I recently worked with Calico to create an update for my family room – adding in elements to our existing furniture to make it more….well, “me”. This space is heavily used by my family, but also where we do our casual entertaining. I am thrilled with how it turned out and am excited to share a peek of my house with you today!
When we bought the house 5 years ago, one of the biggest selling points for us was that it had this big family room. I just knew it would be where we would spend our time, and could have a more relaxed look than our formal living room. However, since it was not the first room you saw when you entered the home, it got pushed to the bottom of the barrel in terms of decorating. About a year and a half ago, we had a kitchen flood while out of town. Long story short, we came back to a HUGE disaster and ended up spending the next 6 months renovating two floors of our split level. Part of that renovation included knocking down a wall, painting and re-carpeting this room.
Here is the before shot. It’s a crazy-boring combination of brown furniture. My husband likes brown. And refuses to get rid of that HUGE coffee table! Boring, yes. But also kind of like a clean slate to work with. In walks my favorite custom fabric resource: Calico.
I have been shopping with Calico since I was a young girl, helping my mother and my grandmother decorate their homes. I knew that they were known for their wide array of fabrics, they are a fabulous resource for custom upholstery and furniture. What I didn’t realize, until I purchased my home and started decorating, was that Calico had updated their selection of fabrics over the years, and they offer that perfect assortment of traditional + modern patterns. Which translates directly into my happy zone.
I worked with the ladies at my local store to select fabrics that I thought would breathe life into the space. They were so well versed in what would work, and what wouldn’t, offered great selections in terms of trims, and helped me pull together a look that I am so happy with. We decided to lighten up the space with a lighter shade of khaki/taupe paint on the walls, and I stenciled on a clover trellis pattern on one wall for some tonal pattern. And then we started layering in pillows, accent furniture and accessories in ivory, and moss green.
Although the sectional couch can hold a small village, it always seemed like we never had enough seating while entertaining. So we added in two upholstery x-benches that we did in a moss green velvet fabric. Gorgeous. Luxurious. And adds a bold pop of color to the room. I literally squealed with joy when they were delivered.
We layered pillows onto the sectional in varying sizes, textures and patterns. I wanted to include my favorite cableknit pillows from Pottery Barn, both for the added texture, but also because those are the pillows we cozy up with. We layered on gorgeous ivory linen pillows that I had Calico update with a fretwork border made out of green grosgrain ribbon, smaller pillows made out of a green ikat pattern, and then one bolster pillow in a brown ikat polka dot fabric. To tie it all together, we edged that pillow with the same ivory linen.
After the pillows and benches were added to the room, I accessorized with just a few key items. Bronze hurricanes from Williams Sonoma Home, my favorite quatrefoil accent lamps from Horchow, and a few green accessories to really pop that color against the brown furniture.
To make this space party-ready, I had Calico create a custom table cover for an old console I had in the room. Made out of the same ivory linen we used on the pillows, the kick-pleats feature the brown ikat polka dot fabric – adding a touch of prep, and also tying it back to the pillow on the couch. This is the perfect accessory – it transforms the space for a party and becomes the perfect bar or appetizer set-up!
As I mentioned above, Calico was a dream to work with – offering me way more options than I could possibly utilize in this one space! I would highly suggest you seek out your local store and stop by for your next project. And if you do, mention the code CALICO20 to receive 20% off your order! Offer valid from 1/15/14-6/15/14 – Happy Decorating!
THIS IS A SPONSORED POST. THE PARTY DRESS HAS RECEIVED PAYMENT, TRADE AND/OR PRODUCTS FROM CALICO IN EXCHANGE FOR PROMOTION, HOWEVER ALL OPINIONS STATED ARE MY OWN.