It all started with a red love seat, also referred to as a “love couch” by my friend Randall. But if you’re expecting a racy story don’t get your hopes up. This is about a red sofa that is a double recliner which we purchased when George W. sent everyone rebates. [That would be President Bush, not Washington.] When our tax dollars came, off we went to stimulate the economy. Since we had just moved into our current home and a regular size sofa wouldn’t fit in the tiny den, the love seat seemed a wise choice. Why I chose red stems from a deep desire to make things “pop” as they say on the designer shows. The goal of popping was indeed met when the aforementioned love couch was placed upon the royal blue carpet. Did I tell you that we already had a green love couch? It was purchased in days of yore. Also purchased in a similar time of yesteryear were the silky gold curtains which I love. They just happened to fit the window in the same tiny den.
Recently I learned how to paint furniture with a plaster of Paris base which gives it a distressed chalky finish like milk paint. So David and I painted two little beat up side tables and added them to the tiny den. One is my favorite robin’s egg blue and the other is yellow. Did I tell you the walls are also yellow?
Back to the red love couch:
Since the left side of the recliner-sofa is getting a little worn due to being next to the table with the lamp, we decided to switch things up. If the lamp were on the opposite end, the right side of the red love couch would get more use and would wear out more evenly. However, since we’d just created a gallery wall above the red love couch, the lamp would be in the way. Hmmm…
Maybe we could place the red love couch on the diagonal against the corner and put my floor lamp from the reading/cozy room back there. Hey! That works! But the reading chair in the cozy room has no light now. The former den lamp is too large. So I robbed the bedroom of the small bedside lamp and table… except it’s too low. Add a stack of books under the lamp and voila! It’s perfect!
But now the bedroom looks whoppy-jawed. Perhaps if we move the bed over next to the wall where the table and lamp used to be… whoa! How long has it been since this corner has seen a vacuum? My mother would not be pleased.
Okay good. The bed is next to the wall, but not so close that one cannot make an escape for a three a.m. potty run. Perfect! Except now there’s an empty space on the other side of the room where the bed used to be. How about a small chair… with a blue cushion… maybe turn it over to the decent side… Perfect!
Now just look at this tiny den! Yellow walls, royal blue carpet, gold curtains, green love seat, side tables in robin’s egg blue and yellow, plus the red love couch. It’s a good thing I have an anchor piece which ties it all together. That would be the awesome ottoman our daughter found at the Goodwill and covered for me. Hannah let me pick the fabric… obviously. Oh how I love my tiny den of many colors. It’s not at all what I envisioned when dreaming decorator dreams. And I doubt HGTV will stop by to take pictures. I might be going out on a limb here.