There are rooms in this house where we went in with a vision, and we worked on it until completion. Some were painless, quick and easy projects (the guest room!) and some were seemingly never ending, as we hit every road block possible (the kitchen!). Still, these rooms started at point A and, eventually, they found their way to point B.
Our funny little nook, though? We went from A to B, then C and D, and by now, we’ve worked our way through the whole alphabet, really! Although our intentions felt pretty clear in the beginning – just a cozy room that you’d want to curl up in – I think the problem was that, when it came down to it, we didn’t know what that really meant. In the very early days of demolition, we did widen the doorway and swap the closet to face the entryway (this used to be a very, very small bedroom). We painted the walls green, picked up a bookcase, found a pint-sized console for the record player, and then we promptly proceeded to swap in countless chairs and rugs, never quite hitting the mark.
And then we took a nice, long break, and we came back feeling refreshed. Like, crazy, excited, can we just get going already? refreshed! (Time away from home = good for the DIY soul.) We had ideas running through our heads so fast, we couldn’t wait to dive in and tackle them, and so, we kicked out our funny little nook once and for all! We re-painted the room a deeper, darker blue-green, Narragansett Green by Ben Moore (which really leans way more blue than green). We laid down a rug with no regrets. We hung a sconce that had been waiting for The Day.
Well, the day is here!
It’s a really simple room, needing only a few things to make it that place we’d want to curl up in. After surprising ourselves by choosing a dusty lilac velvet for our Milo chair, we agreed that the she should remain the star of the show. Milo is highlighted only by a brassy Cedar & Moss sconce, an oversized art print and a small chrome table. We added an ottoman, too, which was thrifted a million moons ago, and I recovered it with leftover upholstery.
The opposite side of the room, aside from the paint color, has stayed largely the same. Our IKEA Vittsjo hack holds all of our records, and I spent a few minutes re-organizing the upper shelves to display a few things we love, from framed photos to old letters – and our smudge stick, of course!
At one point, we had convinced ourselves that the nook wasn’t worth repainting, but man, we are both thrilled that we did! Narragansett Green is a color that has our hearts; it’s sometimes navy, sometimes a deep forest.In the evenings, the corners look almost black, but as the natural light bounces around midday, it can read as a vibrant teal. The view in and out of the room connects so well to the other parts of our home, and so we remind ourselves once again – it’s just paint! Painting again might not be the most exciting way to spend a day, but it is always worth it when you feel like you’ve nailed it.
We’re happy to call this room ‘done!’, and while we hang out between bigger projects, we’ve been brainstorming like crazy for the bathroom… and the bedroom and the laundry room! We’re riding the inspiration high, apparently!
PS… You might notice we also picked up a new-to-us vintage rug for the living room. It’s larger and fills the space a bit more, and we moved the other one upstairs!
NOOK SOURCES: Wall color: Narragansett Green by Benjamin Moore, color matched to Valspar Optimus // Chair: Milo Baughman, thrifted // Ottoman: thrifted and recovered // Rug: bound carpet remnant // End table: thrifted //Bookcase: Vittsjo with DIY added shelves, IKEA // Record console: vintage // Ceiling pendant light: DIY //Sconce: Ridge, Cedar & Moss // Record catch-all: thrifted // Throw blanket: Crate & Barrel // White ceramic planter: CB2 // Candle: West Elm (heaven!) // Large art: Mexico #3, DIY Frame // Piglet art: Sharon Montrose // Pink horse: thrifted and painted // Subversive cross stitch: gifted // Gold owl: thrifted and painted // bunny: gifted