What Was I Thinking??

2.20.2011


Or maybe what am I still thinking?
I love my sitting room, but this one wall throws me for a loop. When I painted the dining room I swapped pictures and was able to put the picture in this room that I wanted in here in the first place.



BEFORE.....what was I thinking??


BEFORE AGAIN.... took sconces down


LAST BEFORE.....added pictures...UGH!


AFTER....cleaner and more pleasing to the eye, I hope.

Now tell me the truth. Better or not?
  Should I add some simple candle sconces on each side of the picture or leave it alone?
Give me some ideas, please.

While we are here I will show you some more of the room to help with suggestions.

Close up of the picture.








My newest pillow.








Love my new chandelier
Really want to replace the ottoman with a small coffee table preferably an antique or something
I can refinish. I saw the perfect piece at Scott's last weekend. It was an old painted tole tray on 
a stand, but it was $350. Something a little less expensive.






One more look at the wall.
O.k. any suggestions?

Thanks to all my new followers and subscribers. My blog would be nothing without you.

Have a terrific week. Happy President's day to those who are off tomorrow.
Mr. Savvy will be home. Yay.

KIM


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80 comments:

  1. I love this equestrian inspired room, Kim. The new pillow is gorgeous.

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  2. Love the room. I think you need some sconces on the side of the picture. It's a beautiful painting, but it really needs something. Even the pieces you had up before would look wonderful. Love the chair with the crewel upholstery and the red back. You might also find an old Butlers Tray coffee table and redo it. Stunning. Hugs, Marty

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  3. Kim, it's a great room. I really like the end result. I am becoming a little more of a minimalist, so I like the more simple hanging over the sofa - it's more restful to the eye.Linda

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  4. Kim I love this room! I am not sure what look is better because I think it all looks fantastic! The feeling of this room is terrific! I love the coziness of it..yet so sophisticated! Angie xo

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  5. First let me say, I love love love what you have done with the room. So many great details. Equestrian theme, my fave!
    I think the picture is a little small, but I think you can still work with it. I would take down the antlers and save them for another location.
    Then maybe put your green-filled sconces back up, but add something like pheasant feathers to give them a little height and drama.

    Then I would hang something long and thin like a leather riding crop horizontally below the frame.

    Visually, all these items together would make a larger mass grouping on the wall which would be more in scale with your sofa.

    Just a thought!?

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  6. hmmm...yes it does need something. How about two of the antlers on each side of the print and then something long across on top? Something rustic, or a sign? You will come up with something good Kim.

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  7. I like the less is more look. Think about this, less for you to dust each week.. LOL

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  8. This is a tough one.
    The room is gorgeous and very balanced. I like the equestrian theme and the large horse picture is better or the couch than the other one.
    However I really loved the scounes on either side maybe because it filled out the area to the expanse of the couch.
    Because the painting is on the small side but still beautiful here. I love the entire room...looks like a magazine.
    A tole coffee table will look stunning
    in this room!
    Love that new pillow!

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  9. Hi Kim,
    Your room is gorgeous. I'm in love with plates on the wall, so how about some brown toile plates or brown transferware plates or platters with birds or countryside images.

    Just a thought. I am no expert when it comes to wall groupings and I'm sure you will make the right choice.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  10. I actually love the first photo. I think the scones with the greenery add some softness and nature to the room. The wall looks kind of blank the way to looks now. But, seriously, everything you do to your home looks gorgeous.

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  11. Kim, I love your touch, the fabrics you choose, the warmth you create in a space. It looks like a nice spot to curl up with a book and glass of wine!

    How about something that is easy on the eyes, like framed tone-on-tone wallpaper or fabric, that is interesting without being overpowering?

    I think if you play with it you'll work into something you love!!

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  12. Kim I agree it needs something now. I think there are some good suggestions. I really like the sconces.

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  13. Thanks for the suggestions. I know I still feel like it is a little off.

    Alison, if you come back and read this I want to thank you for your suggestions. I went to your blog and cannot find a place to leave a comment. I noticed your blog is brand new and your kitchen is AMAZING! Your also have no replay comment blogger so I couldn't email you back. I do have a riding crop and need to pull it out and use it. Thanks.

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  14. I love that chair Kim! I never saw that before in your other posts...
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  15. Kim, I liked them all, Possilby on the last picture, add back the little plates that were between the antlers?
    I liked the greenery, added some softness. You have GREAT taste, so I can't wait to see what you decided on!

