Just off the dining room in the Gentry project house, and next to the office we showed you last week, is a casual family room and mudroom space. Considering these rooms used to be an exterior workshop, I think these spaces turned out beautifully and help this house flow SO much better!
If I were the new homeowner, this is the room where I’d put my TV and toys for the kids. It’s still connected to the living and dining spaces, but it’s also self contained enough that the rest of the house should be able to stay a little tidier! :)
The door to the garage is just to the right of this photo, so we thought a small-but-mighty mudroom area that offered closed storage, a bench with baskets and hooks for bags and backpacks would be the perfect addition to this pass-through space.
I’m super happy with how this mudroom turned out, given it is just two IKEA Pax wardrobes (we used the Grimo door)! Our contractor installed and made the wardrobes look more built-in with the addition of crown molding and shiplap using the same 8″ pine planks we used on the entry wall. Here are a couple of a progress shots:
We used these wrought iron pulls on the doors, also from IKEA. We used these in the kitchen too and I couldn’t love them more. They are heavy and have great proportions!
I designed the wood bench and our contractor built it out of mahogany (the same wood we used on the mantle and the kitchen shelving). We used these petite hooks that were insanely affordable and I love the matte black finish! PS how cute is that tiny denim backpack?! I found it at Michael’s for $8!
The green linen lumbar pillow is from our pillow collection that we’re launching next week! Stay tuned! :)
Today’s round up is dedicated to one of my favorite tricks for decorating a living room – the tall round table and big lamp combo! Rather than matching side tables, use a tall round table as a side table instead, with something shorter on the opposite side. Pairing the tall table with an oversized table lamp is pretty much the ideal combo. It adds height and interest and is a fun, easy way to mix up your living room without breaking te bank if you need a little change. I find myself using this trick in most of our living room projects lately!
We’ve rounded up a few tables that really work for pulling off this look. The trick is using a table that is 29-31″ tall and at least 30″ in diameter. Much wider than 40″ looks a little too big, but anywhere in between usually looks juuuuust right!
Here are some of our favorite table lamps on the market right now. I usually prefer something chunky and wide to tall and skinny. And if I’m using a leggy table, I try not to use a leggy table lamp. I reserve those for chests of drawers or nightstands.
If you remember from this post about the original layout of the Gentry house, we added to the total square footage of the house by converting a large workshop area off the back of the garage into a new mudroom, family room and a fourth bedroom. Today we’re showing you how we staged this fourth bedroom as a home office! For the step by step process of how we decorated this space, don’t miss the stories in my highlights on my Instagram feed.
Loloi just launched a new line of beautiful rugs called the Porcia collection and they invited us to use one of these new rugs at the Gentry house. I was immediately drawn to the one we used here for the office (the color is Red/Beige) but truly the whole collection is stunning and I would have been excited to use any of the rugs here! The collection was design to give the dimensional look of mosaic tiles and I’ve never seen anything like it! It’s super unique. It almost gives the nubby, textural look of a jute or seagrass rug, but with the color and look of patterned rugs we all love so much!
It was so fun to roll out the rug in the space and be surprised to find subtle touches of some of my favorite colors in the rug – rust, peach, coral, olive navy, ivory, and black were all there! It made it really easy to pick the furniture for the staging! We started with this white metal desk that doesn’t make this small space feel too overstuffed with its open legs. The window is not centered in the room, so we knew we’d want a taller storage piece in the left corner to help draw the eye up. I love how this vintage rattan shelf brings out the warmer tones in the rug.
To bring some balance and height to other side of the room, we placed the AMAZING faux fiddle leaf + basket combo. It was a total steal at $129 and I couldn’t recommend it more!
The black leather chair was a lucky last minute find. I think every room should have at least a small touch of black. It adds contrast and acts like a punctuation mark in a room. And how great is that gold X-brace on the legs of the chair?!
I wanted to bring in a few blue pieces into the room to help those blue parts of the Loloi rug to pop out even more. I LOVE our new indigo stripe pillows (coming soon!) on these super cute and affordable cerused oak arm chairs!
I also searched through my photo archives to see if there would be any good blue images to print out for this space. I found these two photos I took the last time I was in NYC. They felt perfect for the space as soon as I held the prints next to each other and saw the interesting contrast of colors and perspective and architectural styles. We just uploaded them into the print shop today too! You can check them both out here – SOHO print & ZIPPER print.
I love how that sun flare in the blue print pulls out some of the coral and peach undertones in the Loloi rug. I’m super happy with how this space came together. I know I’d love to work in this home office if the Gentry house were mine (and I’m still sort of wishing that is was!) :)
Thanks to Loloi for sending us this beautiful new rug! Check out their new Porcia collection here. To purchase Loloi rugs, check out rugstudio.com or rugsdirect.com, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to find a retailer near you.
Every room in every house needs some plant life (either real or faux!) to help the space come to life! Today we rounded up 12 of our very favorite planters that have come in handy for us in our last few projects. If you’re looking for a few new planters to add to your home and you don’t want to break the bank, check out some of these beauties! And please let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorites in the comments!