The Carpet and The Reveal

I originally intended for this to be two separate posts, but after my long break from blogging, I decided you have been in suspense long enough. I give you our (mostly) finished family room.

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We’re so happy with the way it turned out. I’m behind real time in blogging, but much to my surprise (and happiness), from demo to putting furniture back in, the room took a little over 3 weeks. We weren’t quite at the same reno pace when it comes to hanging pictures,styling the bookcases, and adding cabinet hardware. I think we were just so glad to be able to use the room again that we wanted to enjoy it, so the finishing touches waited a bit.

Let’s go backwards a bit in the renovation and start where I left off in my last post – with the carpet. We knew we wanted carpet with a pattern (I thought it would make the room look more like it had a big rug in it than just plain old carpet), but patterned carpet for a reasonable price was hard to find. We found patterns we liked made by Shaw, but that carpet was only sold by small, upscale sellers, which made us concerned it would be out of our price range. While at Costco one day, Dan saw a flyer that Costco sold Shaw carpet through a network of distributors at a discount. We easily found the webpage when we got home, and emailed to find out more information A local seller contacted us immediately.

They brought us a bunch of samples to view at the house, so we’d get a good idea as to how it would look in the space. We found a diamond shaped pattern we liked, and thought would go well with the herringbone tile we had already picked out for the fireplace, so we ordered it on the spot.

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We got a great deal, and in addition, we got 10% of our purchase back via a Costco gift card.

I was nervous that we picked a lighter colored carpet, but felt we couldn’t go with a dark color because of the deep gray colored couch we already had and wanted to keep. I’m happy to report that the carpet was a good choice, and looks great in the room. As for stains, we’ve already spilled a number of things on it, and have no stains! As a bonus, Phoebe’s hair doesn’t seem to be too noticeable on the carpet, which really makes it nice during her shedding season, which is now.

Lately though, I’ve turned my attention toward the bookcases.

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I couldn’t believe that we didn’t have enough decorative items to style the shelves. I started with the golden rule of decorating – trying to use what we had. I pulled a bunch of smaller objects together from throughout the house that I thought might work. That filled about, oh, 3 of the compartments. For the rest, I’ve just kept my eyes open when I’ve been shopping and slowly, I’ve been adding things, taking items out, and re-arranging. To keep things looking cohesive, I’ve been trying to stick to a few main colors, which also appear in the prints we’ve put up on the wall – bright yellow (which is also the color of our curtains), deep blue, and sky blue. I’ve also kept it to dark metallic and wood tones, which are reflected in the butcher block and hardware of the built ins.

We’re not finished yet. We still have more frames and a mirror to hang, I’m on a hunt for new throw pillows, we need a plant or two in the room, and I’m constantly swapping out bookcase items. Even so, I’m really satisfied to see all our hard work pay off. Unlike before, I enjoy being in the room and spending time there. It feels like our space now.

With that, I’ll declare our family room renovation complete!




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