Here is the blank canvas I discussed in the last post. I am attempting to decorate around this antique light fixture, without going purple-crazy:
The chocolate brown rug doesn't work, but I found this affordable wool rug (below) at Sears (yes, I was shocked too). I really like the neutral grey-brown colour and think I will order it:
I simply could not find a plum-coloured rug without doing custom, which is simply unaffordable for a rug this size (you need to buy the entire 12 ft roll width, unless you can find a decent remnant, which I could not...I looked at several carpet and end-of-the-roll type stores and saw tons of cheap neutrals but very little in nice brown or rose tones or nice materials). Plus, I prefer the look and feel of wool, so this rug fits the bill.
I am rather fond of mirrors and the space really needs one. I admire this very affordable, antique-looking one, which comes in either a silvery or gold finish from CSN Stores:
I also found this delightful wall shelf on-line (to go under the mirror). The shelf is the perfect size, measuring 32" wide, about 10" tall, and only 5" deep, so it doesn't protrude too far into the room. I ordered it yesterday!
And to top it off, I think this little print from Art.com that I blogged about yesterday really is the best choice. It pulls together the browns from the wood shelf and the rug with the plum in the light fixture, and relates to the sage green and creams in my living room:
A few more elements (more art, something to sit on the shelf, a small sisal/jute boot mat) and I think I have a front entrance!
Any other suggestions? Thanks for those that have already commented!