Last week I showed you the progress to the master bedroom and today I thought I'd show you the latest in the family room. Here's what we started with shortly after moving in.
This summer we took the doors off the closet to start an office nook. The rest of the room was still a mess.
Which brings us to today. You'll recognize the couch from our appointment, but nearly everything else is new (or at least new to us!). We bought the rug on craigslist and I originally intended it to go in our bedroom. Turns out, after disassembling the bed and reassembling, that our duvet really didn't match it. So we disassembled the bed and reassembled it again, moving the rug into the family room. And Mr. P has refused to ever disassemble the bed again.
The new coffee table is a solid wood beast I wrassled up the 2 flights of stairs. We got a great deal on it at the Salvation Army store on Valencia and we should have used the money we saved to hire some guys to carry it up. But we didn't and I swore we'd never move anything again. I love the scale and the color! The small side table is a stand in for now. It was a $25 Craigslist find (originally from World Market) that I thought would work someplace else. I actually want to have something smaller and round there since the rest of the room is so rectangular.
In one fell swoop when we had an SUV on loan from the dealership, we made a trip to Ikea and bought two Jappling chairs, the Expedit bookshelf and several storage boxes. We're really happy with the chairs so far, but are constantly on edge to see how they fare against the cat's claws. We'll report back on that!
The office nook is coming along and has all the right pieces, but I haven't styled it for photographs yet and we're using it as a bit of a staging area for tools and such. On the left hand side of this picture, we need to figure out a different storage solution for some office supplies, files and home goods. The sheepskin rug is a previously owned rug we brought from the apartment. The metal desk was a freebie on Craigslist and the linen driftwood side chair is from Homegoods.
This is the only photograph that looks remotely stylized! I pulled out a few large coffee table books in green hues, added a cute boxwood topiary set I got at Homegoods and the pillows are a mix from Target and Homegoods.
The big stuff seems to be in order, but I can't see past the problem areas. A media console with more storage would be super helpful and I'd love to find a way to hide the weights and yoga mat. There's also lots of cat stuff that I'd like to hide better - like cat grass, spray bottle, electronic laser and cat toys.
And this little secret stash . . . maybe some linen boxes???
And this . . . after really paring things down, I still can't seem to make this look pulled together. I'm really into organizing books by subject, but it's just not working for me here. Less books? No dust jackets? Start over with nothing in there?
Someone is coming by today to buy our old desk and bookshelf, so I'll have another corner in which to pile the stuff I can't figure out what to do with. :)
So far, my favorite things in the room are the boxwood topiaries and the Jappling chairs. How about you?