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Chris and Julie: Part Two

November 18, 2011
by thenestinggame

When we last left Chris and Julie’s house, they were deciding between three floorplans.

Well, it didn’t take long. In less time than a Chuck Woolery commercial break, they went for Plan 3 (new couch!) and the Sea color palette.

Based on personal experience of everything in our house being painted yellow, I asked Chris and Julie to strongly consider painting the rooms a pale gray (such as Behr’s Silver Drop) and the ceilings and trim a contrasting white to really get the look they wanted. Everything had previously been the same shade of cream.

And within THIRTY SIX HOURS, painters were arriving, wood floors were being refinished,  and I was getting texts saying that the sofa and dining room table had already been ordered. Like I mentioned, I had never done this decorator thing before, but I’m pretty this is not normal.

About a week before they moved in, they were still deciding on the chairs. Along with a slipper chair round up, I also presented some armchair options and they were digging a print fabric chair from West Elm. What they weren’t liking? The 8-12 week lead time. Right there with ya, friends. In my advancing years I’ve learned that some things (like chairs you’ll hopefully have for years and years) are worth the wait. But, I said I’d poke around on Craigslist and maybe we could find a pair that we could have reupholstered locally and only be out 4 weeks or so. Well luck held out for our charmed couple and I found a pair of brand new Ballard armchairs in the PERFECT seafoam green ikat pattern for the same price as the West Elm chairs. Only glitch? They were a little (ok a lot) bigger than the original armchairs, which led to this:

New furniture layout with a smaller coffee table due to the bigger chairs. The super cool rustic cart coffee table was no longer going to work, since it was literally 60″ long (or maybe 48″—can’t remember). The couch now faces the fireplace/TV, which—it’s real life, people. You know you watch TV. Bravo ain’t staying alive on charitable donations.

Enough chatter. Without further ado… Come on in.

I am in love with the white sofa. It is so clean and inviting. The zebra rug never manifested itself, as the floor footprint shrunk a bit with the new chairs, but this flame stitch chevron pillow gives the same effect, as would this pretty zebra one from West Elm.

Here’s a closer look at the chairs. They are so comfortable. Julie picked out the pretty linen curtains from Ikea.

Julie and Chris decided to re-use an end table, bookshelf and lamps they already had. A new house comes with lots of big expenses, so I was happy that they could incorporate some existing pieces. I think the end table above would be great painted white with a vintage-y knob instead of the modern metal pull. Always time for that down the road. The rug is a Pottery Barn sisal rug, very reasonably priced for an 8×10 and much easier on the tootsies than I thought it would be! (Not that I’m walking around barefoot through their house—I asked.)


On the other side, a leaning bookcase serves as an end table and a great place to display art and photos. The coffee table is the lucite table from CB2. It’s small and takes up no visual space. The hard part is remembering it’s there and not tripping over it. This may or may not have happened to one of the homeowners. A low pouf or footstool could easily slide under there for extra seating/foot propping and to add a little warning texture.

The painting came from Homegoods. I was in there one day, saw it and was really taken by it. It’s a real painting, not a printed canvas. I loved the turquoise with the warmer tones to play off the rug, the curtains and the adjacent office which is painted a dark brown.  I knew Julie and Chris would like the wood circle box after they showed me some wood circle art they liked (which you’ll see in the hallway soon). And I loved the vintage silver desk calendar and clocks. As for the built-ins, I thought they could use the wooden boxes to corral remotes and baby toys. The books were sorted by color, and my brass parrot simply wanted to tag along for the afternoon.

If you remember from the Before photo, the fireplace had a black tile surround. I took it into consideration as I worked out the plan, but Chris and Julie had plenty of other black elements (dining room chairs, dining room chandelier, the television) that I didn’t think it would be a problem. But they decided to retile with a simple travertine and I think it makes a huge difference. Oh, and remember the trays?

When it came to art, Chris and Julie sent me an Etsy link with some bookmarked pieces they liked. I completely fell for these charming dog prints on French book pages. The pink bubbles are hand painted. They are from this Etsy shop and I will TOTALLY be buying something from this store for my own home. The frames are from CB2 and I loved the fat mats.

Has all this decorating made you hungry? Well let’s take a look at the dining room.

First of all, I loved the light fixture that was already there. And it’s amazing how perfectly it goes with the West Elm chairs they already had. So that left the table. The Cucina dining table from Crate & Barrel was so lovely. Like, I had a hard time presenting another option to them because THIS WAS THEIR TABLE. The greige paint was soft and the worn table top had a great texture and plenty of black to coordinate with the chairs. And the sucker is heavy.

