I love that the act of Christmas decorating is sort of a design unifier. It doesn't matter if you're the Martha of your friend group or have no clue about Pantone and how it's been predicting your color preferences since forever. Everyone joins in on this one. Year after year those dusty boxes of stored ornaments and half-working strands of lights are dutifully (hopefully dotingly too) carried upstairs and devotedly dangled and restrung - unpacking memories, traditions, and a delight in participating in the thrill and excitement of the season.Read More
It's done! I'm so excited by this one – the color, pattern and texture overload makes me sing.
The overall goal of this makeover was to bump up the personality in Andrew and Darby's already incredible home. I mean, look at those details. The original woodwork, double french doors, and built in window seat are just so perfect. All I wanted to do was amplify those features and make the room more closely reflect Darby's vibrancy.
The other major concern was the room's lighting. As you can tell from the unedited iPhone before photos the room didn't get a ton of natural light. The main windows in the room, despite being southern-facing, were shielded by a front porch overhang. The three small windows near the entry were shadowed by their close proximity to the neighbor's house.
It's not dark anymore!
Ok, yes, these after photos are professional photoshoot photos, but really, the new wall color is the real game changer. And, it's not white!
The original paint color in the room was an off white with subtle yellow undertones. I wanted a lighter paint to help brighten the space, but thanks to this post knew white wasn't the best option for a room without great natural light. Instead I looked for light greys that veered warm rather than cool and closer to white than ivory. After narrowing it down to these four, I chose Valspar's Possibility and I love the outcome.
I wrote about the wallpaper decision-making process in the previous post and now I'm just going to gush over how in love with it I am. I'm so into the way the abstract knots in the wallpaper relate to the organic circular shapes in the rug. It's neutral, but interesting, detailed, but not busy. Seriously, I'm thrilled.
I also tweaked the furniture layout slightly. In the bottom right before photo you can see there was a lot of unused space between the seating area and french doors. By swapping the sofa and chair placement I was able to add in a sofa table and create a vignette featuring Darby's existing killer pair of MCM lamps behind.
Now, when entering through the front door, instead of walking into the side of a sofa you're greeted by these smaller scale charmers:
And this guy:
Actually, this moment with the chairs, moroccan tray table, wicker planter and insane vintage floor lamp is totally my favorite; and, it happened on a whim. The week before installation day I came by for one final walk thru and to drop off the vintage leather safari swing chair I'd intended to use. After scoring it at an estate sale I'd been storing it in my living room until I could get it to Darby's. Unfortunately, once in place I realized it was not going to work. In my house as a side chair next to my sofa it was fine. Here, in a more formal seating arrangement across from the sofa, it was laughably low – like an adult awkwardly sitting in a child's chair low.
Luckily, before there was even time to panic, Darby suggested trying the two matching Ikea chairs she had in her sun room. They were currently covered in an apple green fabric that had seen better days, but she thought Ikea might still carry the slip covers. Darby for the win! The Mellby slip covers were still available and arrived via WeDeliverOmaha the day before this photo shoot!
I'm pretty sure having a built in window nook is the epitome of, like, every adult's childhood fantasy. I mean, they're totally made for cozy naps, juicy novels, and twirling your hair round your finger whilst playing it cool when talking to Bobby Tomlinson on the cordless, right?
To play up that fantasy I draped Mexican serape blankets as slip covers and, using textiles in varying, but coordinating prints/colors/fabrics, made most of the throw pillows pictured to fill the bench seat.
This was such a fun and rewarding project – a great home, with an inspiring homeowner.
And because transformations are addictive, here's this:
* Thank you Bethany Gilbert for the incredible AFTER photos!
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! Two months later and it's finally finished. I know I was really starting to push the limits on how long I could get away with covertly cropping photos and regurgitating different images of that pink wall. Then Room for Color came along and forced my hand. I'm so glad I entered and so grateful to all of you who voted and were just generally encouraging... but please, don't judge the room by those photos. These are much better:Read More