I mentioned last week when I showed you my awesome “industrial chic” shelf that I’ve finally gotten most of the rooms in my house pretty much how I like them.
Buuuuut…I’m also a perpetual tweaker.
Which is why we’re returning to the breakfast nook today to take another look at something I’d love to change/fix.
Here’s what the view from the kitchen looks like at this point.
This picture is fine. I’m happy with the colors on the walls. I like the rug. I like the shades.
I’m not as thrilled about the super-dark chairs.
I do like the pattern, and they’re in perfect shape (I scooped them up, newly reupholstered, for $50 each from an antique store that was going out of business).
But they’re just a bit too somber and traditional for the vibe I want for this room. Plus, I would really love some contrast with the ultra-dark stain on the wood of the chairs/table/benches.
A while back, I decided the easiest fix would be to take down the shades (that I sewed 4 years ago) and use that cheerful fabric (Pottery Barn’s Bettina…long since discontinued) to recover my chairs.
But when I finally got around to testing it out, I discovered two things:
1) Holy COW is there a lot more light in the room without the shades (even though they have a white background)
2) I’m not convinced that the Bettina fabrics works super well right up against the rug.
So, now I find myself with a bit of a conundrum, not to mention several different permutations of things I could do to solve it.
Leave the shades down to allow more light in, recover the chairs with the Bettina fabric, and find a new home for the rug?
Put the shades back and find a different fabric to recover the chairs?
Leave the rug, trust the Bettina fabric to work better on the chairs once it’s actually shaped to fit them, and find a different, sheerer fabric for the windows?
I just can’t decide. And while the actual execution of any conclusion that I come to will probably take months, I still like to have a plan for a room in the back of my brain whenever possible.
Which is where you nice folks come in.
I always love enlisting your decorating help and am so grateful that you’re so generous with it.
Just to give you an idea of a few things I could do and a few fabrics I like, here are the same pics as above with some fabric swatches.
This fabric is called “jo jo” in aquarius by Premier Prints, and I love that it’s playful and light but not crazy busy. I also think it works fairly well with the rug. If I were a photo shop pro, everything would be to scale, etc., but just so you know, the dots on this fabric are approximately 1 1/2” across.
Another option is this:
This one is called Morrocan Lattice in Clementine by Michael Miller. Obviously, it would NOT work with the rug, so that would have to go, but it would give the rest of the space a whole lot of punch. I’m not sure it would lighten up the chairs as much as I’d like, though.
And then there is this one:
Yup, that would be the neutralest of the neutrals. Since I want a lighter look for the chairs, I could, of course, just go with a natural-colored burlap or linen. The fun thing about this one is that, although you can’t see it in the pics, there’s a sparkly gold thread running through the burlap, so at least we’d get a bit of sheen to fancy things up.
On the flip side, if we assume that the Bettina fabric is going on the chairs, these are some options for the window shades.
The burlap is the same gold sparkle that I just showed you above, and the yellow is Duralee’s Stockholm Sungold fabric—definitely more expensive than the rest of the options at $20ish/yard—that I already have a yard of. It’s a really nice weight, and those big, mustard-colored flowers are HUGE.
I could definitely keep going with different combos of chair and shade fabrics until all of our eyes were crossing, but instead, I’ll just leave you with this Urban Outfitters rug to consider throwing in at least one of those mixes (I personally think the Jo Jo + this rug + the Bettina on the shades would be pretty awesome).
So, now that I’ve thoroughly overwhelmed informed you about the options, would you pretty please do me the favor weighing in on what you think?
The options I’ve given you are to establish a look I’m going for, but I’m not necessarily stuck on any one of them, so if you have an alternate version that you think would work great, fire away. I’m open to any suggestion as long as it’s not: I don’t like anything and think you should just scrap everything and start over. (Believe it or not, I have gotten that suggestion before about other rooms, so if that’s how you feel, that’s fine; just don’t tell me. : )).
So, what would YOU change?