This week I thought I would show you the room we call the Adult Lounge. As I’ve explained before, nothing adulty-adult goes on in here. After Opal goes to bed we retreat to this room to drink a beer and watch a show (current obsessions include Orphan Black and Parade’s End).
I’ve been working away on this room in fits and starts for months, and it has become one of my favorite spaces in the house. Unfortunately I don’t have proper before photos, so here are some candid outtakes from my life to give you an idea of where I began:
If you’re able to, direct your eyes away from that handsome man and adorable wiggly baby (who is obviously a genius!), into the room on the left. I went through a pretty heavy duty every-room-painted-a-different-color-including-but-not-limited-to-an-oxblood-accent-wall phase, and this room was no exception. The TV sat on a cheap espresso veneer stand, and there was nothing on the walls. It was sad.
We lived like this for years, and it’s not like we never spent any time in here. Nay, dear reader, time was spent: All five seasons of The Wire, and all six seasons of The Sopranos. Twice. All this time led to the formation of an indent in my spot on the couch that was the exact width of my posterior end. We called it The Gulf of Badonkin.
The photo above shows a progress shot. This was after I painted the walls white, and we ripped out the carpet and nine billion staples. The floor under the carpet is finished fir. You can see in the progress photo the over-sprayed paint on the edges of the floor, and under the rug there is some damage from the staples and tack strips.
On a recent visit my mother in law basically refinished the floor while Chester and I went to a movie. Yes, I am the kind of person who leaves her mother in law on her hands and knees sanding while I go out gallivanting. She did a great job, got all the paint off, and made it look beautiful again.
Now, at long last, it looks like this:
This room is really small, and because of where the windows and doors are, the TV can only go on the far wall, which means the couch has to go under the window.
The couch is a dream; petite but incredibly comfortable with its down-wrapped foam cushions. Wolsey has shown no interest in scratching the velvet, and the dogs, who spend a considerable amount of time looking out the window from this perch, haven’t stained or torn the upholstery (knock on wood).
In this photo the console table looks more red than it is in real life. The color is actually electric watermelon, and I’m crazy about it. The cord management situation isn’t perfect, but it isn’t a major eyesore either. I hung the artwork partially behind the tv on purpose, on the theory that it makes the tv look less important. The large boom box painting is another by Carol Crump Bryner. The dog portrait to the left of the tv is of my beloved Megan, my Mega-Babe. A kinder soul never lived.
My love of birds and plants is on display in this room, as in every room of the house (see, e.g., the mallard footed mirror in the bathroom). The print is of a raft of Murres, by the late great Diana Tillion.
One of the difficulties in this room was fitting in another place to sit other than the couch. It’s hard to tell from these photos, but there is a door to the right of the TV, as well as the door that leads into the room by the stairs. That means that the only place a chair can go is in front of the bookshelves, which felt awkward. Enter the hanging chair. I have always loved hanging chairs because they’re fun, but in this case it just made the most sense. It’s a super comfortable place to sit, it doesn’t take up much visual space in front of the window and shelves, and it’s nice to be able to pivot toward the couch for conversation and toward the tv for a show. Also, and of paramount importance, the cats approve.
So, that’s the Adult Lounge. Thanks for coming along on the tour, and here are sources for the non-vintage/one of a kind items:
Rug, West Elm / Coffee Table, West Elm / Console Table, Blu Dot / Chevron Side Table, West Elm / Table Lamps, West Elm / Couch, sofa.com / Hanging Chair, Serena and Lily / Bird Planter, West Elm / Kilim Pillow on Hanging Chair, One Kings Lane