Whereas technically the renovation of this room was completed final Could, it took us fairly some time to make the room really feel full.  Actually, it is nonetheless a little bit of a piece in progress, however I think it should proceed to evolve for some time as we work out what’s working and what, if any, modifications we would have to make.

The largest change we made was having the mantle of the hearth eliminated.  Whereas I appreciated it effectively sufficient, it was very excessive – if I believe again appropriately, it was nearly over my head, in order that meant it was in all probability 5 ft off the bottom.  All high quality and good for displaying proportionally-sized objects, however not-so-fine if we wished to mount a TV on that wall, which we have been desirous to do.  We might returned from North Carolina after Christmas with a nicer flat-screen TV than what we owned (we love that our techie kadults give us their cast-offs once they improve), and it was too huge to slot in our present leisure wall set-up.  Plus, we have been desirous to reorient the seating in that room so we did not at all times should have our backs to the big window – in spite of everything, one of many large causes we purchased the home was the yard and the entire timber and greenery, and it at all times felt dumb to not be seeing it whereas we have been in that room.

Together with eradicating the mantle, we had outlet and HDMI port wired on that wall in order that the cords could be hidden as soon as we mounted the TV.  We bought new flooring, which was fantastic as we would been dwelling with painted concrete and a big throw rug for 10 years, we had the partitions repainted, and we bought a brand new, extra modern-looking ceiling fan.  Oh and we modified the again door from with a French-door aesthetic to a extra trendy look with the one pane of glass, and naturally, the black-painted body that was a last-minute determination that we ended up loving.

Comparability pictures – view from kitchen:

This was the newest furnishings association – the purple loveseat was inherited from Sam, which is why it did not match the taupe loveseat that we would purchased years later.  The sq. espresso desk was our outdated Ethan Allen pine one that we would purchased within the early 90s and it had served our household effectively – it made an awesome desk for puzzles, Legos, and Sizzling Wheels, and it was nonetheless in good condition, albeit with just a few battle scars.  Many of the remainder of the furnishings was from IKEA, together with the wall show/leisure system.
New furnishings, (principally) new structure – the room appears a lot greater!
One other prior association – whereas we did not discover it on the time, the room seems very unbalanced right here, would not it?  

View from hallway:

Ye olde household room…
Trendy household room!

Now you can see the structure, let’s discuss furnishings…as a result of sure, we ended up shopping for all new furnishings!  This was a planned-for expense with our renovation finances – we actually wished to get the room carried out as a result of apart from that one time within the early 90s after we had cash to purchase a roomful of furnishings, we have by no means been in that place once more, and consequently we have at all times felt like we by no means fairly pulled a room collectively.

We selected the sofas first – effectively, these have been our second selection, truly.  Our first need was an L-shaped couch/chaise piece, which we actually appreciated and visited a number of instances on the furnishings retailer to make certain.  As soon as the brand new flooring was full on this room, we have been able to order the couch, however on the suggestion of my mom, we took some butcher paper and taped collectively the precise measurement of the couch/chaise to ensure it would slot in the room.  Guess what?  It was too large.  I imply, it will have match, however it will have interfered with the opening to the hallway, or it will have been too near the hearth, or, effectively, you get the image.  I am so glad we listened to her (see youngsters, at all times take heed to your mom), as a result of it will have been a disappointing, pricey mistake to stay with in any other case.

We actually appreciated the model of the couch/chaise, so we ended up selecting that very same model, however in couch type.  I believe historically you would possibly select a settee and a loveseat, however we each wished to have the ability to stretch out on them, and the room might match that measurement, so we selected two sofas.  We have been nearly to get them organized and had the colour – a very nice charcoal grey – picked out, when our salesman advised we take a cloth pattern residence to ensure it will work.  We humored him by doing that…and once more, it was a superb factor we listened to him as a result of we hated the colour in that room – it was manner too darkish.  One other journey to the furnishings retailer, just a few extra cloth samples taken residence, and we determined to go together with a navy tweed, which we actually love.  I’ll say that having a white canine makes me should vacuum them extra usually than I would like, however that is life with pets.

Earlier than we would ordered the sofas, we stumbled throughout the West Elm outlet in San Marcos, which is a few three hour drive from our city – we occurred to be close to it after we went away to Gruene for the weekend in Could, and stopped in on our drive residence.  We beloved the espresso desk and an finish desk, so I utilized for a West Elm bank card primarily to get the rewards from making these purchases, and we got here residence with a automobile jammed with furnishings!

The highest is acacia wooden – we appreciated the completely different coloration tones throughout the piece.  The body is metallic and it goes with the lighter, extra ethereal really feel we have been searching for with the room.

The shelving models on both facet of the hearth have been a enjoyable discover – at first I talked with our kitchen cupboard man about constructing customized models, and he was smitten by doing it, however he was extremely busy together with his kitchen orders and I bought the sensation that we would be ready a very long time to get them, so we began taking a look at furnishings shops.  We weren’t having a lot luck find something we actually appreciated, a lot much less something we wished to pay for – particularly understanding that we would have liked to purchase two of no matter we discovered.