The cookies were an impulse prop and I totally forgot to eat one after we were done. (First time in my life I have ever forgotten to eat a cookie, I’m sure.) I hope a certain 2-year-old got to enjoy them instead.

Chris and Julie had the mirror in their old house and I suggested they hang it vertically here. And because the space was a little tighter than the floorplans seemed to suggest (despite being drawn to scale, I swear), the console table went bye-bye. However, their kitchen peninsula is just a few steps away and can easily serve as a buffet. The vase I painted was a little housewarming gift and I’m so glad they like it. I went to their house for a Halloween party and saw it sitting out and it warmed the cockles of my little heart.

The last little nook is the hallway. This is what you see straight ahead across the living/dining divide when you walk in the front door. Chris and Julie had the 5 artwork already, and the wood circles were some of their Etsy picks. These circles are what drew me to that box that’s on the leaning bookshelf. Chris and Julie were debating on where to place them, since they are pretty small, and I thought it might be neat to hang them beneath the 5 painting which was hung on an existing nail that was truthfully too high. What’s the solution when you have one nail hole that’s too high? Add 5 more.

On the wall to the right of the 5 is a little telephone nook. I thought it would be cute to paint the inside and add a hook for keys.

On the other side of the wall you can see the console from the original floorplan. It serves as the perfect bar in the kitchen peninsula area and I love seeing the peeks of green from either side. The hippo is a mystery, but I like him.

And THAT is it! Just for fun, let’s see a little before and after, shall we? Living Room…

And Dining Room…

Chris and Julie (and little F), I am so glad you love your home and, as the wise Travis Birkenstock once said, thanks for taking a chance on an unknown kid.

P.S. This is the final weekend to vote for my Moody Glam room in Apartment Therapy’s Room for Color contest sponsored by Farrow & Ball. I’m about 120 votes down! So, if you have a second to spare I’d very much appreciate a vote (or 7) for me.

If you are already registered with Apartment Therapy, go straight to my entry page on Apartment Therapy, make sure you’re signed in and click on ADD TO FAVORITES in the bottom right.

If you are NOT ALREADY REGISTERED with Apartment Therapy, go HERE to register. You can also register with your Facebook or Twitter ID. (A drag, I know. Sorry. And thanks.) Once you’ve done that, go to my entry page and click the ADD TO FAVORITES button in the bottom right.

Many thanks! And happy weekend.

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. Jaime permalink
    November 18, 2011 10:19 am

    Molly, you have amazing decorating skills! Their house looks beautiful; love all of your ideas. Congratulations on your first job!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 20, 2011 9:34 pm

      Thank you, Jamie!

  2. Erika permalink
    November 18, 2011 10:33 am

    I LOVE it all! I want to move in, packing now…

  3. Sadie permalink
    November 18, 2011 11:41 am


    • Elaine Smart permalink
      November 18, 2011 2:40 pm

      Did you vote, Sadie?

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 20, 2011 9:34 pm

      Sadie, i think we lost. Boooooo.

  4. Elaine Smart permalink
    November 18, 2011 2:42 pm

    Awesome job, Molly!
    The house is beautiful and comfortable looking.
    You are welcome to give me lots of suggestions when you are here in a few weeks!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 20, 2011 9:35 pm

      Thanks, Elaine! I am looking forward to Florida “winter”!

  5. Pam permalink
    November 18, 2011 3:25 pm

    What a beautiful job you’ve done, Molly. Such a great inspiration.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 20, 2011 9:35 pm

      Thank you, Pam!

  6. Kerri permalink
    November 18, 2011 3:36 pm

    Beatiful job Molly!! You most definitely have a gift – glad you are sharing it with others!! And Sadie, I’m voting right now!!

    • Elaine Smart permalink
      November 19, 2011 9:14 pm

      Yoo hoo, Kerri!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 20, 2011 9:35 pm

      Thanks, Kerri! That means a lot coming from you!

  7. Liz permalink
    December 2, 2011 3:51 pm

    I love the sofa. Where is it from? Did I somehow miss the resource? Beautiful job.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      December 2, 2011 5:03 pm

      Liz, it’s the Willow sofa (I believe) from Crate & Barrel.

      Thank you!

  8. Jessica permalink
    April 19, 2013 1:02 am

    I LOVE your dining room chairs!! I couldn’t find them on Do you remember what they were called?

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      April 19, 2013 2:12 pm

      They are the Overlapping Squares Side Chair. Thanks for reading!

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