Laura's Bonus Room

My friend Laura just bought a new house! I was very honored that she asked me to help her inject some personality into their new bonus room. Since the new house is substantially larger than their first "starter home" they were already spending quite a bit on furniture. They already had the basic pieces for the bonus room - an L-shaped desk, pull-out sofa, tv cabinet, and bookcase. But they needed some accents and some color! And with a $300 budget for those pieces, some creativity! Have your own decorating dilemma? Let me help!

Since they just moved in, the room is just an empty shell. Here is what I suggested for their floorplan:

To inject color, I wanted to use lots of fabric. Since Laura and I live in the same area, we did a little shopping excursion together. We bought pillows and curtains - but then I had trouble finding the right accent fabric to cover two bulletin boards we got for over the desks. It was a lesson in the-first-plan-isn't-always-the-best-plan. Luckily she had kept the receipts for this very reason. So I changed the color scheme from cream and rust to cream and blues, picked out two great fabrics (both at 50% off at Joann's Fabrics) and got going with a new moodboard. Here's the final product:

The two fabrics in the corner bring in our main color scheme - the floral will be used to make a custom roman shade for the one large window (the two small windows will stay undressed - they are pretty tiny and don't have privacy issues like the other). And we'll recover a thrifted ottoman (like the one at the bottom) in the floral to serve as a coffee table. The geometric fabric has a smaller repeat in the pattern, and will be a great accent as throw pillows on the sofa and as the background of the two bulletin boards that will hang over the desk - one for Laura and one for her hubby. We picked up some great lighting at Target, and baskets at Marshalls (aka TJ Maxx) for desk storage. Laura wanted to incorporate some historical prints her husband loves, so two of them will flank the tv. And Laura's love of antiques and travel will show up with some of her travel souvenirs on the bookshelves.

Congratulations Laura on your new home! Can't wait to see it come together. And readers, watch for upcoming posts on how we'll DIY the ottoman, roman shade, and see the final reveal!