There are five windows in this room. That alone was a big selling point with me because I love lots of light but it meant making five curtains. You can see the fabric on the sofa that I ordered for making the curtains for the windows.
There were lots of problems with this room besides the lack of curtains. Probably the biggest problem was the table. We had our formal, mahogany dining room table with our more casual black Windsor chairs. It gave us more room at the table but looked all wrong. We moved our smaller, round black table into the room and it looks so much better.
I also didn't like the floor situation. We have brown tile with brown grout. That was a common sense choice since we have two dogs who both have a knack for finding any mud in the backyard and tracking it inside. Our first choice for flooring would be wood, but that was out of the question at this time due to financial constraints. I like the brown tile but not in this room. I really wanted a rug like this:
Which is available here for only $600 plus $150 shipping. That's too much for me.
I also like this rug from Target:
Available here for only $550 with free shipping. Again, that was too much.
Then I remembered that we already have a rug with a blue background and is the right size. I didn't have a place for it and was thinking of getting rid of it. It's not exactly what I want but it does the job and I already own it so it's free. And an added bonus by putting the rug in the room was that the file cabinet drawer stays closed. Another problem solved.
I added some pictures to the room. You can read about some of them here. I also hung the silhouettes of the kids I had made at Disneyland 12 years ago and again at Christmas just two months ago. I've also made four of the five drapes so we have more privacy and light control.
My husband started to install the chandelier but ran into a problem with some wiring that our builder needs to fix. The chandelier is up without it's glass shades and it doesn't work yet, but I'm going to show the room anyway.
So now for the big reveal:
Do you like our sofa? It's from my mother-in-law. I hated it when we first got it, but it's kind of grown on me and I love it with the drapes.
It may not stay there forever but for now I like having a place to sit in the sun in the morning.
You can also see the rug in this photo. It's a little too busy with the drapes, but it looks so much better than the bare tile floor. It really defines the room and gives it a warm feel. I can live with it for now.
So, again here it is before:
What do you think?
I'm linking to the following:
The Tattered Tag's Keep It Simple Sunday
Cottage Instinct's Make It 4 Monday
Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday
The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia's Tuesday's Treasures
A Little Knick Knack's Everything But the Kitchen Sink
Jennifer Rizzo's Refresh Your Room Party