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Our guest room is complete! And good thing, because we have a crew of friends stopping in every other weekend through December. Now instead of welcoming them with apologies (um, you don’t mind the joint compound on the walls, right? Oh, and that closet door sticks; you don’t need to use it, do you?), we have a fresh and somewhat-quirky space that’ll hopefully make our friends and family feel happy. Warm. Comfortable.

Aside from a few statement pieces – the wallpaper! the headboard! – this room didn’t need much. We had fun pulling together found treasures, making up the bed with new sheets and fluffing up the shelves with a few good reads and greenery. Oddly enough, the most time consuming part was preparing the drywall for paint; this has proven time and time again as a massive undertaking, but it’s just one of the many things we’ve come to accept in this old house. (Worth it though!)

We had originally planned on hanging more art on the wall above the headboard, but with the wallpaper on the opposite end, our neat stack of shelves and that beast of a headboard, we opted for simple. Only our gold eagle made the cut, and it gets us every time!

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It’s a tight squeeze along the bed wall, so we pulled out our space saving floating cubes and mounted our Ikea-hacked lights above. (You might even remember this same setup from our condo bedroom.) The lights (an idea from Daniel and completed with his help!) received an instant upgrade with silver tipped bulbs, a nod to our chrome pendant across the room – keep on scrolling to see!

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Prior to this room update, our guest bedding had been a hodge podge of Franken-sheets – nothing matched, everything was juuust a bit too old and too faded, and so an overhaul was in order. We’ve always preferred the look of a white duvet and equally bright sheets, but we had a bit of fun with subtle pattern mixing as well. (All sources will be listed at the bottom of this post for easy reference!)

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Across the room, we swagged our refurbished pendant in front of the wallpaper, creating a a sweet little nook for our guests to relax in their room. The wallpaper paired with our green velvet chair is our favorite vignette, but I’ll freely admit that it makes me a little sad to have that chair in here! It’s always been one of my favorite finds, but it works so well in this room. It belongs in here – for as long as I can stand to part with it.

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You saw that Scott carved our initials in the vintage school desk (appropriate!), and for kicks, we laid out a guest book for our friends to write in anything they wish! You all know that we love, love, love Chicago, so it could be a fun place to jot down their favorite brunch or tourist tip. The book was personalized through Pinhole Press, and the first several pages are filled with photos I’ve taken of our favorite haunts around the city.

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There’s nothing inside the desk just yet (although Scott insists on filling it with mini booze bottles, because, why not?), but we did gather a few travel-sized goodies for the shelf above:

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The former closet doors never closed properly, and we couldn’t even open them without shouting every expletive in the book (I wish I was kidding!). Because our bedroom and laundry room have been put on the back burner (we don’t even have closets yet, aye!), we’ve always used this closet to store our extra towels, blankets and extra textiles. We nixed the doors altogether for long white curtains and ditched the single rod for floor-ceiling-shelves and a smaller rod for our guests. We picked up a luggage rack and kept the floor clear for our guests’ shoes:

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We made our own curtain rod using this same technique of yore, and we sprayed everything a matte black. Just around the corner, we added a mirror (do you ever notice how guest rooms rarely have a mirror?) and hooks on the door for towels, coats or purses:

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It’s without a doubt that I say that this room kicks our room’s ass. (I mean, our room is barely more than a human bed, doggie bed, and kitty fluff tumbleweeds, but still.) Outfitting this room has been all sorts of fun, and we never took ourselves too seriously. It’s the right amount of play and purpose, and we can’t wait to welcome our first guest (which, come to think of it, is tonight!)

