Revamp Restyle Reveal: My TV Room!

It's here! It's REVEAL DAY!

If you're not a regular reader, and have come my way from my partner in Revamp Restyle Reveal shenanigans, the lovely Lisa Dawson, then welcome! I'm Bianca, and for the second season of Revamp Restyle Reveal, I took on my TV room. Why? Quite simply I was sick of the colour and was starting to find it a bit dreary, and wanted to go light and bright, while making much better use of the floor space, which we most definitely were not before.

The cables on the neon looked awful as did the cables hanging down from the TV on the angled wall, and it just looked messy and wrong.

You can have a bit more of a read about that and see my moodboard here. And here's a little reminder of what the room looked like just four weeks ago...

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

And here's what it looks like now! 

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

It's light and airy, but still feels welcoming and cosy thanks to not only the lighter wall colour which is a warm off-white (Marbles from Earthborn), but textured patterned wallpaper (Capas from Harlequin), a lovely Berber style rug and Collins sofa, both from Maisons du Monde, teamed with velvet cushions from Cotswold Company. The huge Catherine mirror above the sofa (also from Cotswold Company) throws even more light around the room, making it the happy space I was craving, and I can already see that we're all wanting to use the room more. Result!

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

It's a long narrow room, and the layout before basically cut the room in half. It works so much better now, with the 55" Sony TV from ao.com, at one end, and the sofa at the other. In fact, it feels twice the size now that we're actually using the space properly. 

This will be a hard-working, multi-tasking room, that will be used for hanging out and watching TV, reading and listening to music, playing games, and I'll also use it as my office when I'm writing, as I tend to write on my laptop more and more these days, and I'm much more happy hanging out on a sofa than I am at a desk.

We have some Sony wireless headphones that Baxter is desperate to get his hands on, a Roxi Electric Jukebox, which is amazing and includes karaoke, worldwide radio, therapeutic audio (really love the idea of that for me!), music trivia game AND unlimited music for a year! Pretty impressive for such a small set-up, and needless to say, Baxter is also very excited to have a play with it this weekend! There's a Google Home Mini hiding there too, which has already done a great job of keeping me company on my many recent painting marathons. It's so cool to be able control the volume by voice when you're hands are covered in paint!

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

I'm super excited to have an Audio Technica turntable, and we've started to dust-off some of the five huge boxes of vinyl that have been living in the cellar for ten years. I've not figured out where to keep it all just yet, but it's on the list!

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

Just outside the room we have a Brother Business Smart Series printer and label printer, placed so that I can use them from both the laptop and the desktop computers. It's becoming really important to have a reliable printer with Edie's homework, and this one is particularly great for her photography, art and graphics homework as it can print both A4, and A3.

Moving back into the room, I pimped the existing sideboards (two side by side Besta cupboards from that Swedish Superstore!), by adding decorative moulding to echo the wall moulding, and painting it with Secret Room by Earthborn. I'm really happy with the result, and love the way it ties in with the green undertones of the wallpaper too.

A few pieces from Sainsbury's Home will keep me from having to run up and down the stairs for supplies whilst I'm working.

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

Flanking the TV on the sideboard are the stunning large Liquid lamps from David Hunt Lighting. They really are such a showstopper. The shades come separately, so you can choose from a lovely range of colours.

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

I love that you're no longer greeted with a low-slung TV and cables when you walk into the room, but rather a serene sight of a fiddle-leaf-fig in a new galvanised iron pot, and the gorgeous Colosseum radiators from soak.com. They make such a massive difference, and I love the optional extra legs on these, such a lovely detail.

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

Another great addition to the room is this Dyson air purifier and fan, as it's super hot in this loft room in the summer months, and it actually cools the room down within a minute. 

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

I hope you like the new look in this room, and have enjoyed this season of Revamp Restyle Reveal as much as we've enjoyed sharing it all with you.

Here's a little video tour of my room!



Now please hop over and check out the gorgeous Kat from Rock n Roll Bride's room. She's a kindred spirit and took on her kitchen like I did last season! Then she'll point you in the direction of the next person on the hop, and there's also a list of links at the bottom of this post, so you don't miss any of the fabulous transformations.

A massive thanks to all the bloggers for taking part, and to our sponsors for supporting us! This post is in collaboration with...

French For Pineapple Blog - Revamp Restyle Reveal Season 2 TV Room

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!