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Monday, September 15, 2014

Some Things Just Don't Workout

I have been thrilled with all my new lamps for the living room, but a couple new projects and buys are total fails.

My new ottoman came and it is totally stunning.  The finish, fabric and workmanship is gorgeous, - --




HOWEVER
there is one major problem- -
See the height of this thing.  It measures 23 1/2 inches tall, that's almost the same height as the arm of  the chair.  I'm not short but when I sit on it my feet dangle and how could you possibly put your feet up that high.  I looked up the standard and most ottomans or benches are 17 or l8 inches high.


I'm not sure what this was made for, it's way too high for a bench or an ottoman, so back it goes.

I did learn a couple of things from this adventure-
love the leopard, but too many legs and this crowds the room.

My second fail that I have really tried to talk myself into are the black/gold foil lined shades for the dining chandy.  I love the look, but hate the light they give off.  This is not a bad picture, they really make everything look yellow and the chandy just looks gawdy.  The light at night is almost creepy with the yellow glow.  My friend Laura (Decor to Adore) says it is perfect for Halloween.  Not a good thing for everyday.  I still want black shades, so I have ordered some with cream liners.  We'll see how that goes.


This is what my chandy really looks like.  I just need some white or beige lined shades, nothing gold.

So back to the drawing board with part of my design for the remake of the room.  You win some and lose some.

So how about you, any fails?

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23 comments:

  1. I imagine that everyone has fails, but I like to think of them as trial and errors. It can really be hard to know how a piece will fit in until you actually get it into the room. I guess that ottoman was meant to be a small bench. xo Laura

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  2. How frustrating, especially when you deliberate in making the choices in the first place. Yes, I've made at least one garden project fail this year, and it's only growing, lol. I think I'll wait till next year to deal with it - let it hibernate over winter. See you tomorrow!
    Rita

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  3. I have to say, I still love the way everything looks though even if some things don't work out the way you planned! You do such a great job decorating!

    Stephanie

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  4. Marty I can hear your frustration on the bench. Its a beautiful bench so sorry that did not work out. I think lighter shades for the chandy will be perfect. Yep trial and error sometimes is the name of the game for us all. Have a great Sunday.
    Kris

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  5. There are always a few fails mixed in with the wins, right? Too bad about your ottoman - such a pretty piece! Hope you're having a great weekend Marty!

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  6. I love that bench, but you are right, it is way too tall. Yes, I have had a few fails. I bought a beautiful leather recliner, and it seemed comfortable in the store, but once home it just didn't fit me. Luckily, my husband leather recliner (that I was trying to match) wore out, and the new recliner fits him perfectly.

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  7. Hello dear Marty from Abilene this morning. I am SO sorry that the ottoman didn't work out! You were so excited for its arrival. But I see exactly what you mean. It's truly an ottoman for a super tall family. I am on the look out for a similar piece so I will let you know if I find anything.

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  8. That is too bad that the ottoman did not work out as it is just what you said...stunning!!...I am also looking for an ottoman with a leopard print!!!...

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  9. Have seen those type of ottomans, but come to think of it, they were usually under console tables or sitting against a wall, to be pulled out as "extra seating" ( evidently only for your tallest guests!) Who knew?

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  10. I just can't imagine that was advertised as an ottoman...I usually see that type of bench in pairs at the bottom of a bed. They always looked great. A shame it didn't work as you wanted because it is beautiful.

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  11. Marty, sorry to hear the ottoman isn't going to work out. I usually see them tucked under an entryway table or at the end of a long hallway or as foyer ottoman. My fails usually happen with curtains and bedding. I have had a few fails this year already and also two ottoman fails- one was too soft and one was too hard. I almost felt like Goldilocks trying to find just the right fit. I've found one but I am still not entirely happy. They are definitely a challenge to purchase online.

    Kim

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  12. Thanks for sharing not only the ups of the design process, but the downs too. It's always comforting to know that even really good decorators have bumps along the way. I've felt stuck while working on a few rooms. Things just aren't coming together, or I think I find just the right piece and it doesn't work for whatever reason. I've been going back to the drawing board a lot, but I know it will all come together in time! Good luck with the black and cream shades!

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  13. Oh yes, absolutely, Marty. And that's just how you have to look at it ~ you win some, you lose some.

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  14. We all go thru something like that, I was about to write a post about it! Anyway, the fun is in the hunt dear, so more 'fun' for you!

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  15. It looks like something that might sit at then end of the bed maybe.

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  16. What a bummer Marty...that ottoman is beautiful to bad it doesn't work!! Is it too big to use on the opposite side of your coffee table as an extra seat?

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  17. That is too bad because the bench is super cute. I had black shades with gold insides and they burned the candle covers. They were just too hot. Good luck with the returns.

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  18. OY! Don't you hate it when you order something, open it up and say, "what the heck???"!!! The ottoman is beautiful but WAY too tall! I can't imagine what it is made for. I get it about the shades too. If they don't give off a PRETTY glow it is no good. Hope you had a good weekend, Marty!

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  19. Too bad about the ottoman. Someone I know just used one that looks like what you got to put at her island. Perhaps they're made for sitting on rather than for feet. It is surprisingly tall. I bet you'll love the new shades on the chandelier.

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  20. I think it is lovely. I would use it in a guest bedroom for guests to put their suitcase. :)

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  21. Too bad that the ottoman didn't work, especially since it's so nice. Been there. And the lamp shades, yeah, I can see that the gold shades wouldn't work. Love the black outer shade though. Good luck finding some. Usually the ones I like are priced way out of my price range, or when I see some at a good price, there are only three and I need five, etc. :) Hang in there. I know you'll find something you like.

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  22. Strange! I would think that is more of a bench, but it's still high for that, too! And I think you're right about the gold shades. A nice cream liner would be better. You win some, you lose some!

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  23. How about you use it for a bench in the guest room? I can see how that would be fab for guests to use to put on their socks! It is such a pretty piece.

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