Well, as much as I tried, I couldn’t stay away from here for the entire rest of the year. I just missed you all too much! And when these pictures of my completed media room came back, I also couldn’t stand waiting to share the final reveal. So without further ado, a 2016 bonus post – call it the year’s finale. Seems fitting that is should a room in my own home – this really has been my biggest project to date!


Now if you’ve been an Apt34 reader for awhile (and I hope some of you have been!) this space might look familiar. That’s not just because I gave a little sneak peek in my holiday cocktail post a couple of weeks back.

You might recognize this space as I actually featured it as part of the One Room Challenge in October 2015. Yes, I said 2015. Back then I still had renovation naiveté and actually thought there was a good chance of construction being complete in time to finish a room in six weeks. HA! It only took seven more months. Lesson learned. Since moving in earlier this year, it’s also taken a significant amount of time to make my original design vision come to life. Unlike with our lofts, I’ve been incredibly picky about every single piece that comes into this house. Thankfully, I discovered ATG Stores , a new online furnishings retailer that carries just about everything under the sun. I was able to find all the finishing touches I’d been waiting for that ultimately pulled this room together. And I think my patience has paid off. I managed to create a respite from what is otherwise a toddler play zone! What do you think?


Being that this is our media room, I always knew I wanted this room to have a dramatic, dark color scheme with a very monochromatic palette. I’m obsessed with the black/blue that I found – it’s Benjamin Moore in Gravel Gray. We painted the entire space, including the crown molding and the ceiling in the same color with a flat finish. It gives the room the modern, masculine feel I was going for. Our light oak floors add just enough contrast to brighten the space. Having two oversized windows also flood the room with light so it feels chic rather than cave-like.

A point for the renovation geeks – I’m also obsessed with my outlets and light switches from the Adorne Collection by LeGrand – they come in a gray which compliments my color palette. Seriously awesome.


Keeping accessories to a minimum helps give the space a calm feel.

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I used brass accents to warm the room. I love the little cocktail table – perfect for resting my nightly glass of wine (or two!).


A throw pillow with chartreuse and greens adds a touch of color to break up the monochromatic scheme.


I can never resist having a few treasures sitting out that make me smile. A selection of my favorite design books, a little bowl I’ve had so long I can’t remember where it came from. A strand of wood beads from the flea market.

I’ve broken down how you can recreate this look shopping from ATG Stores below.


SHOP THE LOOK: cactus / pendant light / brass table lamps / black throw / sectional / coffee table / marble & wood bookend / pillow 1, pillow 2 / brass & marble cocktail table / wood tray


For all the design inspiration for this room CLICK HERE

For the latest about our renovations, CLICK HERE


original photography for apartment34 by aubrie pick

This post is in partnership with ATG Stores. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting collaborations that have kept apt34’s doors open!

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  1. Could you please tell me where the ladder in the room is from?

  2. Looooooove this room so much! It looks like your couch doesn’t have tufted seat cushions, but the one in the link does… is that an option when you order?

  3. What a beautiful room! I especially love the light oak floors. Are they real hardwood or a laminate? Would you mind sharing where you purchased from?

    1. Hi Lindsay, Thanks for the kind compliment. I was inspired by the floors of Scandinavian homes. We installed solid hardwoods – They’re wide-plank oak finished in place with a light gray stain. I’m really pleased with how they turned out.

  4. incredible!! would love to know this moody gray wall color! we have done several grays, but haven’t found the perfect one yet. 🙂

  5. Hi, it is gorgeous! Where did you het the plant pots and planter ? Thanks

    1. They’re from a local San Francisco shop called FloraGrubb

  6. I’ve been running all over your blog trying to figure out where your TV stand is from… HELP!?