When Vi Le asked the Sooner Picker Sisters (our editorial team here at Sooner Spaces) to take on transforming her dining room in her 8 year old home in Yukon for our Get A Room Makeover series, we jumped at the chance. Actually, Jill jumped, Malena grabbed her notebook and Ali started doing research. (See the full story in our video above.)
Like a lot of active young families, the Le/Winkelers (wife/hubby/two boys) rarely used their formal dining room so it was wasted space. Wasted space makes us frowny. Because her husband, Brian Winkeler, is moving his home office for Robot House Creative from the dining room to a new cool work space in Automobile Alley, Vi seized the opportunity to makeover that room, too. (Smart chick!)
Our Challenge: Make both rooms feel like one cohesive space for homework, games, relaxation and light work. Vi is an attorney and Brian owns a creative agency so both still do some work at home so we wanted them to be able to work on laptops in a comfortable space as well as the boys feeling like they had a space, too.
Space Planning and Color Palette: We gave Vi a crude drawing of the spaces on where we envisioned her new furnishings to be for approval as well as two color palettes to choose from (see them in the video). [Note: Vi was open to painting the interior so we recommended gray for their walls and Vi hired a painting crew to repaint the whole house.] The office is a slightly darker gray than the rest of the house. Once those two pieces were approved, we moved to the next step…
SHOPPING! We spent a month scouring Oklahoma City and Tulsa for great deals for the two rooms. We shopped almost 20 stores in addition to looking daily on Craigslist. We were working within a budget and needed to get most of the pieces either on sale or at a discount so we could get everything we wanted. Since their home is in a beautiful Old World-style community, the style we went for was transitional (not too traditional and not too modern, but a mesh of old and new with sleek lines). AND VI AND BRIAN DID NOT APPROVE OUR PURCHASES, just the space plan, color palette and budget. The Get A Room Makeover is a SURPRISE.
Made purchases at 11 stores. Retail value of items before discounts: about $6K (We saved $1,000 at Mathis Bros. alone.)
Bought the following items: Sitting Room – entry table, bookcase, two chairs, items for building a coffee table, a sofa, curtains, pillows, three lamps, magazine rack, throw, accessories; Den – two chairs, two desks, two lamps, one pencil organizer, items to make magnetic board, chair, throw, pillow, curtains. Entry – a 5×7 rug (valued at $400, bought for $199)
Made the following items (we’ll do separate posts with How Tos soon): Coffee table – took a 1970s brass frame Jill got at Goodwill for $10 and Malena called all the home improvement stores and Malena spray painted them a matte gold and found 24″ pine wood circles that almost perfectly fit on top. Ali stained the boards a deep walnut and used wipe on poly and then she and Malena used an epoxy to adhere to the boards to the base. What resulted is a REAL WOOD and metal coffee table that would likely retail for more than $500 that we made for just $60 in materials. Love saving $$ and getting a very high-end looking piece. Magnetic board: the magnetic board Ali made including metal, a rustic frame and homemade magnets. That size would retail for $99 and materials were $50.
Vintage Picks: the mid-century entry table came from a booth at Broadway Antique Mall in Edmond. Malena had her eye on that piece for months and it was even marked down and the right color! Gray! Love that it’s REAL WOOD. She found the mid-century magazine rack at Bad Granny’s in the Plaza District. Just like the gold coffee table base, Jill picked the gold starburst mirror ALSO AT GOODWILL. That size would retail for close to $99. She’s our Goodwill QUEEN!
The Results: Sooner Picker Sisters were HAPPY. We loved mixing the patterns, colors and making the rooms come to life. We were thrilled we found most everything on sale and/or from a discount store where the designer items are automatically about half of retail value. We didn’t want to skimp on quality. We kept in mind storage such as the baskets in the bookcase where they can stash games or devices and that cute owl box in the entry table. We left a Pottery Barn file case in the office so Vi can keep her papers so we did keep something from her existing space.
Now for the BEFORE/AFTERS! (More shots in the video.)
What do Vi and Brian and the boys think of the space? In Vi’s own words:
Thanks, Vi! We are THRILLED you love it and let us share it with Sooner Spaces.
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If you want to work with a professional interior designer, contact Renee Trumbly Interiors. She’s FANTASTIC. If you need a kitchen or bathroom remodel, call Urban Kitchens. If you just need your space organized and de-cluttered, contact The Riley Group. Looking to leave your space altogether and find your dream home? Contact Marni Franklin at the Heinrich Group. We love our Pro Voices – all pros to know!