A while ago I told you about our “bay house” rental – a home we live in during the busy tourist season. I’d like to share with you one of my room redos in this house, the keeping room. **Let me emphasize this is only a rental – not our forever home – so keeping all changes simple and budget friendly was top priority.** I know many folks rent, so I thought this post would be helpful since it can be tricky knowing what to change or not change in a rental situation.
It would be an understatement to tell you this home was in dire need of a color and style intervention (ie: a raging pink dining room with 12 ft ceilings). I redid the keeping room on a minimal budget. This room was important because it’s part of our command central, the kitchen, and has one of the best water views in the house. The house was offered to us furnished (pictured below) but we chose to bring in our own furnishings. Here’s how the keeping room looked on our first walk through: lemon yellow walls, red accents, blinds, plaid, dated tile floor.
And the AFTER.
A simple wall color change and new furniture arrangement were a HUGE help to this space. Suddenly the room felt much more grand, yet still cozy. And we could finally enjoy the water view! Note: the rug should be bigger, but I grabbed the size that was in stock at the time for the sake of pictures.
As I was shooting the “after,” my youngest instantly appeared with his favorite cars in hand and found a spot to play…he loved the soft, chunky feel of the jute rug I picked up from Tracery Interiors. Who says kids don’t appreciate design?!
The natural light flooding into the room adds to the warmth of the room’s whole aesthetic.
I had to plan this room redo carefully. There were three main factors to consider:
1. The budget. It was basically vapors, so I knew I needed to work with existing pieces then add in accent pieces with interest and texture.
2. The view. The windows overlook the beautiful blue bay, which you can’t really see because the of light coming in and the fact that I’m not a professional photographer). In the case where your room overlooks a view with great dimension and color (garden, big yard, pool, etc.), you have to consider that feature as existing pattern and texture in the whole room’s design – it’s a key part of the room’s aesthetic. If I brought in all kinds of patterns and bright colors, it would overshadow the prettiest feature in the room, which is the view. So I decided to keep things soft and neutral to give the water view center stage.
3. The owner. This is always a primary consideration when working on a rental home. Before implementing any changes, I sent all colors to the owner for approval – knowing that they would probably say yes if I kept it neutral and classic. I also requested to have the oak-stained kitchen cabinets professionally painted a beautiful cream, but the owner preferred to keep them stained (insert shocked face here).
A little design trick: If you need more seating in a room, but don’t want to obstruct a view, or the room is tight on space, try using a Ghost chair for accent seating. I bought my Ghost chair from Joss & Main a few years ago, love it. I’ve used it in so many settings, including one year as my desk chair.
The big changes I made here were paint color, removal of blinds (folded and boxed them neatly so we can put them back up when we move out), new furniture arrangement, and task lighting addition (lamps).
Wall color: Benjamin Moore’s “Creamy.” I had never worked with this color before and ended up really loving it. I discussed our rental house paint color palette in this previous post.
KEEPING ROOM SOURCES:
1. Rug, floor lamp, zebra pillows, inlay tray on ottoman: Tracery Interiors.
2. Sofa and arm chairs: Pizitz Home and Cottage.
3. Ghost Chair: Joss & Main.
5. Linen window treatments: custom made (had these many moons).
6. Turquoise lamp, horse on table, light blue tray, and basket: Homegoods
7. Metal side tables and turquoise throw: Target (from last year, but this similar side table is so mod and cute).
8. Wooden rods, rings, and finials: I bought an inexpensive white wood set and spray painted them bronze. All from Home Depot.
9. Leopard Pillows – Caroline Cole from 12 years ago – they are actually STILL available! Over here.
10. Round table in between chairs: so old I can’t remember.
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Next post is PART TWO of the keeping room. You’ll see a few different looks in this room – yes I had a hard time making up my mind on a few accessory items. I’ll share with you all the fun I had selecting the pillows from Tracery, and two different styles of hanging art on the wall behind the sofa.