A Friend’s Back Room Part 1

After seeing my DIY pillows for our bedroom, a friend asked if I would make some pillows for her. “Sure!” I said. Turns out, she was really interested in my helping her redecorate her open family room and eat-in area at the back of her house. I was certainly honored that she would ask for my help in doing this. I knew it would be a fun project to work on with her. We still have a few things to do, but I thought it would be fun to document the phases here.

Let’s begin with a few before photos:

{ This is the view from the front door, looking towards the back of the house. }

{ Kitchen is all the way to the left, eat-in area in front of the french door style back door, and family room to the right. }

{ The family room. }

{The family room view from the eat-in area. }

Sally is a very talented artist who painted the letters that are hanging in Analiese’s room. She, like I, has her own business from home. We have very different talents that we can deeply respect and appreciate about each other.

Sally’s goal was to make this room into something that she and her husband could relax in. She wanted a serene atmosphere “like her sister’s house has”. However, there were some limitations to work with: a budget (of course), keeping the walls the same since she had them painted recently, and no new furniture until their kids are old enough to not destroy it.

In addition to painting, Sally is a photographer. And, as you can see, she loves to display her family around the house. I definitely didn’t want to take these treasures away from her, but thought it would be nice to have them as a feature of the room rather than scattered all around.

Enter my favorite way to display photos. Remember that little tutorial I did a while back. Well, here it is again in all of its glory:

You’ll also see that we hung some curtain rods over the window as well as the back doors, too. The mirrored window treatments act as bookends to the photo collage. The light, neutral sheer panels really open up the room and make it feel airy and coordinated.

And here it is with framed photos (we realized that we were short one frame, so you’ll see the nail holes where it’s now hung):

I just love the way her beautiful family is the first thing you see when you walk in the door.

The large piece of art work that was hanging here before is now in the entry way.

Curtains are from IKEA and my beloved RIBBA frames have yet to disappoint. However, since Sally has five little ones running around, I suggested securing the frames to the wall by using a little dab of sticky tack. Worked like a charm.

Up next…those curtains get a little DIY face lift.

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  1. The other day when I put a picture up (at my office) with a couple pushpins, I thought of your instructional on how to hang pictures…I chuckled at the thought of how you would be totally appalled, but probably not all that surprised. Now this masterpiece! Oh my Heather, you are one talented gal with a whole lot of patience! And I love you :)

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