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Monday, November 10, 2014

Where’d You Get ….Family Room Sourcing & Questions Answered

Thank you everyone for all your kind comments regarding the recent family room reveal. Overwhelmingly the most popular questions were details on family heirlooms, “where did you get the couch” and the ladder.

The mini wooden ladder was a $1.00 Goodwill find that I once painted aqua and used in my fall décor last year.

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Now onto the couch. When I began planning the room transformation I asked Mr. Décor and Sweet Guy what they would like in terms of seating.  The Mr. wanted a couch he could stretch out on and Sweet Guy wanted to be able to eat on it. A review is in the works for this couch.


I paused on hitting the “ad to cart” button because I had budgeted $1,500 for the room and still needed paint, blinds and a VERY large area rug. (I know what an impossible budget!) But good things come to those who wait……

In the meantime I began transforming the room with paint. “Gustavian Blue” by Ralph Lauren went up on the walls and “Du Jour” by Valspar covered the ceiling, doors, built ins and trim.  Next the Levlor bamboo blinds in “Natural” found on sale at Lowes were hung. I reused the drapes from my former living/dining room. They are the “Aina” linen panels from Ikea. Repurposing once more I used a curtain rod, brackets and rings that once hung in the Fashionista’s room. They are from the Martha Stewart Living line at Home Depot.


My next hunt began a search for plaid throws and pillows. Since this was late September/early October my usual go to’s (Home Goods, Marshalls, TJ Maxx) did not have anything. Now that it is closer to Christmas you can probably find oodles.

So I turned to Ebay and found hundreds of wool plaid throws for sale. The three that I ended up selecting were perfect vintage and cost less than $20 each. I found lovely plaid pillows on Etsy from Pillow Throw Décor. Christine is a gem to work with and offers many different plaids (tartan’s) to choose from. The velvet pillows are a favorite secret of mine. You can buy these gems at Cost Plus World Market for just $9.99! They come in several colors. The secret is that the hidden zipper allows you to remove the thin fiberfill insert it comes with for a lush feather pillow. It truly gives it a high end look.


I have good news for you on the rug. A darling reader wrote to me and said her parents had the very same rug! Although I was bummed for a second that it wasn’t the vintage/antique treasure the estate sale workers claimed it to be I still got the 12’ x 15’ rug for an amazing price. The rug I found retails for $5,065.00. Holy Smokes! My friends I paid $475. Yes, still a chunk of change, but MAN DID I SCORE or what!!!

Ok, the built ins…first a funny story. While we were packing up the contents of our old house Mr. Décor mentioned my “hoarding” of family heirlooms several times. He even went so far to say that if things were not displayed/used at Storybook Cottage then they would not be making our next move. Challenge ON husband!!!

So Papa Jack’s circa 1940 camera equipment… yep on display. Double decker bus from Aunt Bette in England…, rolling in on fine style. The ivory handled knife presented to us while living in Greece (A cheeky story behind the knife is that a wife can use it on her husband if he ever wanders) s0 of course it had to be on display! :) .

The brass lamp was found at an estate sale for $13. But I see them all the time at Goodwill.


Here’s a run down of the other items in Mr. Décor’s bookcase.

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On Sweet Guy’s shelves there is a series of Junior Classic books that belonged to my Grandma Mary. Book #4 had always been missing. For years, whenever I remembered, I would search online but to no avail. Writing this post made me do a quick search and low and behold there was the 1932 specimen on Ebay for $1.99. I am happy to report it is now on it’s way to my home to join the others.

There is an entire Boy Scout series written by George Durston. I only let first editions find me at estate sales and thrift shops, but you can find them on Ebay.

Sweet Guys pinewood derby cars were given a higher status of importance when they were placed in plexiglass cases. You can find them HERE.

Sweet Guy and his cousin Maddie both purchased green and white birdhouse’s from the Chalfonte when we visited Cape May in 2010. They were handcrafted by a man named Jack who replaces all the woodwork at the historic hotel. He repurposes the old wood to create the birdhouses. 

TIP: Instead of t shirt that will be outgrown within a year, or plastic toys that fall apart I have always encouraged my children to select souvenirs that have lasting meaning.

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So is the room finished?

Let’s just call it a “work in progress”. 

You may have realized that I did not show the television wall. Mr. Décor has plans to mount the tv on the wall and I am still searching for a larger console to place underneath. I will also hang a bit more artwork once I find it. (I am STILL unpacking. :)

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Then remember the “Wine Rack Bathroom”?

Sigh, it has been my problem child and deserves a post of its own.

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Yes, indeed good things come to those who wait.



Angela said...

Lovely room, Laura! I wish you lived closer. I need some advice on my sweet girl's "big girl room." It has good bones but is pretty much a blank slate right now.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This room is so beautiful and you always manage to do things on a really tight budget and it never looks like it. I love that sofa and the rug, so perfect for you. Can't wait to see more.

Karena Albert said...

Laura you have worked your magic as always. The sofa deal and that rug; the shelves look amazing with your treasures! Bravo!

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Linda said...

Informative blog! : ) I'm always amazed by your decorating talents. I always thought I was talented in this area as well, but as I looked around our living room - which is our ONLY living space in our house, except for our unheated single-car garage party space, I realize that I just don't have the same knack for decorating. For one thing, in a small house with no built ins and no room for such things, I'm limited. The room can't take more furniture, so places for knick-knacks are very limited so I tend to go with the less-is-more adage in our home. I just bought some replacement curtains for the living room at Target and ended up matching the same ones from the small dining room which is adjacent to the living room, thanks to Jim's suggestion, though now, I see that I "need" a new area rug to match the grey-brown tone of the room. It's always one thing after another.... ;)

Auntie Em said...

Beautiful room! Serene, welcoming and homey. Masculine enough for the men of the house but some lovely touches to allow the ladies to feel at home. Love the new couch and the plaid throws are perfect for the fall and wintery months...again, I am assuming there are a few cooler days in Texas and not all unbearable heat. I really don't know much about their climate. In the spring I am sure you will have some great idea for cooler switch outs which will make it a wonderful spot for hiding from the high temps. :)
How perfect to have all the personal treasures displayed on the shelves. And with a few little Christmas touches, your seasonal decor will be easily and perfectly completed this year.
That was an amazing deal on the rug. You really have an eye for the bargains (and future heirlooms)
Thank you for sharing this beautiful transformation and all the fun details. A lot of hard work has gone into making it so picture perfect. Now be sure to take the time to enjoy it! :)

GSGreatEscaper said...

Even in TX it's a good idea to save energy costs by keeping the room warm and cosy - will you change up the plaids for something more summery next spring? I can't wait until it's all done - dying to see a long shot that's comparable to the befores...sorry that bathroom isn't cooperating.

Now, a burning question - did you keep the flowery chairs for your office? I've been dying to ask but didn't want to burden you while you were working so hard!

Cindy said...

I love that Home Depot honored your HDC coupon -- and the price you paid for the rug! I just love a good deal and it never hurts to ask! Very nicely done!

Lorrie said...

Great buys and an even greater look. It will be a room that is well used in your new home. Love that chesterfield.

Rita C. said...

You are a force to be reckoned with, Laura! I love your style - shopping, styling and managing your family. Kudos!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Laura, I love everything you have done! And that sofa... amazing!!! I have to check out Home Depot!!! You have exquisite taste, my friend. So good to hear from you! xo

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi Laura, WOW the living room looks gorgeous! You did a great job decorating it! I love your style and taste. I remember you guys working so hard on the house. I hope you enjoy living there and it will be nice for the holidays. Take care. Julie xo