Y’all. Y’all! It’s done. And it may be my favorite room in the house.
The One Room Challenge- The Reveal of our Library/Playroom is finally, finally here!
I will tell you, this room didn’t turn out like I pictured. I strayed from my “dark side” vision a bit.
To recap, this was what I started with:
A large entry, pretty much the largest room in our house, dimensionally, that was just a sad walk through and a catch-all for all of the pieces that we didn’t know what else to do with. From the first time we walked into this house, I’d always pictured it as a library.
Here was my inspiration picture:
Here is what we ended up with
(By the way, I’ve linked what I can in the pics for convenience <some affiliate>, but a lot of the things in this room are thrifted or family items that I’ve had a long time.)
A wall of bookcases with a built in desk:
A hanging chair:
That hanging chair…I can’t even tell you how much the boys have enjoyed it! It is so comfy, so relaxing, just the best investment in this room ever! Yup, still need to paint that chain.
A statement couch with the softest, coziest velvet cushions and some beautiful reading lighting:
Some found artwork (free!) that we’ve been hoarding awhile, waiting for the perfect place:
Lots of beautiful details that make me so happy:
This room definitely morphed as it went along. Especially towards the end. The boys, particularly my little Beau, started adding to the room, and it became lighter, brighter. Check out how he styled one of the shelves:
Instead of a sedate library, the room has a more family room or playroom vibe. And I am definitely okay with that!
It’s really hard to get a good “whole room” picture of this room because of how difficult the lighting is, plus the long narrow shape of the room, but this is the best I could do:
And from the other direction:
I realize that shooting dark rooms is kind of a no-no in blogland, but I wanted to show you what this room looks like in the evening, when we really use it the most, and when I love it the most:
A couple of things you guys are probably wondering about:
1- The area rug photographs really terribly! It looks super washed out in these pics. But in real life, it’s a pretty green color that matches the doors. However…I went against my gut when I bought it. I really wanted a beautiful dark red oriental, but in the end I chickened out- I was worried it was just going to be too much color and pattern in the room. Now, I wish I had just gone with my gut. But, live and learn! I may switch it out at some point. That rug is actually two 5X7s laid end to end (done to accommodate the proportions of the room, and much less expensive than buying one larger rug).
2- The paint looks a little weird around some of the doors because I used the paint samples from Lowes not realizing that the finish was different. You can’t tell the difference in real life, but it’s super noticeable in pics. Doh! Also, the paint color definitely morphs with the slightest change in lighting in the room. It looks almost black sometimes! Finally, I really wanted the shiplap to remain a focal point of the room, so I didn’t stress too much if, after a couple of coats of paint, there were still places between the boards of the shiplap that the paint didn’t cover. I figured it adds interest 🙂
One Room Challenge- The Reveal- Final Thoughts
This is one of those projects that I really, really wish I had tackled a long time ago. To have this as a functional room has already made a world of difference to our family, and the storage added with the bookshelves has been amazing. Plus, I just love having a room that my boys really enjoy spending time in that is so central to our home.
This room really is all about family. There were times that I was tempted to make it a little more designer-y, but in the end, having the boys artwork and our family pictures around-what better use of our space is there?
Thank you so much to Linda at Calling it Home for hosting this One Room Challenge, and thank you for following along! Please check out the featured designers, as well as the guest participants– you know you don’t want to miss their reveals!
PS- I’ll be resuming my regular Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday blogging schedule next week, including the return of Monday, Monday, some ORC project posts, a budget breakdown, and more!