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{games room: inspirational photos}

January 7, 2011


 My attempt is to create the room on a very strict budget. So far I have only purchased paint, the best money spent so far. For only $45, the room changed dramatically. It went from a gray-lavender to a serene watery blue, Woodlawn Blue, a perfect backdrop for this space. On Wednesday I shared with you the fabric that is inspiring the colour scheme of the space.



 Currently we have a wall of Billy bookcases in a dark stain to house the kids books, photo albums and other reference books along with our ugly computer desk, which is now too big for the space. Hopefully I can source a desk, sofa, side table and TV console/sideboard/bookcase for the room.

Want to see the photos I hope will inspired the design direction of the room?

The first is one of my favourites!


What great idea Emily had using a circa 70's sideboard Craigslist find as a TV console. Perfect for storage as well, I could get our crafts and games to fit into a piece of furniture like that, freeing up space in the closet. We have the same television and I love she incorporated it into a gallery wall. This really de-emphasizs the television, creating a more visual pleasing wall.

Or I am thinking of lower bookshelves to run along the wall with the TV mounted on the wall surrounded by larger scale art such as this basement room in the 2010 Princess Margaret Hospital Lottery home designed by Canadian House and Home.

 Don't the sofas just call out to you, "sit down, curl up"? They are the Ektorp sofa from Ikea, I am thinking they would work perfect in our space. 

Priced right and kid friendly.


The newly created games room will have have a office/computer zone in the corner, I love how this is a stylish yet compact office space.

 Perfect for our room!


This is one of my favourite playroom photos.

What a comfortable, casual and colourful space, perfect for a family to hang out, something I hope to create in our room. 


I guess you would all like to see photos of the room?

OK, here is what the room looked like on Tuesday.

Scary, 
I know.


You'll have to wait until next week to see the current state of chaos the room is in {if you dare}.

XO Barbara

13 comments:

  1. Barbara - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new look of your blog! It was a nice surprise to pop over here and see your new design up & running.

    I'm also really liking the height of the bookcases in your inspiration photo from Desire to Decorate. Lots of storage but also nice display space above. I know your new game room will be beautiful!

    Happy weekend.
    Alissa

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  2. Your fabrics are so beautiful. I love the direction you are headed. It should turn out to be a really comfortable and attractive space.

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  3. Yay, your new blog design is up and running! Very nice :-)

    I love the playroom in the last picture, in particular the low bookcases wrapping around the room.

    I'm so looking forward to seeing how you incorporate the beautiful fabrics & colours into your games room :-)

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  4. Great color you picked, I'm sure the room will look fab after you've tackled it (judging from what I've seen thus far). AND I LOVE the new design! I've been looking forward to see it, and it looks so great!

    Happy Friday Barb!!

    xo Linda

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  5. Oooh! Barbara I LOVE love love your blogs new look, it turned out fabulous! So pretty!! Congrats :)
    Nancy xo

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  6. Your new look is amazing...totally worth the wait :)

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  7. Have fun, looking forward to seeing it when it's done!

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  8. love the new look and love the inspiration and ideas for the games room! i can't wait to see the reveal :)

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  9. love the new look and love the inspiration and ideas for the games room! i can't wait to see the reveal :)

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  10. love the new look and love the inspiration and ideas for the games room! i can't wait to see the reveal :)

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  11. love the new look and love the inspiration and ideas for the games room! i can't wait to see the reveal :)

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  12. I love the fabrics and the inspiration photos. It is always great to find a great fabric and go from there. Makes things much easier. Where did you find that colourful fabric? It is gorgeous.

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  13. I love the photos the inspiration you are using for your game room. I am excited to see how it turns out!

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