Sources: Paint color (walls, ceiling and closet): White Pistachio by Valspar / Headboard: found + painted / End cubes: CB2 (old) / Reading lights: Ikea hack / Eagle: flea market / Faux-bear plaque: flea market / Sheets: Gray Dot c/o Schoolhouse Electric / Striped pillowcases: Painterly Stripe c/o Schoolhouse Electric / Throw pillows, duvet cover, coverlet and bed skirt: H&M / Rug: Rugs USA / Light: CB2 Eden pendant / Wallpaper: Cities Toile by Hygge & West / Green chair: Humboldt House / Shelving: DIY / Most items on shelves were thrifted or vintage finds / Desk: flea market / “Room Service” print by One Must Dash, framed by Framebridge / Stool: Overstock / Luggage rack: Overstock / Closet storage bins: Container Store / Mirror: flea market / Coat hook: gifted from Schoolhouse Electric

  • susan - November 4, 2014 - 6:50 AM

    WOW! it really looks great, so inviting and comfortable. thanks so much for listing your sources for the bedding; i’m in desperate need of upgrading mine. that bed is perfect… from the gorgeous headboard (with eagle) to the sheets, duvet and pillows. SO nice!

    kudos on a job well done! what’s up next??ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 4, 2014 - 9:05 AM

      So many things! We’re sort of starting to jump around on some loose ends, but we’ve also begun some kitchen planning…ReplyCancel

  • ann - November 4, 2014 - 7:29 AM

    All I can say is WOW! And that I wish I could be the guest tonight.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - November 4, 2014 - 8:07 AM

    It’s just perfect. So many sweet details. I can’t decide if the green chair + wallpaper combo or the bed (headboard! linens! I want to dive in!) is my favorite. Also, can you come photograph my house?!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie - November 4, 2014 - 8:11 AM

    Hello from a neighbor! I live just up the road in Avondale :) The guest room is absolutely beautiful–Have a fun time with your guests!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 4, 2014 - 9:02 AM

      Love Avondale! It might as well be Logan Square, as far as I’m concerned!ReplyCancel

  • emily @ go haus go - November 4, 2014 - 8:23 AM

    The space turned out so great. Between the green chair, the headboard and the desk… it’s hard to pick a favorite item in this space. You guys rule.ReplyCancel

  • Joelle - November 4, 2014 - 8:24 AM

    Love it! going to make some changes to my guest room, great ideas, especially for smaller spaces. what color on the walls?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 4, 2014 - 9:03 AM

      Just updated the source list – thank you! It’s White Pistachio by Valspar. A very, very soft green-gray. (It actually falls under the “white” category.)ReplyCancel

  • mellyC - November 4, 2014 - 8:40 AM

    I love each and every little thing about this project. Each little detail is so awesome, and inviting! What a great way to feel welcomed.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - November 4, 2014 - 8:54 AM

    Guys – this looks amazing! I really need to spend more time on finishing my spaces. This came together so well.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - November 4, 2014 - 9:14 AM

    I love it…every little inch! Cheers.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - November 4, 2014 - 9:17 AM

    It looks great! This is pushing me to finally do something with our master bedroom. We’ve lived here for 2.5 years and it’s the only room we haven’t touched at all. I think we need to start with curtains, using your tutorial for rods.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 4, 2014 - 9:22 AM

      The best thing about making your own rods from conduit is that it’s SO strong. You don’t need a center support (well, assuming your window isn’t 10′ wide or something)!ReplyCancel

  • kara - November 4, 2014 - 9:19 AM

    love it. the green chair, the wallpaper, the shelf you left open for the guests to use – you are wonderful designers AND hosts! (and doesn’t having a real guest room make you feel like an actual grown-up?)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 4, 2014 - 9:23 AM

      Yes! This house has sort of pushed us into adulthood, ha! Much better than offering a blow up mattress in my old studio. Now everyone can be comfortable!ReplyCancel

  • Blair — The Fox & She - November 4, 2014 - 9:22 AM

    Kim! This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the wall paper and pendant light too. Such a special place in a guest room. Typically that room is overlooked! I’ll need you to come help me someday when we own a place ;)ReplyCancel

  • Summer - November 4, 2014 - 9:39 AM

    What a perfect little space! I love how you used every inch with so much detail! I love the accent wall and niche! Lovely!ReplyCancel

  • kristin - November 4, 2014 - 10:14 AM

    i love love the hotel print. was that a vintage find? i couldn’t find it sourced. love the room!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen Welsch - November 4, 2014 - 10:45 AM

