19 August 2009

[renovations 09: Front Room REVEAL]

Ok ... so the series shall begin. Renovations 09 are coming to a close (whoo hoo!!), and I am able to actually post some "Before & After" pics for the world to see.

So - our front room ... I call it my "Chai Tea" room. JUST in case we end up with a house full of boys, I'm going to need a room that is sophisticated and a little bit "girly". We don't have a lot of colour in the house - mainly browns, blacks, creams ... - so I went FULL ON with "Aztec Brick" from Benjamin Moore.
Here's the before ... not bad - but not as vibrant as I wanted it ...

Here's the reveal: What was changed? Crown, wainscoting (which it LOOKS like we had in the first pic, but it was just white paint & a chair rail with no mouldings), window headers ... the paint and the shag carpet (which we LOVE). And I put the black furniture unit behind the loveseat(that used to be in our familyroom's square space beside the fireplace), and it houses all of my digiscrapbooks. I LOVE that too - because they're easy to get to now, and I can imagine myself drinking my Chai Tea, looking through my albums with the rain pouring outside ... Ok. I can dream, can't I??
And I love the pillows ... it took me a long time to find them - not fun with a big belly and 2 wee wons (gotta love caramel rice cakes to pacify the kids while shopping *smile*). I found these at Pier One Imports - and thankfully I had birthday gift certificates that I hadn't used .., because each pillow was MIGHTY expensive. But hey - it's the girly room ... no boys allowed with sticky fingers and dirty toes *grin*. Well - that's the PLAN ...


Soooo ... whatdoya think? Do you have a room in your house that you went BOLD on? Do you love it, or regret it? It's just paint, is what I figure ... I could change it to a calm taupe and put the pillows away ... but I won't be doing that.

I like the orange. *GRIN*

5 comments:

Lisa B. said...

Looks fabulous....I love the wall color! And yes, Chai tea in there on a rainy day would be delightful.

Looking forward to the next series of reno pics.

Tracy Schmunk said...

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!! But then again, I am partial to bold colors...I used them all over the house and don't regret it for a moment :) The pillows are PERFECT too. All in all, it's a room I'd love to spend time in. Can't wait to see the rest of the pics!!!

Jason and Kristin said...

Looks awesome. Can't wait to see the rest!

Kristin said...

Fabulous! That colour is so awesome and a shade that you'll love whether in winter light or summer!!! And the pillows... DIVINE!!!

Joanne said...

Great job, Tawn...not that the room wasn't good before, but you have definitely "raised the bar" as far as the decor is concerned.