I angled the couch and split up the chairs. I liked it...but it was still missing something.
View from the kitchen area.
It didn't take me long to realize that all of my furniture was very neutral, color-wise. A great backdrop, but I needed to add some pops of color to make the room feel warmer. After shopping and striking out at finding anything I liked, I hit the pillow jackpot at TJ Maxx. I couldn't narrow down which pillows to purchase in the store, so I bought them all, intending to return most of them once I figured out which few would work best. Well, turns out they ALL worked, and after consulting/confirming that with several people, I ended up keeping everything...which is pretty unusual for me. Normally I'm a one or two pillow person. But I love the mix and match aspect, plus the extra dimension they give my furniture, and of course, the added color as well:
As long as he has his perch, Paco is happy. The pillows seem to work in a variety of configurations, so naturally I keep changing them up.
Paco tested one out for sleepability - it passed his test.
After I got the basket home, I saw that the weave pattern looked like the stockinette stitch in knitting, which was a happy accident as far as I'm concerned!
I'd love to find a big fake houseplant to put on the floor next to the fireplace, but so far I've not come across anything I like enough to spend the money on (and I just read in my aforementioned linked post from January of 2012 that I said the same thing...which means I really should try harder to find that dang plant). Still, I'm very pleased with the room and I love that I was able to make it feel so different while using all of my old furniture and just adding a few (OK, six) pillows!
Sit and Knit update: I finished another pair of socks! I don't know why I get such a thrill over knitting socks, but what can I say, it's the little things that make life fun. Here's my Happy Stripe Socks:
Yarn is Knit Picks Felici, colorway is Gummy Bear, pattern is my basic sock, with a Fish Lips Kiss heel.
Better shot of the Fish Lips Kiss heel - it is so easy to do and fits my foot perfectly.
Considering I wasn't smart enough to measure the length of yellow yarn that started the toe, I'm really impressed that they are almost identical with the stripe placement.
This was the first time using this brand of yarn, and I really enjoyed knitting with it. Good thing, because when I ordered this colorway, I also ordered two others! I think I have enough yarn leftover to make a little baby hat, so I'll get started on that just for my own entertainment.
We are waking up super early tomorrow, driving to Bastrop State Park, and running the Burning Pine 5K/10K. Then breakfast in Bastrop, followed by the drive home, which hopefully won't be too bad considering it's Texas A&M's first home game of the season and nine katrillion people will be coming into town. We plan on hunkering down and avoiding the crowds...a pizza delivery will be in order, I suspect!
Have a great weekend!