This week my kids are on school vacation, which for 3 teenagers means approximately 9375 combined practices, games and team dinners, so forgive me for screeching in here in the 11th hour with a Week Three One Room Challenge Update!!!
My self-imposed challenge is to actually finish my family room – the last 20% or so that has been in the works for half a year. I’m an awesome project starter, not so strong with the finish.
I began with a brown leather couch, two floral chairs and our newly remodeled fireplace, and this is the direction I am loosely headed.
This week lets talk about the rug, pillows and curtain situations.
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I am a huge fan of natural fiber rugs. We have the seagrass runner on our stairs, and basketweave seagrass rugs in our living room and dining room. I was going to use this chunky jute rug that we already had in the family room. It’s pretty soft underfoot and I love the texture it brings to a neutral space.
But then……change of plans! A while back I saw this rug in the beautiful home of Julia Ryan and thought the colors would work so perfectly in my sister-in-law & brother-in-law’s new home. After I looked up the rug to email it to my sister-in-law, the picture followed me around the internet for days, you know how that happens?
One night Mark was ordering pizza online and saw it in ads on my laptop. When he checked it out he thought it would be perfect for our family room, saw that it was 70% off and just like that, we bought a new rug. See honey? I let you weigh in on these decisions too! I’m a team player!! ….Sometimes…..
The rug that Julia has is listed on the site as the TAN, but looks more like grey-beige in her pictures and I love how it looks in her house, so I went with it despite that misleading color label. When mine arrived, it was indeed a lot more greige than tan. (Clearly the rug manufacturer needs to hire me as their color namer, because this is sooooo not tan.)
I was a wee bit worried that 1/ I wouldn’t like it with the color and pattern of the fireplace, and 2/ it would get destroyed quickly between all the wood fires we have in the winter and the eating and drinking we do in this room as a family. But – we love it!! It’s 100% wool, a nice thickness (especially with a really good rug pad), is so comfy to walk or sit on and I think the pattern works because it’s pretty neutral and so is the herringbone tile. It does shed a little, but not bad compared to other rugs we’ve had. Thumbs up on the rug.
I mentioned last week that I stole these curtains from our living room because that whole scenario was just not working…..
…..and because I really wanted longer curtains that I could hang high and wide in the family room. They are white linen panels that I sang the praises of last year. (I’m sad to say I think Ikea has discontinued the white – they haven’t been in the store and they are no longer on the website. Why Ikea, whyyyyy??) When they were in the living room I attached a dark teal blue ribbon the leading edge of the panels with no-sew hem tape and this color works perfectly in my family room.
Then there are the pillows. I have an affinity for beautiful and expensive fabrics, but I also like to do things like spend 2 kidless days in Mexico with my honey drinking frozen concoctions by the sea, which kind of kills the budget for yards of delicious fabric. So what’s a girl to do? DIY of course. For my LAST 20% CHALLENGE two of the painted no-sew pillows I talked about a couple weeks ago for My Five Favorites will be making an appearance…..
….along with these solid blue linen-like babies (the Ikea Vigdis strikes again – I matched the paint for the pillows to that tealy-blue). The paisley number below was a Homegoods find that I LIKE but don’t LOVE, but sometimes its okay to be just in-like with something. (This sweet phone photo below is thanks to my camera charger staying behind in Mexico, oops! Too many Pink Ladies perhaps.)
Rug, check – curtains, check – pillows, check –
so why does my to-do list look like I have about 19 of the 20% left???
THE LAST 20% HIT LIST
Finish reupholstering the two chairs
Lighten up and bring some blues to our brown leather couch
Finish the art project for over the couch (did you see this post about an unexpected source for large scale art?)
Figure out what else is going on the walls
Build or buy doors for the lower shelves of the bookcases for hidden storage
Style the bookcases
Rug – Pillows – Curtains
Buy a new coffee table
I can’t wait to see everyone else’s progress at Calling It Home, be sure to check out the amazing rooms that are linked up on Thursdays, as well as the 20 One Room Challenge Featured Designers on Wednesdays!