A big difference between living in Los Angeles and living in North Carolina is that in North Carolina you have rooms with with no discernible titles. We have this extra room on the north wing of our house. I can’t figure out if it’s the living room or the family room. I really don’t know the difference between the two. It has a fireplace, which might make it feel more formal, but it’s not as wide open and comfortable as the main room (meaning, the one that has a TV in it).
This room used to have gaping holes all over it due to the real deer heads and a bear head on the wall courtesy of the former tenants. The walls were dingy, and I could faintly see the outline of the previous trophies. It also stunk, real bad. I couldn’t kick the horrible dead animal smell – not until we painted the whole room with Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.
We keep our instruments here – my husband’s guitar and my piano. My piano is an heirloom passed down through my family for about 100 years. Apparently it’s a rare model. Only seven of them in the world. It has great tones, but it looks a little worn. Hopefully someday we’ll have the funds to restore it.
This weird sculpture with the bird, frog, hare and tortoise I won as a white elephant gift. For real.
This print depicts one of my favorite places in LA, the Old Zoo. At some point the LA Zoo was moved, and the remains of the old one still exist as kind of a ghost town with a ton of graffiti and overgrown foliage.
This room also functions as an office, featuring furniture from Target! The desk, the chair and even the filing cabinet.
We also have what I call “bookshelf overflow” that also houses some board games and some baskets that hold baby stuff in one, dog stuff in another.
I’m really great at putting together gallery walls, but in here I wanted to something a little more symmetrical. Michael’s had a sale on these frames, so I blew up some of our favorite photos. The wedding photos were taken by Jacob Bechtol and the baby photos were taken by Jeff Cho.
Above the fireplace is my favorite family photo, which was taken at our former LA home in the canyon. It was and always will be a very special place to us, and I still miss it on occasion.
The couch came from the Home Comfort Furniture Clearance Outlet. This place is great. We bought this couch branch new for $300. It’s not necessarily my style of sofa, but we are well aware we have an almost-one-year-old, and we wanted something we wouldn’t mind getting a few stains here and there. The couch came with pillows that have a pattern on the other side. It’s not necessarily my style and doesn’t really go with the rest of the decor, so I’ll have to re-cover those pillows later.
Oh, what’s that? You noticed these awesome vintage tiki chairs? These were a great flea market find. I picked up the pair for $70.
They had just been newly reupholstered, and the cushions were covered in plastic. I figured the plastic was just there for protection, and they weren’t exactly intended to have plastic on them. Well, when I removed the plastic, I realized that wasn’t the case. I think the idea was for these chairs to go outside, thus the plastic? Anyway, I’m glad the plastic’s gone. Looks so much better.
And this fabric – I love it. So different to choose black with a floral pattern.
So I’ve explained this room is for instruments, an office, family memories and board games. Why do we call it the Play Room? Not pictured: My son’s foam floor mat, jumperoo, obstacle course and toy basket, all featuring obnoxiously loud colors. In the future, when S gets more mobile, I’ll have to get some kind of upholstered coffee table/toy chest.
I had been seeing the Sherwin Williams Sea Salt paint color on Pinterest for a long time. It’s not a color I would normally gravitate to. I mean, it’s a bit… basic. Like #PSL basic. I’m not really into painting things a shade of green either, but I had to know what all the fuss was about. Turns out this color is pretty calming. It creates a fresh family vibe, and is great for complementing bright white accessories and trim. The color also changes dramatically depending on the light. I like it, and I’m glad we went for it.
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