Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Realistic Reno - TV Room

I must admit, I'm enjoying my Tuesday nights with HGTV.  However miffed, I am inspired as I watch Sarah Richardson renovate a Victorian farm house.  
Despite her incredible vision and unprecedented signature style, I personally feel asthough the budget is unrealistic for the "average" second property owner.  I understand that it is a production but we are rarely made aware of the full sponsorship and comps that come with an on-air reno, not to mention the true time constraints and compromises.  
Coincidently, the show is airing as I am currently transforming a Historic stone farm house for a client.  This project is hands ons, low budget, with a hopeful high impact!  I am very aware of the "must-haves" and "can-do-withouts".  I feel that the opportunity to have it all and spare no expense is a dream for most.  That is why we adore Sarah Richardson and her talented projects.  On air, she is living our home reno dream. In reality, we're all trying to keep up and learn as we go! 

This is the first reveal with more to come.  With finishing touches still in the works, here are the before and after pictures of the TV room that will double as guest accommodations. 


Trim; Acadia White, Benjamin Moore; Walls - Melon Liqueur, Sico
3 Seater Queen Sleeper & Cushions $1780, Rowe
Organic cotton curtains $180, Rowe
Vintage Wicker Chair & Table $60, 
Pine Coffee Table $60, Craigslist
Antique Pine Blanket Box $50, yard sale
Flokati Rug $130; Sheepskin $70, IKEA
Lamps, sprayed white & fitted linen shades $50, Aristocrats
Total Cost $2250 

I am thrilled with the results.  The room has a very comfortable and calming feel, day and night.  The cool colours are warmed by the natural wood tones and the white accents keep the room fresh and welcoming.  Art work is key to the finished product but I haven't found the right pieces yet.  I am hunting for botanical prints, maybe ferns to compliment the drape fabric.

To be continued...
Comments, thoughts and feedback are welcome.

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