be washable. The daybed is all washable. That’s a dropcloth on it above. The white chairs look delicate but are covered in leather, so they are very practical.
And so I added these chairs to the room. For buying info on the chairs. CLICK HERE.
The chairs are tailored looking and dark gray. Remember seeing them here?
Would they work in a farmhouse? Let’s see.
To help them fit in, I used farmhouse pillows.
So the gray wouldn’t feel jarring in the room, I added a gray and blue quilt to the daybed. That’s actually the back of the quilt, but I’ve always preferred it to the top of the quilt.
I also covered the burlap ottoman with a white throw. I need to adjust the rugs, but I love the blue rug in here. I feel like the darker color grounds the room and give it substance. I wanted mostly whites in here, but when I was forced to work with the gray for practical reasons, I came up with a room design that I love even more than my original idea.
It reminds me of what my painter mom says. Every painting needs lights and darks. I am going to extend that to a room. Now the room has some darks and I think it works much better. My husband is happy too. Two new comfy chairs that don’t look girly. Win/win!!!
I got so caught up in the excitement yesterday that I forgot to announce a new giveaway. You know the drill. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win, details here. I’ll announce the winner of the January giveaway today on my Facebook page and notify the winner by email.