ROOM #17 – Library/Games Room
Hey Roomatoids…did you miss me? What a KAH-RAY-ZEE month June was for me. My 9-5 had me on the go with no breathing room…but I’m ready to exhale and get back on track with my mission to beautify rooms across the USA. Summer is in full swing and July is an especially important month. This weekend holds a momentous day, and in celebration of that day, my inspiration is none other than my second child, Figgy Pudding! My little cinnamon bun turns 2 years old on 7/5/15…and like the pastry she reminds me of (especially when she’s curled up), I just can’t get enough of her.
When we first adopted this feisty monkey a year ago, little did we expect that this once mousey and shy, hair shedding prodigy would blossom into a spit cannon of energy and unlimited doggy kisses. And that’s why I’ve designed a room that can handle the jumping, licking, digging, sniffing, exploring ragamuffin that she’s become. I see this space as a place where you can plop yourself down, put your feet up, and read a skyscraper’s worth of design magazines in relative peace and quiet…OR…a space where you gather your most heated competitors for a rousing game of Scrabble, Uno or Monopoly. Should the games escalate to brawls, no worry…most of these pieces can handle a toss across the room or a body slam every once in a while.
Speaking of body slams…let’s start with the floors. I’m going with a creamy neutral limestone tile in a preset pattern to cover this space. It’s naturally distressed appearance lends to that laid back appeal of the space. On the walls, I’m dousing the room in a scrumptiously rich tone of green that is nothing short of spectacular. It has nothing to do with my baby girl (except for the fact that she likes to eat grass more than any dog should) but it just suits the space so well, no? And as a contrast to all the distressed finishes and strict color palette…it just works so well. Really, any rich color tone would work…but a deep green room just spells L-I-B-E-R-R-Y to me.
In this space (which I envision as a smaller room), I would lay out two distinct sections, 1) for the sitting/reading area and 2) the sporting arena (a.k.a. games area). I’m plunking the enormous armoire between the two zones and flanking it on each side with fight-club worthy iron sconces. The armoire acts as a delineator (ooo…big word) and allows for convenient access to its contents to both areas. To further define each space, I’m throwing down 2 different area rugs…one with an enlarged floral graphic and the other in a more modern ombre’ of cream to black. Both help the furnishings stand out just a bit more, but still relate beautifully to one another. In my sitting area, a tufted, worn leather settee and 2 barn wood armchairs fit for Paul Bunyan himself, encircle a stone inspired, mirrored coffee table. An antler side table in silver and white basket add functionality and style, while a fanciful rope lamp adds an unexpected twist to the arrangement. The scalloped and rusted metal mirror is strictly for the assessment of missing teeth or black eyes…typically the result of Monopoly deals gone wrong.
In our gaming section, I’ve secured a hearty pedestal table capable of handling 6 contestants easily. They’ll have plenty of lighting thanks to the twiggy chandelier I’ve hung overhead. Around this table are armchairs sporting a hand carved faux bois finish and airy cane back. On the wall, I’d find artwork to help balance out the mirror on the other wall. I don’t typically add artwork to my design boards as they are personal. Really anything (except dogs playing cards…and art of that sort) can go here and will work with this room.
Finally, to encourage more lazing about, I’ve got some southwestern influenced pillows and cotton throw blanket strewn about. In a flash you can use them as limb stabilizers and tourniquets, but hopefully your game of Uno won’t go there.
I really hope you’ve enjoyed my comeback room. It seems like forever since I last posted…but vindication is mine as my little sweetheart has helped me whip up another room worthy of adulation and emulation (ooo, two more big words)…and for this instance only, everyone WINS!
Image courtesy of the Roomologist’s Private Picture Collection of the most delicious pup in the Pacific NW!