We had a couple months notice before we shot the show Tanked at our house. We were away for part of that time, but I hustled and flowed some of our ongoing projects like the kitchen remodel. We revamped part of the guest room and gussied up some things in the pink living room, and wouldn't you know it they didn't shoot a single scene showing any part of the house where I fluffed pillows.
Of course the majority of the show was shot in The Gorilla's man room, a space he had decorated almost entirely himself. (Maybe I was responsible for the green zebra pillows, I don't remember.) But as we moved forward with plans for the tank, we decided to shift our main living area to the man room. We spend time in both rooms, but I was hoping to contain kid clutter and toys and general craze out of sight from the front door.
So after the tank was installed, I went about making the room a bit more home-y. The Gorilla would say I made it more girly. I retort that he regularly wears a pink sparkle helmet. Argument over.
Three big things needed to be addressed: the pool table, the light fixture, and the curtains.
Here's the man room after we first moved in:
It was functional, but lacked some ooph.
With the installation of the fish tank, we lost a lot of space. The room is huge, but plunk a 10x8 box full of water down anywhere and it changes the scene.
First we had to turn the pool table and the light fixture the other direction, so it ran parallel to the tank.
I wanted to lose the pool table altogether. We're not exactly sharks, all puns intended. It takes up so much space for something we don't use all that often. I wanted more sitting and toy areas. Vetoed. Then I wanted a desk or farm table that we could actually use. Compromise.
We had a carpenter build us a custom wooden top for the pool table. Genius! It looks better even than I imagined. There's a piece of foam that sits between the velvet of the pool table and the top of the wooden table, so it's fully functional and doesn't move. When we want to play pool, you just lift if off. (Although it's pretty heavy, you need two people.)
But once that was done, the room was really, really brown. Super brown. Brown everywhere. I wanted to lighten it up, and the easiest way to do that was with the curtains. The gold things that had been hanging there before were a little sad. They were repurposed from our former home, and they reminded me of greasy hair.
A friend had turned me on to Martha & Ash and they are my new favorite custom shop on the web. Here's the Martha & Ash etsy site. Since last summer they've made me half a dozen custom pillows and now these curtains. I've spoken with Martha herself several times and she is easy to work with and very reasonably priced for custom.
She made me the curtains out of this gorgeous ikat fabric and we already had the curtain rods from the other house. The curtain change alone made a huge difference in the room. Don't talk to me about how manly they are.
The light fixture over the pool table was the last piece of the puzzle. I don't remember what was there when we moved in (if anything), but the one hanging there now was from the kitchen. We moved it down there when we first moved in, always hoping to change it out eventually. I looked all over town and online for the perfect thing, but The Gorilla really wanted this filament chandelier from Restoration Hardware. It went on sale about the time we were getting desperate, so I caved.