My Future Library Nook- How Should it Look?

One of the problems with my creative zeal mixed with my extremely overly analytical brain is that sometimes I cannot for the life of me make a decision!  This is especially true when it comes to shopping, which I’m sure has annoyed anyone unfortunate enough to accompany me on one of my excursions.  When it comes to interior decor, I think my indecision problem is two-fold.  One, I simply like too much!  There are so many beautiful styles to decorate with: traditional, old-fashioned elegance as seen at Arhaus, sleek contemporary lines such as at West Elm, the rustic charm featured in one of my favorite magazines, Country Living, and everything in between.  How’s a girl to choose?

My second problem occurs once I’ve made my decor selection: once I know what I want, I do not, I cannot, deviate from my vision!  By the time I settle on an idea, I’ve envisioned how I want the entire room to look- curtains, rug, furniture, accessories, colors, patterns- everything.  I even make little drawings of my rooms and the furniture/accessories/colors I want in there.  A little much?  Probably, but I can’t help it!  

The first room I'm working on decorating in our new house is the sitting room, which I want to turn into a library area.  Currently, it looks like this:

To help me in my decision making process, I’ve made two collages (courtesy of the handy dandy Picasa collage maker which I just discovered! Yes, I am way behind the curve!) featuring two different design ideas that I’m contemplating.  I love, love, love black and white, so my first design concept incorporates a lot of black and white with pops of green and pink:

My second idea uses a more neutral color palette, and also draws on my love of French inspired details:

When I started thinking about this, I thought I definitely wanted to go with a neutral palette.  However, after looking at these side by side, I have to say I am really loving the black and white combo!  I would love to know what you think- which one of these should I choose?  Do you have any tips or tricks for making design decisions? 

Painting an Interior Front Door- Simple and Stunning!

It’s been a long time since my last post!  I really underestimated how much energy moving takes.  The last few weeks have been filled with unpacking, cleaning, trying to fit old furniture into new spaces, and searching for new furniture to fill up this large house!  Whew, I am exhausted.   Of course that doesn’t stop my brain from swimming with style ideas (chevron or striped curtains? warm or cool colors?) every time I try to sleep. 

One thing I am sure of is our interior front door- I am absolutely, without a doubt, painting it!  I’ve decided that I’m going to go with a lovely, possibly robin’s egg (Tiffany’s anyone?), light blue.  I think.  

First, my sad little front door when we first moved in:

And how it looks now, after a fresh coat of paint and our beautiful laminate flooring:

I’d actually never heard of painting the interior of a front door until I stumbled across these lovelies below.  I don’t think I’ve ever been in a house with a painted interior front door (maybe I live a sheltered life?), but it’s such a simple little thing and it makes a huge impact.

I love this yellow one:

This black one is so classic and chic:

 And finally, this little pale blue number, which pretty much leaves me speechless:
Sigh. So pretty, and I love the decor of the room.  Maybe a little too feminine for me to get the husband on board.  Perhaps for my home office though...filing this one away for the future:)

In the meantime, I'm so excited to try something like one of these on my own front door!