TV Room Make-Over: The Grand Reveal!

It’s been a long awaited reveal, but it’s finally here! As you may remember from TV Room Make-Over: Part 2, we encountered a few problems with stock availability of the TV cabinet and we had issues with the orientation of the sofa. Now we have all that sorted, I can reveal the finished look!

The old room was used a study (below). It was a nice room, but was stuck in the past.


The new room is much lighter and brighter and more modern.


The old built-ins are gone…


And instead a beautiful new mural wall is in its place.

After – Collection of French Country style cushions and chunky knit throw
After – Collection of blue cushions and cozy knit throw
After – Vignette of blue / grey objects
After – Vignette of blue / grey objects
After – Vignette of blue / grey objects

If you haven’t read the journey of how the room got here, take a look back at my other blogs: TV Room Make-Over: Part 1, TV Room Make-Over: Part 2, TV Room Make-Over: Part 3. Once again, thanks to Tammy Brice from Tammy Brice Creative for the wall mural photo that really is the star of the show.

I’ve also been busy making over the home gym, so stay tuned for my next blog post on that!

Thanks for reading.

Until next time,


TV Room Make-Over: Part 3

If this hadn’t have been Part Three of a series of blogs, I would’ve entitled this one “Peel and Stick Wallpaper – Divorce Material!” Neither me or my husband had ever hung wallpaper before. Friends had told me in the past how easy it is to do. Turns out, they were lying.

I’m the kind of person that has very little patience at the best of times, but coupled with an 8ft piece of sticky acrylic I had even less! I’m really pleased with the end result (minus the few imperfections), but my advice is: if you’re a beginner to wallpapering, quit whilst you’re ahead and pay a professional to install it.

There are lots of custom mural printers out there, just do a Google search. I chose Pictorem (based in Canada) because their website was easy to use, and their prices were very competitive. They were also really helpful when I emailed them about the photo specs and quality needed. Our mural cost just over $300 for a 12ft x 8ft wall, but I had quotes at over $1000. I was really happy with the quality of Pictorem’s product, so would recommend them.

If you are a seasoned decorator or really want to have a go at installing it yourself, here are the steps to follow; (if you don’t, then you can skip over this part):

  1. Make sure the wall is clean, perfectly smooth, free from any nails, lumps or bumps. The Pictorem mural is fairly thick and textured like canvas so is quite forgiving, but it will show up some imperfections.
  2. Lay out the rolls of wallpaper flat for a few hours before installing to make sure they’re flat when you go to install them.
  3. Measure the width of either the left or right hand roll, whichever you want to start with it doesn’t matter which side, and subtract 1″. Then draw a perfectly level line on the wall from the edge of the wall where you’re going to install the first piece. This will be the position where you line up your first piece of wallpaper to. It’s very important that you get this perfectly level (use a plumb line or a spirit level) otherwise all your wallpaper will be at a slight angle. The 1″ subtracted from the width allows for a 1″ overhang at the edge of the wall so you can cut it perfectly to size. Chances are your walls won’t be perfectly straight or 90 degrees so this helps to make sure your mural goes right to the edges.
  4. Start sticking the first piece of wallpaper from the top by peeling back about 4″ of the backing paper. Again have an inch or two overlap at the ceiling, so you can trim it perfectly to size. Make sure the length aligns to the plumb line that you drew on the wall though. This means the top may not look perfectly symmetrical to the ceiling as the walls and ceilings may not be at a perfect 90 degrees. But aligning to the plumb line will make sure the wallpaper is hanging perfectly straight.
  5.  When you have the first piece straight, continue peeling the backing paper off and rub the spatula over the top of the paper from the center outwards to remove any air bubbles. If you do get any stubborn air bubbles you can pop them with a pin, or just un-stick the paper a little to let the air out and try again.
  6. After you’ve got the first piece installed, you need to line up the next piece. If it’s the center piece like ours, we drew another plumb line in the same way as before but instead of a 1″ overlap, we drew it to a 1/2″ overlap, which is what the manufacturer recommends. The strips of wallpaper actually overlap each other, but it’s not that obvious when you look at it. The most important piece of this step is to make sure the pattern matches perfectly and that the strip is perfectly straight again. The mistake we made was that even though the top of the paper looked perfectly aligned, when we got nearer the bottom, we’d obviously not got the strip perfectly level as the design started to misalign. Very frustrating for a couple of perfectionists!
  7. You repeat this last step until all your pieces are installed. You should have an inch or so overlap at all edges. You then simply take a spirit level or other straight edge and a knife and cut them away, leaving you with a perfect finish. Or if like us, you messed up, so instead you cover the edges with a small piece of trim!

The result was worth all the hassle, but at the time I wasn’t so sure. It’s definitely a two person job, and ideally at times, even a three person. The strips of wallpaper are really wide which made it difficult to handle. I think if they had been smaller it would’ve been easier.

I’m glad we did it though, and not just repaired and painted the wall or even installed shiplap. It was cheaper than re-skimming the wall, but definitely more difficult than installing shiplap. But now we have something unique that no one else has, and it’s completely personalized.

