design hell-part 1

So I have home issues and I'm inviting you into the madness.
I have several unfinished rooms and I complicated sh*t by adding not one but two more to the fire.
I bought a rug this weekend by accident. It was only $40, couldn't pass up, and it has some of my favorite colors from my favorite color scheme (see below) in it...

I'm currently dying over the above color scheme. I have been trying to work it into my bedroom, but now I got the rug for my family room.  My family room sucks people. the kids trash it, and try as I might I have not been able to get it together. Its also connected to all the main rooms, which makes tying it all together tough.
Oh! Here is the rug... Once the rug went down, this is all I saw...
BIG HOT F*ING MESS!!!!!
But I love the orange, rust, lavender in the rug and I want to bring more lavender and yellow in.
Like this...

And I like the dark eggplant walls here too...
Pierce Allen traditional living room
But my sun room is wide open to this room and needs to be redone if I go in this direction because I painted the floor and made it all crazy like this last summer...
So now I have four rooms (kitchen, family, bedroom and sun room) to work on fast because I have a massive headache from all the clashing going on and my family is going to duct tape me and leave me on the side of the highway for turning the house upside down. 
Having a blog has made me be able to get crap done because you guys secretly hold me accountable. (Bet you didn't know the powers you all held!)
So I am forcing myself to update this hot mess weekly, because I'd really much rather be playing in the garden outside. So if any of you have any suggestions I'm all ears.



27 comments:

Erica said...

Ok, first LOVE the rug. $40?!?! Score.
A total snowball piece given it has the ability to lie quietly on the floor but directly cause a hurricane in it's wake.
I'm comforted to see that someone else is as fickle and non-committal as I am in their own interior. And yes, I realize this is of no help but I'm absolutely certain you'll come up with something splendid.... You always do! xo

eyeseepretty.com said...

I totally feel your pain and glad I'm not the only one! I am in the process of changing my living/dining room, dressing room/closet and office. Once change seems to create an avalanche of other changes...

Gorgeous rug though!

Amy

My Interior Life said...

You totally crack me up. I am always in the same boat. You change one thing and then you're in design hell because other things MUST change to accommodate that one design element. I would start with easy changes that could make a big impact - like changing the throw pillows (of course, that requires finding the perfect fabric, another dilemma) and painting your wall. Big impact quickly. Good luck. And yes, want to see all your progress so get crackin'!

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

I had this problem as well but found a solution. You will be receiving an email from me. Soon , very soon check your spam box. In it is my secret.

P.s. that rug is the motherf*cking sh*t.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

so terrible that I read the heading and KNEW I needed to read this right away.

Two thumbs up on the rug. Personally, I wouldn't do the wall lavender, I'd do more accents in lavender and do the wall gray. If you can reupholster the ottoman to make it look like the one in the photo below, I would be blown away.

Oh an I might bedazzle the closet doors just a smidge. I wont bombard you with what that means, but you can always email me!

PS- the room isn't bad at all, you are too hard on yourself!

Emily said...

40 DOLLARS?!? As in- US dollars?? No way! Awesome. I love it. Sorry I have no help for you though. Except maybe to ease up on yourself girlfriend! Your home is fab and I know anything you do will be greatness! :)

Mary said...

Since your new rug is causing so many problems in the family room & it's adjoing spaces, don't use it there. Use it in your bedroom.
But I would add some teal/turquoise pillows to your family room so it flows better with your sunroom.

hollyG said...

Too funny!! I wouldn't consider myself a lavender person, but I really love the lavender in these images! I'm sure you'll amaze us with your quick turnaround of the hot messes.

Emily said...

PLEASE tell me where you got that rug for 40 dollars! I live in Boston and would love to know your secrets!

I also LOVE your inspiration photos.

Brandi said...

That first apartment from Elle Decor is one of my all time favorites. I think you could capture it with the right wall color, upholstery and pillows. For sure redo the ottoman into some tufted fabulousness. Possibly some dip dye curtains would be awesome too! I wish I could give myself this kind of advice, my house is so undone too!

