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Pillows for this sofa and frames for these paints

lobo_93
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Two years ago, I posted here for the first time, and I have got lots of good advice for this Family Room. Since then the floorplan has changed a bit, and we have a larger TV with a standing easel. I would like your advice again this time for updating it, considering that I am selling in 6 months. I was advised to change (1) the pillows and (2) the art for a more updated and cohesive look.

Q1/ Which pillows would you use on the sofa and chairs? (current chairs or replace).

Q2/ Which frames would you use? We love these 4 pieces of art, I thought about: (a) New frames for the oils? (b) Use the golden frames with new passe-partout for the posters?, (c) Which walls to use for art and which to leave blank?

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    BeverlyFLADeziner
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    You only show us a sliver of the room with an arm of the sofa. Not really enough to advise you on pillows.

    If you plan to keep your art and use it in your next home I would advise you consider a linen liner to add to the art before you frame it.

    This below happens to be a mat, but a wrapped linen liner would help the over all appearance of the art.



    Here is a source

    https://www.usaoncanvas.com/include/picture_framing_mouldings_liners.php




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  • tsjmjh
    last month

    I would add some soft sheers or linen drapes on the windows and move the desk out of the room if possible. As Beverly asked, what does the whole room look like? I would also suggest a rug with a bit more color, if you can do that inexpensively. Again, I'm basing that on being able to see only a corner of the current one.


    Reframing is not cheap; do it for yourself and not for resale staging. We're going to hopefully get this house on the market this summer (shots in the arms, cross your fingers, soon) and we will be taking down quite a bit of our art, both on the walls and on display in other ways. We think it's fabulous but we want people to look at the house, not the art gallery.

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  • ital mover
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    I suggest rustic, barnwood frames. Take your cue from the wood of your mantle, and floors, and do a natural, raw wood.


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    For the pillows, get ones with texture, and pick up the colors in the art work


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  • maifleur03
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    Forget rustic as it clashes with the rest of what you have posted.


    I would reframe with the mat that is on the right hand corner if you can find it. The yellow/candlelight matting carries through from the other room and works with the brown of the sofa.


    The drawing does not appear to show your yellow room so is it another house or the upper floor.

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  • lobo_93
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    Sorry all, I corrected the photo links 😉. Features: floor-to-ceiling fireplace, 2 large windows, opens to kitchen with sliding door to backyard. Function: Family room + Home office (NW corner) we would like to keep that combo for now (and show it as a possibility for a future buyer as well). ART: Yes, I plan to keep the art, so I am willing to spend on new frames.

    @BeverlyFLADeziner you said “consider a linen liner” Thank you for the pictures, it really helps.

    @ital moveryou said “rustic, barnwood frames”: Thank you for noticing the wood from the mantle, we remodeled the fireplace 2 years ago and I really liked that piece. And I have added that pillow to my wish list for later.

    @maifleur03 you said “reframe with the mat that is on the right-hand corner” (…) “The yellow/candlelight matting carries through from the other room”. Good point I will consider it. The “yellow room” is my LR, the same house, and on the same first floor.

    @tsjmjh I wish you all the best with your resale as well! I added woven shades last year, so those will stay now, but I am open to the idea of changing the rug what do you suggest? For resale staging and for myself for these 6 months, I would like to display these 4 art pieces, and not much else (I have been decluttering 😉); any suggestions on placement?

  • ital mover
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    I'm going to stick with my suggestion of rustic barnwood because of the mantle, the floors, the leather sofa and the rattan lounge chair. I would replace the chair you are using for a desk chair. If I can come up with a suggestion I will post a photo.

    I would put a lot more plants where you now have just one and hang artworks over them. I would take the other artworks and hang them near the desk. Since you haven't included a picture of the fireplace really, hard to know what any artwork there might look like.

    I would move the lounge chair a bit closer to the fireplace, further from the desk. How about a wide runner to define the space for the desk area? If I find a photo I'll post it. Something simple Or something bold! It is hard to me to see the hues and pattern in the big carpet.

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  • ital mover
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    Desk chair



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    possible runners, cool or warm

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    I would pick a large-ish square end table for the sofa in a wood like the mantle




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  • ital mover
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    I meant to add i might choose one long runner in a solid color taken from the art works or the other rug to put on the desk side of the room

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  • maifleur03
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    Just a side comment about the plants. Plants both grow, stop blooming or die. Since you are not planning on selling for a while you may not want to purchase plants now unless you are good at keeping the same size they are now and healthy. Waiting until selling unless you just want some greenery might save you money that you could use for other things. Looking for pots that you can simply change out the plant for a fresh one is something that you can do now.

