Wednesday, June 22, 2011

family room updates

Something had been amiss in the Arkanoff family room and I couldn't quite put my finger on it. I kept thinking it was the paint color on the walls when one day not too long ago it hit me like a bolt of lightning. It was those dang giant natural wood french doors. They were casting an orange "oakey" hue onto everything.  So I grabbed the primer and dove in not even considering the amount of work ahead of me. I blogged yesterday about the exact number of coats in store. Once I finished one side completely it was clear that had definitely been the problem. That was sort of the turning point where I felt back on track. A little trip to Bloomington, IN last week netted us a couple of great finds that felt like tied up all the loose and ends. The space is D-O-N-E. {till i get bored of course}

I swear I did not pose the dog. Thats just Trixie. 

The aforementioned recently painted frenchies to the left. Poufs from Calypso St. Barths for Target. 

pillows clockwise from top: large white euro is simply shabby chic for target, yellow flower pillow is dwell for target and the grain sack union jack is from Lola Rue and Company in Bloomington. 

That sweet 1950's school map of Europe is also from Lola Rue. It brings the color and energy I feel like we were lacking before. I'm not even going to pretend that we don't have a gaudy plastic playhouse because I'll own it. It's a family room and right now the littlest member of our family loves to play in there. Not to mention it fills up the weird space under the stairs nicely. {for now} Note another glass paneled door going into the laundry, don't worry it's on my list. 

i love the buffet that we picked up this past winter from a local antique store. it's the perfect size to hold that man t.v., it's got tons of storage not to mention character that newer pieces we looked at lacked. 

The mantle got a nice little update too. To make room for the old new wall map the chalkboard i made got bumped to above the fireplace which is where it probably should have been all along because it fits so well there. i made a quick summertime sailing flag inspired bunting and clipped it up. {tutorials on the chalkboard and the bunting coming soon}

A view going up the stairs to the foyer, kitchen, living/dining level.

Hope you enjoyed your tour. 

Tune in tomorrow... I just might be giving away a snazzy dress from here! 

Au Revoir my friends! 



  1. I love it all Sarah! I want to come curl up in there on a rainy day and watch girl movies with you!

  2. Hopped over from Lisa's, LolaRue, facebook page...Good for you for purchasing one of the vintage maps from our Kansas trip! They were a fabulous find!

  3. so jelly of your silver poufs! where did you score them?!

  4. Poufs are from Target believe it or not! They were part of the Calypso by St.Barths line.

  5. love what you've done!! such a cute space :)

  6. I LOVE it!!!!! Lovin all the subtle yellow :)
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  7. Love the chalkboard above the mantle! What a great idea!

  8. Super cute. I LOVE your mantle and the branches on the wall. I adore branches in decore. Its fantastic.