We are at a point in the Cure where all of the changes are finally starting to add up and I am starting to see things come together, which is a big improvement from where I was just a few days ago... in the depths of, "What did I take on? I want to quit but I can't exactly leave it like this."
Deciding to "Cure" a combo living-dining-kitchen-office space means there is quite literally nowhere to go when things gets tough, as in I could barely get out of my front door. First up was the outbox, which morphed into a sizable section of the floorspace in the room and resulted in two giant bags being lugged up the street to the thrift store and a comparable number of items making their way to our public storage unit. Once that was finished, (I seriously have no idea how I made it all fit in the first place) I organized what was left.
After that, I played with the layout and attempted moving the sofa to face the shelves to see if it was an option (spoiler alert: it make it impossible to get across the room and the view of the kitchen directly behind the couch was awkward to say the least) so I ended up moving it all back but shifting the sofa and rug towards the door and expanding the arc lamp so it was centered over our pouf "coffee table." Baby steps.
Next, I tacked the galley wall. I opted to paint the existing black frames a glossy white to lighten things up and mixed in a few warmer toned ones. I arranged the artwork on the rug playing around with the layout until settling on a center line oriented grouping and made paper templates that I taped up on the wall to finalize the layout without creating unnecessary holes to fill in later.
Finally, I got some bamboo shades to cover the bare window which made a huge difference in both making the space feel more finished and filtering the light. I also covered our ugly overhead light with an inexpensive paper shade from Ikea, for $4 it really makes a difference. I'm still in the midst of shopping accessories but so far I'm loving the results.
MORE OF KIM'S STYLE CURE:
- Kim's Interview: Beautiful Classics with an Edge
- Kim's Style Scouting: Texture, Vignettes and an Abundance of Plants
- Kim's Before Photos: Tackling a Multi-Tasking Space
- Kim's Floor Plan: A Compact Layout
- Kim's Wall Decor & Project: Gallery Wall & Kitchen Accessories
- Kim's 2013 Cure