I have a friend who has this book on her entry table :

I know some people love to “finish” their house.  My grandmother hired a decorator in the mid 60’s, spent a pretty large budget and then changed practically nothing until the late nineties when she moved from that house.  It looked dated, but there was something comforting about the consistency at her house.  However, I believe a home should be constantly evolving, not a static environment.  My husband is so annoyed by this philosophy.  Our house changes from month to month, a little week to week, honestly given too much time a home, it changes from hour to hour.  As I find things that I love for our house or rooms that aren’t being used in the same way anymore, I change them.

Right now, here are some changes I am considering.

 Here is my $20 Craigslist sofa.  It is pure distressed leather awesomeness.  But, I have an opportunity to get some cheap microfiber velvet.

Wouldn’t my sofa look great like this?


Then, I sat on this sofa:

Now, I am thinking I would like to eliminate the tufting on the seat.  That would eliminate the vacuum adventure I have with the tufts every week or two.  Also, the lack of tufting makes the seat so much softer.

So, I saw “Midnight in Paris” a several weeks ago.  It is a charming movie and I highly recommend it.  What stuck with me the most are these closet doors.

 They are frosted mirror, so they don’t work as a mirror, they just work to infuse with the room with light.  I don’t have a spot for this idea, but I love this idea.

 I have a pair of leather wing chairs.  I am considering linen slipcovers for them.  I think this is a great way to change their look seasonally.

Our “entrance hall” needs some jazzing up besides the new Ikea rug.  It is due for a new mirror.  I would also love some wall paper or a stencil.  Unfortunately, we have the lovely orange peel walls that is common in new suburban homes.  I don’t want to curse it too much because it could be worse, it could be popcorn ceilings.  Anyway, wallpaper would involve extensive prep work and stencils tend to bleed.  The photo above is of a stencil done using a sharpie.  Surprisingly, sharpies come in a lot of colors and variations these days.  I am thinking of something a bit more modern and perhaps metallic.  A few options:

My favorite (though it might drive me batty to create it):I will let you know what I come up with.

About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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2 Responses to Considering

  1. Martha K says:

    You noticed! And the book is not there strictly by accident, the concept of an ever-evolving home appeals to me! The only constant is change!

  2. Patricia says:

    Love your site!

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