Mr chair and some better shots of the captain’s bedroom

THE desk wasn’t the only thing we bought after seeing it on Instagram OR the only new purchase for the captain’s bedroom. Allow me to introduce Mr. Chair.

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But, really guys, that’s the name of this chair. Mr. Chair® is a plycraft lounge designed by George Mulhauser.

I noticed this guy on The Future Antiques Instagram feed and it popped out at Aaron on Facebook. You might remember that we picked up this Eames lounger last year from TFA with plans to redo it. Since then, Aaron fell in love with the look of the Mr. Chair. So when this one came up for a good price, I agreed on the condition that the Eames chair finds a new home. One house only needs so many loungers.

Between you and me, I like this chair a lot more. I think it has more style and the condition is top notch. There’s a small tear near one of the buttons in the seat, which we may be able to repair ourselves. Either way, it’s a piece of furniture that can be used immediately… in contrast to the dressers we’re planning to refresh that have been hanging out in the studio. (More on those in a future post.) That alone makes it a winner in my book!

We’re not sure where it will ultimately live, but it looks at home in the captain’s bedroom. Once we removed the closet, we figured this corner would be perfect for a comfy chair and this definitely fits the bill. This corner still needs a lamp, small table and art to cover up the electrical box cover.

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The room is starting to come together. We still have a dresser to add. Once that is in place, we can work on art and accessories.

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We’re also on the lookout for matching side tables for the bed. The typing cart, which we still love and will have a home somewhere, is looking a little “shabby chic” now that it’s on a rug. The round table on the other side is so old it was surely a Bed Bath and Beyond purchase many moons before we realized what kind of aesthetic we really enjoy.

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So that’s where things stand right now. It’s SOOO much better than the orange and blue hodgepodge we lived with before.

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Yeah. That. It hurts my eyes.

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Ahh! Much better!

In fact, this room looks SO good, I sometimes want to move our master. It’s not functional enough for that (closet space, adjacent bathroom, etc) but it makes me happy knowing our guests will stay in a place that I’d be thrilled to inhabit on a daily basis.

The closet also goes green

We’ve been focusing on the bedroom portion of the captain’s suite, but the bathroom turned closet is also getting some love during this makeover. Here’s a reminder of where we started: gray walls and ceiling, weird pink window trim, plaster damage.

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Oh and a “sweet” light fixture…. NOT!

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After Aaron fixed the plaster, the painted portion of the room got the green treatment. The walls, window and door trim, and ceiling all got a few coats of Pantone’s June Bug to match the bedroom.

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Everything is looking so much more rich.

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The green goes really well with all of the existing stone, which we have no plans to remove.

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Ok, everything is looking great except the overhead light fixture, but that’s getting replaced.

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We grabbed some pieces from Ikea to make this into a multi-functional space: closet, vanity and back bar. It sounds weird, but I promise it will make sense. As soon as I wrangle the 100+ Ikea parts into working cabinets, I’ll show you what I mean.

In which we look at WAY too many rugs and a few duvet covers

Because we chose such a saturated color for the walls in the captain’s bedroom, we knew that some of the accessories would need to be a bit more neutral. When it came to choosing a rug and a duvet cover, which we did simultaneously, it meant that one could have some green (and maybe other colors) and one would need to stay in the white/gray/black range.

With that in mind, I started my search looking for a rug that had some pop. But, guys, rugs are hard! Or maybe we’re picky? It seems like very few rugs walk the line between “boring one color” and “OMG PATTERN AHHH!” We wanted something in between. Something with some interest. My green rug searches were not delivering that balance so I asked Rugs Direct to show me black/gray options. It responded with more than 3,500 options, and I was like “game on.” Wait, first I was like “I need to get some wine and get comfortable, then game on!” Here were some of the top contenders that I pinned to remember.

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Surya – Gemini from Rugs Direct

When this beauty popped on the screen angels sang. Those tones! That organic texture! It’s BEAutiful! Then I noted the price: $2,500 for an 8′ x 11′ WHAT?! Sure, it’s a gorgeous rug and I’m willing to pay for things of beauty, but for a space like a guestroom that was already blowing the miniscule budget we set, this just wouldn’t fly.

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Safavieh – Retro from Rugs Direct

This one caught my eye for the same reason. Nice tones, a distinct pattern that was interesting, but not too loud. I also liked the organic nature of the design. An 8 x 10 was available for $447, which fit in our imaginary “$500 for a rug” budget for this space.

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Surya – Contempo from Rugs Direct

Another nice, subtle pattern that had more of a dark edge to it.

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Shaggy 3D Gray Area Rug from Wayfair

Much darker, but a thick rug that would surely make guests feel at home.

At some point, Aaron joined in the search. He has accounts for several flash sale sites and he perused the options while I turned my attention to the duvet cover. I don’t remember why, but my first stop was Society 6. Again, I searched through pages of options, pinning a few standouts. I liked both of these neutral options:

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D24 by Georgiana Paraschiv from Society 6

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Water at Night by Marcelo Romero from Society 6

They’re both very directional and could compete with the rug. But more importantly, I wanted green somewhere in this vignette. There were fewer viable options, but I did pin this guy, which would add some nice dimension to the space.

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dryma mynt by Spires from Society 6

At this point, I decided to turn to Etsy and quickly stumbled on the pretty patterns at NikaLim. None of the green options struck a cord, but I showed Aaron a pink/purple option that faded to black and said “Wouldn’t this be cool if it was green?” Well, duh, this is Etsy, land of customization, so I wrote to ask if they would do a custom design. The shop owner, Veronika, was happy to oblige and quickly sent a design that perfectly matches our Pantone June Bug walls.

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I love it and I love that it’s one of a kind. Plus it shipped quick!

But, let’s rewind. When we started this search (on the couch, wine in hand… just setting the scene) Aaron was drawn in and looking for rug options. We knew the duvet cover would have green (either the one from Society 6 of the one from Etsy… because we had not ordered yet) so we felt confident purchasing a gray rug. His search didn’t yield any additional contenders, but he did find the Safavieh – Retro rug at One Kings Lane and it was several dollars cheaper than Rugs Direct.

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In fact, the price difference was so great that we could afford the 9′ x 14′ option for around $500. Sold.

Geez, this is a long post. Who is ready for some room shots?!

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We’re both very happy with our choices. Actually, all three of us are happy because Mojo has decided that the rug is the perfect spot for capturing some morning sun.

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The rug totally softens up the room and makes me want one for our master bedroom.

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The duvet cover matches the walls perfectly! I still need to grab some black pillow cases for the second set of pillows to finish it off.

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These are pretty tight because we’re still finalizing other parts of the space. We moved all of the furniture that was living in this room back in and said “Well, that looks dumb.” Most of it leftover pieces, one from as far back as our house in Kansas City.

So this project spiraled even further. We found some sweet mid century furniture at one of our favorite local shops (more details on that as we clean up the pieces and put them to use).

And a trip to Ikea gave us some of the parts we need for the captain’s bathroom turned closet. So, much more to come!