Here we go…

October 8, 2009

The Study/Library/Formal Living Room

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ashley Hawthorne @ 3:20 pm

This is what the room looks like now.  As I mentioned in the previous post, this is an extra room off the kitchen/living.  Its pretty large- 350 square feet, and has a huge window to the front yard.  This is also the room that you will enter into if you come to the front door.  That being said, I am thinking cozy, comfortable, conversation, no tv, reading, coffee, magazines, music, glass of wine, etc.  I have never had an “extra” room (seeing that our house is 900 square feet and I have been in apartments before that), so I am especially excited about what will happen here!  Check out the before…

pink room before011


Here are my “after” thoughts…



  1. Oh my word — that is my coffee table. And I have a cheap version of the rug from Ikea … I think I love your style. 🙂

    Comment by Kat — October 8, 2009 @ 4:56 pm

  2. that’s hilarious! i love it! i really am digging the gray/elephant color walls paint. its shown peeking out from behind things, and I really will have different art, but this is mostly just a “concept board” per se. im super ready to rip out that dang pink/mauve carpet!

    Comment by ashleysthoughts — October 8, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

  3. oh! and the fabric for the curtains will be something funky and probably geometric. maybe yellow and white?

    Comment by ashleysthoughts — October 8, 2009 @ 5:02 pm

  4. I love your grey, too. Grey is so hard — I tried to do grey in our place in London and it came out too blue. Where is the color from? I love Farrow and Ball’s paint. I ended up doing the grey sofa though so I am going to do cream on the walls in my next house — we’re renting now so I can’t paint on a whim … ugh!!!!

    Comment by Kat — October 8, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

  5. grey is hard! We just painted our master bedroom (in the new house) grey and it turned out a little more blue then I thought it would. I still like it though. It has such a soothing feel to it!

    Comment by Amanda — October 9, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

  6. regarding gray, i’d say stick with the warmer tones unless you WANT it to be blueish. grays will always be blue when they are in the cool side. a few good options are:

    Sherwin Williams “Jogging Path” (SW7638), “Collonade Gray” (SW7641), “Pavestone” (SW7642)

    Helpful paint hint! If you want to buy paint from another source, such as Benjamin Moore, you can use a paint chip from ANY company. They will match it. You could even take them a favorite shirt or something and they can match that color (usually)! fun times.

    Comment by ashleysthoughts — October 9, 2009 @ 1:20 pm

  7. Ashley, regarding your yellow and white geometric print curtains, how do you feel about plantation shutters? Are they too “cottage-y” for more modern styles? Are they “done”? What’s the next thing in windows? Enquiring minds want to know. xx

    Comment by Katherine — October 9, 2009 @ 9:16 pm

  8. i dont think plantation shutters will ever “go out.” honestly, they are so great and functional. i would not put them in a really contemporary or modern space. if your house is transitional, i think they will work fine! just make sure to use a pretty contemporary fabric to offset them!

    as far as what is the next thing- i am really loving solar shades of every type. keeping the windows as open as possible is great (maybe sheers and a great fabric combo) but there are rooms when more privacy is needed (if your house has a busy streen out front, bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.). Solar shades come in a HUUUUGE assortment of colors, but keep it simple! in my office i have white shades that look like this:

    you can specify the opacity depending on if you are just cutting back glare or trying to make it more private.

    Comment by ashleysthoughts — October 12, 2009 @ 6:52 pm

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