Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My Living Room Attends The "Price My Space" Party Hosted At Nesting Place.




The Nester is hosting another "Price My Space" party at Nesting Place. It is very interesting to see how people have put together their rooms and sshhhhhhhhhhhhh...what it cost!

Here's my entry ticket to the party. This "Rustic Lodge Meets Modern Design" living room is decorated with furniture and accessories brought in from a variety of rooms in our previous home. The drapes and drapery hardware are the only items purchased specifically for this space. However, after living here for one year the room has been used only a handful of times. What wasted space! So this room is next on my "Redesign" calendar. I'm glad, however, to at least have a chance to show it off prior to taking it apart and recreating it as a highly functional room in our home.

Always looking for a deal, I fell in love the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Freud Chaise Lounge and then watched it for a few months. Finally the floor model went on sale at a savings of 50%. I tried to bargain the price down a bit more due to a few scratches on the orange leather, but to no avail. $1,100 and it was mine. More MG+BW fills the room, including the Skylar Floor Lamp with its wonderfully oversized orange shade, purchased with my 30% off discount for around $300. The last item from my beloved MG+BW (sadly, the store no longer exists in Portland) is the Anna Armless Sofa found for $900. The task of taking the room apart has already begun with this sofa its matching slipper chair being sold to a client for $750. Can I take this off the total for the room?

Accessories. The resin deer head was found at Z Gallerie. The finish was brown but I painted it a glossy ivory. The store now sells it in ivory. I posted the room the deer head was originally hung in on HGTV's Rate My Space and was surprised by the immediate reaction by many viewers. People were OFFENDED. To get away from all the nasty comments I went to the gym with a stack of magazines. Wouldn't you know it, virtually every room in every magazine was filled with all kinds of taxidermy, fake and real. So there. I went home and ignored all the scathing comments. $199 plus $6 for paint.

More Accessories. Basket to place shoes, from Crate & Barrel for $42. Fire Screen, around $22 from Target. The two striking Hurricanes were found at Crate & Barrel this past spring on clearance, $49 each. The Tray on which the magazines are stacked is from Pottery Barn, again on sale for $18. A large Lumbar Pillow sitting on the sofa is also from Pottery Barn, $12 on clearance with fill from JoAnn fabrics for around $10. Heart Print by Jill Mayberg, found at a local shop for $15 and placed in a $25 Thomasville frame from Target.

Drapes. Clearance at Pottery Barn, with an additional coupon. Double width Payton Linen panels, two for $255. PB Standard Oversized Drapery Hardware, also from Pottery Barn, $139.

Now for the found, hand me down and gift items in the room. The coffee table was given to my husband by his apartment super when someone down the hall moved out. Free. The oval side table was once my grandmothers, free. The plant that sits on it, a "do you have a place for it" gift from my Dad. The globe sitting on the coffee table, a gift. The chunky ivory throw on the sofa, a gift.

Finally wall color, Sherwin-Williams Quiver Tan 6151 with Universal Khaki 6150 used for the "wallpaper" design, $52.

So what does that add up to? $3,193. Can I deduct the $750 I just recouped by selling the sofa?

While a hefty sum of money, it is not a lot to spend on a living room. Well, until you consider it is a room that doesn't get used, then it becomes quite expensive. Look for my new "Living Room Redesign" project posts beginning soon, and watch this room be turned into a space that will be used everyday! Janell

32 comments :

  1. Wow! This room is gorgeous...and so dramatic!! I just stumbled over from the Nesters and you were the first link I clicked on! I'm sure all the other rooms are going to pale in comparison now:) And you're going to redo it? Aw, now I'm sad. But it makes more sense to get some use out of it. I love the paint treatment over the fireplace! Is that a stencil or hand-drawn? Those people at Rate My Space sometimes leave the wackiest comments...they told me I couldn't keep any of my National Geographic magazines in my living room. Whatever! I love the deer head!!! Thanks for the beautiful inspiration, I'm so glad I stumbled upon you. Now to go drool over the rest of your blog!

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  2. Thank you Sarah! Yes, it is a shame to take it apart, but much of it is staying...so I have a good start on the "new" space. The treatment on the fireplace wall was traced on and then filled in by hand, so that element is going NOWHERE!
    Thanks again, Janell

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  3. I love the deer head! I'm so glad you didn't listen to those people on Rate my Space. I can't wait to see what you do with the space, I love the way it looks now. Also, I would love for you to be a part of the City Escapes series, jus let me know when you would like me to add you to the schedule.

