I thought you might enjoy seeing what is happening at my own house. Our house is new (not my own design -- we bought an already built home for the location). So, my challenge has been to add a youthful vibe and transform the ocean of beige walls and carpet with just the right furniture, artwork, and window coverings. Maybe you can relate?
Here are the before and after photos:
The sofa and chairs are from Kasala (the chairs were a custom leather). The coffee table is vintage find, made by Lane, found at Antiques Liquidators in Seattle for $130 (a steal!). The shelves are from Land of Nod. The Metropolis lithograph was an anniversary present we picked up at Jack Galleries in Las Vegas (no longer in business).
On top of the bookshelf is a vintage stereoscope from my father-in-law's former office (both he and his father we optometrists) next to a shadow box full of stereogram cards. Once useful, forever sentimental, and now beautifully displayed.
I often call upon what William Morris once wrote as I am making decor decisions: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."