After my last post about updating my family room for fall, and all of the wonderful feedback I received on the blog and my facebook page, I couldn’t help but choose the purple color wheel. I mean, what says fall more than purple? Okay, maybe orange…which was my other option…but the purple was unexpected and felt fresh.
The summer set up:
Armed with a rough plan for subtle seasonal updating, I started by shopping my house for items I could move from other rooms, wanting to buy as little as possible to make it happen. I moved the mauve drapes from my spare room into the living room. I also brought in a textile I use in the spare bedroom onto the chair in order to bring more shades of purple into the space.
I stuck with gray and shades of cream as the background to the purple and brought in hints of gold to amp up the glamour factor. While subtle, I feel like the overall effect is a richer, fresher version of the room.
I did, however, buy something (as if I could resist). See those pretty little pillows on my couch? I’m a sucker for suzani patterns, and when I saw this Waverly pattern called Solar Flair in Onyx and Lilac I was sold. Problem was, said fabric was on a bolt at Joann’s…and not on a pillow. But y’all know I’m a problem solver so I bought a yard with my snazzy 40% off coupon and made them instead. I even put in a hidden zipper (to the amazement of my husband…wait, why was he so amazed? I think this may have been an insult in disguise…). I’ll have a tutorial on that shortly. The fabric is currently on serious sale…a double bonus if you’re looking for something similar.
All in all, I’m pretty happy with the effect. I’m gearing up for bringing in Halloween decor shortly (I’m thinking about black and cream) and the subtle purple will work well with it and will transition nicely into the Thanksgiving holiday. Which is good, because I have enough decorating and crafts to keep me busy right now…at least until Christmas rolls around.