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|Sun, 05-18-2014 - 12:29pm|
Ah...the walls are painted to this small room where my computer is...(the 'den' as it can be known as or my 'office'?). And a new carpet was laid yesterday. I think I might have preferred a laminate floor but Ray figured that was a lot more work to install - a piece of dense but flat carpeting would be an easier solution. We got a short pile carpet and no underlay so the office chair wheels roll more easily on it.
At first when we saw the carpet installed, both Ray and I looked at each other and asked, "Is this the colour carpet we ordered?" Todd, our carpet installer laughed and said he's heard that question so many times before from his clients when installing carpet. A small swatch of carpet is not the same as a room full of the same carpet! Our memory seems to fail us - but then again, I don't imagine the store got the order wrong, and the colour is not so 'off' as to be offensive, but again, it was not as we had imagined. I think it will do, but at first I thought...Ewww...not quite how I pictured in my imagination as to how it would look. However already today I think I am getting used to it!
But my feature wall in this room is my favourite. It is exactly the colour I love... I don't know why, but I have been drawn to this colour for the past so many years. I have bought cushions in this colour, and it is not far from being a similar colour to a pottery vase I bought a while ago that adorns our mantlepiece. It is a rich brick red colour with tiny hints of a pink tone - not so orange and with a touch of 'cream' added to it to make it not too dark, but not too light either. It is the wall I will always be looking at when sitting at my desk here. (The other walls are a pale beige tone). So it is just as well that it makes me happy to see it!
Ray began building the Ikea furniture that will go in this room. He began with the filing cabinet and it is by far the more complex piece to build! It took him hours to get it made! Otherwise, there is a desk to make and a bookcase. All are in a matching colour of stain. Ikea hasn't got a large repetoire of stain colours for its wood furniture but they do seem to make many pieces in each stain colour. We chose the grey-brown colour which is kind of unusual but there is just enough warm brown tint in it to go with the feature wall's colour, we think.
After almost 17 years, this room is getting a major facelift! I never liked it before this. For economy's sake we had an old desk, and well, old everything! Nothing matched or looked that great in any respect. This feels like such a fresh start!
Why Ikea furniture? Well, I started looking at more 'traditional' desks in stores but didn't find anything that jumped out at me. Then Ray and I went to a nearby Ikea store and saw a desk there - modern and unfancy - and immediately thought, "Hey, not bad...why not this?" And so the matching pieces of furniture followed. I like Ikea... I like how they decorate their 'model rooms' - like the paint colours they choose, like the colourful duvet covers and fabric they sell. I am not a fan of all modern furniture styles they offer, but tend to still prefer their more 'traditional' pieces.
Any thoughts, experiernces about renovations you've done, folks? Nora must have lots to tell or has told us about all the work she and Mike have done to 'freshen up' their home for selling purposes! When I think of the many things we still have to fix up here now after 17 years ...Oy!