A cozy “reading” room

Ya know what’s a fun post to write??

A post that you had no idea you were writing until right now.  At this very moment.   As you’re typing these words.

Why, you ask?

Because I’m super excited when a space starts to go in a direction I like.  A direction where I finally start having visions of where the room needs to head.   Sometimes it takes a long time and many, many different swaperoos for this to happen.  For me anyways.

But, then it clicks.

And I just.can’t.contain.myself.

I do the Ashlee Simpson jig and whip out the laptop.

Which brings me here.

Typing to you rightnow.

So, anyways, the room in question is the “hang-out room” (which also doubles as our guest room)…

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A room that started off like all of our others.

Dirty.

Plain.

And, PEACH.

After changing out the carpet and windows, painting the space gray, adding a magnificent egg-chair, and tweaking a bunch of stuff, we ended up here…
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Which wasn’t a bad place to be.   It just didn’t feel RIGHT to me.   It felt a bit impersonal and, well, square.  Yes, very square.  LOT’S o’ square going on here.

Also, for such a dark room (it’s one of the darkest in our house thanks to our shady backyard), it felt like a LOT of color.   I was craving something a little more toned down.  I like to read in this room because it can be pretty cozy, so I wanted a more relaxing vibe.

I’ve always had the idea of adding a picture rail next to the window for some much needed dimension and my opportunity came when we pulled our workout room together.   I decided that that green “Make The Time” painting was better suited for that space.  Aaaaand the other painting next to the window ended up in the workout room as well (I moved it after my last post… and it looks GOOOOOD).

These swaps left this room with blank walls (insert mischievous finger tapping).

During our last trip to The Mothership  (which most locals refer to as “Ikea”), I picked up the Ikea PS 2014 picture rail for 10 bucks (…that’s seriously it’s name!   No hard to pronounce Swedish words here… it’s not online or I would’ve linked it).   I mounted the rail (with Joey’s help), rehung my mirror from the front room, swapped out some end tables, and ended up here….
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🙂 (SMILES) 🙂

Sorry for the lighting, y’all…  it’s an overcast day and waiting on a sunny day to manifest wasn’t gonna happen with my current excitement level.   Eventually, I’ll retake these with better lighting and add them to our House Tour page, so be on the look out for those if you’re interested.

Aaaaaaanyways, now that these changes are complete and the inspiration’s sparked and flowin’,  I know exactly what I want in terms of rug, pillows, etc.   Not to mention, a fun pouf to act as a foot-rest for mi amore of an egg-chair.  Now, it’s just a matter of tracking these things down so the room can move forward.

But for now, I’m basking in this…

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… this, as in: small, inexpensive changes that pack a punch and induce happiness.

NOTE:  We are effectively ignoring the fact that the picture on the left is still boasting the picture it came with.  I’m planning to display art in that frame with similar colors, which is why I left it for now.  Just to give myself an idea.

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I adore how the quatrefoil mirror and round rattan end table instantly make the room feel less square.  And the more neutral palette still has enough color, but is way more muted than it was before.   I’d love to get a legit coffee table at some point to replace the ottoman.    Maybe something on casters so that we can easily move it, being that the sofa (Ikea’s Friheten) pulls out to a queen-sized bed for guests.

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In any case, the texture and dimension that the picture rail adds to the space has me all googly-eyed at the moment.  And for ten bucks, I have to wonder why I didn’t do it sooner.   Now, I can play with art (sans hammer) until the cows come home, which I’m sure makes Joey (and our walls) very happy as well.  Haha!   😉

So, anyways, this is where we’re at so far.  It may not be finished, but it’s mine.  And I can’t WAIT to continue pulling it together now that I actually have a clue of what I want.  🙂

So, anyways, do you guys ever do this?   Feel stuck on a space and then one change makes the difference?  Spill it, friends.  🙂

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Breakfast nook! Done! …For now.

Ya know when you finally decide you want something, and you think you’re gonna just bite the bullet and get it, but then a bunch of stuff happens and you never get around to actually purchasing said item, but then it’s Christmas time and your mom buys it for you anyways?

I do.

Because that’s how these pretties ended up in my possession…

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They’re the Lucas Wood Grain Accent Chairs from Overstock.

And I LOVE them.

I will say, that when they arrived, there were a few surprises.  Not necessarily bad surprises, but just aspects that I wasn’t expecting.   First, the “wood grain” that they speak of is not on the legs as I’d assumed.

It’s the texture on the seats…

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At first, I was sort of put off by this as I was expecting smooth plastic, but it’s actually kind of grown on me and now I’m totally fine with it.

The second surprise was that it turned out that the wood legs are much lighter than they appeared in the pictures online.

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I was expecting more of a walnut tone, but they’re almost blonde.   They’re not offensive by any means, Thus, I’m living with them as is right now.  I might consider darkening them with Polyshades at a later time… or possibly even lightening them with the Sunbleached Polyshades that I purchased in this post to make them blend more with the table.  Right now, they’re slightly more yellow than the table.  I’m not sure if you’ve gathered this about me by now, but “accidental yellow” isn’t really my thing.  Either way, something will eventually get done.   I’m fine with them for now, though.

Functionality-wise, the chairs are pretty comfortable.  And they’re lightweight which is nice.   The one issue we’ve had so far was that Lucas sat on the edge of a chair, and it tipped right over.    Hopefully, this isn’t an ongoing thing with stability.  It’s only happened once, so maybe it was random.

In any case, stylistically,  they’re EXACTLY what I wanted for this space.  I can’t wait to show you!!!  But before the grand reveal, let’s take a look at the evolution of this space, shall we??

After moving in, the nook consisted of a mish-mosh of stuff we had from our last house.  And the layout confused me as the lighting fixture wasn’t centered (It was too close to the doors, so a table couldn’t be directly underneath it while still allowing the doors to open) and I wasn’t certain of the traffic flow as of yet, which lead to this uncomfortable weirdness…

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After a few months, I realized that a table could easily be centered and still allow adequate flow in the space.  We installed a new lighting fixture and swagged it farther away from the door so that it could be hung directly above the table…

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Next, I found a beat-up pedestal table for $40 on Craigslist and refinished it a lovely sunbleached color.  I’m still completely enamored with how it turned out.  Plus, the circular table GREATLY improved flow and the pedestal helped to reduce visual clutter in the space….

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But those red bird chairs, just weren’t doing it for me, so as an interim step until we could afford new dining chairs, I recovered the seats with a neutral fabric (and added a thrifted pot and awesome sauce vintage shoe mirror)…

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And now, the piece de resistance, the cheese to my macaroni, the peas to my carrots… Our new dining chairs…

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I have to say that I’m pretty happy where we’re at right now with this space.   I love the dimension and style that the chairs offer.
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And the black metal accents on the chairs really tie into the lighting fixture nicely.

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I pretty much want to stare at these pictures forever like a total creeper…

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Aerial shot!!!

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Heart bubbles are coming out of my eyes right now.

That’s strange, right?

I KNOW.

🙂

Anyhoo, now that this area of the room is close to completion, we’re hoping to set our sights on the outdated kitchen portion of the room that I’ve conveniently not included in these shots.   Hopefully soon we’ll be getting estimates for new countertops.   Then, FINALLY we’ll be replacing the appliances.

So, wish us luck with that!   In any case, we’re LOVING the breakfast nook where it’s currently at and can’t wait to create a a kitchen that compliments it.

You guys have a great weekend and stay warm!! 🙂

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