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I took the two white vases with boston ferns in them and put them on the tables. Is it better, or worse?

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Thanks Julianne. I agree, beige/taupe! :-) I will tell him I posted a 'vote' and everyone said beige! hahaha

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Julieanne,

I adjusted the lamps. They're not as high as they were in the initial picture. I knew they were high, but the pics in the back are not staying now, so the balance is better. I had placed them on the walls but when I realized they were too high, I decided to go the route of ordering new ones. I ordered two frames yesterday (16x20) that I will place on the opposing walls to create a vignette of sorts, as in the inspiration picture. So having the lamp higher will all now come together.

Spray the bases black?? I disagree. The whole point of buying those lamps was because fo the stainless finish on them. I want them to be accent pieces, they should complement the black and the wall colour, not match the sofa. If they were black, they'd get lost. I like that they are simple pieces that make a statement.

I am going to paint the base of the table, but I'm going to paint it a lighter version of black, so as not to make it stand out too much, and I am buying an area rug. Actually we've looked at a few but haven't decided which one would be best.... I'm thinking the beige/taupe but DH likes the lighter gray. But I'm thinking that with gray there will be too many shades of black and I'll lose the whole affect I'm going for.

:-) Thank you for your comments. I've really made some great strides in the room in the last two days. You guys have been awesome! It's funny, I can decorate another person's room but when it comes to my own, sometimes I'm lost.

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Newbie, the colour is very similar in value to Bronzed Beige (2151-50). But a little richer.... it has more gold in it than brown. It comes out looking much yellow'er' than it is. I think it's the way the light reflects off of it.

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Northern girl, thanks for the comments.

The wall colour was chosen from an article in a Design magazine as one of the best "Contemporary colours for 2004". The colour is actually made by Glidden. The line is called Upper Canada (that's the name of the colour line, not the brand.) There are a bevy of them - Western Wheat, Maritime Rain, etc. Lots of really awesome colours, and they were chosen as some of the best for 2004. It's definitely contemporary - you have to see it in person to really get the value right. If you go to Home Depot, you'll find it there, in the CIL/ICI section. There was a front page article done in HOME magazine a few years ago using a very similar colour - and they used black and white animal print to spruce it up. It was beautiful. I loved that pic and have it in the front of my binder (which is on loan right nor or I'd scan it for you).

I don't want to achieve modern, I want to achieve contemporary with a lot of warm influences, thus, a lot of the gold and yellow... I feel they provide warmth , to me. Black is the contemporary.

I think I'll wait til my prints are up before I make any more decisions, other than painting the fireplace. I might do that this weekend :-)

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I still think your original table can work. If you put the foam on top then make a tight fitted slipcover to pull down over (like a pillowcase with a flat end and four side seams) then you can take it right to floor OR shorter and leave some of the legs showing(but past scroll work). The faux cream leather would make it look contemporary. Then your black tray and the orange throw. I think it would be great but you did get lots of other good ideas.

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Newbiegirl, thanks bunches. I do still also like the idea of the black fireplace, but think it might be too heavy for the room. I'm going to have a conversation tonite with DH and ask him what we can do to build a surround. Maybe he can whip one out in a day or two. I also think I'm being critical :-) But it's also hard to tell from a small digital picture how the room actually looks. I like it. I'm happy with it. But the more I look, the more I find the table and the fireplace really bother me.

North -
I don't like the sides of the table, they have toomuch scrolly work on it. I'm going to see what else i can do with it. Maybe I'll leave it as is and work on the FP for now :-)

Okay, it's somebody else's turn now. LOL. I've taken up at least 1000 posts today! LOL

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Wait, how about I get DH to build a box to fit over it, and I paint it the same as the end tables, then.... get this....do a very light charcoal pinstripe on the sides only, just enough to see the line, but nothing dramatic.

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THe walls are a hazy gold... hard to describe... like an early morning sunrise....but deeper. They almost look chalky but they're not in RL. Just in images they look that way. Are you familiar with the LA gold series? (Laura Ashley?) It's one of those colours.

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How about I just go out and buy a new table??? LOL

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That's what I have been trying to create, an ottoman style thing. I still have a slight issue...once the foam is in,it's going to be higher than the sofa.....Can't cut the legs, they're steel. ARGH. Always an issue....

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I will have a look at the fabric store tomorrow night. I have some faux leather but I don't think I have enough... I'll see. :-)

It would be easy to do... I'd just have to fit it, sew it, put the foam in, then do the tufting with buttons before I put it over the table.... hmmmmm, this could be a fun project!!!

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I'm not sure... I think I'm getting too far away from the contemporary feel in the room....it's getting a little too casual. What do you think?

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Okay, I know this is a bit removed from the initial suggestion, but what if I used the cream coloured crepe and the leftover fabric from my drapery scarf.... have a look-see.

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Well, it just so happens that I have a ton of cream crepe fabric.... maybe that's what I need to do with it. I'll have a look tonite and see. I'll take a pic and you can let me know what you think. How's that :-) You guys have been great about the advice today, and I thank you for letting me take up bandwidth here :-) I hope someone else has a dilemma for tomorrow, cuz I think I'm done. LOL

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When I wrote the slipcover idea in the previous message I was for some reason imagining a cream leather slipcover. Maybe even with black leather piping???? I was thinking to get more of the cream colour in to go with some of your accessories and lamp shades.

