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Display Name: msattitude
Member Since: 12/7/09

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To hide or not to hide, that is the question. While there are valid reasons for its use as a decor choice, there are equally valid reasons against using animal hides or furs. Perhaps everyone could avoid snark and honor that there are many personal choices in our interiors. Come on, people. The crummy comments ruin a good site.

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6/12/10 09:18 PM

I have to say - paint it all. I love the idea of moulding below the curve and painting the ceiling a different color than the walls, but the blood red is:

1. Dated. Those deep, rich, royal colors are very late 90's.

2. Oppressive. I am a fan of the light and airy interior, but I do understand why dark, cozy, moody, and dramatic interiors can be cool. Maybe it is the lighting in the pictures, but the blood red room seems depressing. You would need to bring in layers of light, from overhead to sconces to candles, to make the room work.

3. Overwhelming. It is hard to decorate to colors like that and have the furniture "carry over" to other apartments and homes later. You'd almost have to go really neutral and classic (white, black, deep espresso colored wood, creamy tan, etc.) for your furniture to make the investment work over the long term.

4. Tiring. What seems cool at first can get old fast. Isn't it easier to paint now, before you move anything in and before you invest in furniture? I'd think about what I really liked and wanted to live with long-term and paint the room to match your vision. You'll be happier in the end if you go with your own taste instead of adapting to someone else's.

5. Weird, with gray, at least. The cool gray in the adjoining room may not "jive" with blood red. They aren't even close in tone, feeling, or mood.

I don't mean to sound harsh, but I guess I am harshing on the red. It is not an easy color to live with. I am chanting, "paint, paint, paint!" as I type this.

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6/3/10 10:26 AM

Chaney - after reading your update, I am beginning to suspect that we are going to have to stage an AT intervention here. GET RID OF THE UGLY SOFA!

It is hideous, out-of-date, green, uncomfortable, mismatched, ill-conceived, bulky, unsightly, a blight on the very concept of design. NOTHING you can do to it is going to help. There is no wall color that will make a fugly couch less fugly. There is no artwork, clock, mirror, carpet, lamp, pillow, cat collar, or leather dye that will make that couch more palatable.

You've admitted you have a problem sofa. Now you have to accept that there is no magic design-wand that can fix it. It needs to go. If you can't afford to replace it, even with a second-hand or floor sample bargain, you have to live with it, deal with its permanent fugliness, and get over it until you can afford something less offensive.

How Do I Make My Big Green Couch Work? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
2/8/10 02:09 AM


But a real tutorial on creating a cool slipcover or DIY upholstery project for this basic chair would be cool.

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2/6/10 12:42 PM

Come to STL and get an inexpensive sofa. BTW, a couch exactly like yours is posted for sale for $100. I don't know that they will get $100, but you can't blame someone for trying!

If you have to keep it for a bit longer, do get some cool fabric to drape over it and add some color and variation to the room:

How Do I Make My Big Green Couch Work? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
2/6/10 01:59 AM

Craigslist. For real. Sell that couch and look for another. You can get a fabulous couch for less than $200 if you look. Keep the green one until you find a better replacement and then you can sell the green one for $50 to offset the cost of the new(er) couch. People are moving and downsizing like crazy, so you should be able to find a good deal on a relatively new couch or entire living room set.

How Do I Make My Big Green Couch Work? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
2/5/10 08:28 PM

Brick bungalow with a tuck-under garage.

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12/12/09 10:27 PM