Since I began this little biz, I've been working out of a very professional set up in our kitchen. Everything piled up on the peninsula killing me softly as things do when they are not in their proper place. I'm no neat freak but I like order and mostly, I like pretty. This whole scene was not pretty. All this time we've had this perfectly nice room downstairs that could easily fit a desk. Yes, it's the guest room but considering we have guests on a fairly infrequent basis, I decided to claim it as our new office space...with a bed. Here's the before from the listing. PS – I will be so glad when I don't have to post anymore 'before' photos of our home. Yes, they help with impact but they can be a real bummer to look at.
I am mostly motivated when it comes to freshening up the design and usability of our home but I've been excitingly busy doing that for other people. The real challenge with this room was that even the ceiling needed a fresh coat of paint. There is nothing that makes me less motivated in a room refresh than having to paint a ceiling. Nothing. But, once I finally carved out the time to tackle this project there was no stopping me.
Good (not really). Better. Best.
For the wood paneling I went with a standard white. Since this room is partly below grade I needed all the help I could get to make it brighter. Now, everyone in the design blogosphere is so crazy about Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore. What is the big deal, people? Well, I was curious. And well, they're all spot on. It's gorgeous. When I first painted it on I saw lavender and I panicked but ultimately trusted Emily Henderson and went with it. As it dried and as I added furniture and decor back into the room it became the perfect shade of gray. Not too cool, not too warm. Now, how to stop myself from painting our whole house this color? Luckily, I just convinced a client to paint her living room this color so I can live vicariously through her :)
I didn't really have a mood board for this room for a few reasons. 1. I was lazy. 2. I didn't want to spend much on this room. I was trying very hard to work with things we have in our house and mood boards tend to bring out the shopper in me. Yes, they help tremendously when trying to pull a room together but this one just sort of came together organically and I'm ok with that. The only new pieces are the cantilever chair (eBay) and the skull and large print (HomeGoods). I did end up buying a vintage desk for $15 with more storage but it's another project so I give myself a year on that one. The rest of the stuff has been around a while or has been sitting on a shelf in the basement waiting for a place to go. I'm sort of a Goodwill addict and find it hard to put down a .99 cent brass apple (only my mom can fully understand).
I stumbled upon the HomeGoods print one day while killing time. This is probably the WORST place for someone like myself to kill time, btw. Henry was in the cart watching garbage truck videos so I knew I had exactly 19 minutes to burn. I picked it up and put it back later. I didn't want to come off like a poser. I mean we live in the midwest and surfing isn't really a thing here. I went back for it the next day because you know what? I do really like the beach and I wanted this room to feel fun and fresh. I also sort of like the fact that it's women doing something I'm sure was not a very womanly thing back then. I'm not a feminist really but I like the girl power vibe this print gives me. I need that on days that I'm wondering what the heck I'm doing trying to start a business. I imagine they're saying 'get it, girl' or something peppy and inspiring. Regardless of the authenticity in the space, a large scale black and white was just what that wall needed.
The rest of the room is sprinkled with wood and brass pieces because texture, duh. The rug is another heirloom from Mike's grandmother. When we were dating I wasn't really in love with it. I rolled it up and swapped it out for a Target runner. I'm smarter now. It's a really pretty rug and I love using these sentimental pieces when and where I can. I still love you, too, Target.
To say I'm in deep like with this room would be an understatement. I find myself wandering in just to admire my handiwork. And by that I mean the painting portion. I'm proud of the rest but it was a blood, sweat and tears project to paint every square inch of that space (multiple times) during nap time. But it's so refreshing to be rid of the dijon paint...only one room left of it! Hooray!
Do you have a room in need of a little (or big) refresh? I'd love to help you! Contact me here :)