You could try an all black look by just covering your table with a black garbage bag to get the idea if you like all black. Then you could tell whether it would be to much black in your room.

I think the orange throw sounds fantastic!

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Firsthomegirl, I actually did think about slip covering the table - and it's still open for discussion.

How about faux black leather???

P.S. At Bowring today, I saw black and white striped napkins (14 x 14). I could sew a bunch together and make a slipcover.... do you think that many stripes would be too much! LOL (wink).

Seriously.... how about a black slipcover, and an orange throw, and a tray on the throw??? I want to add some dark orange in here somewhere, because there's a little bit of orange in my new artwork.

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Dreamer, painting the table is not an option - it's a ceramic tile top. But I want a Barcelona table anyway, so it's just a matter of time b4 I talk DH into it :-)

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I noticed that you said you didn't like your coffee table. I was just wondering if you considered slipcovering it? Maybe you could lay a piece of foam on top then sew a slip cover to pull over top of it. Just an idea though.

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Artsy - I don't remember where I learned that phrase. I must be getting old. University was longer ago than I would care to admit.
It would be fun though, now, to audit a class like the Psychology of Aesthetics or Art History... I'll let you know when I am signing up and you and I can get some edification -and learn more clever turns of phrase.

Dekota - I feel as if your room needs a light coloured area rug, a light fireplace and a light table to get you closer to your sample room. How would hubby feel if you painted that $600.00 table? Maybe a cream top and gold or silver base? Tell him I said to paint it or to buy a new one and he will be glad that you just bought some paint. Perhaps.

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That's as low as they go! I should have gotten the table top lamps! ARGH. Why did I listen to you guys! LOL... hahahahaha (winks) (just kidding). I love the floor lamps.

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Does anyone want a cat??? Miss Bronte won't stay off my keyboard!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, she's driving me nuts!

Sorry, back to the subject!

I am thinking... that might be a good idea, but now i'm reconsidering the white, but more of a creamy white... like a vanilla sort of colour, with a black box (new) mantel. Paul could build me a black box mantel that would look more contemporary and would fit into the room better. And then with a flat black grate area, ... hmmm, that might be worth considering....

Thank you MG for all your help with this.

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Here's a pic with some lighter pillows on the sofa. I had a set of pillows I wasn't using (sort of a creamy colour with buttons down the front) and the pillow I just made using the drapery scarf - matches the drapes).

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I know about the balance of symmetry, and understand how that equation works, and I have tried to move things around, but my issue isn't about the symmetry so much as it is about completing the colour scheme. I'm having a difficult time making sure the room isn't too heavy in the black, but with the sofa being black, and my desire for a contemporary result, I don't want to "traditionalize" the room with a white fireplace.

The prints on the wall were just a "hopeful addition", and I do still plan to add them, but in larger frames on the opposing walls, as in the sample picture. And I'll probably go with stainless steel frames, to prevent more black from weighing the room down. I just have to find the frames. THat's not easy around here.

So, while I'm not completely sold on the "white painted" fireplace, I'm also not sold on the black painted fireplace~! It's very frustrating. In the sample pic, they use a white sofa, and a white fireplace, so I reversed that with the black. However, with my black tables, I understand how that makes the room feel heavy.

At some point, that AWFUL table will be out of there!!! (Dh would die if he heard me say that - it's only a year old and we paid $600 for it). LOL. I liked it at the time, and still do, just not for what I'm trying to achieve. I want a Barcelona style table for the room, to give it an air of "chic"i-ness. (does that word actually exist?) hahaha

Ya know, I've been working on this stupid fireplace for 4 years - never knowing what the right thing is to do with it, and I think I pretty much just decided that the best thing for now is to leave it alone (yet again). I think i'm still sold on purchasing a fireplace surround - I think that's the most professional way to deal with it. It's just that we're about to buy a new car, we just plopped our income tax refund into that fund, we just finished renovating the basement, I'm about to start a brand new job (wahoo for more $$), but right now isn't the best time to go spend $1000 on a fireplace surround. I was hoping for a quick fix!

P.S. I'm finished one pillow! :-)

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is what I call Artsy's "selective symmetry". The sample room is beautiful and well balanced, but the apparent symmetry is acheived without replicating too many items. I am also of the view that an entirely black fireplace would be too much - though I liked the idea at first (I love black) I think that following the mock up idea with cream and touches of black will lead to a happier result.

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Why is it we can decorate someone else's home easier than we can our own. I think my problem is that there are so many things that I haven't been able to get just the way I want them. And with the images here being so small, everything is really off. The frames and the accessories look so small, etc. I just called around to a few places for frames and the largest anyone has is a 11x14. ARGH! I hate shopping in Nova Scotia! it's terrible. I don't mind paying, but I hate paying shipping charges when glass is involved. (it's usually exorbitant to ship frames because of the glass).

I'm getting ready and going shopping right now. I want my frames! LOL Then I'm coming home to make pillows. hahaha

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I think it looked better without the plants, sleaker. Btw, I loved the black fireplace, I don't think it would be too overpowering, but I have a tendency to go for the bold statements :)

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Oh, and I have the scarf from the drapes set - it's 40 inches wide, and 180 inches long... so I'm going to make some pillows today from that same fabric, for the sofa.

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