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  4. At first glance, we have seemingly opposite design styles. However, this room is just set to perfection. Regardless of style, I am almost convinced I could live in this room. Almost absolutely convinced. Beautiful, rich, warm... lovely room.

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  5. What a gorgeous room! I love the dark trim, the wallpaper on the fireplace, the great leather furniture - everything! It's beautiful!

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  6. I love the design over the fireplace! I've been considering something similar, but first I need to do something about my pinkish tile surround! And, I'm surprised that I rather like the deer head. BTW- why does this room go unused? Can't wait to see what you do next!

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  7. Wow, this looks straight out of a design magazine! It's incredible - don't listen to those mean Rate My Space people. The chaise is amazing.

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  8. Good question, why does the room go largely unused? The family room/kitchen/nook is where we always hang out, so just don't find ourselves wandering to the front of the house. It is a wonderful spot to sit and read the paper and have a conversation, but with kids...when does that really happen?!?
    Janell

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  9. Janell, Janell, Janell!! OMG! I'm falling out all over the place over here! This is beautiful. I Love it. And the total for the room, what a deal! I don't worry when you say the word REDESIGN because I know it will be followed by PURE FABULOUSNESS!!!

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  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Wow, I've seen that deer head at z gallerie and envied the person who could make that work in their room. It's such a fun piece. Everything looks so fabulous!

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  11. I LOVE the piece above the fireplace and your lamp is gorgeous. :) I think you can totally deduct the $750! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. :)

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  12. Incredible. This room belongs in a magazine! My husband would love it too! Great job!

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  13. I love your living room. I think it was a great idea to gloss up the deer, by the way! :) I was actually surprised by the price! I thought it would have been much higher! It's fantastic. Thanks for visiting my blog. (BTW- I use white twin flat sheets for lining that you can get for $5 a piece at Walmart or Target. I just use the thick hem that is supposed to go at the head of the bed for the bottom hem. It works well!). I look forward to browsing your blog!

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  14. I love, love, love the deer head!!! It totally defines the room!!!

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  15. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I saw your chocolate brown bedroom on RMS a while ago and I have actually been a fan of your designs for quite some time. I never knew you had a blog, so I am so glad you found me. Thanks, again.

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  16. Janell, I'm so in love with your work. The room is fabulous and so "you". You're amazingly talented.

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  17. One great room, mixing it up from different resources does it. Put a plasma in there and it will get used!

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  18. Such a rich space- too bad it doesn't get used. I'm interested to see where you go with it! I love the orange settee.

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  19. Wow! Your room is so glamourous! It should be in a magazine.

    Good for you sticking your ground on the deer head!

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  20. Your room is so awesome it doesn't look real. I'm sure it would take my breath away in person too.

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  21. looks like a room you see in a magazine...great job.

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  22. Gasp! This room is crazy beautiful!! I feel like I am looking in a magazine (my favorite thing about blogs)! Really beautiful, but I agree with you that if it doesn't function for your life then it's time for something new. I can't wait to see what the new space looks like.

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  23. Oh my, what a beautiful and oh-so-chic room! Your taste is impeccable. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Hi - I just wanted to answer your question you posted in my blog. I use photoshop b/c its what Im comfy with but its not an ideal tool for drawing. It would be easier to hand draw and then scan but then I wouldn't have as much control over the transparency. Hope that helps!

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  25. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my cards :)
    I LOVE your decorating style and the items in your room! Especially the orange chaise. I understand needing to change a room so it's loved and used - I can't wait to see it's reveal.

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  26. I love that resin dear head! It looks fabulous in white! http://www.zgallerie.com/p-5014-resin-deer-head.aspx

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  27. LOVE the room! The columns are stunning! You are right, the deer head had me cracking up!
    I read your profile, and we have amazingly similar backgrounds, I started as a fine arts major, moved to art history, and then to fashion design. Odd, it is only now as a stay at home mom, I have found my passion for interior design.

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  29. AKK I have never really been a big fan of orange or burnt orange but this room changes my mind! Rather it blows my mind! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Have I told you lately you are incredible! ;)

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  30. I am incredibly late reading this post. I 'chickened' out of joining that party because I felt like the only person in the blog-world who actually went to stores like PB or C&B and paid real money for things! Oh, and there was the small issue of none of my rooms being shareworthy, either :)
    Thanks for posting, good to know other people buy new things too!

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