I post quite a few pictures of our little house on my Instagram from time to time and every now and again I'll have a few comments requesting a home tour. My house isn't tour worthy by a long shot. I love the pieces out of it, but I know it's not everyone's cup of tea. All that to be said, I thought it would be fun to tour the house room-by-room for the next few weeks. I love being able to look back at pictures and see how much the house changes as my taste in decor changes, too.
Today we'll be touring the "mystery room".
This sweet little room was dubbed the "mystery room" when we were on House Hunters. Our little film crew was the best...the guys were hilarious. The way the room was set-up and laid out all had us scratching our heads, thus leading us to call it the "mystery room". We couldn't see the purpose in the floor plan or the design and couldn't figure out how we could best utilize the room once it was purchased. For the better part of two years, this room was the bane of my existence...the room I wanted to scrap from the house altogether. When we first bought the house I wanted to enclose the room and add french doors and turn it into an office (so glad I thought that through before committing to it!!!) I'm clearly not an interior decorator and I just couldn't figure out how to style it whatsoever...just look at it....GAH....
Just awful, right?!
That coffee table though. HA!! SO small!!!! And the room was just so DARK. Most of what you see in this pic is furniture and decor I've had since the day we got married almost 11 years ago. I didn't really have a "style". At. ALL (as you can clearly see). But I knew I couldn't stand a thing in it. I knew I didn't want any of it anymore. After thinking about my "style" (I LOVE the farmhouse look and feel) and committing to redecorating once I had an idea of what I wanted to do, we finally settled on this (for now anyway)...
SO much better, don't you think?!?!
It used to be a room with no purpose...NEVER used by anyone but the boys (and they used it as a little play area...building forts, playing games, you know...all that fun kid stuff :) Now it's the room where my guests love to congregate. I love sitting in this little room on the weekends and enjoying my coffee while I listen to the news and look out the doors. This is my favorite view from those little chairs...
That little coffee table isn't so little anymore either. I have a good friend, Shasta, who is so very amazing when it comes to interior decorating. I met her out shopping one day (Ross!!!) and she picked out the two rugs and suggested I layer them. I never would've thought of that and I LOVE the way it looks!!! Now the coffee table is the *perfect* size for that little space.
Rugs: Ross (total cost: $125)
Coffee table: Antique auction
Coffee table tray: Southern Living at Home (10 years ago!)
Boxwoods & planters: Ikea
The old sofa was a hand-me-down and Mr. Spouse DESPISED it. Really, it wasn't my favorite piece of furniture either, but it was free and I like free. However, it ranked pretty low on the cute scale and that was the first thing we replaced when we started redecorating. I adore the loveseat we finally settled on. It's the perfect style for this space. We added a little more light in the form of two floor lamps and although they're nothing fancy by any stretch of the means, they fit perfectly. I found several other floor lamps I loved, but they were just too bulky and cumbersome for that area. I'm sure I could've found something a little *nicer*, but I really do love the way these look!!
We took down that scary gallery wall and streamlined it with a few mirrors. I really wanted a gigantic mirror and spent weeks looking for the perfect one. I even considered a gallery wall of botanical prints. I couldn't find a thing I really liked...I even bought a few things to try out and ended up returning them shortly thereafter. I was at Pier 1 one day and found that round mirror and had to have it, but when I put it above the loveseat it was just too small. So I took those two side mirrors out of my guest room and repurposed them for this space and love the way it turned out.
The bookshelves are staying for now. I think I'm going to have my brother build me a couple of new bookshelves with more of a natural feel. We've had those bookcases for about 8 years and I'm sorta ready to retire them.
