And here is the "after" (I use this term very loosely, because there is sooo much more to do):
It's really nice to finally have color in this room!
The color for the ottoman was inspired by the view from our living room out into our backyard (and the greenway behind it). Here is a picture I took this summer:
Every evening while watching TV, I love to out into the trees while the sun sets. It's nice that when winter comes and all the leaves are gone I'll still be able to enjoy the color!
I found the fabric in the Indoor/Outdoor section at Mary Jo's. It sort of looks like linen, but has the durability of outdoor fabric.
I had the ottoman custom made. The cowhide was purchased from Tandy Leather - they have a great selection and GREAT prices. The cowhide was only $150! Our carpet (which sort of looks like sisal) is very light, and the room is large so we really needed a rug to anchor the space.
And here is what the scene looks like on Sundays - lounging, laptops and Nascar! (Any Nascar fans out there? Probably not.. but it's one of our guilty pleasures. We do live in Charlotte after all!)
Next up are pillows.. as you can see I desperately need some! (I really don't think I'll keep the Target zebra print pillow in this room... the cowhide is enough animal for me.)
(I must admit I