    I might have that green chair!!!! I also love that gold eagle above the bed :)ReplyCancel

  • Tina Slocum - November 4, 2014 - 11:24 AM

    I love everything you guys do always! This is the first time i think the wall color seems as if it doesn’t do justice to that magnificent wallpaper and the headboard. I’m guessing the white pastachio is photographing very cool and it looks more cohesive in person. Would a warmer paint color (in the valspar warm whites) be better with the gold in the wallpaper and more dramatic against the black headboard?
    But this is a beautifully decorated space.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 4, 2014 - 12:03 PM

      Thanks, Tina! It is a pretty cool color, leaning green-gray. We chose that route to balance all the warmth in the paper, and we knew we’d be mixing in greens and blues. In person, it’s such a pretty color!ReplyCancel

      • Tina Slocum - November 5, 2014 - 9:21 AM

        Kim, I checked out the valspar color swatches and it’s gorgeous! I see the green-gray now. Stunning on second look!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - November 5, 2014 - 9:26 AM

          Aw, thanks, Tina. The color is very much a chameleon – warm when the sun hits it, cool in the corners, and it becomes a soft, sage-like green in evening.ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - November 4, 2014 - 12:48 PM

    I love this room! It really captures your style and has so many playful details! Let me know how to make a reservation ;)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ My Two Pitties - November 4, 2014 - 4:01 PM

    Beautiful! Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Marie - November 4, 2014 - 4:58 PM

    Hey, I know it’s been weeks without a comment but I’m still there, reading. And I’m trying to improve my home, too. I love the choices you made for the guest room, especially the headboard, the wallpaper and last but not least : the poster “This is not a bloody hotel” ;-)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 4, 2014 - 5:24 PM

      Haha, you should! You pointed me in the direction of One Must Dash. THANK YOU!ReplyCancel

      • Marie - November 5, 2014 - 7:18 AM

        You’re welcome. I think it’s a win-win since I have a poster from A.Burrill thanks to you !ReplyCancel

  • Brynne@TheGatheredHome - November 4, 2014 - 5:09 PM

    It is so gorgeous! I just love everything you guys do and this room is no exception! Love the chrome, love the wallpaper, and yes – I adore that green chair!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - November 4, 2014 - 5:56 PM

    I truly love it. Nice work! You took a difficult space, and you made it fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - November 4, 2014 - 6:37 PM

    I’m not sure if you’ve mentioned this in another post or not, but where did you get your doorknobs from? I’m looking for black ones as well, but possibly with a lever (easier for our kids to open), but I love the square detail around the knob.ReplyCancel

    • Sarah - November 4, 2014 - 6:39 PM

      I guess it’s more of a rectangle :) Love it either wayReplyCancel

      • Kim - November 5, 2014 - 9:14 AM

        We picked them up from doorhardware4less.com, and you can see more about that here: http://www.yellowbrickhome.com/2014/06/20/diy-reality-a-small-step-backwards/

        Just a bit of warning, while we LOVE the knobs, we accidentally dropped one while installation, and the knob dented! It was a major bummer, but perhaps a sign that they aren’t super solid construction. Now that we have them all up, we’re super happy with them, but I guess I would compare them to say… the difference between buying ikea cabinets or having custom cabinets made. Hope that makes sense! (We’d order them again without hesitation, but just wanted to give my fair warning.)ReplyCancel

        • Kim - November 5, 2014 - 9:15 AM

          Oh, and we ended up eating the cost on the dented knob and ordered a new one. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessvzla@hotmail.com - November 4, 2014 - 8:42 PM

    Great room! I’ll be there next week. Thanks! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Lucy - November 5, 2014 - 9:42 AM

    So amazing! You guys are seriously talented! The guest room looks so inviting and comfortable. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - November 5, 2014 - 12:18 PM

    Perfection. Love what you were able to do with such a tiny room and so many corners! I’m in love with that reading corner vignette.ReplyCancel

  • Ileana - November 6, 2014 - 7:48 AM

    Well done! I really like this room, so many unexpected details!ReplyCancel

  • Michael - November 9, 2014 - 11:01 PM

    Amazingly-designed room. Because of the big bed, the room doesn’t look small at all. I love that silver-tipped bulb. It’s unique and seems quite helpful too.ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - November 12, 2014 - 8:07 PM

    WOW! Love the eclectic mix!ReplyCancel

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The guest room got a simple lighting upgrade!

