Our Media Room {FAQ on our Navy Sectional}

Media Room Navy Sectional - The Inspired Room

From time to time I like to share some of my FAQ from readers on the blog.

Today I thought I would answer a question I get quite often about this room we call our “media room.” I haven’t talked about this room much, so no wonder there are always questions about the sectional and how it’s holding up! A couple of years ago we decided to create a media space upstairs in one of the bedrooms and move our TV from the family room upstairs. It’s not a really big room, so to make this space really cozy and functional for a big group to gather around for movie or game watching, we got a La Z Boy sectional years ago (the Collins).

I have to say that over two years and several dogs later, we still LOVE our sectional. It is so comfy, so soft, and has been really durable. None of the fears I had in choosing this sofa were founded, the wild dogs, the teen boy, the food … none of it has damaged the sectional!

We use this room all the time. We have dreams of ripping out the carpet and adding hardwoods in here, but that’s a someday plan (and honestly, how in the world does one get new hardwood floors in a fairly small room when you have a giant sectional like this? Hmmm). My husband uses this space as an office, too (he works from home during the week, still for our church) and so lately we’ve been working on a few changes to the space which I can show you once I find the time to take pics. :)

PS. The new leather love seat (toffee leather) I ordered back in September for the family room downstairs (see my post about why we are getting leather here) is scheduled to be delivered TODAY! Yay! Bonus, I got 25% because it was on sale. I’ll let you know what I think about it, soon!


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A Memorable Kitchen: 4 Takeaway Tips

Blue Kitchen Island - Lee Ann Thornton InteriorsLee Ann Thornton in House Beautiful

I love analyzing photos of rooms to notice design ideas and find takeaway tips I can use in my own home. What makes a room memorable? Even if we can’t remodel a kitchen in the same way, the principles we take away can be applied to our own space in small ways to create a memorable room of our own.

Take Away Tips - The Inspired Room

1. Mix Nature Inspired Colors

This kitchen has a beautiful color scheme. Shades of blue, green, white, gray and brown create a soothing color palette inspired by nature.

2. Pay Attention to Details

The details make this space captivating. The painted wood plank ceiling adds a layer of character. The barstools have great detail like nailhead trim, rattan backs and leather seats. A corbel was added to the island. Design details were repeated for impact, such as the curved open shelf detail on the display space and the curve of the opening into the next room, the double lanterns and double sinks. The island has a lot of detailed molding to give it presence in the room.

3. Focus on Statement Pieces

This room has statement pieces that make it memorable. Two interesting lanterns and the unique sea blue cabinet color of the island make it an unforgettable kitchen.

4. Add Texture and Warmth

Contrasting materials and layers of texture make this room inviting and interesting. The wood, leather, and rattan bar stools add texture and warmth in contrast to the smooth painted cabinets, marble counters and silver tone of the lanterns, sink, faucets and accessories. The dark wood floors, woven accessories, and planked ceiling add additional texture and interest.

Island Paint Color: Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe

What is your favorite design element of this kitchen?

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