Well, a lot of people are probably going to cringe but we went ahead and decided to paint the study. I've spent two years going back and forth and I kept changing my mind. For a while I was convinced I liked it better how it was but then once we finished painting the rest of the house I started pondering painting it more and more. Even though I liked how the wood looked, I felt like the room stuck out a bit from the rest of the house and didn't feel as cohesive and still felt somewhat dated. It was definitely the design decision I have been most torn on in the house so far and once I did decide to go ahead having the woodwork painted I kept chickening out. We ended up hiring someone to do the woodwork (for several different reasons one of which was that after painting woodwork for two straight years I was getting quite sick of it - ha, but a few other reasons as well) and then I just went ahead and painted the walls and doors.
I have to say even though I was quite nervous about starting it I am so glad we did it now! I love how it still feels somewhat masculine and cozy but also updated and fresh too and more cohesive with the rest of the house. We kept the trim work and doors the same colors we have used in the rest of the house and then chose a really dark chocolate color called Midsummer Night.
Right after we began making this room over we started working with Arhaus, one of my favorite furniture shops, and are teaming up with them to add a fabulous new sofa into this room. It is due to arrive in about a week or so and I cannot wait! It's HUGE so once it arrives we are going to be rearranging this room quite a bit so this room definitely isn't done, but I am excited about the direction it's going in and cannot wait to get it finished off. When the new sofa arrives we will be moving it onto the wall with the windows and moving the chairs to the other side of it. I think it will open up nicely so you can see right in and see the fireplace. I can't wait to share photos of it later this month!
Until it arrives here is what the room looks like now. We took the slipcover off the ottoman and stole it from the playroom for now and added a faux cowhide rug from Joss and Main. We also added some frames for a gallery wall which has a bunch of old family photos as well as some of the girls and a vase full of faux tulips from HomeGoods for a little bit of elegance. Other than that thought pretty much everything else was already in here.
I've played around with this Grand Plaza Print in here. I love how it looks against the dark walls! I also love how it looks in our master bedroom though so I haven't decided for sure which spot it's going to end up. Once we finished getting this room put together it will be easier to decide.
Although these aren't the prettiest looking shelves I love that every single item on here has personal meaning to us.
Wall Color - Midsummer Night in Matte by Benjamin Moore
Trim Color - Simply White in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Door Color - Mopboard Black in Semi-Gloss by Benjamin Moore
Tufted Chairs - TJMaxx
Ottoman - Target about 8 1/2 years ago (only in here temporarily)
Clock - Savvy Home and Garden in WilliamsburgMirror above Fireplace - family antique
Rug - Joss and Main
Drapery Panels - Ritva Panels from IKEA
Print on the mantel - Gift - purchased at Savvy years about 7 years ago
Plaid Pillows - Target
Blanket - Ralph Lauren about 7 years ago
Frames on Gallery Wall - Michael's
Vase of Tulips - HomeGoodsIn Everything Give Thanks Chalkboard Print - Dear Lillie
Trophy-like Urn - Purchase on 75% clearance at a store called Seasons about 6 years ago
Books on Shelves - Passed on down or gifted from family members
Large White Book - Blurb photo albums
Small White Books - Chatbook photo albums
White dresser - years and years ago at a consignment shop
Lamps - HomeGoods
Grand Plaza Print - Arhaus
I hope you all have a wonderful week!