Monday, September 3, 2012

Ask the Amateur: Art Deco Inspired Living Room

A friend asked for some affordable Art Deco living room inspiration, and I had so much fun making this board for her. To keep prices within reason, I chose new items designed with the simple, geometric shapes and lines that evoke the Art Deco movement. Gleaming mirrored tables and crystal adorned sconces evoke jazz age glamour, and the accent lamps are perfect representations of Deco design. Admittedly, the sofa isn't Deco, but it harmonizes beautifully with the other pieces, and at $408, it meets her price point.

Living Room Design: Art Deco Meets 2012

Meanwhile, I'm experimenting with a claustrophobic new look and learning a lot about shopping for wall-to-wall carpet.
Isn't this terrifying? No, I'm NOT auditioning to be the next star of Hoarders!
Last night Keith and I moved all the bedroom furniture into the living room to prepare for carpet installation in the bedroom. The installers left about two minutes ago, and as I type this, the nasty old carpet in the bedroom is gone. HOORAY!!! If you're considering new carpet, consider this: We saved $400something (about half the cost of the project) because we moved the furniture ourselves, and because we did not replace the carpet in the bedroom closet. Carpet stores often don't quote an installation price that doesn't include the cost of moving the furniture, but if you ask, you could save a lot of money.

Another interesting thing I learned while carpet shopping: Carpet manufacturers aren't keeping up with color trends. The saleslady I worked with bemoaned the lack of good grays and blue undertones. All their colors are very warm and beige-y. Carpet manufacturers, are you listening? We want gray!

Okay, I'm going to go squish my toes in my decadent new carpet. Bye!


  1. My lord that is sort of terrifying! Glad it was only temporary. Yes I would love grey carpet!!

    1. I know, right? This morning I had to wiggle through a maze of furniture just to get a pair of socks out of the dresser. :(


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