I am exactly the kind of person who would have an entire meal with you without knowing that I have a whole 12-oz steak in my teeth. Like, the entire cow, just dangling there. You’d be wondering: “How does she not know this is happening? How can she even talk with this large animal stuck to her face?”
It’s a talent, that’s how.
(And if that ever happens, for goodness sake. TELL ME.)
Sometimes, the same unawareness happens to me in decorating. I just wish I could see my house with fresh eyes, because I’m always worried that no one is telling me that my whole house looks like a crayola box threw up on it or something.
Can you identify? Do you sometimes wish you had fresh eyes? Someone to bounce ideas off of or give you a second opinion?
That’s why I love this new Reader Questions series – because we all need that. And since we all love to look at pictures of homes and dream of decorating in our sleep – that’s a thing we all do, right? – we gotta help a sista (or brutha) out.
(The only thing I don’t love about this Reader Questions series is how terrible I’ve been at keeping up with it. You can see the first one here, and read the second one… well, right here, right now.)
This is Laura.
This is Laura’s beautiful living room.
She has soaring two-story ceilings, tons of natural light and that amazing stone fireplace. Girl’s got style, and she knows what she likes, but she’s stuck when it comes to her living room and wants your opinion! Laura loves the airy, cottage look (a la Lettered Cottage).
She wants to know: should she paint her mantle? Here’s the sitch:
It’s a reddish wood tone which matches her red oak hardwoods.
…but she doesn’t love it, and she doesn’t love the color of her hardwoods. Eventually she wants to stain and refinish her floors in a dark walnut color, but it might be a while before she can make that happen. If it was your mantle, what would you do?
Just for fun, here’s a little mock-up of the mantle repainted white, restained dark walnut, and repainted black. Let’s hope Laura’s paint job looks better than this rendition.
Laura would also love any other friendly suggestions for wall art or accessories! What would you do? Let’s hear your thoughts on her mantle in the poll below and in the comments section. (If you’re reading this from an RSS reader, you may need to click over to see the poll.)
One other question, just purely out of curiosity: if you have something in your teeth, would you want someone to tell you, or would that terrify you?
PS: Do you have a home-related question you’d like to ask the readers here? Send me at note at kelly (at) vatwblog.com!