room giveaway 3: erin’s living room

Happy Monday, everyone! Today, we’re wrapping up our third, and final winner from our big room redo giveaway we had no too long ago. {shew!} And today, we’ll be covering Erin’s living room. Erin writes:

We are a family of 6. We have 3 boys, and one girl. We live in north San Diego County about 3 miles from the beach. We live a casual, active lifestyle. This room is where we watch TV as a family. The boys play video games here. We eat all of our meals in here — at the table! Ideally, the function of this room will stay the same but be more efficient. I’d like some way to keep papers, etc. off the counter. This is the hub of our house.

the color scheme I like would include blues, tan, cream, any other colors related to the beach and maybe some red or orange. I really think this room is dull and want some color, prints, etc. to energize it!

So, here are Erin’s before shots, that she was so kind to send me.

So, I decided to get to work:

1. first things first: In keeping with their {ultra fun I’m kinda jealous} locale, I decided to go for some old faithfuls {read: trustworthy classics} in my color selection: Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace {on the built-ins you will see explained below} and Wedgewood Grey {on the walls}. Erin’s room can use a shot of color, and a touch of brightness, so I decided a nice, classic selection would be these two. I’ll talk a little about how these colors will be used, the farther we go…

2. I’m super excited about the fabric selection. We won’t be using them all crammed up together, so they won’t have the same affect as this photo. The general effect will be more subtle. They “go” and I love the idea of an ecclectic approach, rather than being completely matchy-matchy with it all. So…

First up: ticking stripes. {and bear with me here} but I would love to see that couch reupholstered. I think it has a great shape, and awesome potential in that space. It’s large and cozy and perfect for the room. But it would take on a completely different characteristic looking like this:

I recently had our dining room chairs reupholstered in the exact same fabric. It cleans easily, and hides stains well. A major must-have attribute for a family sofa. New fabric on this sofa, would instantly lighten the space.

Second: This bird fabric by Richloom in Lucy Eden. kind of makes me really happy. It holds a lot of rich color, that will be important for this space. I’d love to see some simple panels on each side of the window {pinch pleats would be icing on the cake} and some pillows for the {newly reupholstered sofa} to bring some color to that part of the room.

Thirdly: this sun-in-shade fabric would be wonderful for the kitchen’s eat-in area {think banquette, but more of that below.} Easy clean up, (teflon coated, which is imperative with 4 kids!) and stain resistant, this fabric brings in character and simple charm to the space. This green lattice for the seating cushion, along with some pillows in this would truly liven up the space.

3. A few accessories would instantly bring in more character, like this table from ikea, and this reading lamp, to add more light at night.

4. Erin said that the current, black tile flooring was installed by the first owner, and they weren’t happy with it. I don’t blame them. I think they should replace it, when the budget allows, with something completely SWOON worthy. IMO, WORTH the wait. {read: I’ll be doing this in my dining room and living room…}

via pinterest

5. The perfect light for over that kitchen table:

7. {I’ll be back to 6} re: the kitchen table: I suggest they change their table around, so that it runs parallel to the wall. And build a banquette for seating on one side. It would open up more space on the walkthrough area, and change the dining dynamic. Banquettes, as you can see, are quite wonderful. They bring instant architectural interest, and character to a room.

{via southern living}

{via the late and great domino}

{via the laurel hedge}

I wouldn’t mind painting that table, {perhaps staining the top a darker color, and painting the bottom, a nice, crisp chantilly lace} but natural, is beautiful, as well. On the other side of the table, across from the banquette, I would have some fabulous mismatched dining room chairs. These can be easy to find at any local store, to cheaply redo on your own:

{via sf girl by bay}

Or, home decorators has a fabulous knock off version of Pottery Barn’s knock off version, which can be found here, for hundreds cheaper:

8. Erin wanted to keep her current rug. It is beautiful. But, if you ever want to simplify on the floor, I do recommend this wonderful seagrass rug from Pottery Barn. This durable piece instantly completes that created, beachy feel.

9. For the entire wall, which makes one slightly tricky room configuration, I found a few of these photos which inspired me. I found different elements appealing…

{via house beautiful}

The classic way this batten is used around and on the fireplace.

the built-in, glass cabinets in this room.

The shelving, and the spatial relationships in this space.

So, {and feel free to laugh} I did a really quick composite of what the wall with the TV would look like, with shelving, and a banquette for some architectural character. It looks a little like this: {I would leave the TV as-is after all are installed-it’s probably in the perfect location, given everything else about the space}

This mockup looks a little crazy, because of the repeated images {emphasis on the QUICK and MOCK-UP} but here you get the idea of bringing the board and batten out a bit from the fireplace, with the shelving and glass {or plain} cabinets underneath on the right side for some much-needed storage. On the left, we have the banquette with shelving above, in their dining area. At first glance, I thought this fireplace was centered, and my ‘quickie’ above makes it look like that. But the space truly is a tricky one, with an off center mantel. I realize that built ins can be expensive. But as mentioned in Trish’s post, there are ways around that in the DIY realm. Okay. you’re laughing, aren’t you? {I’m thinking “if they mated” via Conan. The shelving version.}

6. + 10. For over the couch, I’d love to see a dynamic gallery wall, that displays a little bit of everything. Whether it be their children’s art, sentimental pieces, or fun eclectic finds.

{via life of style}

{via good bones}

A little more restrained, but with the general feel of these walls.

{via apt therapy}

I love the general look and feel of Ikea’s ribba frames. Particularly in the photo above, the combination of white and natural. {another opportunity to tie in the color of the table}

And last, but not least, and an important element Erin wanted for the room, was a place to stash all of their papers. I think a custom sized version of this, would be wonderful on their bar in the kitchen. A bit deeper for letters, a-la old fashioned hotel lobbies, and the possibilities for organization, with school papers, bills, magazines, mail… are endless.

{via pottery barn via tiny white daisies}

A simple version of this wouldn’t be hard to make. Bonus points: Check out these labels via Lee Valley.

So there you have it: Erin’s living room. I hope some of these ideas work in a practical way for you and your sweet family, Erin, and I hope that our readers glean a little inspiration as well. Happy Monday, everyone!


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6 Responses to room giveaway 3: erin’s living room

  1. Erin says:

    Ashley!
    I LOVE everything you have suggested!!! Each picture speaks to exactly what we’ve wanted but haven’t done—the built-ins, the banquette, the gallery wall above the sofa. The fabrics and paint suggestions are perfect, energizing and practical for our family! They tie in to the colors and style I have in the other rooms on our home. I especially love the idea of the built-ins with the rectangular windows above. My husband and I have been dreaming of doing that one day.

    I can’t thank you enough for all you put in to our room, especially knowing that some pieces need to stay for the time being. I love seeing the potential this room has. Sometimes that is hard when you are in it day in and day out. Your fresh eyes and talent have inspired me to make changes in our space! Thank you again for all you did for our room giveaway. What a gift!

    Erin & Family

    • ERIN! I am so thrilled that you are so happy with it! Thank you so very much for being patient with me through this process-it was definitely a fun experience, to say the least! ;) I love that I was able to help! Thanks so much!!!

  2. Jennifer says:

    you’ve knocked it out of the park again; i’ve LOVED all of your redo’s! beautiful, girl!

  3. Suzanne says:

    Hey Erin…fairly new to your site….completely digging your designs. You don’t sway too heavy in a particular direction and I LOVE that. So many options!! Can’t wait to see more. :)