All of the furniture in this post was generously donated by Raymour and Flanigan.
I’ve always been a big fan of ensemble movies where a group of heroes come together to save the day. The Avengers make me cry. Ocean’s 11 brings me to my knees. And don’t even get me started on Harry Potter! Which is why I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with five fiercely-talented bloggers on a project spearheaded by Amos House and Made By Carli.
Our task? To design four living rooms for women being reunified with their children. The real hero? Raymour and Flanigan for donating all of the furniture that made this reveal possible! Be sure to grab a box of tissues because this post is going to have you sobbing harder than when Doby died. (In a good way!)
The six of us split up into teams of two to conquer four living rooms in the newly renovated house. I had the privilege of being partnered with Carli on the first floor apartment. All movies must have some type of conflict (Yes, this is going to be an ongoing metaphor), so I guess this was ours. A gorgeous living room with original hardwoods, lots of natural light, and a stunning fireplace. To be honest, there really was no conflict other than the fact that Carli and I had no idea where to put the television stand. And compared to what some of the other ladies were up against, this was a lucky problem to have!
Often when characters face conflict they devise a plan to resolve it. In our case, we created several mood boards and shopped our hearts out! (Great plan, right?) Without knowing the new tenant’s style, Carli and I stuck to what we knew and loved: modern with pops of blue. After the design boards were complete, the two of us met at Raymour and Flanigan where we finalized our pieces for the space. And with extra money in the budget, we were able to furnish the kitchen/dining area as well! Talk about heroes! 😉
Or should I say the resolution? Because isn’t that the best part of every movie? When the team works together to overcome the challenge at hand! Carli and I wanted the room to be about conversation so we centered everything around the fireplace, leaving the TV stand as an afterthought. With such a wide selection of sofas, it was difficult to narrow it down to just one from Raymour and Flanigan! Ultimately we chose a dark grey (kid-friendly) microfiber couch with clean lines. To offset all of the modern pieces, we opted for two barrel-style Fitz Accent Chairs. And lastly, the Malta Area Rug was the perfect addition to tie the room together and protect the reclaimed floors.
We’re not finished yet! Remember that extra money we had in the budget? Check out the kitchen/dining area that Carli and I designed. I may have left out the fact that there was a SECOND historic fireplace just located steps away in the massive kitchen. (But everyone loves a good surprise ending, right?) To ensure that this space would encourage gathering, we centered the hair-pin leg dining table in the middle of the room and added the Larchmont Cart for extra storage.
The Dramatic Ending
Do you want to see the best part of the entire process? Click the video below to watch as we reveal the apartment to the new tenant. And remember, I warned you to keep a box of tissues handy! I’m not crying, you’re crying!
Now it’s time to roll the credits! Be sure to check out the rest of the talented ensemble’s apartment reveals! Also, a huge thank you to Amos House and Raymour and Flanigan for making this such a fun project to be a part of!