Wednesday, November 30

Family TV Room - The Reveal!

At very long last, I'm super excited to show you the finished Family TV Room! Hooray!!



I feel like I've been working on this room for a very long time. Indeed it was back in July that I moved the bulk of what was my studio into it's new smaller home, my new studio, to make way for this room repurpose. As with so many things I take on, it was a bigger job than anticipated, but that's pretty much what makes me tick - I love a challenge.

I painted the room the most delicious shade of teal blue called Sea Urchin 2 by Dulux. I thought about a few different colour options (controversially including a really deep chocolate brown!), but I had blue in my head pretty early on in the process.

So often we're told that blue is a cold colour, but if you add a touch of yellow or some grey, it warms right up. As always when looking for the perfect colour, I came up against the usual issues that you can never really foresee until you have testers on the wall in the room in question, and see it in different lights - too purple, too dark, too bright, too cold. Then I stumbled upon Sea Urchin 2 and I knew it was 'the one'. I also love the name, because as you'll see in the photographs, I've given the room the colour wash treatment - painting everything, including the ceiling, woodwork and radiators the same colour, and it feels like you're in a cosy underwater cave now, it's a really warm and inviting space - the opposite of what it had been four or five months ago, when I could hardly bear to go in there. Basically I see it as a Mermaids lair. Yes, I'm aware that's kind of odd!

Let's look at these slightly terrifying before shots again (and these were on a 'good' day). SO. MUCH. STUFF...

Family TV Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog - The room how it used to look when used as a studio. It was overcrowded and uninviting.

Family TV Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog - The room how it looked when used as a studio - it was overcrowded and uninviting





And the moodboard I shared here back in September, but probably put together back in July or August...

Family TV Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog - Moodboard



And this is what it looks like now...

Family TV Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog - Teal blue room with brown sofa and velvet House of Hackney cushions, shaggy blue rug, and decorative wall moulding.

Family TV Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog
Family TV Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog - Teal blue room with brown sofa and velvet House of Hackney cushions, shaggy blue rug, and decorative wall moulding.

Family TV Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog

Family TV Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog
What do you think? Quite a big change, huh?

I splashed out and bought a new sofa for this room, I wanted something low and comfy - perfect for zoning out, and that would fill the entire space available in the long shallow room (the dimensions of this room are about 2.8m x 4.5m), and although this sofa wasn't marketed as a sofa bed, it's modular, and one of the sections can be moved around to form a (near) square which is larger than a standard double bed. Then we pop a mattress topper on it, and voila, it's a guest room. And yes, it's BROWN! I bought a new BROWN sofa!

I decided to add the decorative moulding along the back wall quite late in the day, when the room was otherwise finished. I'd been mulling over ideas for art, and Ed and I just could not agree on anything. Well, nothing that we could afford at the moment, so I had a lightbulb moment and decided to add the moulding instead. It's something I'd wanted to experiment with for such a long time, and I'm so pleased I was brave enough to do it. I absolutely love the finished result, and it was surprisingly easy. I did the entire wall of nine boxes over a weekend, from start to finish. I'm now looking around the house to see where else I can add moulding, with my favourite new toy - my mitre saw, at the ready.

Family TV Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog
Family TV Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog - Decorative Wall Moulding with Brass Light SwitchI also bought the little wall mounted lamps, the rug (absolutely could not resist it, drastically reduced on sale from Anthropologie), the mirror I bought ages ago on eBay, and the TV, which is simply wall mounted on a hinged bracket between the two windows.

Most other pieces have been borrowed from other parts of the house. I whipped up the inkblot artwork because that wall definitely needed something and as I said, my husband and I don't always see eye to eye on art purchases so it can be quite a lengthy process.

Family TV Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog - Turquoise Foo Dogs

Family TV Room Reveal - French For Pineapple Blog - Gold Skull, Gin Bottle and Coasters


I think some blinds need to go in soon so it's not a room where guests get woken up at the crack of dawn because their host has neglected to put any window coverings in. Oops!

So there you go! I am stupidly happy with this room - it's exactly how I envisioned it, and now I never want to leave. Result!

Let me know what you think of The Blue Room as it's now known.

This post is in collaboration with Dulux!









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  1. I love this room. The wall colour is gorgeous and the rug is to die for. Well done!
    xx

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, I'd quite like to make a skirt out of the rug! X

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  2. Wow. You have outdone yourself!! The colours are stunning (totally share your brown love). That moulding is the perfect finishing touch. Clever you. 👏👏😘

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    1. Thanks so much Fiona! Yes, I reckon we'll be seeing lots more brown, and I'm pretty happy about that! X

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  3. Absolutely beautiful. That moulding is amazing. Love how you've created your own design which travels around the light switch. (Dowsing & Reynolds? Buster and Punch?)
    What a fab space. Just in time for xmas too. Enjoy!!x

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    1. Thanks lovely! Sadly my budget didn't stretch to B&P. Honestly, this D&R one doesn't have nearly the same weighty lovely quality as B&P does, might have to take out a second mortgage so I can finance B&P switches throughout the house! X

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  4. LOVE THIS SO MUCH! Reminds me of the Berkeley Hotel's Blue Bar, equally luxurious (and complete with gin, best host ever!). The moulding looks great, subtle but actually makes a huge difference, and am I allowed to be in love with a light switch? Fabulous, bet you'll have non-stop guests wanting to come and stay now!

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    1. Thanks so much Charley! God, I'd better add Blue Bar to the list of gorgeous bars I've not been to yet. You'll have to come and see for yourself soon! X

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous!! I love the addition of the wall moulding - it just looks so freaking chic. And I love the whole room is just bathed in that stunning blue... you did an amazing job in this space (and I remember when it was your studio!) - right, that's it, now I need to find another date to stay again ;) xx

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    1. Aw thanks my lovely! Yes, I'm so pleased I decided to bite the bullet with the moulding. Please come again soon! X

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  6. Beautiful! The blue you chose for the paint is to die for. The whole room is so welcoming and so different. Definately not cookie cutter. I immediately think of the ocean when I look at it, my favourite place to be.

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    1. Thanks so much Lindy! And the biggest compliment ever is that's it's not cookie cutter. You can come back! ;-) Xx

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  7. I love every single thing in here. The moulding is especially gorgeous, and that dresser is perfect. And the horse lamp! And the light switch! And the rug! You've done an awesome job xx

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