Archive for October, 2008
When Ruth contacted us for help with her expansive living room we were super excited to get down to business. Here’s her letter:
This is great! We moved here a year ago and need some help with our living room. It’s a huge rectangle with a sitting area near the balcony doors and then another large area where the piano and chair are. We entertain a lot so we need a good livable space but without clutter. The TV is in this room and I don’t anticipate it moving out of the living room but it sticks out like a sore thumb but neither of us like large entertainment centers. Though the place gets plenty of sunshine it looks dark and heavy with the big pieces of dark furniture and dark upholstered furniture. Our style is beachy, modern (but not cold) casual (but not frumpy or filled with too many things) and spare lines (but with softness). Spare, elegant but warm and inviting. Crate & Barrel is our favorite store. The piano must stay as does the TV (but I’d love to camouflage it) and I’d love a new wall color (we like warm sunny colors like yellows, peach, dark raspberry pink, taupes, browns etc). Good luck!! -Ruth
Is this space not to die for? Those rich floors! That view! The spacious and open floorplan! Without further ado, our warm and casual (yet utterly clean and current) living room mood board:
And now for the mood board breakdown.
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Many of you have requested that we feature a find of the week, and it just so happens that our first steal is something that we snatched up for our third bedroom. An adorable and cozy jute rug from the impressive clearance section at The Company Store. The charming stripes and wallet-friendly price tag (50%!) of the Newport Stripe Jute Rug made it a must have, and it looks right at home in our quaint little third bedroom (especially since the jute is great with the even-more-textured water hyacinth ottoman).
Our sweet new 4×6 foot rug was just $43. Plus the natural fibers are 100% green (as opposed to many other area rugs with harsh chemicals, glues and dyes) so we never have to worry about off-gassing in the room that will one day be the nursery. Score. And because we love a good detail shot, here’s a close up for all the rug lovers out there:
While we’re at it we thought we’d mention that The Company Store is a pretty amazing resource for accessories and accents in general. I used to think they were kind of expensive but boy was I wrong (and missing out as a result of my wrong-ness).
So there you have our first steal of the week. Of course all of our steals won’t necessarily be something that we’ve brought into our own home… but they’ll always be fresh, fab and affordable items that are sure to swankify any space. And if you end up snagging one of our steals, be sure to send along a picture or two- we’d love to see ‘em in your home too!
When adorable and hysterical Megan wrote to us with one of the most exciting reader redesigns of all time, we instantly knew her front room transformation would be a hit. Here’s her letter:
Hi Young Housesters! I wanted to show you how much you inspired me in my front room spruce up. When we moved in, the front room was baby blue with a dainty floral border. Not exactly the look we were going for. So we painted it a neutral shade of cream and I found an amazing rug and hung some brown curtains. It was too drab and needed something but what? I was lost and then I found you guys and fell madly in love! I was perusing your before & afters when I found your post about hanging bamboo blinds on your front room window. I thought that it was fantastic so I set out to copy you.
I found these fab (yes, I am stealing your terminology) blue silk curtains that brightened things up and I got the same bamboo blinds that you guys purchased from Wally World (aka: Walmart). It made such a difference. I even hung them myself because I am awesome like that! I love them! A quick change on the sofa cover, a few new throw pillows inspired from some of your decorating dilemma mood boards and voila: new and improved room. As Sherry might say, it’s been swankified. Thanks for all of your hard work and inspiration! Your house is just as fantastic, lovely, fab and swanky as I think you two are. Can’t sing your praises loud enough! Thanks! -Megan
Well it sounds like Megan has a thing for us, but we’re crushing on her right back for this amazing room transformation. Here’s the baby blue before:
And her fresh and fabulous after:
Isn’t it amazing what some window treatments can do for a space? And although we were the inspiration for the blinds, there are a bunch of other great design ideas going on in here that we just have to mention. We love love love that Megan added subtle pattern and grounded the room with an area rug (right over her wall to wall carpet) and that she used two small tables instead of one big bulky coffee table. We also adore that she carried pops of icy blue into the pillows and added a lighter chair, lamp shade and vase to keep things bright and airy (while breaking up all the brown). Oh and the chest/dresser is also a super noteworthy addition because many people only use pieces like this in the bedroom, but they’re packed with storage and perfect for a living area too. Way to think outside the console table, Meg! It’s gorge and you did one fab job. We hereby declare that your front room is officially swankified.
Oh and if anyone else has a few lovely before and after pics to share, don’t be shy. It’s definitely time to share the wealth. We can’t wait to see what you’re up to at home!