Melissa said...

I am in love with your sunroom. Take it and run with it, girl-- glad to be the "taskmaster" on this one because it means we get to see all the gorgeousness that ensues...

deb said...

I think you should use the rug in the family room and bring some turquoise accents instead of purple into the space. The first photo does this very well and then it will flow better with the sunroom. (which I love!)

court. said...

ok: here's what I suggest...

1. Paint the walls a lighter beige. Yes, i said it, beige. I'm looking at the pic below yours and the walls are a neutral backdrop for all the different elements in the room. pull from rug.

2. couches stay. pillow it up. throw in some crazy dark plums and that dusty grey lavender. Kid proof.

3. Yes to recovering ottoman. Think ethic trim that shizz up.

4. If you go gallery wall, make the pieces of different scale and shape, and avoid clutter. The rug is the star.

My 2 cents. xoxo great score!

Megan said...

I call it my 'If you give a mouse a cookie' syndrome (from the book- anyone?). I will routinely say, once I get this last thing I will be done in the room and be happy with it for a while... it never works, it just makes me want more :)

The Sister Sophisticate said...

Well, its understandable because it no way in hell you, or I for that matter, was going to leave a $40 rug behind. And your favorite colors too, pleeeez! Make some lemonade girl! I prefer mine extra sweet on ice :)! Can not wait to see what you do!

Jennifer, Decorum said...

Why is it that our own jobs are the hardest? I fully understand everything you've said and empathise with you and your dilemma. Looking forward to seeing the end results which will be stunning, just like your sunroom.

Jennifer xx

LH said...

Love the rug!

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Stephanie Sabbe said...

just found your blog from you me and a wiener! love it! and you're in Boston! Do you read everythingLEB? I think you two would be friends.

i suwannee said...

Oh I like the wall color. And rug. Together. Throw in a couple of those lavender ikat pillows I have.

Agree with zhush the closet doors up. Paint in faux molding

Do a mercury glass lamp on that side table

I like the pendant.

Do ceiling lavender? Or paint gold stars like osbourne and little wallpaper?

Can you get an occasional chair on that corner of the rug there?
Maybe wood framed. Upholstery in a crazy color? Eggplant velvet? Bright lemon yellow?

Dina @ Honey + Fitz said...

Maybe I'm crazy but I really don't think you're family room is that far off. I love the wall colors and the couch is a great neutral. You need to inject some purple into it with throw pillows and I think I would tie it into the porch via yellow (yellow window treatments?) Agree with Jamie that you need to get something sparkly like a mercury glass lamp or sconce in there.

LindsB said...

I want to know what Bris secret is hahaa.

And I totally feel your pain- I feel like I want to rip my eyeballs out everytime I walk in my family room, and oh thats about 100 times a day- and since i live in an apartment the family room IS the only room.

Love the sunroom floors and the new rug, so somehow you have to make those two things work togehter. Maybe new pillows in the sunroom that carry over the colors from the family room and vice versa.

southerngirldreaming said...

Actually, I think eggplant on the walls would look gorgeous with this rug but it is a very dark color. Maybe you could lighten it up with lavender pillows and white or clear lamps. Or maybe soft yellow for the walls and eggplant pillows......ha ha

lemondropdreams said...

I hate the domino effect! Love the rug and I think lavender walls with it would be FABulous!

thelonelywifeproject said...

Those colors are gorgeous! $40 for that rug!!! I do not envy the work you have in front of you, but the rug is so worth it.

Amy @ Varnish said...

I want to make out with those eggplant walls. Seriously delicious!

Danika Herrick said...

Thanks everyone, this has me taking notes and making to do lists! I got the rug at a yard sale- one of the best places to get great deals.

My Crafty Home-Life said...

All I can say is that when I posted "My Public TTD List", it got me motivated. It won't be completed when I "promised myself", but I am farther along because of blogging....so, PUT UP YOU OFFICIAL LIST! We will cheer you on.

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