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  17. I love your furniture, Kim. What about plates with a horse/hunt theme.

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  18. Beautiful room, Kim. I think I would leave it as is, anything more is going to compete with the picture.

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  19. This is a really wonderful room! Love that new pillow!!
    hugs,
    Debra

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  20. As is...LOVE that room.

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  21. I love your beautiful sitting room as is! However, you know I understand all too well wanting change. I gotta say that I love the balance of the sconces with the weight of your lovely art work. I just think that the shed antlers need a little something to help them out. Stunning room!

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  22. I love your style! I think you gave a great room! What if you 'grouped' your equestrian pictures on that wall? And place the antlers on the wall behind the chair? I'm not a decorator but recently had one in my home to help me with those details. I have architectural pics that I scattered on diff. walls and she suggested placing them together like a collection and I must say it looks more substantial now! Good luck, can't wait to see what you decide.

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  23. Love your new pillow, Kim! Well, you know me the clutter-bug. I think you need something else lower on each side of the painting. Just my opinion, clutter-bug that I am!
    Brenda

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  24. I have to agree with Melissa...I also love the first photo but I know how tired we sometimes get of things too, I would definitely put something on either side of the picture I'd look thur some PB catalogs first before I'd go any further:)

    Rondell

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  25. Well I liked all of the before pictures, but I love the after! I love the painting and how the black in it echos the black of the french doors. I also love all of the equestrian touches you have throughout the room, it makes you feel like you're in a manor house somewhere in the hunt country of England! I think a tole tray table would be so pretty in there, I hope you can find one but cheaper!

    Kat :)

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  26. HI Kim! The room is gorgeous! Don't ask me for advice! You know already what I would do...go to hunt-themed plates on either side! lol Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  27. Hi Kim,
    What a gorgeous room!! I really like the equestrian picture above the couch, maybe add the scones with greenery back to the sides...just my thoughts. But even if you did nothing more it would like great.:o)
    Fondly,
    Ann
    @
    The Tattered Tassel

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  28. I love the room too. Can I have it?

    Just kidding. :-)

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  29. I like the first picture better with the sconces!

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  30. Kim this is a gorgeous room. You have a wonderful sense of style. What you choose to do in regards to your decorating of this wall is completely a personal decision. I would like to see the sconces go back up with some pheasant feathers and the greenery as someone mentioned. That gives the appropriate scale to the wall decor for your sofa plus adds some softness there. I would take the antlers down and use them somewhere else. That's the first idea. The second idea is to move the two antlers down to where the sconces used to be. It'll be fun to watch what you decide. Your home is FABULOUS!

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  31. Kim, I definitely like the horse print (painting?) as it has nice rich colors and that chocolate brown really looks great in the room. Without seeing the sconces, its hard to say whether it would look better. I often struggle with these decisions myself. Doing a blog and taking photos of your home really pushes one to challenge themselves to resolve decorating problems. I have learned a lot by doing a blog. The other thing I have learned is that when you photograph a room it is easier to notice things that just are off a bit. Your room is very inviting.
    Patti

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  32. The room is beautiful. I think I like the first picture the best, but that's just my humble opinion. Love the chair.

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  33. Kim I always liked this room and I really like the new look over your couch, but I really like Sissie's idea of maybe adding some brown transferware. Martina

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  34. Love this room! I actually did like the sconces up there! But I like sconces too...

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  35. I actually like the first photo! I also like Alison's suggestions above. A riding crop or dressage whip at the bottom would be fun. Feathers maybe in sconces?

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  36. I looovvvee the room!! Obviously, you have great taste! What about grouping the pictures that you have on either side of the window and the one behind the leather chair (I think) on the wall as a photo gallery! I don't know...just a thought..then you could put the sconces with some pheasant feathers on either side of the window and the antlers behind the leather chair??!! Whatever you end up doing will be fabulous..

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  37. i would bring over the two horse pictures behind the corner chair and some how play with a grouping of the pictures and the antlers.

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  38. Like it more plain, the way you have it now. But then that's more the way I decorate. No matter what you do, your house always looks unique and very attractive.

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  39. So many great ideas. Wow, now I am not sure what to do, but will figure it out.

