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Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist

Living room, originally uploaded by ABMann.

If you know us, Fox and I aren’t precisely conservative with design. We’re not afraid of color or garish style. We’ve, over the last 8ish years living together, had Moroccan dens, eggplant bedrooms, apocalyptic murals, neon kitchens. It’s safe to say, we know what we like.

When we bought Doomsday Manor we knew we weren’t moving any time soon so we could take a discerning, if not plodding, look at each room and get the design exactly where we want it before moving forward. Really, I think we don’t move forward fully on a room until we hit that “Aha!” moment wherein the whole thing falls into place.

That’s how it happened with the living room – we had colors and furniture and arrangement picked for much of it but never really did anything until we saw this photo on 8/6: Orange Stripes via Jennifer Glass. We finished the room the next month over Labor Day (about three weeks later).

I think we hit that last Saturday while hanging at the Hookah for both our den and the library. Firstly, we figure since we:

  1. Love the Hookah Lounge
  2. Own our own Hookah
  3. Enjoyed it before

We’ll turn the den into a hookah lounge for ourselves. Originally, the room was going to be blue but we don’t think that’s quite right. So we’re swapping to a burnt orange.

Now, we really wanted a blue room some where. And hey, why not a blue library rather than a red one? Would that work in the same tone we wanted… well, not really. No, not blue like above – blue like this in semi gloss/matte 12 inch stripes. yeah, that feels right. And a white wainscot panel?
no, white is too cottage. How about black. We could do a neo gothic thing with all the silver accents too. Yes! Yes, that’s it exactly!

And libraries need club chairs. Do.. do they exist in silver or white?
Wait. They do? Oh crap, that’s perfect.

So. We’re gonna start on this the next weekend we actually have free. It’s a bizarre blend of Victorian/Hollywood glam that I think will be right up our alley…..


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lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: April 26th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to argue the blue with you... I'm thinking more like this...
abmann From: abmann Date: April 26th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just switched to a better example.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: April 26th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
abmann From: abmann Date: April 26th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, the details are right too but I think black is the difference between Victorian and Gothic.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: April 26th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes. And it will make the silver pop SO MUCH MORE.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 26th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: April 26th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
looooooooove that blue and those silver chairs! way better than a traditional red library!
abmann From: abmann Date: April 26th, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree. I think it'll Hollywood glam comfy. :) We may also get an octagonal silver ottoman to go with the chairs.
cassandraterra From: cassandraterra Date: April 26th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is the the most epic looking cat tree I have ever seen. Where did you get it?!
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: April 26th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
abmann From: abmann Date: April 26th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
slashpyro From: slashpyro Date: April 30th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Which reminds me, I really need to finish the designs for your shelves. I just got a $100 gift card to Home Depot from my credit card company so I can buy the saw now. :)
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