28 June 2010

you gotta fight!

for your right! to parrrrrrr-tay!
whenever i have a party, i find that people end up congregating in the family room. it is one of the smallest rooms in the house, but i think it turned out to be a pretty cozy and hip little space.

i've teased you with some previews along the way, but here it finally is!

this is what i started with:
those of you who have been following our progress here in fog city know that the house interior was covered from head to toe in the most hideous yellow paint. in these photos, from the open house, it almost looks... nice! i assure you, though, it was terrifying. especially all of the inexplicable wall stains created by 4 college-aged boys with no supervision. *la dee da* putting those pictures right out of my head...

we had the floors stripped down to the originals (YAY) and then we painted, painted, painted and painted some more. the door to the downstairs bath got a coat or two of chalkboard paint as a part of my project doorway.
it has become one of my favorite things in the house because it is covered in love letters from family and friends.

i also painted the cast iron hearth and corbel on the fireplace in high-gloss black for more contrast.
and then it was time for the fun stuff!

i anchored the room with my sofa - it's HUGE and comfy and far too expensive to throw away. the lines are curvy and victorian, but the fabric is modern and neutral so it works. i also kept my antique mahogany coffee table, heat stains and all. it's been with me forever and i love the color - especially in this room because it picks up the darker hues in our floors.

then i trotted off to ikea to buy out the store - picking up the trollsta sideboard to use as a tv stand and a great b/w rug, the stockholm rand.
and then to pier one for a couple of great oversize faux bamboo chairs. the room, with the addition of the chairs is very full but, because it's such a small space, i decided to embrace it and to try to make it feel as homey and intimate as possible.
the topper is this fantastic chandelier i robbed from lamps plus (originally $1350 and i got it for $186!). most folks think it's original to the house (which was built in the late 1800s) - it just seems to fit. and it is GORGEOUS at night.
and assorted tchotchkes i have collected at all of the fun antiques markets up north. (i'm sure you've guessed by now that i am of the "more is more" school of thought when it comes to decorating.)
red carnations and a hand thrown clay taxi cab from cuba.
a vintage "go" lamp from a streetlight and a big, lighted "C" for evening
vintage kit cat clock with rhinestones

add some colorful (and SHINY) pillows and voilĂ ! CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR A CLOSE-UP.

please excuse the puzzle effect here - it's my bargain substitute for a wide-angle lens.

now i've just got to get some art up behind the sofa and we'll be all done (for now)!

hope you've enjoyed this little peek into my favorite party room!


  1. What a great space! I LOVE that chandelier!
    Great mix of whimsy.

  2. When did you buy those faux bamboo chairs from Pier 1. I feel like I have so never seen them there?

    It looks great! Always have loved that rug!

  3. What a great room! The chandelier really does look like it's been there forever. I can see why people end up hanging out in there.

    I've been thinking of getting the Trollsta to use as a tv stand. Do you like it? Do you have other media components stored inside easily? I've never seen it with the doors open and full of someone's tv accessories, so I always wonder just how well it works...

  4. --------------------------------------
    @renee: thank you! whimsy is exactly what i want people to see in my home!

    @just a girl: i bought them about a year ago - and they were on clearance then. you may be able to find something quite similar (and maybe even prettier)on ebay. good luck!

    @sarah b.: yes! it is hui love the trollsta for my tv stand - it is huge and fits my dvd player, two tivos, cable box, and tons of odds and ends in the remaining shelves and drawers. couldn't be happier with it (though i do LOVE the yellow version).

  5. oh! thanks for replying! that is great to hear! i've been wondering if it could handle all of my boxes... sounds like it can! thanks again. :D

  6. Oohh the room looks GREAT! I was thinking of getting that rug for my family room - do you think it would go with a light cream couch? I can't tell what colour yours is...

    LOVE it. Seriously.

  7. looks so good! Love those bamboo chairs- they add a nice dimension to your room. And so jealous of that ah-MAZ-ing fireplace. good call with the high gloss black!

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    @lifebegins@thirty: thank you! the rug is actually black and cream so it should work perfectly with your couch!

    @naomi: thanks! i do love the fireplace - so glad that it wasn't removed. AND i am LOVING your progress. such fun!

  9. I just searched for about 45 minutes.. Try to find the owner of this den from Brooklyn Limestone's post pictures!

    I am so glad I finally found you! This is now the inspiration for my den!

    This den is really wonderful and oh so fun!

  10. Didnt even know they had such cool looking CHANDELIERS at Lamps Plus...! Nice :)

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    @Stephanie Lee: thank you! that is so sweet!

    @Jen: i know - it was a shock to me too! glad to provide a new source for design amusement!


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