It’s the Eden Pendant from CB2, which by the way, much like our headboard, has been in storage for a handful of years. Originally intended for somewhere in the condo, Kim scooped up the (then $50) light, with the intention of converting it to a hardwired ceiling pendant; well, it never happened. When purchased, it had an unoffensive clear cord with a plug, but an easy enough re-wiring with a thick cloth cord and hard-wire conversion kicked it up a notch – while also allowing us to install it where ever we’d like without outlet restrictions.

(A quick word of caution: While this project is fairly straightforward, it’s a recap of what worked for us, but use your head, cut the power, and always be careful any time you’re dealing with electricity. We don’t want anyone getting hurt, right? )

MATERIALS USED TO RE-WIRE + CONVERT:
Original electrical cord/socket
New cloth covered cord
Ceiling mount kit (we used this one)
Canopy (we used this one in black)

TOOLS USED:
Wire cutter
Screwdriver
Wire stripper
Utility knife

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WHAT WE DID. Starting with the original plug-in cord, snip the cord with your wire cutters! This is simultaneously the easiest and most daunting part of the job. (Did we just ruin a perfectly good lamp?)

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Next, you’ll remove two small phillip head screws to remove the ceramic socket from the socket shell. Once you’ve separated it, you’ll have 2 more screws to undo, releasing the original wire ends.

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Now it’s time to install the new electrical cord! We buy our supplies from Snake Head Vintage – not only is it very affordable, but there are countless options to mix and match ceiling canopies with cords. The black cord we purchased is very thick, so I had to carefully cut away a small length of cloth covering to enable the cord to fit through the socket shell. (This doesn’t matter, as it will be completely hidden once everything is put back together.) Next, slit the outer covering of the wire, being mindful to avoid cutting each of the individual wire sheaths. Use wire strippers to expose the ends of the black wire (hot) and white wire (neutral). The green wire (green = ground) can be left alone.

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Affix the exposed ends of your wires to the screws on the back of the socket.

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Screw the socket back into place, using the first two screws you removed and you’ve successfully re-wired a light!

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On the opposite end, we used this canopy and ceiling mount kit, which comes with a strain relief that helps to support the pendant weight while affixing the wire to the canopy. Using the strippers again, now expose the black and white wires that will be wired in to your junction box. (Green was stripped for illustration purposes only; it wasn’t necessary for our application. This is a great article to understanding the colors of your electrical wires.)

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For the ceiling mount, we did everything the same as the light in our funny little nook, after cutting the power at the circuit breaker, of course!

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The cloth cord will usually look a little kinked the first day or two, resulting in a slightly crooked pendant appearance. The good news it that it will relax over time – give it a day or two – and your light should level out perfectly.

We’ve spent the last few days putting the finishing touches on the guest room, and I think it might be our favorite room yet! Photos have been snapped, and the reveal is coming soon. Now we’ll just need to keep the momentum rolling when it eventually comes time to get to work on our bedroom, which, sadly, is still a pipe dream away. (On the other hand, did someone say kitchen?)

  • susan - October 30, 2014 - 7:11 AM

    Love that fixture! I’m looking forward to the big reveal…

    How did you decide how long to leave the cloth cord? Is there a rule of thumb for ceiling pendants not over a table?

