Well hello all of you lovely, inspirational folks! Let's just say I was blown away and beyond inspired by all of your awesome Pinterest-inspired projects from the summer Pinterest Challenge link party. I'm still trying to make my rounds to visit all of the linked projects (all 315+ of you!), but you still have plenty of time to link up if you haven't already. I'll be featuring some of my favorite projects on my Facebook page and here on the ol' blog next week. So many great things to choose from!
As we chatted about last week here, David and I have decided to do a mini-makeover of one of the rooms in our house before the bambino comes in early September. We affectionately call the room the "slate room," but it's basically a walled-in sun porch/ extra living room in our home. It's larger than our current living room, so there will be more space for baby and all of his toys. I posted more on our game plan (including a lay out for the new space) and before pictures of the room here.
In the last week, we've made a little progress in the slate room that I'm excited to share!
It may not look like much, but David has painted most of the trim in the room already! Ohhhhhh yeahhhh (please picture me saying that out loud in a Barry White voice). Much like the rest of our house, the trim in this room was painted a yucky, off-white beige. But we slapped a coat of bright white trim all up in that room (the same color we repainted the kitchen cabinets, the living room fireplace and trim and the plantation shutters in our house). It looks so good!
We're sloppy trim painters, so we decided to paint the trim first and then clean it all up when we (well, David of course, not the preggo lady) paint the ceiling and walls. Many people prefer to paint the ceiling and walls first, then the trim... but it's all a matter of personal preference!
This room screams "I'M GETTIN' THERE!" to me.
I can't wait to hang out with my little bambino and stare at this view of our backyard with him!
Also on the agenda is to pick another rug to go in the room. Our only parameters are that the rug has to work with the current rug we have in our living room (since we'll be moving it down here) and it has to be soft for baby to have some quality tummy time. That second qualification sadly rules out all jute rugs, which I think would actually be perfect otherwise.
Y'all know I'm a huge fan of wool Pottery Barn rugs- we've got two in our house now with zero complaints. Our newest PB rug in the living room has held up fabulously, even with two big ol' messy dogs on them every day. So I ordered a couple of swatches of my favorite PB wool rugs to see how they worked.
I honestly love them all. The gray with tassels has been on my radar for awhile- a perfect neutral rug. The blue chevron stripes would be so fun for baby, but I'm afraid it doesn't work with the current rug all that well. And finally, I think the two-toned ivory rug is absolutely perfect... but, um, it's ivory. I know I have a lot to learn about parenting, but I can't imagine that buying an ivory rug for a baby's play space is all that smart. I mean, it's kind of the color of spit up, right?
They really could all work, to tell you the truth. I just keep leaning towards the ivory rug... we've treated our other wool rugs with stain blocker and, like I said, have never had any problems. Would I get the "world's stupidest parent" award if I go with the ivory? Which one of these do you like?
Or we could go another route altogether... do any of you have any suggestions of wool rugs out there that would work in this space next to our current rug? I'd love to hear them!
Here's where we are in our to-do list for the room.
SLATE ROOM MAKEOVER TO-DO LIST:
1. Paint the room, including ceiling, walls and
2. Move living room furniture into the room.
3. Potentially buy a new sofa/ sectional.
4. Purchase a new console table.
5. Purchase a new rug to anchor the baby's play area. (working on it!)
6. Decorate/accessorize the room.
7. Add window treatments.
I think we're coming along nicely!