I’m back with some progress at the Hummel House! It’s been slow going with any new projects at our house, just not enough motivation to do any big projects. Instead, I’ve been focusing on organizing areas that have seen better days, like the laundry room or cleaning out the fridge. Unfortunately, not anything blog worthy. But something that is worth sharing is the progress my sister and brother-in-law have made at their house!
My sister wanted to first focus on the family room, which is where they watch TV, entertain, and generally spend a lot of their time. I mentioned that the plan was to remove the carpet and add laminate flooring and paint. Not only has that all been done, but all the major pieces are purchased and it’s already miles from where it started.
I ran over a couple days ago and quickly shot some photos after work so the lighting was a bit harsh, but I still think it looks great!
As a reminder, here’s where they started:
The flooring and paint (Sherwin Williams Alabaster) have made a huge difference, and small upgrades like new, thicker baseboards and even just quickly spray painting the fireplace screen matte black have gone a long way to upgrade this space.
Both my sister and bro-in-law wanted a large couch to lounge and one of their first grown up furniture purchases was this super comfortable West Elm Henry couch, in Ash Gray. They went with the 96” version and that set the scale and layout for the rest of the room.
Since they have the sliding doors opposite I suggested two smaller scale chairs that wouldn’t visually block the light too much, and still be able to be moved around to get outside when the weather warms up. We chose these Threshold Windson Wood Arm Chairs from Target but waffled back and forth between a bone color and this bluish gray color. After weeks of out of stock notices on the bone color, it was an easy choice! I think it was the better choice and adds some interest to the neutral room.
Those are anchored by a large jute rug from World Market. This layout also solves the problem I mentioned when I first introduced the room: two focal points. The fireplace being one and the TV on the opposite wall, since that’s the only space it’ll fit. By laying out the seating to face each other, both focal points can be seen from any seat.
The TV wall is still a work in progress, but my sister and I kicked butt a couple weeks ago and mounted the TV to the wall, installed an in-wall cord system (using this kit suggested by Young House Love), and mounted the storage units which will be finished similar to our fauxdenza, all with minimum phone calls to Mike!
Unlike our fauxdenza which was made using Ikea kitchen cabinets, the TV storage unit here is a three unit Ikea Besta storage system. These units can sit on the ground with legs, or mounted to the wall. After I took these photos my sister and I finished poly’ing the top and sides so those should be mounted soon.
We also hung curtains and measured for a couple more items, but mostly this room’s large pieces are done and it’s all accessories from here on out!
There’s been more progress in the living room/dining room area (no more red paint!) and the entry, so I’ll hopefully get more photos as those spaces get further along.