Most homes have that room.
You know the one.
Oddly shaped, huge honking plaster fireplace.
Too little wall space, too many windows and doors.
Or maybe it’s just me?
Our family room is mission impossible.
The fact that we have a 7,000 foot long leather sectional doesn’t help matters much.
But we’re not moving anytime soon (I hate to even utter those words…they always come back to bite me) and that sofa isn’t going anywhere.
So this is our family room as of a month ago.
A little place I like to refer to as khaki hell.
The thought process behind this astoundingly blah, brown, blob of a room escapes me.
I’m embarrassed to claim it.
If I had to make my way through a 64 box of crayolas and rank them in order from most favorite to least….
you know what color would be #64? Brown.
And yet…our family room looked like it walked into the GAP and fell into the khaki display and came out on the losing end…
Let’s make a movie, shall we?
We shall call it “Escape from Khaki hell.” You know, a follow up to all the Escape to Witch Mountain movies from when we were kids circa 1975.
We had the whole interior of the house painted. Gray Owl lightened by 50%. Cause Layla did it, and that’s good enough for me.
I ordered a variety of colors/textures/patterns that made me happy. (And none of it was brown!)
Made pillow covers…
Those Restoration Hardware pillows are, in fact, brown. But I ran out of fabric so they will stay for now!
and a table topper…
I love this bowl of antique fishing floats…The colors are so pretty.
I flip-flopped the furniture around, brought the PB rug from our bedroom downstairs, and voila…
The window panels are from this super exclusive shop called Tar-jay.
They are Threshold and actually are meant to hang the other way. Because the coral fretwork would have been hidden by the sofa, I hung them upside down. Cause I’m a rule-breaking rebel.
Is it tacky of me to say I love it? Cause I do.
The best part of this transformation? The only items purchased were the fabric ($150) and the window panels ($100).
This entire makeover cost $250, my husband thinks I’m a genius, and we’ve escaped from khaki hell!
Do you have “that room” in your home? The one that needs a makeover but you don’t know where to start?
I’m now offering e design and would be happy to help you transform it into a space that you love.
For more information, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.