I am no good at decorating. There, I've said it. It's one of the reasons that I found blogging hard for so long. All of the bloggers I visit seem to have this wonderful decorating gene. I just don't have it. I know what I like and am comfortable with, but when it comes to taking a room and seeing what it needs to really come to life ...well, I just keep staring. Even with bloggers and Pinterest for inspiration, I am still stymied. This is where my amazing mother comes in.
Well, we wanted to do something creative with the room, with a little bit of adventure thrown in. My (adult) kids had some ideas of what they wanted to do, but weren't quite sure how to make it come together on a budget. So, I called my wonderfully gifted and creative -- especially when it comes to decorating -- mother. She immediately said, "Oh, what you're wanting is a British colonial look with a hint of jungle." OK, but still how to accomplish it?
She began to brainstorm, and then she started to search the web and pin things to Pinterest for us. We thought about function (for the kids to be able to camp out down there and even bunk down if they wanted to). We thought about light (because there are no windows). We thought about furniture (because we knew those old sofas were going to have to go). We thought about flooring (because we knew that awful green carpet had to go). We thought about what we could do with the dark brick fireplace. We thought about the "adventure" theme that the kids were wanting... and suddenly a plan began to come together.
We knew we had just enough money for a couple of key purchases, so we chose an affordable futon so that there would be something to sleep on down there. I had a wicker rocker that had been in our first nursery that would work. We found some great throw pillows -- some were given and some were purchased. We found a "rattan" chair that was a floor model and was very reduced in price. We found a throw rug that virtually matches the floor. We even found a couple of other accent blankets and things. We were also given an old trunk that really goes well with the decor. We found a great mirror that functions much like a window for the room. And here is the result:
We love how it turned out, and best of all the kids have gotten a tremendous amount of use out of it. Amazing how far a little inspiration can go with someone as creatively wired as my mother is. I am blown away by her gift for this because while I did get some creative genes, I certainly didn't get this one!