    Thanx much.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 30, 2014 - 7:41 AM

      To be honest, we just eyeball it until it looks right! Our ceiling in this room is almost 10′, and we allowed for a 16″ or so drop. It felt right! If re-wiring, make sure to purchase an extra foot more of electrical cord than you think you might want for wiggle room.ReplyCancel

  • emily @ go haus go - October 30, 2014 - 9:12 AM

    This is so helpful. I never bought the Eden pendant for that exact reason: the clear cord! But the price is so good it’s hard to ignore it. Now that I know how to fix it, it seems like an awesome option for the new place.ReplyCancel

  • Marita - October 31, 2014 - 10:15 AM

    Kim, what timing! We’ve been struggling with how to better illuminate our converted back porch/laundry room. It’s a long, narrow space with only one electrical junction box. Our hope had been to hang two pendants from a single canopy and then extend the pendants in opposite directions by hooking them from the ceiling. The IKEA double lighting kit doesn’t work for the industrial pendants we want. Nor do we want to mess with the wiring and install additional junction boxes. I found a lighting shop that could create the light fixture for us, but we’re talking $$$. Maybe we could do it ourselves? I’m inspired to check out Snake Head Vintage!ReplyCancel

  • Michael - November 2, 2014 - 8:39 PM

    Nice light fixture! It looks elegant. And great re-wiring tips too! They could be really helpful for homeowners who wish to DIY their own light fixtures. This is really useful Kim. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Joshua Prieto - November 17, 2014 - 12:13 PM

    Awesome project! What type of bulbs do you use in your lighting fixtures? Are the LEDs?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 17, 2014 - 12:22 PM

      Thanks, Joshua – I’m pretty sure we used a CFL bulb in this fixture, but we’re slowly moving over to LEDs as we can!ReplyCancel

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Our guest room is thisclose to completion, but while we wait for the final pieces to fall together, let’s switch gears to the living room – a room that, for the most part, could be considered complete, but let’s be honest, this is us.

Maybe it’s because we started by selecting pieces and color schemes that were outside of our comfort zone, but every purchase for the room (and that includes the dining area, too) feels so difficult! To be honest, I’ve been feeling a little meh on the paint color (is it too blue?! I ask Scott way, way too much), and I’ve already started some tweaks to the gallery wall. We love our desk-turned-media center, but since Day 1, we’ve been itching to add a stone top (we think?) to provide a bit of weight and contrast. And although we’ve enjoyed the process of pushing our limits, choosing bold colors and wholeheartedly giving in to our crush on brass, I’d be amiss not to admit that there’s something missing. Something we just can’t quite put our finger on.

One of our biggest challenges has been finding appropriate end tables for our big, hunky couch. We do have this cute guy, but coming in at around 18″ tall, it quickly turned into a placeholder. The arms of our sofa are a good 30″ off the floor, and everything we’ve found at flea markets, yard sales or in store has been too shrimpy. And then one day, I was reading this post by The Hunted Interior, and it hit me! We’ve been going about it all wrong!

In said post, Kristin picked up a large round table to offset the tall arms of her furniture. Not only would the same idea fill the corner of our living room perfectly, it would bring in a bit of height to an otherwise empty, awkward space! I showed Scott, and he agreed. We pulled up Craigslist and searched “bistro table,” which brought up a newly listed 30″ (wide and tall) marble top. A beauty! Look!

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A few emails back and forth between the seller had us picking up our new end table shortly thereafter, and we love, love, love it.

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The veining in the marble is spot on, and it mimics our marble tiled entryway beautifully. The heavy iron base was a bit chipped, and although we considered keeping it that way, it ended up feeling a bit too shabby (chic?) in our space. Two quick coats of Clark+Kensington’s Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! (you know we dig it) polished it right up.

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We laid an acrylic tray on top to corral a freshly potted ZZ plant, soon-to-be coasters (we re-ordered these guys, as our original Watsons served as CC’s lunch) and a framed photo. Remember when we said it’d be fun to have a demolition photo in every room?

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The other side of the sofa is still sporting the mini table, as well as our subwoofer (we ran the cables along our baseboards using these), but we’re thinking it’ll get nixed for something similar - and preferably something with four legs, so the subwoofer can tuck beneath it.