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  40. Kim I loved the mix of the antlers and the plates. I would add one more plate to each side just to drop the configuration a bit. Like you did with the two little pictures, instead use plates. I like the textural differences and It just seems to work with your room. As always it is so warm and inviting you can not go wrong!!! So pretty,Kathysue

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  41. Hey Kim! Well, I love the new print behind the sofa. I do think you need something else too...when I look at it I feel like the antlers are almost too small for that large of an expanse...like they are "lost" or floating a bit. I think you need something bigger, along with them, to anchor the whole grouping. That gal with the riding crop idea was right there! Perfect! Love the idea. You have such good taste that you will scrounge around a bit and try this and that and when you are all done it will be absoltuely perfect!

    As a side note- I can't begin to imagine what someone would say that would have to be deleted. You just have to figure, Kim, that some people have no class and say things that you, or I, would never dream of saying. Hugs- Diana

    ooops..almost forgot. I don't know where you found that latest pillow but I LOVE it! If you don't think it works in your room (HAHAHA) please send it to me!

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  42. I love the riding crop idea too! I alweays like a grouping that is big enough for over a sofa. I did like the sconces but if you want to change I would go with the riding crop. I know you will figure it out. Whatever you do it is always great. XO, Pinky

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  43. The comment that was deleted by me was a second comment left by someone and they asked me to delete it.

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  44. I think the hunting picture is perfect there and the sconces on each side would fill the space and add some texture. Your chandelier is just gorgeous!

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  45. In my humble, little newbie opinion, i loved it in the very first pic. The planters are beautiful. But i know how it is to want a change, im constantly changing things around. I would definately add some sconces though. Less can never be more in my house, lol.............Bonnie

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  46. have you tried 2 larger pictures behind sofa i see you have a nice size pic on side of window....maybe swap that out and put behind sofa...then maybe the antlers going down wall where picture was? if not i like the 1st and last picture.

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  47. I love the equestrian theme you have going on in that room. It is perfect! Love your style!:-) TFS!

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  48. Great room. I love the furniture. ANd the animal print ottoman is awesome. I like before number 3...with everything around it. I think it balanced the wall out nicely and it did not look like it was too much.

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  50. Great room. I love the furniture. ANd the animal print ottoman is awesome. I like before number 3...with everything around it. I think it balanced the wall out nicely and it did not look like it was too much.

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  51. Kim --
    As a fellow Southerner, I know we are all looking at cleaner, less cluttered spaces, but I can't get over my personal motto: "It's not done until it's overdone"! I'd advise my clients to add a little somethin' somethin' to the wall. I love Alison's suggestion of adding a riding crop. I own that same litho that hangs to the right of your window. Not only does it tickle me with the subject matter, I love the dogs in it. Equestrian will forever be a classic approach.
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

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  52. Like you need one more opinion. Your style looks eclectic to me but it looks like you like some traditional elements. I do think the picture change is a good one. I vote sconces on the wall by the picture.

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  53. If my house looked like yours I would never ask for opinions. You should be in a monthly magazine. It is so cozy.

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  54. Okay, I would lower the print to 6" over the sofa,(so it's more cohesive) place the two horse prints (that you now have in the corner by the leather chair) on either side with 3/4 of each picture above the top of the frame underneath, then place the antlers in the same pattern you have but closer together in the "u" shape formed by the frames...if that even remotely makes sense! The O's represent the antlers, SHP means "small horse print" and, well, you get it!
    Then you should send ME the ottoman! I have been looking for one like that!
    0

    O O
    SHP SHP
    LARGE HORSE
    PRINT

    ***********SOFA**************

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  55. Man! It didn't post the same way it looked in the preview! Grrr! LOL!

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  56. I like it, Kim. Your pictures are really pretty too...Christine

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  57. I liked everything you had on the wall but the antlers. Trish

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  58. love all the pictures, but agree the last is the best- wonderful job with room.
    love all the textures...

    karen

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  59. First of all you have great taste! I think the reason the 2nd picture/painting looks better is that it is horizontal rather than vertical. I like the sconces too because they soften the look, but I like the idea of adding pheasant feathers and even possibly taking a little of the greenery out so they aren't quite as big. I also like the idea of a thin horizontal added in there somewhere. I know that whatever you do in the end it will look fabulous!

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  60. The new picture is a definite and I agree with the other person that it should be lowered. I'm not crazy for animal skulls...but hey if you like them, then that's all that counts. I like the sconces but agree with the skulls it all too busy. I think lowering things would help.
    Overall I love this room! Sooo cozy.

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  61. I am sure I will like it any way you decide to leave it. I might like the sconces back. But, you know I am decoratingly challenged. LOL!

