I’m so excited to finally be sharing this post! A lot of time and energy has gone into this project, but it was all worth it in the end.
This room has been simultaneously the bane of my existence and the most-used room in our house. It’s sun-drenched and happy during the day and perfectly cozy and comfy at night. The only downside? It’s freezing cold from October-May, which is obviously a giant chunk of the year.
The developer who sold us our house had built out this extra offshoot of the kitchen but failed to insulate it properly, and for some reason also chose icy tile for the flooring. The combination of those two things led to a freezing cold room in the winters and led us to do anything we could to warm up the space.
We’ve tried everything, including most recently, a thick carpet and electric fireplace in the last iteration (which did a pretty good job, btw!). It would have been fine for just myself and Anel, but with Amalia crawling on the cold floors, we knew we had to make a more significant change.
We always knew that new flooring could make a big impact on the space. Not only to help with cold feet, but also for spills and inevitable mud that gets tracked in (the door to our backyard is in this room and Boots loves to trudge his dirty paws inside).
In stepped Mohawk Flooring, who offered to work with us on fixing the space. They were so amazing to work with and helped us find a pet-and-baby friendly luxury vinyl floor that looked and felt really beautiful and more luxurious than I imagined. They also included an underlayment, which will make a giant difference come winter in terms of warmth and insulation.
Picking a color was obviously the most fun part of the whole process! We chose a lighter grey because our house pretty small and can be dark when it’s not super sunny, so whenever I can find a way to brighten it up, I do! Anel and I liked the greyish tint of Rainstorm because it felt clean, modern, and classic all in one.
This room gets a lot of traffic, so we had to make sure that it wasn’t too fussy, but SolidTech (the type of floor we went with) is designed with a waterproof and stain-resistant system that can handle family life with kids and pets running around.
The installation only took one day, but my friend Prudence ended up totally redesigning the room when I told her what we were up to. She did an incredible job and all of the work that went into it was 1,000% worth it.
As Anel said the other night, this is now the nicest room in the house. We would have loved to update the sofa to match the new, more modern look, but it’s still super comfy and we’ve already spent so much money on home improvements in the last few months that we decided to keep it as is for now. But it works!
In addition to the new floor, we added a gorgeous patterned grass cloth wallpaper above the wainscoting that Prudence had to convince me to do. I loved the navy paint we had on the walls but she swore the texture and pattern would make a big difference. As usual, she was right! The wallpaper gives the whole room a glam, upscale vibe that we love. The only other thing on the walls are our two old brass mirrors that we painted with a high-gloss white paint. I loved the brass but the white looks a lot cleaner in this space.
Speaking of walls, Prudence convinced us to hang the TV, which I thought would mean wires hanging all over the place. However, she introduced me to Ray from NuWave (a local AV place) who not only hung the TV, but set up a whole infrared system to hide the cable box and all that junk in a closet in another room but the remotes still work. It’s been quite a magical change, I have to say! Look at the before and after of our TV below. It’s so much nicer and cleaner now.
I have been lusting over Society Social’s grass cloth pieces for months, and this was the perfect excuse to buy a console (in natural) for under the TV to display family photos and such things. Roxy makes this in 1,500 colors, literally! Prudence worked her magic to help me pick some blue and white frames and other knick knacks from a local store, from Kirby & Company that look so pretty when they’re all together.
I also have to give a major shoutout to our incredible seamstress Diane, who made our new custom Greek key shades and the orange pillows with this fabric from DecoratorsBest (which, by the way, is the best resource for wallpaper and fabric ever!). Unfortunately, Diane works with trade only which means that if you want her to make you something, you have to go through a designer, but any local people working with designers, I can’t recommend her more highly!
So basically, it took a village to get this room done but it has wildly exceeded my expectations and now feels warm and comfy and perfect.
The new floor is seriously stunning! Anel and I are already talking about covering the cold wood tile in our basement with this same one. Since it’s 100% waterproof, it would work perfect for the basement or a mudroom…if only we had one of those.
I hope you enjoy all of the photos (some before pics below) plus a little video of our space when you scroll all the way down. We really put a ton of work into redoing this space and I’m confident that it’s the last time we have to change it!
– Styling by Prudence Home & Design
– SolidTech Luxury Vinyl Flooring c/o Mohawk Flooring. If you’re interested in using Mohawk, you can find a retailer near you here.
– Thibault Wallpaper c/o
– Society Social Grass Cloth Console
– Navy Ottoman (currently on sale)
– Old Raymour & Flanigan Sectional
– Z Gallerie Side Table
– Saddleman’s Hide Rug
– Old mirrors that we painted with white lacquer paint
– Port 68 Lamp (Bought at Found & Design in New Canaan for local people but also found online here)
– Custom shades by Classic Drapery. She only works with trade so if you’re local and work with a designer, definitely as about her. She’s amazing!
– Lulu DK Pillow Fabric c/o DecoratorsBest (Pillows also made by Classic Drapery)
– Jonathan Adler Flush Mount
– Flowers c/o Winston Flowers
Thank you to Mohawk Flooring for gifting us our gorgeous new floor. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.