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  • ital mover
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    I think you definitely need to move the plant that is next to the fireplace away from the fireplace because it makes me worry for the poor plant! You might also try angling the chair so that it is closer to the fireplace, almost facing the sofa at an angle, and then pull the sofa back if the ottoman is sticking so far toward it creates an obstacle course.

    I don't think the black garden stool with a plant on it works very well as an end table. In general, I would put plants by the window, and I would also invest in snake plants and vines, which I think will look nicer.

    In general you began by showing us some very very colorful paintings, yet much of the existing decor is very neutral. My instinct is to bring in more colorful fabrics -- like I would look to see if I could replace the rattan lounge chair and ottoman cushions with something more eye popping, but maybe I would replace the rug with a very textured natural fiber rug.


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    And I would go for an end table for the sofa that has wood.


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    Here's a couple more pillows that appeal to me. I'm trying not to suggest things that are too Southwest, but sometimes those colors seem to work best for me (maybe not you!)


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  • ital mover
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    Now that I see the whole layout of the room, have you ever considered putting the sofa on an angle directly facing the TV on the easel? I would get rid of the chair next to the easel (or use it for the desk chair). And if I moved the sofa that way, I would put the desk directly in front of the window if there was room.

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  • lobo_93
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    LAYOUT. @ital mover said “sofa on an angle directly facing the TV”: yes, actually is the layout that I had, but the idea was to showcase the fireplace with the sofa parallel to it and to change the pillows and the art. Therefore, I moved the sofa and I posted for advice on pillows and re-framing the art (because I want to keep them ;)

    STAGING. The goal is to get every room “photo ready”, limiting new buys to a few accessories (pillows, floor lamps).

    COLORS. @ital mover said “some very very colorful paintings, yet much of the existing decor is very neutral.” You are right; have you seen my living room? (posted 2 weeks ago, thanks for your help Houzzers):

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  • maifleur03
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    Neutral vs. Wow. In this area the Wow is used more to hide defects so that people look at the décor rather than at the actual property until you reach million plus properties. Spots of wow can work with the first time home buyer but can be a turnoff for others.


    The more you mention what your stager has suggested makes me wonder at the actual experience or if they have ever returned to a property where the owner followed all of that stagers suggestions.

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  • ital mover
    last month

    Oka. I get it now and I like your living Room. By the way, i tjink you should frame your art as inexpensively as possible if you are taking it with you, because you might want to go in a different direction in your next house.


    You should listen to your stager!

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  • lobo_93
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    I had my house staged prior to selling it, 7 years ago, and when it was finished, I wished I had done it months before. This time, I went ahead with consulting a stager, except the experience was not the same: it is a different town, a different time, different person (online, remotely). Of course, I followed her general guidelines, but they are not immutable, plus the details are up to me. So, I posted here, and so far, I am very grateful for all your comments. Cheers!

  • lobo_93
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    This layout has the sofa parallel to the fireplace and with its back in line with the entry hallway. The rug is 8x10, placed with the longer side parallel to the fireplace as well. The focal point is the fireplace, with only 3 pieces (1 sofa + 2 chairs). This layout frees the hallway, the corner office, and the path to the credenza, but does it show well?

    <Edited: I was not able to upload the individual photos onto the original posting. I had to merge and upload to my ideabook first: here is the floorplan with furniture measurements>

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  • lobo_93
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    @ital mover said "replace the rattan lounge chair and ottoman cushions with something more eye-popping": definitely, thank you for your suggestions with color and texture. Also, for me (not for the photoshoot) it makes more sense to place back the sofa facing the TV, thanks.

  • Jeanne J
    last month

    Do you have a picture of your initial layout? Or if it isn’t too much work could you rearrange the furniture and send us a picture? Did the room feel bigger with the initial layout? If you want to showcase the newly done fireplace it would be more visible.

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  • lobo_93
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    Hi @Jeanne J, yes, I have a photo with sofa towards easel with TV: (left) current rug; (right) visualizing another rug (blue & yellow Gosamer 8x10) with a rugs.com app. That rug sold out, so that got me back in focus: keeping my rug and“changing pillows, reframing art”. With the current rug, then I think I could pick up on the 3 stripes as accent colors (blue, orange, yellow). Maybe not too much yellow, ha, ha. So pillows first ;)

    Tan sofa: I have (2) 16x16 blue & white; Q/ more? larger?

    Dark brown wicker chair (1) 23x23 seat with rounded back + dark brown ottoman (1) 23x19 rectangular seat; Q/ replace the tan with something blue like this inspo fabrics? Please help me finding cushions like that?

    Honey rattan chair I have (2) 18x18 tan with earth colors pattern, but I will be using those 2 for the terracotta loveseat in the LR instead. Q/ no tan/ brown here? Looking at this one sent by @ital mover, I love the cream, orange and green … something similar without the tan/ brown in it?





