We've been trolling Craigslist and ebay for a large oriental rug to disguise the grey carpet and anchor the room. Something richly colored, old-world, and traditional like this.
You all know that big rugs are crazy expensive, but I'm actually feeling pretty good about our prospects here! It seems that since all the tribal, Kilim, Moroccan-style rugs are so furiously trendy right now, the market for traditional oriental rugs might be a bit easier to break into? That's my theory anyhow ... we seem to be finding some good options so here's hoping :)
Next up: the walls. Everything is now freshly painted, and believe it or not we decided to stick with that orginal soft rosy pink color on the dining room walls! I'd say 9 times out of 10 when you move into a pink apartment you paint that sh*t straightaway :) But for this space it's actually really lovely and feminine and elegant ... everything we want this space to be. The living room is now silvery grey, and all the doors have been painted high-gloss black. I especially love how the new doors up the glam factor ...
I was NOT, however, feeling the same love for the original black-painted fireplace and icky hearth tiles. Those went all white and are looking much better now.
That took care of the floors and the walls. The final part of preparing the shell is the light fixtures. We had a lot of room for improvement ...
And this space was just begging for some opulent chandeliers dripping in crystals. So that happened! Between my favorite east side vintage stores and Craigslist, we absolutely cleaned up in the chandelier department. None of these fixtures cost over $200, and they are each stunning!
How cool is this crystal beehive!? It happened to be the perfect scale for our high-ceilinged entry.
And that's the progress report so far. Come back every Thursday for another installment!