Today I’m sharing a post from the fabulous interior designer, Christine Fife.
I helped Christine design her website, and during that time discovered her beautiful work and amazing blog, where she answers readers questions. She was kind enough to let me share one of her reader questions, and her interior design advice on Decorology. Her question below comes from a reader with a log cabin, but even if you don’t have a log cabin, I promise you you will learn a great tip from Christine’s response.
I love your blog and the styles that you recommend, I was wondering if you had any suggestions for our living room area. We have a log home and it just seems right now we are over powered with red and honey colour from in the walls and also the furniture we had from our last place.
There is one sofa I have fallen in love with, it is the Morgan sofa from American Leather (I have attached a pic), I am basing my changes to the living room using that sofa and hopefully being able to keep my current area rug.
I have no idea what to do for art, coffee table, drapes and blinds, and possibly the area rug.
I was thinking of doing Hunter Douglas Architella honeycomb blinds on the window for a layer and helping with the heating and cooling, is this a good choice given our style of home?
I am also attaching pics of our dining room which is very open directly beside the living room, as I would need to match up the windows etc.
Thank you so much, I look forward to hearing from you.
OK Tracey, let’s talk sofas. The sofa above is the one that you love. Is there anything wrong with the sofa? No. However, I just kind of hate to see people purchase things that were super popular ten years ago. Is it out of style? No. But it is not a “Classic” that will be in style forever. It has aStyle Lifetime that is in menopause. Does everyone remember the chair that has this exact arm being on the cover of every Pottery Barn magazine in 1999? So whereas the style is all right– when it has already been trendy for more than ten years, its style might not have the longevity that the new piece of furniture will have. It’s like the girls who finally got the Jennifer Anniston Friendshaircut from 1995, in 2005…. I would rather you got something that was more “today”- I went to the same manufacturer that you had selected, and found the sofa below:
OK- that lamp above really does make me laugh out loud. Does anyone else find cheesy cabin decor as funny as I do?
How amazing is her advice?
See more of Christine’s reader questions and solutions at her blog, Design With Christine.