  • ital mover
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    Maybe this would be nice on your rattan lounge chair, and then you wouldn’t need to find new chair cushions


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    and tou could put a throw over the arm of the chair to both wam it up and liven it up

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  • ital mover
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    Throws for you lounge chair depending on what chair cushions you have and what art work you hanf



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    I thought your zebra needed some company

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  • Jeanne J
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    Hi Lobo, I am not a pro - hopefully some will chime in. It is my impression that the room looks bigger and functions better with the old layout ( couch facing TV) but it can be hard to tell from pictures. What do you think?

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  • lobo_93
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    @Jeanne J Yes moving furniture this weekend. Likewise, replacing pillow covers is much more practical than looking for a new rug, or furniture; so, we’ll do pillows.

    @ital mover I am warming up to the “snail” pillow; it would have never occurred to me to look for beige linen with beads. I thought I was set on blues, but I see this could play well with the idea of neutrals, but not boring AND right with the seascapes but not the overused sea creatures. Also, I have the zebra throw 😊

    I have narrowed down the pillow options to these below; what do you think? (note: for the honey chair, I am thinking a set of 2).

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  • everdebz
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    Fp seems beautiful but birds are severe looking - an abstract canvas resting on the mantel next to items instead? Or spray them a medium tone of pewter/ brown..

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  • ital mover
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    Hi, I like your choices. I thought I’d add one more to the mix for the honey chair, thinking maybe ties in with your fireplace and existing rug.



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  • Jennifer Hogan
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    Having your art professionally framed with the appropriate frame and mat can make a world of difference/












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    THE FURNITURE & ART CONCIERGE
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    Are the canvasses finished on the sides? If they are, consider a floating frame with some width to the facade and for the paper pieces, especially if the sides are interesting, consider mounting them on a backing and floating them as well, maybe with 3 or 4 inches on the top and sides and 6 or 8 inches on the bottom for effect.

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  • lobo_93
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    An update on pillow shopping: I am getting the snail one for the dark brown lounge chair, but the other ones I selected do not come on the sizes I need:

    -Tan sofa (blues in 16x16): This Surya is 18x18 and is sold out, and this one with branches and poms is 20x20, too large -something else please?

    -Honey rattan chair (creams in 18x18): decided against this one with tassel trim; this striped Safavieh is 20x20 and the new Loloi P0875 Gray is 22x22, both are too large, we'll need 18" -something else please?

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  • lobo_93
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    @ital mover thank you so much! I think these 4:

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    JudyG Designs
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    Don’t spend one cent on any of the suggestions. Work with what you have, Pillows and frames are not going to sell your home. Rearrange a few things, make sure the house is spic and span and wash the windows.

    Over console: ( your photo shows is it not centered on the wall), add a tall lamp, and choose a couple pictures and lean them against the wall. Hang the one with the rope looking frame over the mantel.



    Remove the white round rug. and try layering it over the rug in front of the sofa. Try the round coffee table on it.

    Position the small accent chair on the rug, and the front legs of ottoman on the rug.

    The two pillows on the sofa, put them together and place a throw for the other corner.



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  • ital mover
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    I just saw this and if you haven't ordered maybe you're interested


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  • lobo_93
    Original Author
    last month

    @ital mover Yes, the good news: I placed the order; the bad news: delivery by mid-March.

    @BeverlyFLADeziner I am warming up to the idea of linen for the posters, to carry out the feeling of texture, and cutting the overload of browns? (floor, credenza, sofa, and chairs?).

  • lobo_93
    Original Author
    29 days ago

    Some pillows are back in stock, and will be delivered this week ;) Meanwhile, I would get the 2 posters framed. And onto the next room, ha, ha.

  • lobo_93
    Original Author
    21 days ago
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    Update: the pillows are here, except for one, and the framed posters will be here next week. I will post pictures soon, and follow with... main bedroom?

    Edited: FR photos below; THANK YOU ALL ;)

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  • lobo_93
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    13 days ago
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    The posters are here (and I have moved the large oil paintings to the MBR); what do you think?

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    @ARTCONCIERGE @BeverlyFLADeziner @everdebz @italmover @Jeanne J @Jennifer Hogan @JudyGDesigns @maifleur03 We mounted the posters and postcards with the same textured frame, and with only 2 mats (matte white for the large posters, and cream for the small postcards). It seems more unified and neutral while keeping the posters we like. And the one dark blue pillow with bird has better pillow company now. The plants will have to wait ;) From the point of view of someone browsing “real estate pictures”, would you change anything?

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    I think you nailed it!


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