Listening to an Empty room

Have you ever listened to an empty room?  It may not happened quickly, but if I linger for a while I can hear the room telling me what colors it wants, the furniture that would make it comfortable and the arrangement that will work.

That gives me somewhere to start. From there, I keep listening. With each piece of furniture or accessory, the room lets me know if it’s happy or not.



The empty living room at the town house.



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Starting with a few things from home; a recliner that wasn’t being used, a blow up mattress for seating when watching TV, a TV not needed at the other house and a $38 TV stand from Walmart.

Now we’re off……keep talking walls and keep it in the budget, please.


Storage baskets for TV stand. A good place to stash blankets and magazines.



Now you’re talking. A small inexpensive slip covered love seat is much better than the air mattress. The botanical wall art was very simple to make.  Purchase 6 picture frames from Walmart. ( the only store within 20 miles) Using left over silk florals from Hobby Lobby, arrange inside the frames and hang. There you have it….instant art.


The coffee table was a find. Stopped at a roadside sell and it was marked $38. It’s solid wood and has a drawer. A tray from home covers the few scratches on top. It could have a paint makeover in the future, but I’m content with it at this time.



The desk was given to me by a friend. The desk chair was from the other house and not being used.


Like all decorators I have a stash of furniture and accessories in storage, just in case. Now is the time for “just in case.”

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A clock and side table by the front door.



A sofa table brought from the big house looks right at home in this not so big house.



A wicker chair from the other home. It fits in just right in this almost coastal home ..

A rug from Lowes brings it all together.

The room and I had a talk and agreed . We both like it.