Lounge Style Board

Hi friends! Over here at Sooter Cottage we’ve got one of our biggest renovations yet going on right now. If you remember our house tour, we had this lovely beautiful baby blue/sailboat/partial beadboard masterpiece of an office upon moving in:

Why. Why. Why. For over a year this room as sat in this same, sad state. Usually I would just walk past and pretend the room wasn’t there. Except it was. always. there. And those baby blue sailboats were staring me in the face. So this year we finally got up the courage and stamina to take the fate of this room into our own hands. Begone, ye woeful sailboats! Several weeks ago we my husband tore out all the blue beadboard that was plaguing this room. I had my fingers crossed for beautiful clean walls underneath.

Those hopes were quickly dashed. It was even WORSE under all that beadboard. For the love of all that is good and holy. So bad.

Underneath the beadboard was not just one layer of wallpaper. Nay, there are at least 3 LAYERS of weird wallpaper. More boats (of course), some weird watercolor type stripes and yellowy polkadots, oh, and some lighthouses – just for kicks. Throw in some random blue paint (that is over some of the wallpaper) and then chunky glue globs and tiny nails from where they adhered the beadboard – you know, just for some extra fun. And then when we got to the bottom, we realized that most of the drywall near the floor was cut out and then filled with random bits of plywood and blue painter’s tape. Fsdjfoiasjdfoaijsdf. I repeat: FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND HOLY. It’s like a hardware store from the 90’s threw up all over our office. Now instead of just being mildly annoyed by this room I’m almost physically ill when ever I look at it. Yay!

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On Friday, we are getting a couple of quotes for getting new drywall put in and then after that we will be able to paint it and hopefully get it looking like a real room instead of a nightmare. We are planning to turn it into an office/lounge that will function as both a nice hang out space for reading and for doing some computer work. We also want this space to be able to transition into a nursery when that time comes for us, so picking elements that can be used in both spaces is necessary. Here is my lounge style board – this is the jumping off spot for me when it comes to this room’s design!

lounge style board


Console // Couch // Rug  // Pouf // Throw Pillows // Bookshelf

Fox Print // Gold Rhino // Basket // Art Prints // Curtains // Paint 

I’m really feeling a modern vibe with neutral elements and pops of color for this space. The green velvet couch acts as a bright anchor for the room and because it is so bold, it’s easier to pair it with blacks, whites, and wood tones so that the overall effect isn’t too overwhelming.

A cool sideboard console would be great to have to put a TV on or as a place to store odds and ends and will transition nicely to hold baby clothes! The one in my style board is from West Elm, but I’m in love with Place of My Taste’s Ikea Hack to make a gorgeous reclaimed wood buffet. The lighting and artwork in the picture also pairs perfectly with my lounge style board. A little sophistication, a little fun, for the perfect balance!

The artwork and pillows are something else that will also transition nicely once we have a baby. I’m a big fan of quirky prints so the animals, colors, numbers, (and pineapple) make me happy now and will also be appropriate for a stylish nursery. My go-to for fun throw pillows is Craftberry Bush – her pillows are completely swoon-worthy and I love supporting fellow bloggers and small business owners!

I probably won’t be able to use all of these elements (at least at first) in our actual room (dumb budgets) but it’s at least a great jumping off point and inspiration for what I want the space to eventually look like!

What’s your favorite part of my lounge style board? What’s the perfect gray paint to use?





  • Wow! I am impressed that you stuck with this because it looks like a terrible amount of work! That style board though, that is gorgeous! I would happily move into that room…..the couch…..I LOVE that you are going for a bold colour! So excited to see this finished, then I will let you know when I am moving in ;p

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Thanks so much, Gilly! It absolutely is a horrible amount of work – thats’ why we are getting some professionals to put in the new drywall next week – I don’t know if I could manage and would probably mess it up! haha. And thank you thank you! Your blog definitely serves as inspiration for me when it comes to bold and colors 🙂 I’ll let you know when we are finished so you can buy a plane ticket over!! 😉

  • Kristi says:

    Oh Erica! What a nightmare for you!!! At least you’ll have yourself a beautiful blank slate to create that gorgeous office you’re planning!

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Haha, it totally is a nightmare right now – dreaming of pristine walls and a functioning room…. the drywall guys are starting work on Monday, so hopefully by the end of next week walls will be up!

  • Amy W says:

    Holy moly is right. Those walls are doing lots of crazy, ha. LOVE the mood board, can’t wait to see how it turns out!

    • Erica Sooter says:

      I know right? SO much crazy. Luckily the drywall people are coming on Monday so hopefully by the end of next week we will have normal walls again! 🙂

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