Today’s Saturday Solution is really twofold.
1) Everybody knows this, but it’s always amazing to me to see what a difference a fresh paint color and a new window treatment makes. We had the old “builder’s white” in the sun room, and ivory honeycomb blinds along with drapery toppers. It looked pretty parlor-like. This was intended to be a TV room, although we often watched TV at the kitchen table.
We changed things up, with the thought that the sun room would become the Hubster’s domain…and the kitchen table would only be for EATING. That worked out pretty well, except that the SUN room has a lot of windows, plus it faces the southwest. It gets pretty warm in the summertime, and the brightness (even through the blinds) isn’t the best for TV and computer screen viewing, which is probably why we watched TV in the kitchen.
Two coats of Benjamin Moore Grasslands and some fairly heavy drapery panels from Bed, Bath & Beyond later, it’s a much happier Hubster hangout. All the draperies easily pull closed — it actually gets dark in there! It also didn’t hurt that we put in a new (bigger) TV, a comfy recliner, moved the old kitchen table with a couple of chairs in there, and a…
2) BAR. Okay, truthfully, I’ve never know the Hubster to ever go and just fix himself a drink. It’s more of a liquor storage cabinet in our house, but that’s pretty awesome by itself…it freed up a cabinet in my space-challenged kitchen!
This functional spirits cabinet is from Crate & Barrell. It’s the Parker Spirits Cabinet, and I love how unobtrusive and compact it is when it’s all closed up. It’s right around the corner from our living room, so the location is perfect for entertaining, and the size is just right for townhouse living.
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