SOFA: Urban Home
PILLOWS: Fringe Oblong Pillow || Center Stripe Pillow || White Dot Pillow || Grey Square Fringe Pillow
THROW: Faux Fur Throw
DECOR: ‘Food & Beer’ Book || Silver Antler || Wood Wreath || Rosemary & Mint Candle || Lemon Verbena Candle || Celestial Coaster || Monogram Mug || Star Marquee || LED Candles
I would be lying to you if I said this remodel came easily. Mark and I have owned our home for over three years now and we have gone back and forth countless times about what to do with this room. It always just seemed like a waste of space and was cold and uninviting. It was mainly used as a workout area for me but finally we decided we wanted to do something great with it and make it a room we would actually use and love and it all started with a grey tufted couch from Urban Home.
It started off as an empty room with faux wood laminate floors that I truly didn’t mind. Then it was half way painted once and then sort of forgotten about. We used this “mudroom” as an entry way and had a hard time with a vision. Admittedly, I took one afternoon trying to paint it to surprise my hard working husband. When he came home he was surprised alright, I had accidentally painted the entire room with primer instead of paint and it was an awful yellow color. I hate yellow… From there we left it be for quiet some time.
Mark had the great idea of carpeting the room and I resisted for quite some time because as I mentioned we used this room as an entryway and we also have our sweet pup, Brady. I just thought of carpet as something that would get old and tired very easily and wouldn’t stand up to the traffic that went through this room. When we saw a deal at Lowes for free installation when you purchased your carpet, Mark jumped at the idea. I still felt resistant but finally caved and couldn’t be happier. This room lacks some insulation as it is right next to our garage and is on a slab because it is not above our basement. We also both thought that with our little one on the way, this would make a good play area for him eventually. We opted for the highest quality padding which makes the floor unbelievably soft. We also got Stainmaster carpeting so that the carpet would hold up!
Besides finally fully painting the room and the new carpeting, we finally re-did the stairs that lead up to our kitchen. This was one of the top things we wanted to do from the day we bought our house. The stairs had the ugliest stained linoleum that no matter how hard I scrubbed it would never get cleaned. We originally thought we would tile the stairs with the same tile we had in our kitchen but ended up purchasing hardwood and having a great friend help install it (thanks Jake!). To be honest this was probably one of my favorite upgrades of the room!
We knew we wanted to make it a relaxing room that everyone in our family would enjoy. We stuck with light colors and the grey is really soothing to us. Even my mom said that she didn’t want to leave the room because of how relaxed she felt. Brady spends lots of time down there now and loves the carpeting. The room has two large windows that let in tons of light and although you can’t see it in these photos, my treadmill currently resides in this room. We will eventually be moving it but I don’t know about running in the garage at the moment! It is too cold!
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