The Reveal: A Living Room for Entertaining & Chilling in Front of the Fireplace

Well, we've made it to the end. The last and final room reveal of my Roosevelt Craftsman project. I hope you've enjoyed the transformations as much as I've enjoyed sharing them with you. In case you're late to the party, check out the teen room, landing, den, master bedroom and dining room. I went in reverse order of going into the house, so this week we're starting with the first place you see when you enter the craftsman home. This is the hub and heart of the home, where my clients love to entertain and spend countless evenings snuggled in front of the fireplace. So, knowing that, I wanted to create the ultimate, comfy room that allows for lounging and tons of people to gather together any given evening.

Like the dining room and master bedroom, this room came with a bad case of the stalactites, so of course, the first order of business to get rid of that mess.

Roosevelt Craftsman Living Room: Before

The next order of business is to paint. Here's something I want you to note about the before picture - the color on the wall. It's a creamy sort of white, which in and of itself is fine, but mixed in with the very dark trim and the very warm brick on the fireplace, the result is dirty, and not the good kind of dirty, like the martinis you just wanna keep coming in a shady little bar on 1st Ave. No, this room is not a martini, it's more of a lukewarm cup of coffee. It's fine, you can drink it if you must, but you'd prefer to heat it up a bit and maybe add a little Kahlua. Too many alcohol references in one paragraph? You get the point - creamy walls and dark brown trim and warm brick fireplace = no bueno. So bing bang boom, I brought in my friend, White Dove, and the room is ready to go.

I'm going to reiterate a point I've made before in the series about this project. Just because you can, it doesn't mean you should change stuff just to change stuff. We Americans are a little addicted to renovating when all we need to be doing is refreshing. But you're a designer, Rebecca, should you be saying that? Yes, just like a doctor doesn't want you to OD on the painkillers he prescribed, so do I not want you to remodel the character out of your home. We took out the offensive ceiling treatment, which was so highly unnecessary and added NOTHING to the space, changed the wall color and bam, the room is refreshed and ready for to be filled with beautiful things.

The Roosevelt Craftsman Living Room Reveal. Design by Rebecca Rowland Interiors. Photograph by Julie Mannell.

And fill it with beautiful things I did. The design concept I developed for this room was to be more restrained with the color palette and go with more of a California Cool Vibe. It's the accessories that bring the color, rather than any particular paint on the wall or upholstery.

The Roosevelt Craftsman Living Room Reveal. Design by Rebecca Rowland Interiors. Photograph by Julie Mannell. Peekaboo view of the dining room project.

The custom sofa with a chaise comfortably seats six sometimes more people depending on how cozy people want to get, the two side chairs add more seating for two more. The addition of two leather poufs adds flexible seating that can be pulled up to the fireplace for extra coziness or over to the coffee table for some board game action. When they aren't needed, they tuck away neatly into the large shelving unit that I positioned next to the fireplace to extend the focal point across the wall.

The Roosevelt Craftsman Living Room Reveal. Design by Rebecca Rowland Interiors. Photograph by Julie Mannell.

The Roosevelt Craftsman Living Room Reveal. Design by Rebecca Rowland Interiors. Photograph by Julie Mannell.

I'll confess, the shelves might just be my favorite part of the room. I've been told that styling is my super power and I was more than thrilled to have so much space to exercise that power. As usual, I shopped through my clients' options to mix in before bringing in anything new/old to the mix. One of my favorite pieces I sourced from their home is the portrait of Bill Murray as Steve Zissou. I gotta say have you even lived until you've included Bill Murray in your home décor? Add in my favorite combo: books and plants - and a bunch of other lovely things both from their collection and additions from me, and you have a beautiful wall of shelves. It's a mix of old and new, handmade and alive and something (Bill Murray) to make you smile. Wow, I just wrote Bill Murray three times in one paragraph, well,  now four. My Bill Murray search score just shot up for zero to whatever search scores rank on. Bill Murray. BILL MURRAY. Hi, Bill. Do I have your attention now? You were the best part of Zombieland, and I cried when you died. Spoiler.

The Roosevelt Craftsman Living Room Reveal. Design by Rebecca Rowland Interiors. Photograph by Julie Mannell.

Back to the subject at hand….No, Bill, we're not talking about you anymore, I promise.

Since we were bringing in a lot of new furniture for this room, I knew I wanted to source something vintage for the coffee table. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do, so I scoured through my favorite local salvage shops for something that would stand out to me. It was that trunk I saw in a stack with other pieces that ultimately called my name. I bought it then & there and lugged it home.  I then had my guy clean it up and seal in the patina and age with poly (because nobody wants to have rust flakes floating down to their pretty new rug). Because the trunk was a little low to use with the sofa's seat height, we also added some wooden feet painted matte black and inset from the edge of the bottom, because I didn't really want them to be seen, just to add height. And Bob's your uncle, an old trunk became the coffee table.

The Roosevelt Craftsman Living Room Reveal. Design by Rebecca Rowland Interiors. Phone pic by me.

In the corner rather than hang more things on the wall, I brought in an olive tree to add height and texture. And it's really pretty. BUT, I must say: olive trees are a lot of work, because technically they aren't indoor plants, not that any are, we've just successfully learned which plants can be houseplants and which should stay out-of-house plants. Olive trees aren't ready to be houseplants, unless you want to baby them. Are you ready to baby an olive tree? No? Then get a fake one. They are doing amazing things with fake plants right now. Just realize that fake plans don't compost when you're done with them, so only adopt one you want to have around for a long, long time. Yesterday was Earth Day, after all.

The Roosevelt Craftsman Living Room Reveal. Design by Rebecca Rowland Interiors. Photograph by Julie Mannell.

And that’s it - the Roosevelt Craftsman series is now complete. Six weeks. Six spaces. I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour through this home! It was a joy for me to pull it together, and I look forward to sharing other such projects with you soon! I just love how the we were able to stay true to the home’s roots, and brought in a variety of interesting vintage pieces, and I was able to have such fun picking through and using what my client already owned wherever it made sense. If you need guidance figuring out how to keep your home’s character alive while transforming into a place that suits all of your needs, I am here to help in Seattle and beyond!

The Roosevelt Craftsman Living Room Reveal. Design by Rebecca Rowland Interiors. Photograph by Maple & Plum.