In honor of it being the start of college football, I want to introduce you to Mister Husband's "Man Cave" now, it's not really a cave... it's upstairs... so, maybe it should be called a "Man Mountain?" Anyway, Mister Hubbs and I love Auburn Football-- we are both proud Auburn University Alum, and I promised Mr. Hubbs that he could have a little shrine in our abode... but I still got to design the room... for the most part. Here is a photo of Mister Hubbs and I in our prime, we were students in college, and when Britney Spears was on top of the world.... ah, the glory days... this is the first football game we attended together.
So- where did we end up? Mister Hubbs and I are about half-way complete with this space... there are still a lot of things that I would like to do- but this is definitely a step in the right direction!
Here is how the space started: dark and skank.
And here it is now! I painted the ceiling a pale blue to really lighten up the space and offset all of the orange in the room. I painted the walls in large, horizontal cream and white stripes to again, lighten the space- the stripes make the room feel so much larger and much more open. The rug is from Pottery Barn- the pattern is fun, graphic and vibrant-- I love this!
I created a wall to display all of Michael's artwork that he has collected over the years, thanks to his wife being an artist... as well as some of our favorite "game day" photos at Auburn. I love bringing in the M wherever I can- I think Mr. Hubbs is getting sick of it- but I love the personal touch that letters and monograms can bring into a space.
The drapes are from World Market- they sell 96" drapes now, and they're cheap! I liked the idea of bringing in another warm color to the space to balance out the orange rug- so these golden, velvet curtains were perfect! I then went to Calico Corners and purchased a few yards of an orange, green, pink and gold paisley that I could use to give the drapes a more custom look. They also add more color options to the palette of the room. I love the way the drapes tie into the horizontal stripes.
The wall that the tv is on still needs some work... the rockband stuff will eventually find it's way to the closets... and a beautiful chair will sit in that corner. Also, Mister Husband and I really want to mount the tv on the wall soon-
I love this little nook- I have had that desk since I was in college- and it's just fine for now. I replaced the hardware on the desk with some fun pulls from Anthropologie.
I love these pillows- the far left is a Euro sham from Anthropologie, the middle paisley is from the Pottery Barn Outlet- and the furry pillow to the far right is from Target last year.
I really love, love this tiger pillow from Anthropologie. It was a fun way to tie in Auburn's mascot in a cute way. I like the addition of the black Pottery Barn floral pillows- I like the added and unexpected color that it brings to the space.
I also added fun Anthropologie knobs to our tv stand-
I painted this huge canvas for Michael last year just for this space...
This is a vintage trunk that I found at an antique store here in Birmingham, and the circle canvas with the vintage Aubie mascot was something that we bid on at a local VSA benefit- check out the link!
Mister Husband got this old wooden crate from his mom- she is great at finding fun things for us! The small gold table is something that I got from Pier 1 about a year ago. The lamp shades are from Anthropologie- and I love that they are colorful, graphic, and contain Auburn's colors- as well as a few others!
I must say- I really hate our ottoman/coffee table. It's so dark in the space. I am saving to replace it with something much larger, lighter, and lower to the ground- like the sofa. But for now, this will do.
I purchased the large tray from Target this weekend on my Saturday jaunt- It's a copper-finished Smith & Hawken piece that is meant to be used as an outdoor tray for shoes and other gardening items... but I like it like this!
And to finish up the tour... THIS is what Mister Husband picked out for the room... (it can be hidden in the oversized closets with double doors... thank goodness) This is for playing his x-box, seriously.
I mean, you should have seen his face when it arrived in the mail... it was like Christmas. I wonder what this room would have looked like had it been up to him? Who knows!? thank goodness!
Hope you have had a wonderful holiday weekend!