This past weekend was a work weekend. A long and exhausting work weekend devoid of fun and blog reading and napping and other things I usually fill my weekends with. On Sunday we all went to brunch and, just after, Andrew and I peeked into a thrift shop and happened upon this:
It was love at first sight. I knew that with some paint and sanding and elbow grease (ew), she could be beautiful. I wanted her for our foyer, thought she’d be perfect and oh! what luck in finding something that would look so nice there just after having a conversation about how we really needed a bigger, more badass piece to welcome people into our home. But then I realized that she is not at all what she appears to be.
I didn’t care. Sure, it wouldn’t work for the foyer because we need drawers in which to stow our random bits of household stuff, but surely we can find a place for it somewhere?!? Andrew was sceptical. I begged and pleaded and told him it would work in the foyer anyway before decided that no. It will go in my office. Because what better thing to put in my office that a sneaky ceder chest?
I have named her Eleanor. She is in desperate need of paint and new drawer pulls but I am at a loss as to what color would befit such a lovely lady.
And then, there’s the dining room. I mentioned previously that it was brown, very brown, and that the brown just hasn’t wowed me and that the stack of wallpaper samples wasn’t making things any easier. A lovely Irish blogger suggested I share the samples and solicit the help of the internets in making a final decision.
The dining room looks like this:
Like I said, it’s brown. A lovely brown, but still brown. It is too dark. Even with light furnishings and white billowy curtains, it is still too brown, too dark, too heavy.
What we’d like to do is wallpaper above the chair rail, and paint dark grey or almost black below, leaving the trim bright white.
The wallpaper options:
Initially, I thought #1 was going to take the cake but now when I look at them I can’t decide. I go to bed with thoughts of these three prints in my mind and I can’t pick. Or I pick and then immediately change my mind. Andrew loves #2, or at least he did an hour ago when I asked him. I want the room to gain some light on the walls and I want it to be bold and dramatic and lovely.
Please, dear Internets, tell me which is your favorite. Or, if you hate them all, tell me why. Wallpaper is serious business and I need your help.