I’m so excited to share our Fall Project today. I have wanted to do a post on our new “sitting room" since we finished it in early November but I was sleep deprived for the majority of that month and my mom brain couldn’t handle the thought of actually hooking my camera up to my computer. But we’ve been enjoying it every day since so that must mean it was worth it!
To anyone who knows Mike and I, you might probably give us a bit of an eye roll when I say “we painted a room” because I’m pretty sure we’ve painted our entire place twice since we’ve moved in (with the exception of our bedroom which I really hope I get around to at some point this winter... I have the can of paint ready in the garage, just waiting until the timing is "right" which, when you have a baby, could happen to be ANYtime so one must always be prepared! ha!). Before June was born we did the spare room and the living room/kitchen and main floor bathroom. I guess what I’m saying is, despite the whining that comes out of my mouth when I’m actually doing it, I really must love painting and planning new rooms because I seem to do a lot of it ;)
This is how we painted the dining room after we moved in ^^ it's only four years ago but I can't believe how much my taste has changed since then. This colour!
The ideas for the most recent re-do started the day I came home from work last winter and discovered mike had sold our dining room table on kijiji. We’d been talking about it, so it’s not like I didn’t expect it but, I didn’t think it would happen as quickly as it did. Leave it to my fabulous husband to get a job done! (I have a horrible habit of putting stuff like that off). Anyway, it left a gaping hole in the room but after we realized how ridiculous it was to take up so much space on our tiny main living floor with an extra table that was seriously never in use except to store mail and dishes we only took out for parties.
So the room sat empty for about 6 months and then one night in the summer I stumbled upon a fabulous kijiji find that just gave me the energy, despite the 2 month-old baby asleep on my chest, to plan a new look for the room. You’ll see it in the pictures below, but words don’t really capture how much I love this piece of furniture. It’s a Gerrard stereo unit from about 1970 and it has been a joy to look at and use since the day we broke our backs moving it out of Mike’s parent’s van and into our place. I’ve always been a fan of vinyl since my record searching days with my dad, and I’ve had a few record players before but never anything like this. We’ve gotten so much use out of it since we bought it (especially at Christmas time - you can’t beat a record at Christmas!) that it has far surpassed the $100 we paid for it. Anyway, I could go on and on, but you basically get how with the record player in place, we needed to build the rest of the room around it ;)
We live in a semi-detached home and it’s long and narrow with only a bit of natural light on our south facing wall. This room is an internal room with zero natural light and I guess that’s why we always gravitate towards our kitchen nook for meals, even when there’s a large group of us. Originally I had wanted to paint the room a bright white (like I do everything in my life now) but Mike convinced me to go with the exact opposite. This guy and his powers of persuasion, I tell ya! Anyway, we went with Benjamin Moore's "Black Berry" and it was super, super nerve-wracking to watch it go on:
But I've got to hand it to Mike, he was totally, completely right! I love how it turned out!
The process of putting the room together took a lot longer then we anticipated. It's such an awkwardly shaped space and I spent a LOT of time trying to figure out what sort of seating we needed. Which is hilarious considering we ended up using two chairs we had in the basement - joke's on me! The best part about these chairs is they are also literally from the 1970's - they belonged to Mike's parents and they were practically in mint condition when we got them.... And then our puppy named Cliff took a small nip out of one, and June and I broke the other in this past summer while we watched the every episode of Nashville :) Either way, free and they ended up matching perfectly, so win-win!
The only other thing you need to know about this room is how ridiculous it was to install that ikea wicker chandelier. It was absolutely the worst Ikea thing I've ever taken part in installing; which is saying a lot considering how much Ikea I've had my hand in since I left home for school! Anyway, it matches, but Mike and I almost ended up sleeping in separate rooms after trying to hook it up. I mean, Ikea; bringing couples everywhere closer together....
Some pictures of our new space!
When we decided not to move last Fall, we also made the decision to love the home were in, until we're not in it anymore. We definitely know this isn't our forever home, but it doesn't make sense not to make the space our own while we're here. This is one of my favourite rooms in our house now! Looking forward to lots of cozying up with a record, a book and a baby in one of those chairs... and not necessarily in that order ;)