Hello! As many of you know my family and I very recently moved into a 30 year old home. The majority of the rooms have never been updated. Since most of the cleaning and minor repairs are now behind us I am transitioning into decorating mode. It is perfect timing as the brilliant Linda of Calling It Home is hosting the One Room Challenge on her blog.
I thought long and hard about which space I wanted to make over first and the living space right off of the kitchen seemed to be a good contender. The reason I selected this room is that it will probably become one of the most used rooms in our home. In addition, the transformation will require a bit of time consuming labor in the form of de-glossing, sanding, priming and painting the amazing coffered ceiling as well as the built ins. This will be easier to accomplish while the room is still empty. (The image below was from the real estate listing. Our furniture will be delivered in 2 weeks or so.)
In this photograph you can see that there is also a small half bath within the space.
Here is a close up the paint treatment and mildewed linoleum flooring. Yes, this space rivals the worst gas station stall.
The frame around the mirror is attached with double stick tape. #stayclassy
Of course the one item, built in right above the mirror, that caused the biggest amount of head scratching was the now infamous combination glass holder and wine rack. Doesn’t EVERY bathroom need one?
Ok, now that you’ve had a laugh let’s get down to brass tacks. The main purpose of this room will be for television viewing. The secondary use will be for family game night and it may also serve as a small library. In talking about the design inspiration of this room I wanted to give you a little background. A little over two years ago I wrote a post entitled “Does your home tell your story?” In a nutshell I had written that I personally subscribe to a design aesthetic in which the rooms in ones home and the things they contain should tell a story about the family living there. With that, family heirlooms, childhood creations and meaningful objects collected over time will all have their place in our home’s family room décor.
Here is the inspiration board I created for the space.
So how does this board tell our story? I drew upon my husbands military career and the wonderful places that it took us, as well as a bit of his family heritage. The walls will be painted a soft shade of Gustavian blue while the bead board and coffered ceiling will receive a lovely coat (or three) of white. Now for those of you who are against painting wood please know that this is 30 year old wood that needs help. Can you see the large irregular patches of sun fading on the side of the built in bookcase and the bead board next to it? The entire space has similar issues.
Here is the inspiration image I showed Mr. Décor when trying to talk him into painting the coffered ceiling.
On the three large windows I plan on using simple white linen drapes accented with navy Greek key trim. This is a nod to the year our family lived on the island of Crete. I plan on reusing some existing curtains I have and sew on the trim. The bamboo blinds link to Mr. Décor’s years spent stationed in Japan.
Another item to be reused: a pair of side of the road wing chairs recovered in antique ticking and grain sacks which are monogrammed with our initials. I found them at a flea market in Germany while we were stationed at Ramstein.
The Persian rug represents the time my husband served in the middle east during Operation Desert Storm. Also our son, Sweet Guy, wanted “a bit of red in the room”. :) For the coffee table I found a metal base at a Habitat for Humanity and will transform it with some reclaimed wood. The pillows will be made from tartan from my husbands clan “Gunn”. There are two plaids, one for hunting and one for dress. For winter I like the dress version. Someone actually had it made into a carpet.
But again, I’ll just being doing a pillow. Along with a few other plaid pillows and perhaps a throw. Similar to this image but of course with lighter walls. The room will feel a bit like a well traveled English gentleman’s home and well, the Mr. was stationed in England for a few years.
I haven’t yet found the exact couch, but Wayfair has some nice options. Ditto on what lamps to use, so Lamps Plus to the rescue! I must admit that I also have not thought about artwork. I do know it needs to “speak to me”. I think I will take a peek at Minted.
Thankfully there are 6 weeks in the One Room Challenge so I do have a little bit of time to figure it out.
Do you think I can do it?