As we move along with our renovation — 7 more weeks to go! — I’m starting to really dig into the nitty gritty of the furnishings and accessories required once the finishes finally go in.
Man, it’s a doozy.
If I could give anyone willing to undertake a whole house renovation some advice, it would be this:
While the majority of your budget should be allocated towards the renovation itself, add another 15-20% for those often overlooked, yet very important details.
This “fund” will cover all of your inevitable furnishing and accessory needs… and trust me, there are quite a few. These are the smaller, hidden costs of renovating a house that add up and make quite the dent on your bank account.
From new rugs, to bed linens, curtains/rods, occasional tables, wall art and consoles, my current renovation wishlist is actually becoming a reality. Throughout this “Sale Season” I’ve been slowly ticking items off my list so that when we’re finally ready to move in, we should have a good foundation to work with.
Here are a few of the pieces that I’ve purchased that are currently inspiring my design direction:
Our family room is quite large and requires an oversized and deep sectional to fit the scale of the space. After looking high and low for a sectional that was both comfortable and well as contemporary, I came across THIS down-filled beauty. I selected a soft grey heather fabric (Dave Heather in Camden) for the upholstery and can’t wait to break that bad boy in. It’s definitely a napping couch.
You can’t have a great couch without a great TV — at least in my house, so a media console was also at the top of my shopping list. We sold our beautiful midcentury styled walnut console with our old house and I was on the hunt for something similar that was low profile, without appearing too modern. I loved the HENDRICK because it was a great blend of contemporary and classic. Best of all, it is sized to work with the large scale of the room without costing a fortune. The light wood tone will also play well with the grey flannel couch and white ship lap on the walls. I can’t wait to get this guy all set up!
Prepare to see a lot of this rug… it’s going in 3 rooms in my home: the living room (9′ x 12′), the family room (9′ x 12′) and the hallway (8′ runner). I wanted a neutral base with some pattern, but nothing too graphic or oversized. I want to look at the rug from a distance and simply see neutral texture and a good, grounding base color for the furniture that’s sitting on top. This FADED CROWNED ROSETTE RUG in “Ivory” fit the bill. The ivory is not quite ivory… I would call it a light taupe. As a bonus, the busy weave will hide any future stains or spills… because you know they’re coming.
With our move comes some bed shuffling. My 9 yo is getting upgraded to a full sized bed (from my daughter’s old bedroom), my 6 yo is getting a queen sized bed (from the old guest room), and my guests are getting a brand spankin’ new queen bed! I was stalking this FELICIA UPHOLSTERED TUFTED QUEEN BED after seeing it used on one of my favorite decorating blogs (honestly, I totally forget which one!). It was by far, the best bed for the money. Very rarely can you find an upholstered headboard in a queen size for under $400. This one was a complete BED – with side panels and all. Reading all of the glowing reviews absolutely sealed the deal.
Since my daughter was upgrading to a large, queen-sized sleigh bed, it was only fit that we finally get her some nightstands to finish out her room. Her furniture is predominately dark cherry wood (bed, dresser + etagere), with a white antique wood desk/vanity and coordinating white upholstered desk chair situation. I thought white nightstands would tie it all together and contrast with the dark woods. I found these CAMPAIGN STYLE NIGHTSTANDS at TARGET, of all places. Seriously, why am I even surprised at this point?! TARGET’s design team has been killing it lately!
Actually, my favorite recent Target purchase HAS to be THESE LAMPS which are going to flank the guest room bed. It is the perfect harmony of modern and timeless design at a price you can’t say no to.
I gotta say, this was definitely one of the trickier purchases for this house. Since we don’t have a formal dining room and only a large eat-in area directly off the kitchen, I need this table to be functional and pretty to look at. While we’re only a family a 4, we do entertain quite a bit. It’s not uncommon for us to host large scale dinners for both friends and family with upwards of 10 adults. I needed this table to seat 6 comfortably on a regular base, but then have the flexibility to expand it to seat 10-12. Did I mention that it needs to be round? Oy vey.
A few weeks ago I came across this CAMERON EXTENDABLE ROUND TABLE at ETHAN ALLEN and I immediately knew it was the one. I loved the style, the finish (cool medium brown with grey tint) and the fact that it was on sale for 30% off. I already purchased new GREY SLIPCOVERS for my beloved parson dining chairs (currently in storage) and I can’t wait to put this room into action.
This might just qualify for best purchase yet… a BAR CART. Not just any old bar cart, though. I had to replace my beloved bar cart (sold with the house) and wanted something that was going to be a showstopper once styled. I saw this architectural masterpiece and practically squealed with joy when I saw that WORLD MARKET was running a huge promotion (40% off). While sadly, this particular style is no longer available (make sure to sign up for a restock notice!), WORLD MARKET does have other awesome bar cart options to choose from on sale — like THIS ONE!
So, what do you think of this eclectic mix?
It’s definitely a testament to high-low decorating. I just can’t wait to see it all finally come together!
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