A Client's Room…Making Progress

Hello friends!  Hope everyone made it through Black Friday and Cyber Monday in one piece!  I refused to join the maddening crowds on Friday…instead I spent the day pulling out my Christmas decorations and putting up the tree.  My plan was to get everything in place on Friday and Saturday, and then cut all my fresh greens on Sunday.  However, Sunday was rainy and cold (as was Monday), so I’m still waiting for some sunshine…or at least a dry day…for a hike in the woods to collect my greens. As soon as that is done, I’ll post some Christmas/holiday decorating ideas.

In the meantime, I’ll give you a peek at a project I’ve been working on.  Here are the before photos of my client’s t.v. room.  

This busy family of five needed a space where they could all be together to watch t.v., play games, or just hang out.  In discussing her room, my client (and friend) Terry expressed her frustration with the lack of seating, worn out sofa, jumbled mess of t.v./cable wires and dvd’s, empty space under the gallery wall, huge square heating vent cover on the wall (total eye sore!) and wall color.  She likes her hardwood bamboo flooring, but wanted a soft, comfy area rug for when her young boys are sitting on the floor.

Terry wanted a palette of soft grays and blues to create a calm and relaxing space.  Here are some inspiration photos…

Jeff McNamara Photography

Light blues and grays in this beautiful living room!
So warm looking living room. The candles <3
And this is what we’ve accomplished so far…

We painted the walls a light gray and picked out a large sectional that easily seats five…it’s super comfy!  The silvery blue is so soothing and looks great with the gray walls.  Terry wanted to stick with a simple palette, but while we were at the furniture store I showed her how she could easily incorporate other colors into the room (red or greens or black & white) in the future, simply by switching out the throw pillows.  The sofa came with your choice of five throw pillows…we’ll add some others too.

I liked this rustic/industrial table for three reasons:  its shape provides a contrast to all the straight lines (& doesn’t take up as much space as a rectangular one), the dark wood adds warmth, and the shelf underneath provides display space. The cream rug is so plush, making for a comfy spot on the floor.  You can get a peek at the built in corner that now houses the t.v.

What a difference this built in makes!  Terry found the cabinets on Craig’s List and her husband installed them, added the shelves and trimmed it out for a finished look.  It was all painted the same color as the walls. Two lidded baskets hide the dvd’s and Terry is going to start a collection of ironstone to fill the middle shelf (I had brought over a few accessories for taking pics, just so the shelves and table wouldn’t look so bare). The heating vent cover got replaced with an circular one, and once painted blends in with the wall.  We’re on the hunt for a small chair (wicker perhaps?) to put below the mirror for additional seating.  For now, its the perfect spot for their Christmas tree.

The black sofa table that once held the t.v. is now against the gallery wall.  The photos need to be reframed and rehung, but two of these fun camel lamps now sit on the table. The shades have a shimmery sparkle to them.

So that’s what we have so far…the curtains and lighting are on their way, and we still need to do a little shopping for accessories.  She has a wicker basket under the black table to corral extra pillows, but I’d love to see two square ottomans tucked in there to provide extra seating.  Terry loves how it looks so far.  Even though the sectional is large, having the one piece makes the room seem bigger and the built in definately got rid of the clutter and provides a streamlined look.  
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