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Living room from Real Simple

Living room from Real Simple

The world already knows that I love animal prints. I do love zebra print. It’s graphic and adds and nice contrast to any room. I feel that this living room found in Real Simple magazine really shows that. It’s a pretty simple room, butter cream walls and white trim with a rich wood floor (boy is that flooring nice). The colors are very neutral. There are many nice accents in the room creating some contrast: that dark kettle, wrought iron, black and putty furniture, and even the twinkling of glass is nice. It’s a nice room, not super exciting but nice. That one zebra pillow really adds some fun to the room. I feel it makes it less stuffy and a bit more fun.

This other room is more a study or a library/living room combo. (Sorry, I forgot where it came from.) This room is very sophisticated. It has walls in a herbaceous green and the built-in looks fabulous in that tea stained white. I love the masculine leather chair and that awesome crystal globe/orb. I feel that zebra rug really adds a certain something to the room. Once again, I feel it keeps the room from looking too formal and stuffy. It adds some fun and makes the space a bit more Ernest Hemingway.

Zebra rug in library

Zebra rug in library

This room also makes me think of our built-ins in the great room or the soon to be formal library sitting room. I don’t know if I should paint the back the same color as he wall or the same color as the built-in? All of these choices are really getting to me.

-Victoria

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I’m not ready for yellow in my own home. David and I both have mothers that are very fond of this shade as an interior color. It’s going to take at least 8 years for me to go there. 🙂 I do like yellow. It adds a pop, a cheeriness, but I really like an acidic yellow, something almost chartreuse.

Acidic yellow living room, Country Living

Acidic yellow living room, Country Living

Even though this room really isn’t “me” (I am much more gothic), I do like this room found in Country Living magazine. It has some lovely accessories. That crystal ball is at least $500! And check out all of those animal hides. It adds a certain creepiness to an otherwise “perky” room. I also appreciate the mix of metals, old world gilded gold couch with a more modern chrome lamp and chair legs. I do like these details, very moody. Like I said, I like this room, but I fear this color would grow old very quickly. Plus, it does nothing for my complexion 🙂 This is a room that I can admire from a distance.

Another room that I like is much more subtle and less in “yo face”. It’s from Southern Accents. You can appreciate this living room if you are a collector/fan of National Geographic magazines. I know I am but I don’t keep magazines, too much clutter. However, this room is using the National Geographic magazines almost like decor, as a way to add an acidic yellow to the room. I like it. You could put all of the years together, 70’s mags in one cube, 80’s in the other, etc. National Geographic is much too cool. I also like this room because I am attracted to the library/living room idea.Strangely enough those magazines are what makes the room. The room is pretty stark otherwise with its mix of creamy neutrals and natural fibers.

Southern Accents living room

Southern Accents living room

Those magazines add a much needed pop of color and it really pulls the room together. So what I have learned today is that magazines don’t always equal clutter. With a classy mag like National Geographic, magazines can be a focal point.

-Victoria

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