Crazy paint color, peel 'n stick tile, weird fake wood paneling.
I hate to say it, but it's not the worst room in the house. By. Far. So none of these issues are going to be resolved any time soon.
Here's how I make it work, and love the room anyway.
Well, first of all, I'm just really lucky. My great gramma's furniture looks beautiful anywhere, with anything. Classic antiques can make anything work. Even better if you inherit them.
That weird paint color is kind of a breezy turquoise. You just can't fight that. I used a turquoise glass thingy from Value Village and, at least for the Summer, it works. Come Fall, it may just be a bit of a disaster. For now though, it almost sort of looks like I have that paint color there on purpose.
A few little pieces of "art" unpacked from the old house and leaned up on a painted gray dresser. The blue and green from the map work here perfectly.
This is my view from where I sit with my laptop. I love my new banister. Keeping this view clear lets me see what I really love and distracts me from all the imperfections (Ahem, peel 'n stick flooring).
I added some fresh white cotton curtains from the old house, a chair and a box used as side tables in this corner. I call this "just moved in chic". OK, I only call it that in my head. But that's reality. Embrace it.
On the buffet, antique pictures that belonged to Chris's gramma and a candelabra from mine feel a bit formal. The rooster weather vane keeps it all relevant to the country.
And that's all it takes to make it work for us for now, and maybe for quite a while.
Even though I know it's all wrong, I absolutely love it.