I have been working on this room in my home for what seems like forever… and while it’s still not finished, I wanted to share the progress I have made so far. This room started out like this:
It was painted a dark chocolate brown with a light tan trim (and ceiling, which I discovered after I started priming the walls… ugh). It was just way too dark for me, especially since the plantation shutters filter so much light. Sooo… here is what it looks like right now:
I will always be amazed at the ability of paint to completely transform a room from a dark dungeon to a light, airy retreat. After priming the walls, I painted this room Martha Stewart Sharkey Grey. And in case you want to know how slow progress is around here, I painted this when MS paint was still available at Home Depot… nearly two years ago. Ahem. The trim color is Muslin White, from Glidden.
You probably recognize my Mod Podge Library Book Bin and Duck Egg Blue Chevron Side Table tucked in this little corner. The pineapple-ish lamp is a fill-in for now left over from my previous master bedroom décor. The striped throw is from West Elm, snagged during a flash sale for cheap.
The sleeper sofa is from the Cindy Crawford line at Rooms to Go. I planned on getting the turquoise version, but it was unavailable by the time I’d saved enough money to buy it (darn Dave Ramsey). I still think this tan color is neutral enough to go with the room, and it works as a perfect place for my sister when she visits. The pillow covers (except the yellow floral) are from The Pillow People on Etsy – they are great quality for a great price and I can’t wait to order another to cover the remaining matchy-match pillow.
I know you’re all wondering about this fabulous rug, right? It is the Homespun Chevron Rug from Rugs USA – I got this during their Easter sale for, like, 75% off or something crazy like that (AND free shipping!). It is very well-made and the blue color is perfection. I love it – it totally made this room the moment I rolled it out. If you don’t already follow Rugs USA on FB, you should so you’ll know when these great sales are taking place. (Not being paid to say that, btw… just my honest opinion.)
That sweet little turquoise table is from IKEA… you’re welcome ;).
This is the view from the office into our living room. The antlers above the doorway are all from my hubby’s hunting adventures, including his first deer (the tiny one on the right). I repainted the wooden crests with ASCP in Old White (with his permission) and they were instantly stylish (take that, Anthropologie). Our guitars flank the doorway, a tribute to our mutual love for music and to an instrument beautiful enough to be displayed.
The opposite wall is still a work in progress – the sideboard and tall cabinet were used in our formal dining room in our prior home. Since this home does not have a formal dining room, this furniture is being used as a TV cabinet and craft cabinet for my girls. I eventually want a larger media center/bookshelf unit on this wall but this works for now.
I’m sure you’re wondering what part of this is an office, right? Ha! It’s funny… when we moved in, we called this room the office with the intention of turning it into one eventually but it’s sorta morphed into a game/craft room/multipurpose room over time. I craft in here while I watch HGTV, I do my Jillian Michaels workouts in here *groan*, the kids play the Wii in here… and now it’s our unofficial guest room.
One final look, including the gorgeous domed window that is a feature in this room. When I open the shutters like this, the light is amazing. It’s easily becoming one of my favorite rooms.
So what’s left to do?
Floor length drapes for the windows
Paint leaning shelves (white?)
Add Media/Bookshelf Unit
Gallery Wall above sofa
Add console/desk in front of window
This home décor/DIY thing is a neverending process, no? So how do you like my new and improved room so far?
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