As you enter from the kitchen...
The bike is art. No, really we don't have anywhere else to store it. I think it looks cool regardless. Plus it's Rob's bike and it makes him feel European to have one. He never rides it though (huzzah for $450's worth of art!). He had one similar to it in England which he did actually ride nonstop. We didn't have cars in England though. As a side note, I am the worlds worst bike rider. They say you never forget how to ride... but that's a load of crap. I managed to flip the bike and smash my face into a curb the first time I tried to bike again in England... then I got sores on my thighs. I know you REALLY wanted to know all of that!
Anyway, you too can mount a bike on a wall, for the low low price of $6.99 for a "bike holder" from Lowes.
The futon is old and it's solid wood. I've had it since my sophomore year in high school. It looks a bit sad but it provides us with an extra full bed for guests so it's worth it. Plus, it's super comfy. The microsuede cover is from amazon, again it's like 4 years old. We're looking into getting a new cover in a lighter color. It bugs me that the wood of the futon is lighter than the cover.
The high quality coffee table is a walmart $15 special. The mainstay brand that attempts to mimic Ikea stuff.
On the wall opposite the window (and on the same wall as the door), is our chalkboard wall and Rob's bar he built himself.
I love it. We had a party here on New Years Eve and everyone went crazy with the chalkboard, drawing inside jokes all over it and other... inappropriate stuff. Avert your eyes if you want to remain chaste.
Oh, and if you're wondering why "The Man Cave" is written without bars on the A's, Rob says he thought it looked "sleeker and more aesthetically pleasing" without them. According to Rob.
The palm is a gift from my Nana. It's not staying there, it's home is normally in the guest room, but it's a bit dusty up there from the flooring right now.
The bar stools were given to us by my cousin. I want to recover them at least, but Rob likes the ivory micro suede. OK.
The drink cooler was an awesome $35 garage sale find. The cheapest one that Lowes sells is $150. Awesome find.
The bar will get it's own post and a how-to soon. We still need to stain and seal it obviously.
(No that's not a drawing of purple poop, it's a sorting hat, like in Harry Potter).
The pub mats came from ebay. Southwold is a city on the coast in East Anglia (where Rob is from). Adnams is a popular beer that is brewed there (or lager, I don't know which).
The Red Baron plane is a Christmas gift I gave to Rob. It's from HomeGoods. He loves vintage planes. I think it fits in with the army trunk TV stand you'll see in a few pics.
The union jack is from ebay... or amazon for like $4. It covers up our fuse box. Klassy.
As you can see the bike kinda dangles over your head while you sit. It doesn't worry us but a few guests have mentioned it. It's our booby trap. ;)
I've already given a tutorial for how to hide the speaker wires (here). As you can see, no strings/wires!
And yes that's lego yoda on the TV unit. He keeps time for us.
The TV unit is an old army electrical box (link here) that we found at Restore for $25. The green box to the left of it is an old WW2 ammo box that Rob found at a flea market for $10. The TV was a thrifty find too! $350 off craigslist.
The subway canvas art is from Homegoods, $25. It's popular tourist spots in London. I've been to most of them. Rob's obviously been to them all.
The bright blanket in the corner is blocking some air drafts in the back door... we have to fix that soon.
The pillows are ikea fabric. My Nana sewed them for me years ago. They're not permanent.
And lastly, the paint color we ended up choosing was Kentucky Haze by Benjamin Moore. I'm not going to lie, we picked the chip for the name. And it turned out beautifully. We LOVE it. It's so smoky and cozy. We use this room constantly now, and we think it's 100% due to the awesome paint color... and maybe the tv/xbox.wii etc. ;)
Do you like it?
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