Today I’m posting images of our Keeping Room along with Darlene of Fieldstone Hill Design, who provided me with the amazing design. She really made this process fun rather than frustrating, and helped me focus in on what I wanted the room to feel like and how to make it function as we needed. I wrote about the process of working with on online interior decorator here. I can’t say enough great things about Darlene–she was so patient with all my pickiness and helped keep my love of lots of color from turning the room into an Easter egg : )
Here is the Design Board Darlene created:
I loved it at first sight– thanks SO much Darlene! And here’s how it came together:
This room. So much living in this colorful space. It’s here that we curl up with our coffee and books, where we pull the littles onto our laps and read them Berenstain Bears. We sit the baby on the striped rug and surround him with his little rattles and toys; this is where he’s learning to crawl. The desk in the corner is my favorite spot to get some work done without being far from the kitchen or the little ones. I pull down my cello or my violin in here to help my little ones when they practice their tinier versions.
This space sees a lot of living. We often crowd more into it–a brown leather recliner I got for my husband fits nicely in the back corner, and a little round yellow Ikat storage ottoman generally sits in front of one of the Sofia Chairs. I keep my knitting tucked inside and pull it out on movie nights. We store puzzles and games with pieces inside the wooden storage table, which the kids haven’t figured out how to open quite yet : ) In reality, this room is usually quite a mess, albeit a beautiful one at that–books and toys all over the place, people sprawled across their projects and an occasional small one asleep on the couch. That’s what a proper Keeping Room is for you know–keeping the ones you love feeling cozy, loved, and near while you’re whipping up some food in the kitchen.
When it comes to decorating, I have to remind myself that all these painted walls will someday crumble. The couch will become old and moth eaten, the metal will rust or the wood burn, or maybe thieves will break in and steal. The point is, I don’t want our home or its contents to be our treasure. Our hearts, the idol-factories that they are, might bend us to worship the idea of a perfect room, brimming full of texture and balance and pattern and color. There is a reason we yearn for this–the longing to see Eden restored somehow–to live surrounded by unspoiled beauty. One day, all will be restored, and there will be no more death or sickness or suffering. He will make all things new. As I put together a home for my family, this has been my goal–that those who pass through will find themselves longing for our real home.
Wall color- Smokey Salmon by Sherwin Williams
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Chester Sofa - I ordered this sofa from a local store in Columbia, SC called Mack Home. They had piles and piles of fabric options and all I knew is that I wanted a pale aqua. The velvet of this fabric gave it a nice sheen. It’s also the perfect height for a sofa–low couches make my knees hurt! Given the potty training stage of my kids is still sort of ongoing for at least one kid at any given time, I keep a thick throw over the seat cushion most of the time.
Cowhide stools–another One Kings Lane purchase.
Coffee Table–West Elm Rustic Storage Coffee Table another good find on sale.
Bookshelves- Verona Two-Shelf Bookshelf from World Market. I loved the side tables Darlene found but realized after we were living in the space that we needed more book space.
Curtains- I crocheted a border along some panels I picked up at Target. The yarn color was Persimmon, I think. If you know how to crochet, a border is fairly simple to pull off. I have photos I took of the process somewhere if anyone is interested in learning how.
Curtain Rods and Hardware: Restoration Hardware
Three Birds Lamps– from Wayfair.com.
Desk Chair is from World Market. I don’t know if they still have this one around, and couldn’t find it on their site to link. But I love the tufts and color, and its so comfy.
Pair of brown club chairs: Sofia chairs from Ballard Design. I waited for a sale, of course.
Crushed Gold Velvet and burlap pillows from this Etsy shop.
Coral Greek Key Pillows from this Etsy shop.
Coral Ikat pillow from Etsy but now I can’t find the shop. If I do run across it I’ll update this.
Solid Yellow pillows from Target.
The TV cabinet–This is a redone ‘lift cabinet’ from Touchstone products. It has a remote control hydraulic lift that raises the TV out of a panel in the back for viewing. That way I can hide it away when not in use. I redid this piece to make it our own. You can read about it here
Nest Painting with three eggs- was done by Jeanne Illenye –it was a commissioned piece. I love it because it’s so realistic and the three eggs for our three kids : )
Pair of egg prints–I found these in an antique shop in Charleston, SC. I had them matted at Hobby Lobby. The frames are from Pottery Barn.
Violin–My Grandfather, and his grandfather, were both fiddlers. He bought this violin many years ago and gave it to me when I was young so I could learn to play. It has brought me much enjoyment.
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