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As you all know my passion is fashion, but I have also decorated, knocked down walls in many a home, always changing furniture around and on the look out for something to put on a bare wall. Today, I would like to show you around part of our home here in Georgia. We moved here in 2010 from the UK. This house had been empty for 2 years and was desperately in need of some tender loving care.

Our latest project was the downstairs family room, which also doubles as a guest lounge and entertainment area.

My idea was to try and achieve a more contemporary feel for this room. It needed to blend with the rest of the house but be distinctly different from our sitting room upstairs.

Upstairs Sitting Room – furniture from Haverty’s

Dining Room

Our downstairs Room

A view from the back of the house of both decking areas.

We started with the floor. As the room opened out onto a deck which in the warmer months we use regularly as it is our outside dining and BBQ area, therefore, the through-put of traffic can be quite heavy. The flooring needed to be tough!  These African black tiles (although they look charcoal) are waterproof so could be used outside too. An area Rug added warmth to the room.

As we have 2 patio doors, lighting was important but also privacy – as the room is at the back of the house, the sun glares through the windows from 12md to dusk. These blinds were perfect, as they kept the room cool in the summer and could be opened up then in the cooler months. Additional lighting came from the table top lamps and ceiling light. Fitting the ceiling light was initially like a rubiks cube challenge! however, we mastered it in the end.

The leather sofa, matching chair, swivel chair and footstool/coffee table by Ikea. The media unit was also an Ikea find. Tray table from West Elm. Accessories, West Elm, Home Goods, TJ Max, Pottery Barn, Pier Imports and some we shipped over from the UK, when we moved here to the US.

The wall art was initially designed by Rich at www.hungupdesigns.com. These are orignal albums and are interchangeable.

A conversation piece if nothing else.

Wall colour Behr, Rhino and Creek Bend.

What was also important was that the colours should flow easily to the upstairs living and kitchen areas. This was achieved by linking the downstairs and upstairs with the staircase, a combination of mosaic tiles on the backboard of the stairs and finished hardwoods in Dark Cherry. On the stairs, each stair had to be measured individually and finished on site, the colours although not a perfect match, compliment the overall look along with the spindles on the stairs.

Hope you enjoyed the tour?

What is your favourite room in your home?

What is the biggest project you have undertaken?