Real Estate and Design Tips
For the next 6 weeks I will be taking you on a journey on a Redesign of my Living Room. I am a guest participant in the One Room Challenge presented by Calling It Home and House Beautiful. It happens twice a year once, Fall and Spring. There are 20 featured designers and bloggers who present their room makeovers over a 6 week period. You are able to see the progress every Wednesday and on Thursday the guest participants join in for the fun! You can view the progress on all the rooms by visiting the link and following the hashtag, #oneroomchallenge.
The living room/family room is the last of the main rooms to get an update in our home. The only thing that has changed in the room in 15 years is the constant moving around of furniture! It is long and narrow and opens into the kitchen, the back yard, and the entry hallway. If you’re standing at the front door you can see all the way to the back door. The layout of the space has been a consistent struggle from day one, I think we change the layout every year.
I guess the biggest challenge is the placement of the TV, it is the only room that can house a large one that accommodates the sporting events properly. (I finally got the bulky recliner out of the space, I will pick my battles on the TV placement.) As a home stager and designer, I have worked with several clients that have certain demands. I can convince them into most design improvements that would benefit their home, but there are some I can’t, so I am in the business of ‘making it work.’ If I can make a coral room with taupe trim into a stylish girl’s bedroom, I can tackle this makeover and love my space.
I would say my husband and I combined style is Transitional. (I am always trying to transition him into my style;) ha! We both seem to lean toward rustic classic, so we have that going for us! The entry way and kitchen are painted a light gray with hints of blue in the kithcen and light teal in the entry. So the great room will try to pull those colors together. The blue denim couch is a sleeper and heavy, it will stay in the room. I would love to take away the arches and just have the big island but I was outnumbered on that, and the lighter wall color! So again making it work! So here is the plan.
Silvermist and Sea salt from Sherwin Williams on the walls, they are currently sage green. (yes I did the sage green and maroon trend when we first moved in). Green is making a come-back, but for me it’s time to move on. So color palette is gold/yellow, navy and teal. Still looking for that perfect rug that ties in all the colors. Crown Molding is being added and a new sliding glass door. I will be tackling a few DIY projects that will keep me on budget, but not help in my anxiety and lack of time! I am attempting to build a few items with reclaimed wood for the first time. Making the most of unique plant shelves and there is a feature wall that I'm really excited about the final reveal. I have been planning a makeover of this room for months, now time to execute! Challenge accepted.
gina t graham
Real Estate and Remodeling Blog
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