One Saturday afternoon I googled “finest furnishings shops in Houston” and we went off on a spontaneous drive.  We landed at an interesting-sounding retailer known as Nadeau and located the 2 models you see right here.  They have been way more budget-friendly, plus we beloved that we might have hidden storage within the cupboards for all of the TV gear.  At Nadeau, if you happen to like one thing you should purchase it as a result of they do not have distribution facilities – every retailer will get completely different objects, most of it’s one-of-a-kind, and when it is gone, it is gone.  Just one downside:  they do not ship.  We bought the 2 models and drove residence, figuring we might lease a truck and drive again the following day to get them, however simply on the off probability that they have been out there, we texted Jimmy and Karen, who’ve a pickup truck, they usually have been up for an journey, so the following morning we drove to their home, bought of their truck, and went to Houston!  We stopped for lunch at a Mexican restaurant alongside the best way, and after we bought to Nadeau, each Jimmy and Karen discovered some objects for his or her home, so it was a enjoyable time throughout.  Plus we simply get pleasure from spending time with them, and I like Karen’s adorning model, so it was good to get her tackle what we have been eager about doing for the room.

I think these will at all times be a piece in progress, as a result of I am continually altering issues round.  The taller holes have been a problem to fill – I purchased the big blue vase utilizing my reward from West Elm and I’d get some greenery for it someday, however I already had every thing else you see right here.

Identical goes for this facet – the one factor new is the white vase (once more, West Elm rewards…that single buy paid off, LOL) and the greenery inside it.

I had some points with this chair.  We ordered it after we bought the couches, and when it got here in, the material was flawed – the sample was appropriate however the coloring was off-white and olive inexperienced, not the grey tones I wished.  In order that they reordered it, and when it got here in…I did not prefer it.  I stored considering that I in all probability ought to have simply ordered it in a strong coloration (I went with a sample as a result of the 2 sofas have been strong).  It did not assist that I could not discover an finish desk that regarded proper with it, so it sat by itself on that wall, with no photos hanging above it, which I am positive did not assist to make me prefer it any higher.  I believe the one one that noticed it apart from Jeff and I used to be Diane, and he or she might see what I used to be speaking about, so it wasn’t simply me.

A number of weeks in the past it hit me that possibly I ought to have a look at a painted finish desk as an alternative of the wooden/metallic mixtures that I would been taking a look at, and I began specializing in both yellow or navy; I ended up with this little navy unit that made me just like the chair extra – I believe having one thing strong subsequent to it helped to interrupt up the sample?  I do not know – that is the place my lack of design education is obvious.  However it labored sufficient that I used to be lastly prepared to hold up some photos, and I discovered slightly lamp that pulled it collectively sufficient that I am good with that space.


The realm rug was one more problem – are you sensing a theme with this room?  I’ve by no means purchased an enormous rug like this, however with the tile flooring, we would have liked one to cut back the echo, to not point out tie the furnishings collectively.  We needed to wait till the sofas have been right here to see what measurement we would have liked, after which we began taking a look at rugs on-line, which as you may think, was fairly overwhelming.  So we went out to look in particular person on the few furnishings shops on the town and whereas we did not see something we beloved, we did discuss with a reasonably educated saleswoman who gave us some steerage on sorts of patterns that may look good with our furnishings.  Sadly the rugs in her retailer have been within the $2000 vary for the scale we would have liked, which was manner an excessive amount of cash to spend on one thing that I do know for a truth can be barfed on by Paco and Henry.

I discovered just a few rugs that I appreciated on Wayfair, and determined to provide one a attempt as a result of their transport was free and return transport was free as effectively if you happen to accepted a retailer credit score as an alternative of a refund, which was high quality with me as a result of I had a number of rug prospects chosen and figured I might simply work my manner by way of them if want be.  Fortunately, we ended up actually liking the primary rug I ordered, so we did not should do a return and reorder, nevertheless it was good to know we had that choice.

The tip desk for this space was one other factor that threw me.  We might purchased one on the West Elm outlet that went with the espresso desk, and we beloved it – nevertheless it ended up wanting too small within the nook created by the 2 sofas.  I moved it into our bed room for my nightstand and I am proud of it there, however I couldn’t work out this spot.  I put an outdated sq. finish desk there in the interim, and whereas the bigger measurement was good, it nonetheless did not really feel proper.  I regarded and regarded for a lighter piece with a metallic body just like the espresso desk, however nothing was feeling proper.  Sooner or later I made a decision I used to be simply going to order one thing, so I texted Karen an image of the present arrange with the outdated sq. desk and a few hyperlinks to the potential new tables, and he or she articulated what I couldn’t see – the sq. desk was too boxy and closed off.  (It’s also possible to see the chair with the flawed coloration cloth on this image).

Sizzling diggity-dog – a big spherical finish desk was simply the trick!  My bonus discover was that it additionally had acacia wooden to coordinate with the espresso desk.  And whereas I puzzled if including one more coloration of metallic to the room (the espresso desk and wall models are completely different colours, as are the drawer pulls on the little blue finish desk, and the brand new piece had a silver body), I truly do not discover it.  Or possibly I am simply bored with wanting, LOL.  Any case, I really like the spherical finish desk and I determine if I ever need to get all of it matchy-matchy, I can spray paint every thing black.

Whereas we spent some huge cash (for us) shopping for every thing for this room, what we purchased was not all that costly and I bought a number of objects on sale.  I put aside $5,000 for our complete furnishings finances and we nonetheless had loads of cash remaining to get what we would have liked for Jeff’s workplace, my workplace, and our entry manner – oh and people ding dang visitor room lamps, LOL.  I suppose it pays to have fairly cheap style.  We actually like how the room has turned out and spend a number of time in it now.  And our sofas lastly match – woohoo!

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