A new blogging friend told me to be sure and stop by Transforming the Home and Domestically Speaking for some amazing paint and decor ideas. Well, you know me, I love a good house party. I just need to add some of my own pictures too. So in true Becolorful fashion I am calling my post Rooms of Color.
This is my family room but we call it the green room since it really doesn't look like a traditional family room with its banks of windows on three sides and because even though it is on the first floor the lot drops off and you feel like you are on the second story here. For those of you that are revisiting I did get those fun number pillows from Pottery Barn that I featured last month. Yay.
This is probably my favorite room in the house and where we spend most of our time. I like to change out the accent pieces with the seasons and I think it is at its best in the spring. So if you visit frequently you will probably be seeing plenty of variations on what's here now.
... and here is the breezeway. I wanted a screened in porch when we did an addition ten years ago but it really became just a pass through to Mr. Rosie's home office. Here the color comes from a bit of yellow floral wallpaper (yes, wallpaper) and yellow, green, red and my black and white accents.
We live in a house that is closing in on 100 years but the breezeway and media room were added about ten years ago.
The front rooms in this old rambler are quite formal. My goal is to dial that down in the months ahead.
Here is our dining room, traditional red.
I sold that chest but I miss it and plan to paint another one. I like to see something funky even in these formal areas.
This room wasn't always a dining room but that will be another whole post ... someday. When we first saw this house there was a pool table complete with a pool table light fixture here. Not what I wanted my guests to see as they looked down the front hallway. So for a number of years this room really didn't have any purpose. We just filled it with some stuffed furniture and added some bookshelves. It wasn't until we remodeled the kitchen that this became our dining room.
We also went with reds and golds in the media room.
Isn't it interesting when you look at your photos on the computer you see things you otherwise seem to miss. For instance, I am going right down stairs and removing that leopard print runner on the buffet ... not necessary, too busy. Plus I think I will paint the buffet. We bought it and a small matching china cabinet that is in the living room for $150.00 when we were first married and I have been reluctant to paint them because they are in really good shape. Whatever. They're ugly. The lamp on the buffet is also too small. Crazy Daisy here I come with some new castoffs for you. I am, though, feeling those Target pillows. Wonder if I can find two more?
The half bath is brown. It looks kind of green here but trust me, it's brown. I think that is the plunger handle you see in the bottom left corner. This is a real life home tour after all and that is just a constant part of the decor in an old house.
Because an old home can sometimes look stuffy and we were a young family when we moved in I knew I wanted to work with happy colors. A yellow living room fit that bill. Years later I am seriously wanting to remove the valences that I paid way too much for and paint this room more of a gold. I would also like to start all over with the furniture but since that probably won't be happening anytime soon I am thinking of off white slipcovers. I really don't sew so I will have to find someone that does that sort of thing.
Something kind of like this minus the ruffled coffee table thing. Add in a bit more black and some leopard print and I think we're almost there.
The kitchen was teeny tiny when we bought the house and we lived with it like that for eight years. When we were almost finished with our kitchen remodel and my first visitor stopped by she looked at my pale gray/tan walls and asked,"Did you pick this color?' I knew what she was getting at. I LOVE color so why the colorless kitchen? Well after living with a dated kitchen for that long I knew I wanted something more timeless. What could be more timeless than white? I get my color fix from the accessories.
Upstairs I feel like I can let my freak colors fly and so I do.
Here is my office which used to be an old sleeping porch.
This is my absolute favorite color. I don't know what you call it. Watermelon? I love it. I also have a crush on my vintage velvet chair in pea green even though my family thinks it's hideous. I think it kind of has that Friends feel. I had wanted a room with a black and white floor for years and I finally got one here.
Two of the bedrooms on this floor are green.
The boys bedrooms are in the middle of a redo aka future post.
Our room is a major yawn so no picture yet. Another future post.
Like I said this is an old house so the laundry is in the basement ... but at least it is a walk out. I figured that because this was an entirely different floor then this would be the spot where I would experiment with blues. This was a real shift for me. I started with my studio.
and then carried it into the adjoining laundry room.
I also have a thing for black and white so I decided to pull out all the stops and deck out the powder room off the kitchen entirely in my black and white fetish.
Because houses of this era usually didn't have a bathroom on the main floor this is one of those find a spot for it under the stairs bathrooms and I am pretty sure this is the smallest bathroom EVER. I decided to roll with that and topped it off with this framed quote.
This post was a really great exercise for me. The pictures really make me see things with new eyes. Changes are definitely in the works.
Thanks for stopping by. I love visitors. I hope you found something unique to inspire you and I hope you will drop in again. Now I can't wait to go tour everyone else's homes.