Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Playroom Reveal

This is the playroom -- 
it's a fun space with old brick walls.
Originally, it was an old garage bay
where the farm truck was stored.

We recently got a new sofa in the room 
that the kids used
as their game room/media room
since we have no lower level here at the PH.

When the old boxy anvil-weighted TV 
finally had its screen turn to a 
white-out snow blizzard, we got a flat screen
for the game room.

I was not loving the black box rectangle 
against a big ivory wall 
so I decided to create an art grouping around it.

Pay no attention to the unsightly TV cords!

I had found an old pine workbench 
to sell at the antique shop, but I ended up bringing it in to use as the TV stand. 
Trying to fill the wall space around
the TV screen was a bit more challenging.

Again, I pulled from the pile of things 
purchased and tagged for the shop 
to complete the wall grouping:

- an old tattered vintage tapestry of a hunt scene

- vintage tartan lithograph images of clan 
patterns that were recently framed 

- two framed vintage Currier & Ives 
equestrian calendar prints

- old iron brackets

Cannot take credit for the brackets hanging 
the framed prints idea ---
saw it in our local Pottery Barn store, 
but for this space, it just seemed to work.

Hanging the tartan prints on brackets creating
a layered 3-D look works here. It transitions the space between the back of the TV 
and the items on the wall.

Was kind of fun pulling it all together.
A warm, cozy room where we have spent
much of the winter hibernating!

Desk scene next to the sofa.

Have you been challenged 
trying to decorate around a
flat screen television?

Tell me about it!

Step outside the playroom and there are three old wooden hat molds
that I had mad into mirrors hanging on the wall in the back hallway.

A reflection of the vignette under the back staircase.


Calypso In The Country said...

The room is beautiful Alison! I love the brick wall, the colors, the TV wall - everything! You should see my kids' playroom...ugh...
Enjoy your week!

Town and Country Gals said...

the brick wall is gorgeous, love red and your use of it. Your couch is fabulous, love the pattern and color! Everything is perfect, cozy, warm and inviting!
I have 2 hat molds made into mirrors also, they are my favorites.

Connie (aka LOU) said...

Alison ~ OMG, I only periodically check back here once in a blue moon, and whalla, new posting from you that popped up on top. Beautiful as usual. Love the sofa, and the brick wall? Gorgeous! AND I see that lamp made out of a trophy. So cool. I think of you whenever I see a horse related item that I know you would love, AND of course, PLAID, which I still don't own any. HA! Have not found any side saddles for you yet. Miss you and this blogland.

Connie (akaLOU)

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

What a great space. Love that exposed brick wall.

MarmePurl said...

Perfect timing. I am at a lost as how to minimize/make more appealing the GIANT UGLY BLACK THING hanging on a wall in our playroom. Love the idea of hanging art from brackets and layering. Great Depth.

Pamela Gordon said...

This is a great media room Alison. I like the gallery wall idea around the TV. And the bench is perfect for the TV table. Pamela

therelishedroost said...

What a fun equestrian room! Love the art hanging and the hat molds!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

BEAUTIFUL space Alison...LOVE LOVE the display you created around the tv!!

NanaDiana said...

Alison- That looks so much better with the grouping around it than it would just STANDING (or sitting, I guess) there. You did a nice job of tying all those elements together. What a great room for the kids. I love it- xo Diana

Ron said...

I love that brick wall. Your decor is always top notch.

Lynne said...

Love the grouping/placement around the flat screen TV. Nice to have not fun to decorate around. The brick wall, your tasteful touches . . take ones mind away from the flat screen to a look at tartans and a Currier. Nice sofa too . . .

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Love this arrangement, Alison! Right now ours is in an armoire, but once we move who knows? Yes, we're moving. That table is absolutely perfect for that TV! And your talent at creating a gallery wall is quite evident, it looks fantastic! xoKathy

martinealison said...

Juste parfait !
Il n'est pas simple d'accommoder les écrans plats dans le décor d'une maison...
Gros bisous

Anu Varma said...

This is stunning. I am a huge polo fan :) Stopping by to say Hi from My Dream Canvas :)

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

I love this room and the cozy feel. The wall grouping is great and love the pops of tartan around the room, and you know I love all the equestrian art and touches! GREAT job! xo Nancy

Karen said...


I've always wanted a brick wall and what a pretty room. I love the old tapestry like fabric and the paisley upholstery on the sofa. You always accessorize so well. I can see why this is such a relaxing room for your family.


michele said...

love what you've done! the brick wall is a show stopper, and i'm so envious. an incredibly cozy space in which to hibernate...bravo.


The French Hutch said...

Your playroom is a gorgeous space Alison. Love the sofa and the art work display. What a great space for your family. Well done!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Another fabulously styled room by you!!

Art @ Home said...

I have given up trying to decorate around it because it is huge, and it hangs over our mantel. I painted a feature wall behind it with metallic gold paint and that's pretty much all I could do. It drives me crazy because I'd love to use that space for art because we're so wall-space challenged.

You, however, did a great job enhancing the wall area around the tv. Great job!

The playroom is such an inviting space. I know y'all are enjoying it!