|Cote de Texas|
I've been bitching about my living room for years. It is a small room that is hard to arrange--lots of windows and doors. I have two full-size-coordinating-but-not-the-same-sofas. I have shopped and shopped to replace them to no avail. There are are generous chairs, an upholstered ottoman, a 39" square coffee table, and an entertainment center. As I post this (making a mental inventory). I realize there are also two console tables, three occasional tables and h-e-l-l-o two full size Ficus trees. Truth: my trees have strings of lights on them (I am a recovering redneck, ya know).
I could just show you a picture. Why don't I do that?
Cuz I'm embarrassed.
My living room does not reflect the attention to detail I give my work. When I stage, I create flow and cohesion. Furniture editing is premo. There is no clutter. My rooms are pretty. If I had to evaluate my living room, as I do my clients, I would give me a "D". (I do love my art gallery wall.)
What I am coming around to acknowledging, is that my hodge-podge living room fits the way we live. I never cringe when my neighbors come by to share a glass of wine and bring in their dog. I don't scold my grandson when he spills. We lounge, eat, drink, and wallow in our living room.
A friend was over Friday night. She arranged a nest of throw pillows, threw her feet up and had her beer precariously perched on the sofa. She was comfortable and happy and so was I. I'm baby sitting my grand dog Cooper. Cooper curled up with my friend. On the opposite sofa, my pooch, Izzie, settled in with me after 'digging' the perfect spot. Good times my peeps. Good times.
So there you have it. I don't practice what I preach. Of course, I'm not selling my house but somehow that doesn't satisfy my insecurity over being judged for my not-so-grand living room.
I covet a beautiful Traditional Home living room. It would be smart to show case my talent and entertain clients....
But, it ain't gonna happen anytime soon.
So, stop in for a glass a wine. And bring your dog.