In my introduction, I mention I rarely took and shared photos of past projects. This all changed as I entered the blogging world. It’s been an interesting and exhilarating experience, a feeling of the unknown. The feeling of risk taking, adventure, a journey definitely worth sharing!
Speaking of sharing, I decided to share a tidbit of our life prior to New Jersey. We relocated from San Francisco to Houston, Texas in 2016 for Kevin’s career. Our family is always on the move but what a beautiful change of pace! Longhorn cattle, endless smoked brisket, cowboys, tailgate parties, rodeos, tons of hospitality and cheaper taxes. There is a special mystique to the state. We found a beautiful home in a gated community and set down roots until the day we would have to up and move again. Even though our time was short In Houston because of our move to New Jersey, Texas will always have a place in our hearts.
There was a small media room located upstairs, the sellers left behind their “TV Room Furniture” for us to donate to Goodwill. Once the room was empty, there was enormous potential to convert this outdated space into a billiard room for Kevin. I could see Kevin playing pool, drinking a cold beer and watching Dallas Cowboys. With french doors leading into the room, I needed a focal point. The room was begging for color and style. Kevin and I got to work dismantling the old built-in TV cabinet, removing the old carpet, heavy valances, broken blinds and old light fixtures. With a blank canvas, my focus was to create a feature wall. New electrical, drywall and pre cut MDF was used for a bold wainscot design. I painted the ceiling and three walls with a SW neutral shade of warmer beige to keep the room feeling cozy, creating depth and harmony. Designers call this “color drenching” when you are matching color from ceiling to walls. This method also makes small rooms appear larger on scale. I went two swatches darker for the feature wall. The darker paint gave the wall a beautiful striking feature, adding contrast but keeping within the same color chart swatch.
We added new carpet, lights, window shades, and surround sound speakers for the new TV. A pool table, with accessories and cue rack holder was the highlight purchase for Kevin’s man cave. I found two old whisky barrels for tables and added industrial bar stools. We had plans for large wall art and a chess table. However, our home went for sale for our relocation to New Jersey. With my suitcases packed, I look forward to finding a coastal home for my next project. As they say, “be careful what you wish for”. Here we are….a massive waterfront property which will be our biggest project to date.