Decorating & Design

November 2, 2009

Designer Dilemma

So it seems that you guys are catching my drift design-wise and these blog mini-makeovers are giving you some ideas, but I have to admit — I don’t have all the answers. I am actually hitting a mental design block in my own home! Usually I can walk into a room and imagine the necessary changes right away. Which colour? No problem. Fabric combos? I’ll give you three options! Overall design direction? A piece of cake — it’s traditional with a twist.

But I’m trying to make a few changes at home and cannot, for the life of me, find my muse. Each time I think I’ve decided, I sleep on it and wake up feeling like I need to start again and what was I thinking anyway?

So if you don’t mind my self-indulgent musings, here are some things on my tortured mind.

Photo: Bleached wooden night stand

Saw this cute little night stand at Funk & Gruven A-Z in Belleville Ontario — do I need it? Bleached wood is hot right now, but I do already have several night stands …

Photo: Global eclectic night stand

This little guy was there too — is he better? Am I going for bleached traditional or global eclectic these days?

Photo: wing chairs - vintage version

Also, I can’t get enough of wing chairs recently and this vintage version has all the right lines. It would have to be recovered, but I am not in a position to choose a fabric right now! I’m too fragile.

Photo: Vintage wine bottles

I’ve seen these vintage wine bottles around a lot lately — I’ve even propped with them myself — but do I need this affordable one for $50 on Queen Street?

Photo: classic chest of drawers

I saw this classic chest of drawers in the window of L’Atelier on the weekend and covet it something terrible. But this is an Affordable Style blog, and I’m a budget kind of guy, so in the window it must stay. Where can I find his affordable cousin?!

Photo: antique Persian rug

I also drooled a little when I saw this antique Persian rug in a high-end shop last week. Look at those colours! I know it might seem a little rock-band-stage-prop (with silk scarf tied to the microphone) but I see it casually thrown on a bare wood floor with just the right slender canopy bed and moody green walls. Sorry, drooling again.

But that leads me to my next problem (which has nothing to do with a small budget) — what colour to paint? I’m thinking English country or bottle green, but I’ve also entertained black (yes black), putty, grey-lilac … With so many inspirations I don’t know which to choose! If I were to go green, which one would you choose?

Photo: paint colour - Saxon Green, Calke Green, or Breakfast Room Green

Saxon Green, Calke Green, or Breakfast Room Green?

Photo: Michael assembling bed from Ikea

And the bed! Sara snapped this less-than-flattering picture of me assembling the bed from Ikea on the weekend. (Note the classy lamp sitting on floor.) Now that it’s together, I’m not totally sure I want to stick with this vision! But ooooh that Persian rug would help.

They say that talking your problems out is cathartic, but my stomach is now in knots. If you have any brilliant ideas, please help me!

Why can’t I just live here and be done with it?

Photo: Horse Farm in Upstate New York, G. P. Schafer Architect

Photo: Horse Farm in Upstate New York - hallway, G. P. Schafer Architect

Photo: Horse Farm in Upstate New York - reading rom, G. P. Schafer Architect

Photo credits:
Michael Penney
Farrow & Ball paints
Michael Penney
11-13. Horse Farm in Upstate New York,
G. P. Schafer Architect