Well, we did it. We finally found recliners that not only are super comfy, but look a lot more stylish than most. Not an easy task. Trust me.
After searching on-line for hours and then pounding the pavement and coming up short, I have to give credit where credit is due…Fisherman found them.
And you thought he was just another pretty face.
A few weeks ago I was in the same store where we later found the chair with a couple of friends and must have walked right past it. I saw a couple of chairs I liked so a week later I took Fisherman to the same stores to hopefully make a final decision. At the store (Raymour & Flannigan) he plopped down in a chair, gave me a smirk that clearly meant ‘this is the one’ and threw in puppy eyes to seal the deal.
At first, I thought it was a little too contemporary.
But it’s not. I mean, they’re not. It was a floor sample, and the store only had one. We couldn’t fit it in our car so with the help of a friend we brought it home a couple of days later, then we found another one, and there you have it. The search is over.
I love that the arms are cushioned and the backs are pillow backs, and yet they don’t look bulky like our Frazier chair did. I also like the mid-century design which goes surprisingly well with the overall rustic feel of the space. Not predictable, and a little unexpected, but nonetheless appropriate.
Now about the rug.
The same day we found the chair, we were in another store and found it.
I wanted something that had some color,
something that was nature inspired,
and something that wasn’t too busy.
Was that asking too much?
Apparently not, because I got it, and more.
Now here’s a test to see if you’re observant: Did you notice how the art work I painted in the above picture has flowers that are almost the exact shape of the flowers in the rug?
I didn’t think so. Now scroll up and see for yourself.
Pretty cool, right?
And how about those umber colored petals? They match the existing wood elements perfectly.
I’m feeling nostalgic today, so I thought I’d show you a picture of the living room as it looked about 4 years ago. Just about everything is gone with the exception of the leather sofa and chair. This picture was part of my first post which you can read here. You can see the living room was pretty kitchy, and my pictures not much better!
This window that you see next was actually where the house ended when it was built in the 70’s. The previous owners added on just behind it, and created a space for a bathroom (although when we purchased the house it was just down to the studs), a master bedroom and another bedroom. There is a third bedroom in the lower level which was also an add on. The original house actually had no bedrooms, but just a loft space above the dining area.
Fisherman and I completed the bathroom, but after one too many times witnessing him on the John from the living room (TMI?), we quickly realized it was weird to have a ‘window’ right there so I made the canvas art to provide some privacy.
This next picture is what the living room looked like a few weeks ago. We still have the brown recliner in the foreground and we’re not sure if we’re keeping it or not. BTW, we sold Frazier and the rug on Craigslist super fast and I’m still getting inquiries daily!
I never liked the grates on the fireplace and they’re not functional either, so a few weeks ago I purchased some philodendron but they didn’t cascade enough, so I got some fake foliage for some instant gratification. Not perfect, but it does soften the overall look a bit.
If you look closely at the ‘before’ picture below, you will notice we removed the wall shelf on the left so that we could hang the drapes higher. I think it really opened up the space. We also brought the armoire you can barely see on the left downstairs and replaced it with a wall mounted tv. The kitchy stuff is all outta here, except for the ‘singing’ deer head on the right wall. It found a home downstairs.
Pick your battles, I always say.
With the exception of a couple of pillows and possibly changing out the cocktail table (if I come across one that blows me away), I’m done with the decorating bug for this room. I’m really happy with this space now. It feels a lot more open and more like a ‘real’ home, rather than a room that some toothless guy in Alaska named Jethro who hunts for his food hangs out in.
(My apologies if your name is Jethro and/or toothless, but I do know a good dentist. You’re on your own with the name though.)
In other news…
Most of you know we purchased an RV recently, and a by-product of that was we decided to trade in one of our cars and get one that can be towed with all four wheels on the road. Did you know that not all vehicles are created equal when it comes to towing? I didn’t. I had no idea that towing was so tricky! We did not want to purchase a dolly to tow a car. Not only are they fairly expensive, but it’s just another thing to deal with when you get to your destination. Fisherman did some research and learned Ford Fiestas can be towed ‘4 down’, so we purchased a 2012 Ford Fiesta with less than 4,000 miles. I drove it Thursday night for the first time. I was alone and driving on a dark road with no street lights when suddenly a VERY large bear was directly in front of me, crossing the road. I slammed on the brakes and veered into the other lane (no other cars were there) to avoid hitting it head on. I heard a thump and knew contact was made, but I think it was maybe just its back right leg that the car crazed. I don’t think it was seriously hurt because the car sustained no damage.
(Do you remember our bear incident last year? If not, click on over if you have a minute, but suffice it to say bears are fairly common around here.)
Coincidentally last week we attended a presentation by the Audobon Society about how to deal with injured wildlife. Of course, it was mostly birds, not bears, they were speaking about, but they did say one of the most common forms of injury to many animals in general was from cars.
Less than 20 minutes after narrowly missing the bear, I almost hit a skunk that was crossing the road.
As happy as I was to get home that night, I think the local animals were even happier.