In the meantime, we’ve been waffling on a few dining room rugs, feeling stunted on which direction we want to go. Do we want to bring in color to balance out the living room? Or less color to keep things from feeling too wild? I’m strangely leaning towards an overdyed pink (because my goodness, pink + navy, you guys!), but is that just crazy? Go big or go… home?

  • Krista - October 28, 2014 - 7:00 AM

    I love watching your progress and am always jealous of your amazing finds (especially the prices! )
    But…from photos the wall colour doesn’t appear to really complement the couch. It looks too green. Photos and computer screens aren’t all that accurate however…
    From reading your blog I get that white or super faint grey is not your style, but I think you need to find something that plays better with your couch rug combo.
    You either have to go more neutral or more punchy. Pink could be amazing…ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - October 28, 2014 - 7:06 AM

    That’s a really nice table – and the roundness keeps it from feeling like it takes up a lot of space. Great find!ReplyCancel

  • Loryn - October 28, 2014 - 8:45 AM

    On my ipad, the wall color looks great. I think maybe part of the problem is that you’ve got such a strong couch color contrasted with such a bold rug color. It drowns out the more subtle details of the rest of the room. It sounds like you might be wavering between going all the way (bold art, patterned curtains, bright pillows) and wanting to keep it more subtle. Since your style seems to lean towards more minimal, maybe one really one bold piece per room? What about moving the living room rug to the dining room, and going with a more subtle rug in there?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 28, 2014 - 9:55 AM

      That’s something we’ve thrown around too! The only problem is that our living room rug may be a bit too large in the dining room, but we could always try and see… RUGS ARE HARD.ReplyCancel

      • Loryn - October 29, 2014 - 8:36 AM

        Yes! I’ve only purchased one out of the four I need!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - October 28, 2014 - 9:15 AM

    I love that little table and I am SO with you on the hot pink rug. This is my heart rug for my bedroom….

    http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Updated-Traditional-Pink-Blue-Polypropylene-Rug-710-x-11/8297804/product.html

    It is so much money though that I can’t let myself pull the trigger and order it. Or I am waiting for a mega-sale. Or I have seen it on a bunch of blogs lately, so now I am all ‘is it OVERDONE’? Ahhhhrrrrrggggghhhhh, the over-thinking of it all!ReplyCancel

  • Joelle - October 28, 2014 - 9:40 AM

    I think the walls could be a bit warmer. the rug is warm with the reds, and then from there (the couch, chairs, artwork, walls) it continues to get cooler and cooler. we just painted our room worldly grey SW. Wanted a cooler gray, with just a hint of warmth…it’s perfect. some lights it looks almost white and other times of the day it looks kind of taupey. at one point i though i detected a hint of purple…really warm and inviting. can’t wait to see the guestroom…it’s always my favorite room in the house to decorate!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 28, 2014 - 9:47 AM

      Thanks for the suggestion! I agree, originally we were on board with the super cool gray, but now it just feels… off. I want to warm it up just a bit, without ever feeling beige. I’ll check out Worldly Grey, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • alexis - October 28, 2014 - 1:15 PM

    Careful with the over-dyed rugs, I was rug shopping with my mom and was told the dye can be toxic. Make sure is safe for the furry babes!
    I agree, I think the paint color could use some warming up.
    Every thing is still gorgeous and envy inducing :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 28, 2014 - 3:54 PM

      Thank you for that info!ReplyCancel

  • Justynn @ Creative Life Antics - October 28, 2014 - 1:30 PM

    What about bringing the navy from the couch to the floor in the dining room? Ties the space together and give you the ability to decorate with smaller pops of color in art/ something for the table?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 28, 2014 - 3:54 PM

      Scott threw around that idea too (or something blue). But I worry about navy overload. Is that a thing?!ReplyCancel

