If you have somehow stumbled upon this blog post for the very first time, this is a very big day. For the past six weeks I have been participating in an online design blog event called The One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda of Calling it Home. I had six weeks to completely makeover my family room and I finished just under the wire. The photographer rang the door bell just as I was placing the final touch on the coffee table.
Not that long ago, the room was kinda sorta decorated. It all started to fall apart though after an elderly dog made toast of the carpet and then we gave most of the existing furniture to my son when he moved into his new apartment. I had big plans to redo this room but over a year later, I hadn’t done a single thing. It was an ugly mishmash of random furniture that was brought into the room simply for a place to sit when we watched TV.
In all honesty, it took a diagnosis of breast cancer to finally kick me into gear to get this room decorated. Now that it’s done, my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner. Then I wouldn’t have spent the majority of the Summer laying on the sofa while recovering from chemo in a depressing, mostly bare, undecorated room.
I know you don’t care about any of this and just want to get to the AFTER photos so here we go.
To refresh your memory, this was the embarrassingly sad state of the room BEFORE.
If you have been following my weekly updates you know I found the above campaign chest at the Habitat for Humanity restore for $95.00. It was in rough shape but I had my cabinet maker lacquer it in Sherwin Williams Indigo and I found someone local to refinish the rusted brass hardware.
The above photo is just to the left of the back wall which is all glass and leads to the deck. The photo below is to the right of the back wall. The antique Korean chest has been in my husband’s family since the early 1900’s and the square ottoman is where I sit to put on my sneakers every morning when I walk the dog.
The skirted table below is hiding a secrete which I will reveal in an upcoming post.
I have had this sea lady head for at least twenty years and I still love her.
The room is so much more happy now don’t you think? Now we spend all our free time in there and I just love looking at everything. Before, all I could think about was how ugly the room was and how embarrassing it was when anyone came over. Let’s face it, how long could I keep saying to my friends, “I am about to redo this room”. Now it’s done and I couldn’t be happier.
I want to give a huge thank you to all the vendors who came through for me and did fast (in one case 24 hour) turn around times so that everything could make it into my room.
Walls, Ceiling and Trim: Farrow and Ball Satin Slipper
Sofa: Kravet with Kravet fabric
Indonesian chairs: existing. Malabar fabric
Club chair: existing. JF Fabric
Coffee Table: David Francis
Window treatments: Duralee
Carpet: Landry and Arcari
Window Hardware: Window Imaginations
Small green side table: Oomph
Gold side table: West Elm
Bamboo shades: Smith and Noble
Artwork over sofa:Linda Holt
Small art on easel: Pamela Copeman
Birch trees over Korean Chest: Laurie Leavitt
If you are interested in my weekly progress you can read the previous posts.