January 13, 2016 by Terry
When you think of a room refresh you usually think reconfiguring furniture or maybe new paint.
Well, my Room refresh has actually caused a domino effect. What used to be my living room is now my dining room and what used to be my “catch all / office” is now our living room. Yes, our whole main floor living area has been rotated to be what I think, is a little more functional and efficient use of space.
I will begin by showing you the way the room looked when we first moved in. By the time this photo was taken (sorry for the poor quality) I had just made over the fireplace by building a mantel and hanging new tile. (You can see that very early post here … my how I’ve grown since then!) I think that post also shows yet another different look for this room.
Obviously the room was very mismatched and while (at the time) I loved the pieces in it, it didn’t all “fit” together … I guess you could call it a work in progress :)
I look back on this picture and think “ewwwwww! what was going on even????” I’m
almost embarrassed to share it.
Following this, I had become more involved in DIY and things changed. It stayed as a family room for a while but nobody was using it as we still had a main living room and another family room downstairs. Why this house has 4 living rooms I do not know!
When I decided I needed a place to work it changed to my “office” and place to upholster. I never upholster in my garage as it just isn’t clean enough to allow fabric to touch the floor.
so then it looked like this …
and I would create things like this..
It would get sooooo messy and I didn’t really care to decorate it really. It was also a place to store items that were completed and ready to go to my booth that I couldn’t temporarily incorporate elsewhere in our house.
It also stored my antique sideboard for the longest time as there was no room for it in our dining room space.
Since I wanted to use the fireplace more than for just propping up my projects and random items that didn’t have a home. I decided it was time to make a change. This is what the room looks like now.
It is a difficult room to decorate because it is long and narrow. This end of the room is a cozy place to visit or relax and watch a bit of television. I am in the works of scheming up a way to hide the T.V. and cords on the wall. Hopefully soon I will be able to begin that project. The other end of the room holds a place for my desk/office area. I have decided that I will keep the mess to a minimum and do most of my projects elsewhere … hope I can keep to it!
I wanted the space to be cozy and welcoming and not super busy to the eye so I tried to keep it simple.
I moved my old oil funnel lamp into here to add a bit more of a soft lighting in the evening. It also enables me to keep from having to add a side table to the already small space. It also plays off the rustic feel of the table and antique drill press.
I couldn’t decide which chair I liked better by the fireplace. The French Chair or the Deconstructed Chair…
This one is smaller but not as cozy looking to sit in by the fire. They are both sitable chairs but have a different feel as far as being cozy goes…
I took a small strand of battery powered LED lights and scrunched them into a hurricane glass for some interesting lighting.
I placed some old books rolled up in the sewing machine lid and arranged it under the side table that holds the T.V. receiver. It helps to hide the electrical cords for now until I can find something better.
I placed some faux plants in antique metal filing card boxes next to some empty frames …
I also gave the coffee table another drink of hemp oil at the same time I oiled the drill press to refresh it.
I think it all came together quite lovely and we all use this space now. It isn’t huge but the nice part is that it has become an inviting space for us all to spend time together.
I will show you the other end of the room soon!
P.S. Making Broken Beautiful starts tomorrow! Don’t forget to link up some inspiration! :)