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I have been hard at work on a little project to refresh one of the most used spaces in our home- our bonus room above the garage. It is such a large (long) room so it functions as a family room and a play room for us, and we spend a lot of time up here together as a family.
I will be sharing the "family room" half with you today. The playroom is behind where I am standing here to take this picture and I will be sharing that space with you on Monday.
We started by adding planking to the walls and painting the entire room- ceiling and all- in Alabaster from Sherwin Williams. We used the same technique and materials for the planking that we used in our kitchen here. We added a trim piece all around the top to finish it off. The entire space (approx. 450 sq. ft room) cost under $200 to plank and it has made such a huge difference! The Alabaster paint was the perfect choice for this room as well. It is a crisp and lightly creamy off-white. It is so much prettier and brighter up here now. The old builder color was an ugly peachy color that I have always hated, and now the whole room feels so much more fresh and current.
The other big change up here is the new sectional. Last summer I gave our brown sectional to my sister for her home. There wasn't anything wrong with it but I wanted something that was a little bigger with a bit more seating. I picked out this sectional from Joss & Main and I can't even tell you enough how much I LOVE IT! This my very favorite sofa I have ever owned. I keep thinking of that part in the movie Elf where he says, "I'm in love! I'm in love! And I don't care who knows it!"
It is the Ilana Down Blend sectional sofa and I really can't say enough good things about it. In my opinion it is perfectly firm yet comfortable- which I always think is hard to find in a sofa. The fabric is customizable and you can even order swatches ahead of time to test out the different options in your space. I ordered a bunch of swatches, but ultimately picked the Murdock Oyster Velvet fabric. It is so soft and pretty and LUSCIOUS. It is a cream color, but on the taupe side, not yellow at all. So, I think it is the perfect neutral.
I have to tell you a pretty crazy story. Last week, I forgot that I left my (dark brown) chai tea sitting up on the table behind the couch. My toddler ended up knocking it over and it went all. over. the. couch. Dark brown tea- all over my beautiful new couch!! I wanted to cry! I rushed the cushions downstairs to the kitchen to see if I could get them out, but by the time I got there it looked like the tea had soaked into the fabric. I was sick to my stomach because I thought for sure it would stain. I grabbed a rag and used soapy water and very lightly scrubbed it, and IT CAME RIGHT OUT!! I can't even believe it! I don't even know what kind of magic they used to make this velvet fabric, but I love it.
So, I pretty much can't say enough about how much I love this sectional.
I would love some ideas for artwork here between the wall mount, swing arm lights. I was thinking maybe gray or black frames, but that is as far as I have gotten. Do you have any ideas?
I am also planning on changing out the pillows. I couldn't find any that I loved My plan is to keep the striped ones and add some made from fabrics that I designed (I will be carrying them in my shop in February).
Here is a little peek over into the playroom side that I will be sharing on Monday. The majority of my kids' toys are up here in this space so my handy hubby made all of my storage dreams come true with these built ins. This is only half, so you will have to see the other half on Monday. 🙂 I will also share the story behind this little antique pine bed that I love so much.
This is also a really great view of the new light fixtures. I will share more about all of the lighting next week- with links- as well.
Back to the family room half of the room- My hubby mounted the TV on the wall and I absolutely love it. It feels so much more updated and it is SO much more comfortable and functional than the way we had it before (also safer for the kids). I also had him cut down the legs on this end table that I have had for years so I could put it under the TV. Now I am on the hunt for crates with casters to put under it, but I might have to build them since the size is proving hard to find.
I am thinking about painting and distressing this lamp too.
This mirror was an antique find and the curtains I made from gray linen from JoAnn Fabrics. I ripped the edges for a relaxed, laid back vibe.
I hope to see you back on Monday for more details on the playroom side! In the meantime, I will be snuggling on this luscious sectional with my babies and watching movies in this crazy winter storm.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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It looks wonderful, Kristen. Your plans for making it even better sound great. Cheers, Ardith