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  62. Well, Kim, I'll throw in my two cents ~ for what it's worth LOL!!! But I have to say I really like the first wall vignette best. I like the sconces with the greens. However, I do like the last painting better. I personally think I would like pairing the equestrian painting with the skulls and antlers best. To me, it's kind of in the same theme.

    I'm sure no matter what you ultimately choose, it will look fabulous!

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  64. You have gotten so many comments, I could not read them all. I do agree with

    "Alison said...

    I think the picture is a little small, but I think you can still work with it. I would take down the antlers and save them for another location.
    Then maybe put your green-filled sconces back up, but add something like pheasant feathers to give them a little height and drama.

    Then I would hang something long and thin like a leather riding crop horizontally below the frame."

    I think that the scale of the antlers is wrong for this space. Maybe they could be grouped on a smaller wall. The plates are also small. I believe that walls are made to be filled, but you need to group small things so they become large. These small things just seem to get lost.

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  65. Hello! :-)

    Your entire house is beautiful! You should know this.
    :-) If you think it's still missing something, maybe you should add something personal (picture frames), or a new thing you simply love.

    Have a Blessed week!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

    Post of the Day: A Retreat in Brazil and Britney Spears' New House.

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  66. Kim I like the after. I love your new pillow.
    You have some very clever ladies linking to your party. I love the chest redo.... very clever. Oh and that nursery is to die for.

    I'm back from my holiday in New Zealand. While I was away Orsen decided to paint my favourite white wall in my formal lounge grey.... I was so upset, probably not the reaction he was hoping for. He said he'd paint in back... poor Orsen his suprise didn't go down so well.

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  67. Hello Kim,

    One thought I had involved the new picture. I thought the botanical a better choice as it provided relief from the English Hunt theme. At the same time, it's a lovely fit with what you've done in the room.

    Given the scale of the wall, I think the orginal grouping works well. You might consider sconces that are more slender with less greenery. Please keep the antlers! I adore them and they're absolutely perfect with the Hunt theme. I've ordered my first pair from eBay.

    Your home is wonderful. Thanks for your hard work on this blog and your willingness to share. You are a true example of southern hospitality.

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  68. Such a lovely room. I have always thought that it felt very warm and inviting. I love this picture better than the botanical. Love the antlers but I do think it needs the sconces on the side to fill the "rectangle" area. You have such great taste that you will find what works best for you! Enjoy your day with the husband!

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  69. Kim, I think the painting is too small. I think a large oil painting over the sofa would be beautiful. I think the antlers would look better lined up vertically on a small section of your wall.

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  70. The sconces and some greenery would soften the look.

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  71. I definitely think this picture goes better with the room. I think some sort of simple iron sconces would really "finish" it.

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  72. I really liked your first picture. There is something about the scale of the sconces that really help to anchor your picture/wall scape. Ultimately, you should do it the way it feels BEST to you. It is YOUR haven from the world. I love the furniture arrangement and the chair as well. As always it is very enjoyable to look at your blog. :)

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  73. I glanced at the comments and decided to quit reading them. I'm a less is more girl...so you might guess that I like it just the way it is now. I'm not a sconce person...I like groupings with a few items rather than one's that cover an entire space. But, I see from the comments that I'm reading that many disagree. I guess it is just personal preference really.

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  74. I like the room best with the simple sconces. I'm not really into the antlers, but I love how you have used them in your home. Your sitting room is so charming.
    CAS

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  75. Hi Kimmie! Oh, what a beautiful room and you have the most beautiful pieces! What do I know about decorating when you're the BOMB! :) But I think those sconces you had in the beginning may look nice on each side of your pretty painting!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia;)

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  76. I expect with this number of comments you have enough advice to last the rest of your life. However, me, I'd fill up the whole wall above the sofa to balance it out. Either picture/print multiples or a sprawling random arrangement. I think what you have is lovely but very delicately scaled for the space.

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  77. first of all your room is sooooo beautiful....and so many lovely pieces. I would say i like the last two pictures, but just a thought...the antlers are small and would they be better grouped on a smaller wall for more impact and place the sconces on each side of the lovely art to hold the large wall more but yet still keeping it simple. However, i still like the last two.
    hugs
    janet

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  78. I love what you have done with your room. I think the equestrian print with the trio of horns is balanced, interesting and pleasing to the eye. Personally, I would not add a thing (ie., sconces as suggested by some) or change the space... at least until you just want a change. Really nice job!

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  79. Lord...I read most of the comments and I am more confused :) Are you?

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