Tatertots & Jello Giveaway Winner Design

A few weeks ago www.tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com gave away a 2 hour design consultation with me. Ellie Perez was the winner and she needed help with her theater room. The budget is tight, but that is not a big problem for me! 😉 Fortunately, Ellie says she is handy with a sewing machine and I plan to take advantage of that in this room. As I have said before, sewing is a must in budget decorating… I can’t stress this enough.

I would start out by rearranging the furniture… placing the sofa on the “guitar” wall and the love seat in front of the window.

I would have make some dark brown slipcovers in a kid/pet friendly dark brown (or you could do a darker taupe) to update and freshen up the look.

Something like this Pottery Barn slipcovered sofa.

Need a great tutorial on how to slipcover?  http://customslipcoversbyshelley.blogspot.com/ has a great one for sale on her website.

Behind the sofa, on the expansive wall, I would create a movie/theater poster wall. I would  frame out the posters in a regular frame so you can easily change them out as you desire. Paint the wall 1 to 2 shades darker than your existing wall paint and  add additional molding to really create drama. Something  similar to this:

The movie wall will be painted a nice crisp white and trimmed out in molding to frame it out.

I would paint the trim something fun like a silver to make it pop and then stencil the rest of the wall black in this really cool Hollywood Squares pattern to further customize the wall and give it the attention it should as the true focal wall it  should be.

Get stencil here:


Finally, the big design dilemma is this wall:

In between the corner and the heating duct/vent I would do some built in bookcases in black (or you could go white if you prefer. To disguise the vent, but still allow airflow, I would make a door out of radiator cover metal (there is an example on the mood board I created) and then mimic it on the very opposite side to create symmetry.  Then get a fun chair to tuck in the corner… Maybe a cowhide or a red chair?

As far as the window treatments, keep the existing brown ones and you could possibly add several red horizontal stripes to give them interest. One thing about me is I am not afraid to do numerous patterns in the same room (as is apparent in the mood board). Especially in a large room like this you can get away with it. But if several stripes are too much maybe one large one would work just fine. The rug is a damask one I found on www.o.co  but you could go with a houndstooth or something else.  The swatches on the right of the mood board are fabrics I would use for a variety of toss pillows on the sofas and sitting chair. 

Here are the links for the fabrics and rug:

Richloom Invigorate Lacquer


Premier Prints ZigZag Black/White


Richloom Trendsetter Manhattan


Indoor/Outdoor Modern Houndstooth Red


Vintage French Feedsack Claudine Stripe Black


Hand-tufted Sabrina Off-white Wool Rug (5' x 8')


I hope you like this plan Ellie!

Well… this will be my last post for a couple of weeks, my new little addition is being delivered via c-section early Wednesday morning, but I hopefully have a couple of guest posters in the meantime. Then I’ll be back ready to bring you more fun design ideas.

Happy Monday… and Happy Fourth of July! =)

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