So…Our dining room was being used for my husband’s music recording equipment until recently. (Sorry these photos are lame, but they were the only “before” photos I had):
His stuff basically took up the entire room. So, imagine my surprise when he told me he was moving it out and I had the room back! What to do, what to do…? We decided we wanted it for more “hanging out” space, since we like to have a lot of people over. So, a room with seating and a space for our music collection seemed like the perfect idea.
I decided that an ethnic vibe, leaning a bit toward Moroccan would be cool. I found some inspiration on-line:
Where to start? I have always wanted to wallpaper or do something cool with a wall in this room, and I found this awesome tutorial on pinterest from this blogger: http://www.whiletheysnooze.blogspot.com/2012/07/diy-moroccan-style-wall-stencil.html
Her directions were perfect and she even had the stencil as a downloadable file! Thank you Sarah for awesome inspiration! I gave the wall a fresh coat of white and penciled the stencil and got to painting!
Despite the textured wall it turned out great!
Just a note: I bought one of those 3$ color sample paint containers at Lowe’s, and there is still more than half the container left after painting this wall. A little goes a long way! This project took me around 4 hrs. start to finish. Not bad for a few free hours during the week.
We love this room in the morning-the skylight and east facing window let in plenty of light!
We needed seating, so I suggested that Matt BUILD something. He obliged, and within a few hours he scavenged enough wood and built this bench/couch. We always have random pieces of wood hanging around the house, so rarely do we have to BUY supplies for something like this! I threw some fabric over a foam pad hidden in the garage and covered some pillows…A tutorial is here if you’d like to learn how to make some of these pillows: https://kineticheart.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/you-too-can-make-cute-pillows/
We like to surround ourselves with objects that have meaning to us; special artwork by loved ones and little trinkets from our travels.
For me, making a home is not about how “awesome” you can decorate. It’s about creating an environment that inspires, makes you laugh, and helps everyone feel at home.