Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Texas Chic Great Room

For today's virtual room, we will be doing a great room in a Texas chic style. For me, Texas chic means a rustic elegance with a touch of Texas charm.  Texas style usually has rich leathers and hides, rustic, hand hewn woods and natural cut stones used indoors.

Our greatroom consists of a family room, a breakfast nook and breakfast bar. We'll start with our walls and ceilings in the family room area. We'll set the tone for the rest of the room by adding rustic wood beams to the ceiling.

Our flooring will be a rich burnished maple engineered hardwood from Lumber Liquidators

The fireplace will be oufitted in dry stacked stone to add to the rustic touch. Below is an example of a finished fireplace wall.

In the niches on either side of the fireplace, we will add a beautiful snake skin patterned wallpaper.

The wall color for the rest of the great room is Sherwin Williams SW6143 Basket Beige

We will also add two consoles inside both niches for additional storage. This rustic piece is from a company in El Paso called Saddle Blanket.

Now we'll add our area rug for the family room area. This modern tree stump design rug is perfect for our family room.

Time for our upholstery. We'll add a rich leather sofa from Bradington Young with nail head detail. Nothing says Texas chic like a rich top grain leather sofa with a worn patina and nail heads.

We'll add a couple pillows to our sofa in this beautiful fabric from Kravet

Next we'll add a couple of swivel chairs. These chairs are from C.R. Laine and will be done in this beautiful leaf fabric from Kravet Couture with a contrast piping.

Next we'll add a secondary seating area with two of these chairs from Sam Moore Chairs

We'll finish these chairs off in the same leather seat as shown, as well as adding the leather on the outer back and the Kravet Couture fabric below on the inner back.

We'll also add a couple of ottomans from Kravet Furniture. They are light weight and can be easily moved around the room for additional seating when needed. They will be covered in the cow hide.

We'll add our cocktail table.This beautiful stone and iron table is from Noir Trading.

Next we'll add a couple side tables. This side table is also from Noir Trading. The one below is from Arteriors.

We'll also add a console table behind the sofa

Next we'll add our window treatments. We'll do really tailored pinch pleat panels from this silk/velvet fabric from Kravet. This will add elegance to the room.

We'll add the lighting and accessories. Our twig chandelier is from Shades of Light and will definitely be a conversation piece.

These lamps are also available at Shades of Light. It's always a great idea to add a lot of lighting to a room

For art above the fireplace, we'll add this armadillo print which will be framed.

Next we'll add three barstools to the breakfast bar. These stools are from Noir Trading. These stools somehow remind me of saddles.

We'll move into the breakfast area. We'll need a breakfast table and six chairs, a rug and a light fixture.
This round table is from Noir Trading and is a combination of reclaimed wood and hammered aluminum. We'll be continuing the wall color from the family room area.

We'll add a square rug to ground the table. When choosing an area rug for a round table, go with either a round rug or a square. make sure that the rug is large enough that even when the chairs are fully drawn out, they will still sit on the rug.

We'll add six chairs from Noir Trading. We'll keep the chairs in this maize color linen.

For our light fixture, we chose this beauty from Shades of Light

Next we'll add the fabric for our window treatments. This fabric is from Kast Fabrics.

So there you have it, a great room done with rustic elegance with a touch of Texas. Hope you are inspired to create the home of your dreams.

Top Three Fun Finds Of The Week:

Barcodes grace almost every product for sale. Given how much package real estate they command, why shouldn't they look cool?

Since 2005, D-Barcode has been creating custom barcodes for a mostly Japanese clientele. They've even begun selling their wares to anyone who wants to license them, starting at $1,500 for the design, and $200 a year for licensing. A custom or exclusive use code will run upwards of $4,000--but given that companies spend millions on designing a single package, why don't we see more detailed thinking like this? Middle managers spend weeks arguing about kerning--it'd be better if they spent more time rethinking every inch of such highly prized real estate.

I know these have nothing to do with interior design, but they sure spark the creativity in me.

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