***Update – the giveaway is now closed!
Redecorating a room is nothing like having a baby.
Except, it totally is.
You find out the awesome news…Is this really happening? YES!
You start having the weirdest cravings…Watercolor! No, kilim! I need that vase! I want EVERYTHING!
You may even get a little hormonal…IF YOU SPILL BEER ON THAT RUG I WILL MURDER YOU.
And finally, after months of gestating and physical discomfort, your metaphorical loins give birth to…your new living room!!!
It’s finished! And, it’s NOT LAVENDER! And there’s a giveaway at the bottom of this post! Woooo!
Let’s rewind a bit to how this room looked back in June. If garishly painted rental apartments make you queasy, you may want to look away.
Yeesh. Art hung too high, boxes of crap on the floor, and that lavender and beige combo. Screw that shit, let’s get back to the gleaming white present:
I can’t decide what my favorite part is! The bright white walls that make photographing blog projects soooo much easier. The deep black fireplace which really showcases the woodwork. The curtains that add height and warmth and just a hint of grown-upness. The coffee table THAT I BUILT. Or the dreamy vintage kilim rug from Kaya Kilims!
I would love to tell you a great story about the redecorating process. But there isn’t a great story. It’s a room, that I wanted to paint, and then struggled to finish because of delays like migraines and life, and then during painting I got huge design/project plans which kept pushing the finish out further and further, and then I finally got everything done. 4 months after I thought I would. Pretty boring, right?
So let’s have a little museum-style tour instead.
Ladies and Gentleman, if I may direct your attention to the fireplace:
Here we have a once-lavender mantle refinished in Behr Marquee’s Limousine Leather, semi-gloss. The tile surround, in poor repair, was painted as well, enhancing the overall feel of the fireplace and adding to the contrast against the white walls.
Side note: I do NOT recommend the Behr Marquee line. It was extremely thick and difficult to work with, dried too quickly to be practical, showed every brush mark, and did not cover in one coat as promised. The Behr Ultra Premium Plus in Ultra Pure White, by comparison—used for the walls and trim in “interior eggshell enamel” and semi-gloss, respectively—was great going on and had excellent coverage. In my newbie opinion.
Above the fireplace hangs a large-scale fiber, copper, and wood piece that the blogger created especially for her readers.
I am SO excited about this DIY Giant Tassel Wall Hanging! Each of those tassels is 15″ long! Months and months ago I promised Lidy of Hello Lidy that I would try my hand at fiber art, and while this isn’t exactly macramé, I’m very pleased with how it came out. With a white room it’s important to add lots of texture so things don’t feel sterile. It’s also a very simple DIY which I’ll be sharing in the next few weeks so you can make your own!
If the blogger would allow us to continue…moving to the right, we find a vintage brass bar cart, furnished with the couple’s libations and collection of novelty beer glasses.
We got this amazing cart for freeeeee from A.’s parents’ basement. Never pass on an invitation to peruse other people’s cast-offs. Oh, and look, cables sticking out underneath. I’m such a pro.
As we continue around the room, we find the blogger’s rescued TV console, a Target ottoman with added tapered legs, linen curtains from Ikea, and a shared study/craft desk, also from Ikea.
The desk was a genius suggestion by A.—no more hunching over the coffee table for DIY projects! Good luck getting a chance to use it for studying like you intended, baby—it’s mine, all mine.
AHEM. To continue, on the room’s left wall you can see another project created by the blogger: a living installation of Wood and Brass Mounted Air Plants.
Plants and wood breathe warmth into a room, and this DIY combines both in a fun alternative to framed art. Look at that little tillandsia nestled in its brass cocoon! I love it. I’ll be sharing this project in the next few weeks too.
Nearing the end of our tour, we come upon a clean white Ikea shelf housing records, stereo, games, and cat toys. A large movie poster and industrial-style lamp complete this corner of the room.
In case you can’t make it out, the poster is for The Day of the Dolphin and reads, “Unwittingly, he trained a dolphin to kill the president of the United States.” It’s one of A.’s only decorative possessions and I just love it. We are suckers for hilariously bad “B” movies (and even “C” or “D”).
Last, but far from least, we find the blogger’s self-proclaimed “crowning jewels” of the room: a vintage kilim rug from Kaya Kilims and a handmade coffee table.
Ok, the DIY Storage Coffee Table: I built it. (Well, except for the yummy brass hairpin legs, those are from Reform Brass!)
This table has lived in my head as an idea for so long that I can’t believe it’s now a real thing that exists and that we use. DIY is magic, folks. And it’s soooooo ridiculously easy to make. If you can drive a screw into a piece of wood, you’ll have no trouble building your own. Tutorial coming up (you guessed it) in the next few weeks!
AND THAT RUG. Oooohhhhhhh, that rug. It makes me happy every time I see it. The kitties love it too, as you can see from this very
blurry professional action shot of Wally:
Crazy Cat Lady side note: the cats also go nuts over the desk; look at Champ basking in the sun!
I don’t know where Jax was during this shoot. He’s always nosing about EVERYTHING that I do, until the camera comes out. How do they know??
Well, there you have it, my room baby. Can I be on bed rest for a week or two now that I finally got this bun out of the oven?
But oh, we’re still not done with this ridiculously long post. There’s one more thing to get to—a Loom & Mill giveaway for you awesome readers!
To celebrate my looooooong-expected living room makeover, Loom & Mill has kindly offered to give a pillow to one lucky reader, so you can have a mini-makeover of your own. And the best part is…the winner gets to pick from one of SIXTY-SEVEN pillows! Hurray to choices!
The giveaway will be open until midnight on Tuesday, September 30th. Winner will be chosen randomly using Rafflecopter and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen. Open to U.S. residents only—sorry, international folks, I’ll get you one of these days, promise!
UPDATE!!! Thank you everyone for entering and leaving such incredibly kind comments! Y’all are the best and if I had a bazillion pillows, you would all be getting one! But there can only be one winner, and the Rafflecopter wizards have spoken: it’s Elsbet! Congratulations!
OK, I’m FINALLY done! Phew, that was a long one. If anybody actually went through this whole post, THANK YOU. Now go back to your lives, people. And have a happy weekend!
This post was partially sponsored by Loom & Mill and Kaya Kilims, but all opinions are really truly my own; promise! I only collaborate with brands I think you will appreciate as much as I do. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Jade and Fern possible—and thank you, as always, for reading. xoxo