11.20.2009

I Have a Problem


My husband bought me some new furniture for our 27th anniversary. I am a shabby chic and garden cottage kind of girl. I am not afraid of color. I have had very girly floral furniture and I loved it but alas, it was wearing out. So off to the furniture store we went . . .


Have you been to the furniture store lately? Apparently their favorite color is brown and every varying shade of brown. there was a spot of red and a couple of floral couches that were beautiful but when I sat down and scooted back against the back of the couch my feet could not touch the floor. I'm sorry but I like to feel like an adult when sitting on furniture. Finally I narrowed the choices (not that there were many for me) down to some beautiful robins egg blue suede furniture and the same color in leather. As you can see I ended up with leather. It is that soft kind of leather that you sink into and I can touch the floor when I sit.


What is the problem? Well, the leather makes the room feel a bit cold. Our heater works fine so not cold in temperature but not cozy like I want it to. White walls, beige trim, beige carpet, brown brick and various side tables in dark oak, and white. Do you see my problem yet? It is a good problem to have because this means I need to go shopping for some pillows and throws and maybe even a big rug. I found these really great pillows that will get me through Christmas and winter when I decorate using white, gold and a touch of lime green.


The pillow above was my very favorite. The only problem was I only found one like it. My friend Sarah and I found it at Ross. No problem we thought we would just check the other Ross stores around and about. She went to 5 or 6 in the Fort Worth area and one in Abilene, I went to Wichita Falls, Abilene, and San Angelo, but none turned up like it.


This was sad but not the end of the world because I can just mix several white and off white pillows of various textures and that will work too. I found these sparkly ones to use at Christmas time.

It would have been so nice to find more of the pretty one with ribbon roses. It was so soft and touchable and girly. Oh well . . .


I was sad but moved on. Then we found this pretty tan and blue one. It was perfect for summer and into fall. But guess what? We could only find one? I am starting to take it personal this time. My hubby really liked this one and it mixed with the other white and cream pillows. One just wasn't enough. What to do?


I ended up buying it just because I couldn't bear to leave it at the store all alone.


I found this pretty embroidered satin pillow that mixed beautifully with my others . . .


But I just couldn't get this one out of my sights. It was so pretty and soft.


The white and cream pillows are beautiful but this room is really needing some punches of color. I plan to add pink and maybe some lime green to the room in spring. But the room still needs something now. I would love to find some beautiful colorful throws into the room but nothing has really looked right. Right now it looks a bit too modern for me. Pretty, but I tend to go more towards vintage florals. What have I done? I am starting to wonder if I should have just recovered the old furniture.


Maybe some floral pillows would make me happy. Now I don't know. Do you ever do this? Think you know what you want but instead end up with something different? I know it will work out it just takes me a while to find what I want sometimes. I know there are some beautiful fabrics out that include this color but most of them include brown. I like to wear brown, I like brown wood tables, even my brown brick is OK but that color with my leather still leaves me a bit cold. I am just not into modern I guess. Of course when I add all my pretty flowers and other accessories I know that will help


And my chair is so comfy . . .


This is his chair. Not my favorite but I can live with it. He was so sweet to offer to change but I know he really loves it. Hmmmmmm, maybe I should do leopard pillows. . . . . I know that would not lead where I want it to either. Where can I find some beautiful vintage floral fabrics that will go with this furniture and have enough for several pillows and not break the budget?


I guess I will be doing more shopping . . .

Until Next Time
Debbie

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13 comments:

blushing rose said...

I would add some florals but have you gone to A Garden To Remember that Aimee (her blog spot) creates beautiful things that may well blend & she has such wonderful taste, I am sure she would give you a bit of advice.

It is not me but I can see where you are going with all of this, it is going to be lovely when you are done.

Pop over for our FOUR GIVEAWAYS on Nov. 16th post.
TTFN ~Marydon

Kay said...

Our problem herein SoCal is that ALL of our major furniture stores have gone out of business....Wickes and Levitz went first. Now a couple of family-owned furniture stores that have been in town for over 40 years are also going bankrupt. Eventually, we won't have anywhere to go buy furniture.
Kay

Autumn Mist said...

A lovely blog, you sound a lot like me. I am in England, though, and don't think you'd get away with those boots in London!

Stacey said...

I think when you get it all fluffed up the way you like it you'll be happy. How about adding some other textures along with your colors. Could you get something floral in a fabric that is brushed or ....I can't think of a good example. I just know that leather has a certain slickness (bad word) to it and your pillows are shiny too. They are gorgeous but maybe something else mixed in would make you happy. Does any of that make sense? I should have started by saying that I like your leather! I like the color and think it will be perfect when you have it fixed up.

Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

That shade of blue is lovely! I, too, have been in the furniture shopping mode lately and have found it all very dark and heavy. I have had dark colors (reds, golds, etc) and am ready for a change. I'm thinking of painting my ceiling a shade of blue like your new furniture and the walls barely a shade darker than white. Love the blue!

You and your friend Sarah's search for THE pillow make me chuckle. A few years ago, a friend of mine and I got on a search for dishes from Marshall's/TJMaxx. Took us all over Texas to find our sets! LOL. Half the fun is in the search! I'll check by the Ross here in Tyler for your pillow... just in case.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi! Your blog is so pretty! Thank you for stopping by mine and for becoming a follower! I used to be a Texas girl...many, many years ago when my hubby was stationed in Laredo. We have a lot in common with our shabby decorating and love of roses! Yours are beautiful!~Patti

maría cecilia said...

Hi, thank you for your interest in my blog, yours is very pretty. So good you found something to change the furniture you didn´t like.
Cariños
María Cecilia

Jamey said...

I just came across your blog and I love it. I love your gardening blog too. Have a wonderful day! :)

Ana said...

Hi there,
I just wanted to stop by to thank you for becoming a follower at A Petite Cottage. I do hope you come and visit again soon. I love meeting new people and I am glad you stopped by. Thank you again. Hope you have a great new week. Until next time.

Smiles,
♥Ana

Millie said...

That's the great thing about pillows - you can never have too many of them! I change mine around according to the season or my frame of mind or ones I couldn't possibly leave in the store. Yours look just lovely!
Millie ^_^

Denise said...

You're right, everything that you see in the furniture stores is brown, brown, and more brown! And then....if you do find something different, you can't afford it! At least I can't. Do you have a T.J.Maxx near you? They often have great pillows at great prices. I think you need some bright floral pillows and maybe some nice throws to add some texture and color. Love the idea of throwing in the pinks and lime green. That will brighten it up! You might also think about some painted furniture for side tables and so on. That is HUGE here and it really gives a room personality. You'll figure it out girl!

Katherinellen said...

Debra,
I had that problem last year when we bouth ours....My husband didn't like the leather...I wanted the leather..And you are right...All you see is different shades of brown...Micro-fiber fabric...The florals and colors was not as comfy as the one I ended up with..I don't like brown....But got a brown...So what I did..I added a pillow like you did and a throw...Burgundy throw...and brown,burgundy,black and beigh,white,tan stripes pillow...It looks great...got me a area rug...in front of it because I had beigh/tan carpet...Hope you will find what you needs..to add to your complete problem...Wishing you Happy thanksgiving....Thanks for your prayers..Katherinellen

thistlewoodfarm said...

I do love all your pillows (especially the one from Ross)! Even though you didn't find another one, I think the new pillows look great together!

Thanks for linking up to Pillowpalooza

Have a blessed and wonderful day!
karianne