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Our colorful study reveal

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Good morning! I am so happy to be sharing our colorful study reveal with you today. I cannot believe it is finally finished. Well, 95% finished. We still need to setup the homework/desk area along with shelves for books but that will have to wait until after Christmas. This study makeover started over a year ago when my friend Darlene from Fieldstone Hill Designs created a mood board full of inspiration to transform our previous playroom to a bigger kid study that adults would also enjoy hanging out in. We deviated a bit from the original mood board as it took me SO long to finally get started on the room and many of the items we chose last year were no longer available. colorful Study reveal-8 The study before: colorful study reveal A tad different right? This room was a catch all for random furniture and kids toys which served as the playroom. Once my dad finally agreed to help me makeover the outdated 1970’s fireplace, I knew it was time to give this space a complete overhaul. Like huge! Be sure to check out our fireplace makeover tutorial and see how we took this fireplace from 1970 to 2013. colorful Study reveal-10 The room is painted in Sherwin Williams Emerald Interior, Pottery Barn colors “Steamed Milk” on the wall and “Extra White” on the trim and fireplace. Did you know that Sherwin Williams now features all the Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Teen, Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm colors? You can find the fall/winter pallets here. The emerald interior paint is super smooth and rolls on beautifully. colorful Study reveal-11 The rug is compliments of Dash and Albert and is called “Trimaran Stripe”. If you are not familiar with Dash and Albert rugs, it’s time to get aquatinted. I have several of their rugs and the quality is superb while trendy and stylish. LOVE. THEIR. RUGS. You can find other Dash & Albert inspiration along with their sister site, Pine Cone Hill on my pinterest board, “Decorate for the Holidays with Dash & Albert + Pine Cone Hill.” colorful Study reveal-12

Are you loving the storage trunk? My friends at Wayfair were kind enough to donate the trunk to our room and I absolutely love how it has a lift top and offers a large amount of storage inside. I will be sharing more on this trunk later this week but this guy is rock solid and beautifully constructed. I absolutely love how the metal trim coordinates with the metal TV console. That happened by accident!

colorful Study reveal-13 The drapery fabric is by Sarah Richardson and is called Brookhaven Coral. I purchased 6 yards and made two 93″ panels. Purchasing your own fabric is an inexpensive way to get a custom look. I know, some of you are saying, “but I don’t sew?” Well, use a product called stitch witchery which is a no sew option. I did sew these panels but checkout my no sew burlap tutorial if you are interested in the stitch witchery method. It’s SO easy! colorful Study reveal-14 I recovered a bean bag with pony print fabric to add a fun seating alternative for the kids. I love how the pony print coordinates with the striped rug from Dash & Albert. We did splurge and purchase a new couch as well as a media console. colorful Study reveal-15 I created the wall art below using coordinating fabric by Sarah Richardson called highpoint in coral. I will share this tutorial soon. colorful Study reveal-2 This space is meant to be kid friendly so I wanted to make sure the colors were fun and bright but not to kiddish if that makes any sense. Living with four generations under one roof, space is limited so the room serves as a play area, study & blogging area and TV area. It needed to be comfortable for all ages. I created the “JOY” sign last week and used our DIY ornament wreath I made a couple weeks ago as the “O”. I will share the JOY tutorial later this week.

colorful study reveal

I will be sharing more of this space this week once I finish adding the remaining Christmas elements.

I found the industrial style media chest at our local Restoration Hardware outlet for a steal! It has a few scratches and minor imperfections so the cost was 60% less then the retail price. Restoration Hardware is one of my most favorite places in the world but it’s a bit out of my budget most of the time so their outlet is a perfect go-to spot when looking for something industrial, trendy and unique. It offers loads of storage inside and houses all of my son’s legos, games and figurines.

colorful study reveal

The couch is from Boston Interiors and the apothecary style lamps are from Ballard Designs. I don’t exactly follow the “dark fabric” rule when it comes to furniture and kids + pets. When we purchased the white sectional for our family room, some of you just about died! ha. I still remember a few emails from readers telling me I was absolutely crazy for buying a white couch. This couch, like our white sectional, is pre-treated with a stain protector and I did purchase an accidental stain warranty. It covers everything including dog pee and red wine :). The fabric on our new couch is also a microfiber fabric that is super durable and kid friendly. I truly believe in buying what you love and I don’t think you should have to sacrifice style because you have kids and pets. colorful Study reveal-17 Darlene had a brilliant idea to display the kids wall art on either side of the television and the frames from Home Goods were a perfect size. All of the decorative pillows, throw blanket, wrapping paper, blue tree ornaments and small picture frames were compliments of Home Goods. Home Goods did provide me with gift cards for an upcoming project related to Christmas decorating (which I will be sharing later this week) so of course, our new study got a few fresh Christmas items from Home Goods.

colorful study reveal

I want to thank my friend Darlene for all of her help. She went “above and beyond” helping me coordinate the colors and prints. She offers a very reasonable e-consultation design service and is so fun to work with. Be sure to check her out at Field Stone Hill Design. You can see the mood board she created for me here.

our colorful study reveal

Our colorful study reveal is almost checked off the renovation bucket list. After Christmas I plan on creating a homework area along the stairway as well as hanging a few shelves for books. Thank you to Wayfair, Dash and Albert, Sherwin Williams for providing the paint and Home Goods for the fabulous products.

Disclosure: All opinions and words are 100% my own. The products are gorgeous and we

love them in our room! 🙂

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  1. Gorgeous! It’s pretty and colorful but still warm and cozy. Love everything about it! Everything about it is fantastic. You must love walking into that room each day. πŸ™‚ Sharon

    1. I sure do Sharon! It’s so much more welcoming and comfortable πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. tiffany gugino says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I love the room!!

  3. It looks absolutely amazing, Jessica! I love all of the colors! I could see myself claiming this room as my own…can you lock everyone else out πŸ˜‰ ?

    1. I was thinking the same thing Jessica! OH , this would be a perfect room for me πŸ˜‰

  4. LOVE this room and loving all the bright & cheerful Christmas decor!! The “JOY” over the fireplace is awesome!! You never disappoint Jessica!!

  5. Jessica! It is just wonderful! I love how colorful it is… I just know your family is going to enjoy relaxing in this space.
    I think your space is the perfect example of how someone can work with an interior designer to gain vision and direction, but still diverge from the original plan with confidence! Great work executing the design!

    1. Thank you Natalie and I think the couch is pretty cool too πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Love this SO much! What a great room! You totally had me at the rug!

    Have an awesome day rock star!

  7. The study turned out so nice! It’s fresh and bright and a HUGE difference from before. Great job Jess in making this a very inviting space!

  8. What a cheery room! I have spotted that coral colour a couple of times lately and I think it’s making a huge comeback! The trunk is lovely – and the tv console is unusual and fun! Xmas deco’s look good too πŸ™‚

  9. Seriously!! This room is amazing. I’m not sure what I love best! Every detail is perfect. Great job my friend!

  10. Your room is fabulous!! So fun, colorful, cheerful and whimsical. I saw you featured on Favorite Paint Colors today and popped on over to your blog. What a wonderful space you have created for your family. Did you make your star pillows?

  11. Where did you find your fun Christmas stockings?

  12. So pretty! May I ask where the couch is from?

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