When we bought our coastal home we tried to have some of the furniture included. I especially wanted those Maitland Smith chairs. The homeowners, as I expected, said no to most of our requests but they did agree to throw in this cocktail table and the sofa. These two pieces were in the living room then but after we bought the house we moved them into the family room.
We are hoping to achieve a slightly coastal look. I didn't want a house dripping in beach signs and fishing nets. That is a whimsical look that I'd rather leave to the true seaside cabins and bars. Instead, I chose to subtlely introduce a bit of classic coastal flair with this nautical inspired navy and white striped rug.
I am all in when it comes to mixing woods but somehow I just didn't care for how this glossy finished table was pairing up with the more rustic entertainment center and end tables and I felt like the lines of the table said, "formal".
So, my go-to solution when something isn't working is to paint it, and that is exactly what I did.
We just celebrated one year in our "new chapter" house. I still don't call it home but it is starting to feel more and more like my grounding spot. We have established residency here but we also still have a home up north that we have lived in for eighteen years. That extended amount of time trumps a new start when I think of the word home and the feelings it conjures up. The longer we are here, though, and the more things we do to and purchase for the house the more it is beginning to feel like it is uniquely our space and not the previous owners home.
This time last year this room was very bare bones. We were using a Rubbermaid chest as our entertainment center and the sofa, two slip covered chairs, and entry table that came with the house were the only pieces of furniture in the room.
The clock and lamp were two pieces I brought down from our home in Galena. The shade on the lamp did not survive the trip and I eventually had to have it replaced.
One of the biggest improvements to the room was when we finally purchased this Hooker entertainment center and I could relegate that Rubbermaid piece to the garage where it belonged.
This is definitely a work in progress. The step ladder is a keeping it real moment.
I was drawn to the more rustic wood finish of this piece because I felt like it brought a more casual and coastal feel to the room. My challenge now is to successfully blend this laid back look with a more polished style that is occurring in the living room.
I am not rushing in to style the shelves of the entertainment center. Yes, I could go add some mass-produced tchotchkes from a big box store, but I prefer to bring in accessories that are unique or have a special meaning or memory attached. We did find this intriguing mermaid, though, and I love how perfect she looks here. I named her Lily.
A big portion of the house budget this month went toward power washing the exterior of the house and some painting but we still managed to add two classically coastal area rugs.
This rug has inspired me to focus a bit more on the family room. It has given me some direction. I hadn't done much in here until recently because this room flows right into the kitchen and the kitchen is going to undergo a major renovation in the near future. Until then, I will have to be content with smaller touches of flair to our coastal styled family room. Here is a hint of my next project. When a piece isn't working for me, I paint it.
1. Sofa and chairs unknown. Chest is from Hooker's Sorella Collection
2. John Richards lamp
3. Storage chest via Rubbermaid
4. Clock from Ethan Allen circa 2002, lamp is recycled from up north with a shade from Home Goods. Lamp finial from Sticks Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa
5. Hooker entertainment center, Sorella Collection
6.. Upholstered breakfast chairs by Sherrill from Baer Furniture
7. Carved wood mermaid from Alison Craig Furniture
8. Navy and ivory striped wool hooked rug from Amazon.com
I am sharing this post on Coastal Charm another coastal style blog that I just discovered. I suggest stopping by for more beachy and nautical inspiration.