Remember that evolving great room that we have in our new house? I've been slowly adding elements to the room as inspiration comes and I find just the right pieces. I really concentrated on the fireplace wall this last weekend, filling in some of the large wall space around the stone. Since this is our main family room and where our television is placed, I want it to feel cozy and homey.
It's been a bit challenging since the ceilings are very high and with exception of the white slipcovered chair, we didn't own any of the furniture, rug, etc when we moved in back in August. Let's just say, I've had to shop carefully!
I've also had to design around the rustic stone fireplace that came with the house. I love the color variations in the stone and although I rarely decorate with these colors, I've enjoyed the warmer color palette of the rusts and golds.
Much of my inspiration for the room has come from Pottery Barn's traditional, rustic feel with new and old mixed.
Now I know that not everyone is a fan of rustic decor or antlers, but my husband hangs out in this room the most (naturally because of the TV) and after growing up in North Idaho and being a hunter most of his life, he's drawn to that sort of thing. He's very good to me about allowing my taste and style in most of the house, which leans a bit more feminine, so he deserves some decor that makes him happy!
All of the antlers came with us from North Idaho when we moved to Raleigh. If you look closely, one pair is actually painted in ASCP French Linen! These antlers were my husband's grandfathers (and banished to the garage in our former house) because they had been painted an awful green color! I remedied that with a bit of chalk paint! I actually have grown to love these antlers over the last few years...
My favorite addition to the fireplace wall is my new rustic tobacco basket I picked up for $30 a few weeks back. I'd never seen one of these until I moved here. I find myself loving all things southern like cotton, tobacco baskets, etc. After hanging the basket and the antlers, I was a little at a loss as to what I wanted to put on the mantel...
Suddenly it clicked... I needed something that would pop against the stone, but not compete with the antlers and basket. I was going to hunt down every white or ivory chunky candle I could find for cheap and fill the mantel.
So after scouring the Dollar Store, Walmart, TJ Maxx for all sorts of shapes and sizes as well as using some I already had, I filled it up this week without spending a lot of dough!
Now we have a cozy little place to put our feet up...
read a book with a hot cup of cocoa...
or watch a movie with the family!
In case you're interested, sources are as follows:
Rug - Overstock
Arm Chairs, coffee table, trunk - all from Craig's List
Ottomans, floor lamp, various candles & accessories - TJ Maxx
Tobacco basket - Suzanna's Antiques, Raleigh
Antlers - Sandpoint, Idaho various locations
On another note... I wanted to thank Debra from Bungalow for featuring my blog for her "Friday Feature" series. I feel honored! She has a beautiful blog full of inspiration...go check it out!
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