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10 Apr, 2005

Living Room Revival – part five

Posted by andrea in: Misc. life

So the article was in the Ottawa Citizen on Saturday. The family photo isn’t there, which is too bad because they picked a pretty good one. If I can scan it I will post it here.

The team is coming by tomorrow to take more measurements. I sincerely hope they can do something with the horrid carpeting. I think that’s my biggest worry.

One of the students, Marisa, called me the other day to ask about patterns. We?d forgotten to talk about patterns! It was so hard to put my thoughts into words. I like a lot of different patterns, and I hate a lot of patterns. But it depends, doesn’t it? I mean, what would you say if someone asked you if you liked stripes, or plaids? I like stripes as long as they’re tasteful. I wouldn’t want my walls to look like a candy cane. Plaids? I don’t mind modern plaids, I have a pink and yellow plaid skirt that I love. I’d like plaid on a pillow, but I wouldn’t want to cohabit with a couch that looks like a someone’s old lumber jacket.

She did ask me one slightly alarming question: “how do you feel about tropical florals?”

Uhhhh. I like them if I’m visiting a tropical island! :)

I’m not exactly sure why she was asking me the question, but there is nothing in my entire home that’s the colour of a tropical rainforest.

She asked me about florals. I’m not crazy about florals overall, but when it’s done in a minimal and understanted way I don’t mind. The duvet cover we bought awhile back is a subtle blue floral pattern on blue. I like it, although it was pushing the margins for Mark. The last thing he wants to do is live in a house that’s too “girly.”

Color combos I like: blue and light green, red and tan, silver and blue – but I’m open to other suggestions. I am really looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

The room is really a multi-purpose room. We hang out, watch TV, read and play games. Whatever they come up with has to be functional, casual, and comfortable. As I said to Marisa, I don’t want to be reading a book and have a series of lime green accessories screaming at me in my peripheral vision.

Thank you everyone for your emails, and for following along on this little adventure. I’ll be posting photos as the process continues!

1 Response to "Living Room Revival – part five"

1 | Anita

April 11th, 2005 at 9:08 am


Paisley! Ask for paisley!

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