      • Cait - October 29, 2014 - 8:15 AM

        I think ‘navy overload’ could be a thing, especially in a space without much natural light. Your living/dining room seems to get good light, and the navy helps ground the room – especially since the walls are so light. I think carrying the navy into the dining room with a navy rug would coordinate nicely with the sofa like Justynn said. I’m a big fan of keeping a house cohesive by repeating a lot of the same colors in different ways, and I worry that an over-dyed pink rug might not play nicely with the red in the living room rug. Maybe an over-dyed navy rug? (Do those exist?) Or maybe there is another room where you could try an over-dyed pink rug?ReplyCancel

        • Kim - October 29, 2014 - 9:16 AM

          There are teeny tiny pink touches in the rug, which is what makes us think that the overdyed pink could help bring that out… worst case, we were thinking the rug could live in the studio if it’s a bust! We’re just so stumped. I think we’ll try Loryn’s suggestion about rug swapping JUST TO SEE, and then maybe go from there. Or maybe we’re just being big, fat scaredy cats, and we should just dive in!ReplyCancel

          • Cait - October 29, 2014 - 11:30 AM

            That makes sense about the pink touches (I thought I saw some pink in it, but I wasn’t sure) and the possibility of it living in the studio if it doesn’t work. I was actually going to suggest the studio, but I couldn’t remember whether you had a rug in there already. I know you have the floral rug in the work room.

            Rug swapping is always fun! Definitely a great way to freshen things up without spending a hunk of change on a new rug. I planned out sort of a musical chairs of rugs (musical rugs?) for our house a while back and we may try that after Thanksgiving…

            I also totally get the being nervous to jump in! I am tempted to try the West Elm Honeycomb Textured Wool Rug (in Horseradish) in our library (after the musical rugs), but maybe that is too much yellow after we just painted the walls from yellow to blue?

            Wrapping up the world’s longest comment… whatever you land on will be awesome! I’m sure the pink rug would work well in several places in your house if the living room ends up not feeling quite right.ReplyCancel

            • Kim - October 29, 2014 - 12:02 PM

              Thanks, Cait! No rugs in the studio yet, so that’s definitely a big plus to go with pink – because WORST CASE (I mean, right?), it’ll have to live in the studio somewhere. Ha!ReplyCancel

              • Cait - October 29, 2014 - 1:52 PM

                Exactly! Such a terrible worst case!! ;)ReplyCancel

  • erica - October 28, 2014 - 9:33 PM

    Love the new little table. Everything is coming together so nicely. And YES YES YES to the overdyed pink rug for the dining room! Great idea. I think the current wall color is nice, but perhaps a grey with a tiny bit more taupe in it would work well with your furniture choices. I love your blog!ReplyCancel

  • caitlin - October 30, 2014 - 10:46 PM

    Please oh please add a stone top to the credenza! I’m dying to do it and cannot get my husband on board. If you do it, it may give me ammo!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - October 31, 2014 - 7:58 PM

    Just a random question about your windows. I see you have curtains, and I can’t really tell, but do you also have blinds? I love your house! My husband is doing a similar trim around our windows, but he doesn’t want to put all of that work into it just to have them covered by curtains, even though I love the look of curtains :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 1, 2014 - 12:42 AM

      Thanks, Sarah! Yes, we have blinds and curtains, but we’re suckers for layers :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessie - October 31, 2014 - 11:02 PM

    I love the demo photos! We have one in our living room too :)ReplyCancel

  • Michael - November 2, 2014 - 8:59 PM

    About rugs, I’ve seen kilim rug designs and they beautiful. I think they could fit perfectly with your finish and balance out your living room. I love your marble table. It looks stylish and modern. Can’t wait to see the complete transformation.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte - November 3, 2014 - 11:03 AM

    Go for the overdyed pink! I have one in my living room (one bedroom apartment with a dark green couch) and I LOVE it!

    It brings so much warmth to the room, and it doesn’t scream “PINK RUG!” My boyfriend doesn’t mind it at all, but of course I didn’t tell him it was pink until it was already en route ;)

    Plus, the subtle overydyed pattern really hides dust and dirt, so vacuuming isn’t critical 24/7.

    I waited for one of those crazy RugsUSA holiday sales and got a $500+ rug for 70% off!ReplyCancel

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