Hi folks! I will again apologize for my lapse in posting, but, as you can see from the title, I’m back at it and am happy that you’re joining me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking with me!
At the beginning of the summer I tackled a room in our home that is not often used, but a room we love nonetheless. It’s our main floor guest bedroom and it has worn many hats in the time we have lived here. When we first moved in, it was the “catch-all” room. Many people have them, the place all of your “not in use” items go…and then one day, you walk into it and realize the room could be useful to you. That was when this room became the playroom. My kids were young and I painted the room a muted green and stenciled a picket fence and flowers everywhere and all the toys moved in. After the kids outgrew the playroom, we moved in our old sofas and it became the sunroom. In true “catch-all” spirit, all the furniture in the room was furniture we wouldn’t dare put elsewhere, so it came here to die. And then I had had enough. I called our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and had them come for the sofas. I wish them well in their new life elsewhere! Then I got to work.
I was lucky enough to already have some neutral slipcovered sofas, eliminating the need to purchase new furniture for a seldom used room. I found some pillow covers at Ikea to change up the back pillows and give the couches a little more of a Pottery Barn feel. The covers had navy stripes, so I also ordered some simple nave curtain panels to punch up the navy. The most challenging part of the room was hanging the curtain rod for these panels. I purchased a bay window curtain rod from Amazon. Hanging it was really a 2 person job and I was by myself, and properly placing the brackets to distribute the weight of the rod and panels proved to be quite tricky-and I do this all the time! I am thankful for spackle and touch up paint.
The coffee table in the room is one of the first pieces of furniture I ever bought, a distressed pine that actually looks better with age, it started out with scratches and dark spots, so over the years any that were added have gone unnoticed. Best purchase ever. I found a few side tables at my favorite local “antique” shop (that I lovingly refer to as Sanford and Son-dating myself much??). I had a few lamps in the garage that looked pretty good with new shades, so I popped them behind the sofa.
My ancient TV still resides in the room, but someday soon I know my husband will arrive home with a less-obtrusive one to take it’s place. My husband really likes the artist Delacroix, so I had several framed posters around and grouped them all in here. They also included shades of blue, so that worked out nicely. I used a silver rub on the frames that weren’t silver, just to create a more cohesive look and added a few more pieces of art that worked with the Delacroix pieces.
The room still (for the most part) contains “hand-me-downs” but ones that made a little more sense together. Those, with a few newer additions, has made for a room I have really grown fond of.