My mom surprised me last week by buying me a chair for my birthday. It's a beautiful leather Parsons chair in teal. It's a dining chair, but I plan to use it as an office chair. I absolutely love it.

But I knew before I even got it home that there would have to be some changes. Not with the chair, of course, but with my office.

I use the term "office" loosely. That room also serves as a music/workout/laundry/Beatles memorabilia/closet overflow room.

When I first moved in, I painted it blue. I wasn't thrilled with the color at first, but it has grown on me. But now, it clashes with the chair.

Repainting will be a must.

The addition of the chair also motivated me to tidy up the room. I can't have a hamper full of dirty clothes sitting in the middle of the room anymore. The chair deserves better.

So, I removed a shelving unit from the closet to make room for the hamper. That led me to tear apart my hall closet to fit the shelving unit, which led me to clear out some space under my bed to stash the stuff from the hall closet, and so on.

Now to pick a paint color. I obviously want the chair to be the focal point of the room, but I have to admit I don't have a lot of experience matching colors with teal. White walls, of course, would make the chair pop. But I don't do white walls. White walls are not in my makeup.

After quite a lot of thought, and a bit of research, I settled on sepia. It's sort of a dark, brick-colored, orange. The more I thought about it, the more I liked it. So, I bought sepia.

After rearranging nearly all the storage areas in my apartment, there wasn't much time left in the day to start painting, but I knew I had to get at least a touch of the color on the wall to see if it was going to work.

Granted, with only one coat of orange splotches on the already blue wall, it looked like the Chicago Bears exploded in the room. But I think it just might work ... with the chair anyway.

The rug is definitely going to have to go. But I can put that in the living room. But then the big mirror doesn't quite match ...

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