I’m so excited for this first interior design/decor post. When Arkady and I bought our house just about a year and a half ago, we started tearing things apart and putting them back together again. Some projects got stalled along the way — I refer to these “stalls” as “hijacks,” as in we got hijacked by a racoon that moved into a soffit on our roof (and thus discovered some necessary remediation work in the attic above the bedrooms), and we got hijacked by another really crappy, cold winter (and thus discovered we needed truckloads of new insulation in every part of the house).
In any case, I still have lots of room re-dos to share, the first of which is our Club Room.
Our Club Room, as we call it, is the former dining room, which is adjacent to the living room through a wide entryway, giving both rooms the feel of being connected. So we “moved” our dining room into what was the family room in the back of the house (besides, the fireplace was in the former family room, and I love dining by firelight). This way, the space feels like one giant living room, giving us lots of open space for entertaining.
Below are the before and after photos, and here’s a brief summary of what we changed:
- Phase 1: We removed the chandelier (you’ll see it again though in a future post!) and installed pendant lights. Then we outfitted the room with contemporary furniture, most of which came from Craigslist. Note the coffee table, which I picked up from JC Penney on sale. We recently found a similar table, except a thousand times cooler, for the living room, so now we have some more interesting symmetry between the rooms.
- Phase 2: We painted the walls, which had been beige and brown, with Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt and Benjamin Moore White Dove. Traditionally, one paints the upper part of the walls white and the lower part the darker color, but we reversed it, not only because we’re contrary that way, but also because we felt the white along the lower half would allow the furniture to blend in and enhance the feeling of calmness in the room. Sea Salt is an interesting color choice because it changes with the light. Sometimes it’s blueish, other times it shows up greenish. The Club Room faces southeast, getting a lot of morning and afternoon light, and the color consistently appears on the blueish side, which isn’t my favorite but I’m totally in love with this room!
- Phase 3 (to come, fingers crossed): Tear out that horrible blue carpeting (would you believe it’s original, and the house was built in 1972! Gross, I know.) But our plans are spiffy: install white hardwood flooring in the living room, black hardwood flooring in the Club Room and about five hardwood boards across the threshold between the rooms, with gradations in color, going from light grey to dark grey. It’s my idea, and I hope we can pull it off because won’t that be the coolest thing ever?
OK, here are the before and after photos (the first one goes back to the prior owners, just for effect):
Hope you enjoyed this first design/decor post. As always, we welcome your comments/questions, and thanks for reading!