Ivory Ornate Mirror in the middle: Pier One
Two side mirrors: Hobby Lobby (2 years ago)
Gillian Loveseat: Pier One (they no longer carry it, but they do have the matching chairs in stock)
Floor lamps: Threshold Downbridge Floor Lamp from Target
Blue Pillows: Pier One (in store)
Bird Pillow: Ross
Crates on top of bookshelves: Ross
When I'm standing in my kitchen, this is my view. Those columns are a recurring theme throughout the main area of the house. We have 8 of them to be exact. We are going to replace them with reclaimed wood columns, but we're trying to figure out what we're going to do with our flooring first. We currently have wood floors, but the color isn't our favorite. We're thinking of having the floors sanded and restained a darker color. Then we'd like to replace the entryway tile with either a whitewashed, red brick OR hardwood in a herringbone pattern.
And this is what I see when I'm sitting in my little chairs.
The bookshelf decor got a makeover, too. I'd still love to redecorate them again in all honesty. I have an idea of what I want, but I want my new bookshelves before redecorating. I turned the spines of all my books toward the back of the shelves...I feel like it looks so much cleaner with the pages visible. I had all these little odds and ends type pieces that had no home and now they do. That little silhouette is me!! HA! I'm not the kind of person who has pictures of myself all over the house at all, but this silhouette brings back such great memories. I was about 14 years old and in Paris with my grandma and cousin. We went shopping and this sweet little old man was walking around the streets cutting silhouettes and grandma insisted on having one made of me and my cousin.
When I'm standing in the living room looking out to the street, here's my view.
I need to fix my curtain rod. Dangit. But seriously...doesn't it look so much cozier now?!
The curtains are from Pottery Barn and it took us about two years of living in our house before finally deciding on new drapery. We have 4 sets of french doors that can all be seen at the same time, so I wanted them all to match. It took forever to find something I didn't think I'd tire of too quickly and after a year of looking at them everyday, I can honestly say I still love them!
We also redecorated the little corner in the left of the room. It was originally home to this great litte claw foot table that's been in my family for years. I wanted to add a bar cart to the corner because I figured when we redecorated it would make a great game/sitting room and perfect for entertaining. Then I came home from out of town one day and my precious husband was all, "uhhhh...I bought a whiskey barrel." WHAT?!?!?!
I had every intention of keeping that whiskey barrel in the garage where he was storing it, but after some thought, I figured we could try it out in the "mystery room". I wasn't planning on loving it, but I do. I absolutely LOVE this little corner. My husband has become a bourbon connosieur. Most of those bottles he's had for what seems like forever. He is fascinated by the history and how it's distilled and loves adding to his collection. This barrel is the perfect space to showcase his collection and it's such a great little conversation piece. I know this isn't everyone's cup of tea...and some may even frown on such an addition to the decor...but we love it.
This whiskey barrel smells amazing inside and it's contents are completly gone :) It's such a cool piece and really lends itself to the feel of the house. I dressed it up with a little burlap rag banner I bought from a friend's mom and love the way it sort of dresses it up. My sister-in-law bought me the unfinished chalkboard window for CHristmas and when I opened it up I knew exactly what i wanted to do with it! I had been holding onto this quote for some time and knew that window would be the perfect place to write it.
Window Frame Chalk Art : handwritten by me, frame from an antique dealer in MI
Whiskey barrel: local liquor store
Wall lamp: Home Depot
I could have bought the matching chairs for the loveseat, but I really wanted seating that was a little different. I don't like everything to be too matchy-matchy. I found these chairs at World Market and fell in love. They're just the right size and pretty comfy, too. The boys love them :) I always find them sitting in them and reading or playing games on my iPad.
As you can see, this little room has undergone quite the transformation since first moving in. Halleluia. I love that it finally has a purpose and feels so cozy and inviting. I love that it's being used for more than just a room to store old furniture :) I know I don't have a very trendy style and I'm sure interior designers would shudder at some of my decor and styling choices. I personally feel like your home should be a reflection of YOU, not the most current trends. But if current trends are your thing, then rock the heck out of it!!! More power to you. Your home should be full of things YOU love and you find aesthetically pleasing. So far we really love how ours is coming along, but I know it still has a long way to go. New bookshelves, replace the light fixture, change up the bookshelf decor....we'll see how long that takes :)
Join me next Tuesday for another edition of Home Tour Tuesday. We'll be visiting the not-so-formal dining room :)