Like many of you, I have had an extremely busy summer. Now that the kiddos are back in school, I have started photographing some of my latest projects. The biggest one I have tackled this summer is doing a makeover in our living room. We used to have 2 large recliners that we purchased very inexpensively over 11 years ago. They have definately served their purpose and were literally falling apart. In addition to that, there was only one comfortable place to sit for our movie nights and we would be trying to be the first to claim it. This is when we realized it is time to not only replace the chairs, but to make our living room a comfy place for movie nights and for the family to hang out.
The first thing we did was to purchase a bracket for our t.v. that would make it possible for everyone to see the movie no matter where in the great room they were sitting. We also really needed more storage for our electronics and DVD collection, but I wanted something that would not only be functional, but asthetically pleasing since this is one of the first things you see when you enter the room. We found a piece we both agreed upon in Restoration Hardware that is really a side board and not a media cabinet. It is from their print maker collection and has a reclaimed/vintage vibe to it. This has been fantastic for hiding all of the ever important home theatre equipment so important to the husband.
Originally, this antique bar from Portugal sat below the T.V. I have had this piece for many years, but it was really too small under the large screen t.v. we have. I put all of our crystal in the antique bar, moved it to the other side of the great room, and this is how it looks presently with the Rembrandt reproduction and the dried artichokes to bring in some natural elements:
While at Restoration Hardware, I fell in love with the color they have in the showroom called “Slate”. It is a dark color and is a deep gray with brown undertones, so it goes with virtually any wood finish you can imagine. We have a wood beadboard ceiling and it is so rich and sophisticated with the wood tones in the room. I put it on the fireplace wall and I love it!
This room is always very difficult to choose paint colors for. Our home has a north/south exposure so it is very shady which casts a gray hue, add many oak trees on our property that give off a green hue, as well as Sautillo tile which can tend to cast a bit of a pink shade on the walls even though it is a terra-cotta color. In addition, since we moved here, I have always been trying to lighten this room up. I have learned that sometimes when you have a design challenge, rather than fight it or try and hide it, embrace it, and really play it up. This is why I went with such a dark color on the one wall. It seems to be much more harmonious to the eye. We also added a gray/taupe background rug that is both dog friendly in color and pulls out all of the warm tones in the room.
The color looks good with all of my wood pieces, yet it really makes our stone fireplace pop! I placed some ferns in the fireplace for some color and interest. Here is a shot of how I currently have my mantel styled. I put some of my antique books as well as a green plant to soften the hard surfaces and edges.
Here is a closer view of the mantel:
While I had the china cabinet out, I took the opportunity to restyle it. I put all of my favorite pieces on display and softened it with greens.
Now here is one of the biggest reasons we redid the room. A comfy place for everyone to enjoy, began with a new sofa. We went with a sueded leather sofa with down wrapped cushions giving it not only a soft feel tactily, but a comfortable place to sink into. In addition, this sofa is actually two recliners for added comfort for two more people. I ordered two large down pillows for even more comfort and put one of my monogram pillows from my ETSY store on it.
We got my husband his own chair in the same fabric. It also reclines and is the favorite chair in the house:
Of course momma got a new chair as well. It is made of a very soft fabric with velvet piping, and a matching ottoman (not in the picture). This chair tilts back making for an extremely comfortable chair. Great chair for reading and coffee! The coordinating down lumbar pillow makes it even more comfy,
We also added some platinum color dupioni silk curtains with an aged hammered dark bronze rods on all 4 of the windows.
I put my grandmother’s wing chair on the other side of the bar to create a good conversation area. I put my faux mink aka “the fink” draped over the chair with one of my coffee sack pillows on it to combine the rustic and the refined.
Behind the sofa, I added a sofa table and a new lamp of salvaged wood and burlap shade. I created a little vignette with a framed photo of my babies, some floral, and two candle sticks.
I still have a bit more to do: I am working on a gallery wall and a smaller china cabinet as well as a bit of paint and perhaps a coffee table.
That’s it for the moment, I’ll keep you posted on my progress.