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I have a 1960 ranch house all brick.  The living room flows into the dinning room in the form of an L shape with a hall way going back to the bed rooms.  I have a sisal rug in the dinning room with original 1955 modern Scandinavian type furniture.  I have not done anything to the living room.  I love the Pottery Barn look and am interested in one of their choc. brown/cream oriental rugs(Brandon style) and also love their Seagrass collection (dark brown) of wing back chairs. I buy the rug first then the furniture to match or buy the furniture I love and then the rug to match. Is this too much brown?  I find decorating very taxing.  Thank you for your help.

Hi Dorothy,

Always select your big ticket items first, then add accessories.  It's much easier to find an accessory, like a rug that coordinates, than settling for furniture that you don't love.

Brown coordinates with virtually every other color, so don't worry about coordinating these pieces.  

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