As I mentioned in my last blog, this photo we used was by a friend in our neighborhood Tammy Brice of Tammy Brice Creative. I saw it one morning on Facebook after driving past the exact same scene and not having time to stop and take a photo as we were late for work or something (as usual). The scene was breathtaking. As a mild climate native, I’d never seen ice on branches like that before and remarked to my husband as we drove past it how magical it looked especially with the mist over the lake. To me it epitomizes the beauty of Minnesota and the beauty of the place we call home – North Oaks. We feel blessed every time we look out of the window. And for me, my favorite time of year is winter here, and scenes like this are the reason why.

I hope this blog has inspired you to customize your space with something personal to you. It’s so inexpensive and easy to do (if you pay a professional to install it that is!) And I think the result is definitely worth it.

Thanks to Tammy for capturing the beauty of our neighborhood and allowing me to admire it all year round.

What will you do? Post your comments and photos below. I’d love to see others inspired to install something beautiful and personal in their homes.

Stay tuned for the grand reveal in Part Four of this series.



TV Room Make-Over: Part 2

Hello again! It’s time for the second installment of the TV Room Make-Over. In this post I’ll tell you about what we did next in the planning of the TV Room. I have started to notice now as my renovation evolves, that the rooms I’ve spent more time on planning, do in fact look much better than those where I just winged it! As I progress through the renovation and my diploma, I’m learning what works and what helps take a pretty good design to much better.

In the TV Room make-over I did spend quite a lot of time up front on the planning before ever lifting a paint brush. I found that the 3D and 2D plans worked well for spatial planning, but it was still hard to understand exactly how the furniture and accessories would work together in the room in terms of colors and textures. I’m pretty good at visualizing things in my head, but seeing it all on a piece of paper before purchasing any of it can really help to hone in on the right items and make it easier to get a cohesive scheme.

I used PowerPoint to make my mood boards. Nothing fancy, but it works. There are design tools out there that you can buy especially for this, but they do a similar job to PowerPoint in that they remove the background from an object and you can layer it on the canvas. The background removal tool in PowerPoint is pretty rough n ready, but it’s very fast compared to manually removing the background in Photoshop. Which is perfect for playing around with different schemes until you find the perfect one.

I started off by designing a classic rustic farmhouse theme: loose cover linen sofa, lots of rustic wood and painted white furniture.


I loved this look, but I wanted to push the design to a more modern feel and try something a little different to the rest of the house. I loved how the bathroom turned out, and I wanted to keep with the same theme: rustic modern.


So with this second mood board I tried mixing modern white gloss furniture with some more rustic pieces to contrast the two styles, like I did in the bathroom. I loved this combination of rustic and modern. I chose the sofa in blue to make the design pop a little more. However, my tough client – aka my husband – wasn’t a huge fan of it, so we went for the beige instead.


The other thing I changed was the TV cabinet. To maximize the space in the room and to hide the wires, I chose this wall-mounted TV unit in white gloss. I decided to use the same paint color as the bathroom walls, because I loved it so much. I did try out other colors that were close, but Tinsmith by Behr won again!

The floor we chose was a French Oak engineered hard wood by Lumber Liquidators. It was very reasonably priced at just $3.05 per square foot. The color of the wood was quite cool in tone, meaning the warm reddish colored oak of our normal base boards just didn’t go. So we decided to use a white MDF base board, like we did in the bathroom to keep it fresh and modern.

I wanted to do something a little different in this room, and push my design skills a little further. So instead of just putting up shiplap or painting the wall, I decided to go for a custom vinyl wallpaper in a winter woodland theme. I’d seen this photo on Facebook by a friend of ours – Tammy Brice at Tammy Brice Creative, and asked her if I could purchase it for the feature wall. This is what set the theme for the whole room. (You can read about how to create a custom feature wall in the next blog.)

So I set about ordering all the items, most it from Joss & Main. And as usual, nothing ever goes smoothly…

The wall-mounted TV unit we ordered from Bed Bath & Beyond wasn’t in stock. And after searching every stockist and contacting the manufacturer, I was told they were out of stock everywhere. When the sofa arrived, we found that it wasn’t a reversible design as it had shown on the website, and instead was only right-handed and we needed left, so that had to go back. So the mood board had to undergo a further revision…


I ordered the Bickel Sectional sofa also from Joss & Main. I still prefer the look of the Jamarcus Sectional as it’s a little more minimalist, and I loved the inside-out rough-edge hem which is pretty unusual. Both sofas are a beige linen so both work in the design in that respect. The Bickel Sectional doesn’t come with a matching ottoman, so I had to chose another one. I chose the Mattingly Storage Ottoman by Wayfair in a blue linen. I knew I wouldn’t be able to match the beige of the sofa, so chose to contrast it instead.

All the scatter cushions are from Joss & Main (are you sensing a theme here!?). The basket is from Target. And the blue chunky knit throw is also from Joss & Main. I bought the ceramic vases from Magnolia Market, and a similar wooden tray to the one in the picture from Home Goods.

I chose another wall-mounted TV unit by Joss & Main in gloss white and rustic wood. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this one will arrive, as it currently says ‘on hold’ and is 2 days overdue its delivery date. I feel I may be onto option 3 very soon…

Stay tuned for the next update, which will talk about the feature wall.

Thanks, and until next time.