Lounge Room Makeover (Sneak Peek)

I am excited to share a sneak peek of my plan for the Lounge Room makeover.   I’ll be sharing all the process for this lounge room on my Instagram. 

I have a love hate relationship with our dining room.  It is too small for a dining table, sideboard, and chairs ( just under 11 ft x 11 ft).  This room has served as everything…BUT a dining room….a playroom/junk room/games room for 12 of our 15 years we’ve been in our home.  After our main floor renovation a few years ago, we got rid of the toys and junk and added some armchairs, a sideboard and a floor lamp and called it a day.  That wasn’t what I envisioned for this space though.

When we saw the builder plans for our home, we knew this would be a small dining room, and so we  started calling it our “Cigar Lounge” room ( we don’t smoke cigars, nor would we want anyone to in our home, but the idea of that style of room was what we wanted it to look and feel like.  Then we added a gallery wall (see below)

The cigar lounge we wanted was now the gallery wall room.   A  black shiplap gallery wall.  4 giant rows of poplar shelves and large framed pictures of our family.  This gallery wall blew it out the park, and it has become a follower favourite on my Instagram.   Although I really love this gallery wall,  furniture placement became an isuue.  The best place for a small sofa is against the gallery .  I can’t cover the gallery wall with a sofa, it’s just to pretty.   So, we had the armchairs facing each other without a coffee table or rug.  It still wasn’t cozy enough for us and  in no way did it resemble a cool cigar lounge …LOL

You’re the first to see the design for my Cigar Lounge Room here.  Let’s start with the feature wall, because if you know me, every room in my home has a feature wall.  I will be making a feature wall using  1/4 ” maple plywood.  It will be 3 simple panels, with clean lines and I will put the  panels up right over top of the black shiplap.  I’ve talked about this on my Instagram stories, and many followers are even shocked that my  gallery wall is going bye bye. But, we really need that wall space for furniture, 

I haven’t figured out the stain yet, but it will be very light and natural looking (keep watching my Instagram stories. I will be sharing all of the process there

Modern Lounge Room
Modern Cigar Lounge Room

Modern Lounge Lighting Plan

I currently have the Ikea Knixhult Pendant Light but I’ll be changing that for a more modern LED matte black pendant light.

LED Matte Black Pendant Light

LED Black Matte Pendant Light by Dainolite


Picking out new furniture is not always as fun as one would think.  I want to make this room feel more Lounge-y ( I know, it isn’t a word, but it sounds cool).  This Cigar Armless Loveseat from Article was meant to be….can you believe it is called, “Cigar”, just what we’ve been calling this room for the last 15 years.  It was meant for this room!  With  modern design  and not to mention how comfortable it is.  Next to it, I will be theNarro Sidetable, also from Article.  I love the carrera marble base and want to incorporate more marble into my space. (side note:   I ripped out marble flooring 3 years ago when I did our renovation, and I miss it alot).

Modern and Cozy Area Rug

 Holy moly!!! Did it EVER take me long to choose an area rug for this room.  Once again, this awkward sized room left me with slim pickings for an area rug.  Everything I liked was either too small, or too big.  The room is square shape and let me tell you…it is hard to find a nice area rug that is square.  I ended up going with a 6×9 rectangle  ( see my Instagram stories for a peek of the rug I chose).  Head over to my Instagram, under my highlight bubble called, “Cigar Lounge Room”, to see the rug. 

Modern Lounge Room Furniture

I am still undecided about the sideboard for this room.   There is a possibility that I may be refinishing one, but I haven’t committed to one yet. That goes the same for my coffee table, also found one I am in love with on FBM, but it sold so fast and it was exactly what I am looking for. I will be sharing progress over on my Instagram, so come see my stories.

Modern Lounge Room
Modern Cigar Lounge Room

So…..what do you think of this design plan?  It is very different than anything I have done before. That makes me so excited.  Please head over to my Instagram @tanglewood_homes and let me know if you saw this sneak peek of the Cigar Lounge Room.  Send me a message and tell me what you think.  I really want to hear from you and appreciate you stopping in.

Until next time friends,

Sindy @tanglewood_homes

How I Added LED Modern Mood Lighting to a Room

modern concrete base floor lamp, with LED lighting
LED Floor Light with Concrete Base
LED Floor Lamp with Concrete Base
Modern Floor Light


Use LED lighting to achieve a modern vibe in any room.


LED Floor Lamps

I am  adding LED  mood lighting in my basement for a modern vibe .  We will be spending more time indoors  soon with the weather changing.  I recently added some great LED  lighting to my home, which will make for great movie nights, work from home, reading corners and possibly online learning for my kids.

This floor lamp is made of black metal that has a modern design.  It provides enough lighting for us when we are watching a movie, reading a book or sitting with a glass of wine.  I might need to take this up to the master en suite for a relaxing bath too.


” A room is like a stage. If you see it without lighting, it can be the coldest place in the world”

~ Paul Lynde

Task Lighting

Task lighting may be in more demand with the possibilities of many people working and learning from home.  Having a desk lamp not only looks great, but it takes the need out of the overhead lighting, which I personally do not prefer when doing work at a desk.

” To see beauty is to see light”

~ Victor Hugo


LED Strip Lights

I have had so much fun adding LED strip/rope lighting to my accent walls.  It adds such a cool modern look to any room.  You can add it around a mirror,  in shelving, under cabinets, behind a fireplace or a bump out wall.  I recently add this Minger Flexible Strip Lighting around my fireplace and feature wood wall.  Now I want to add it everywhere.  There was no hard wiring involved in this at all.  It simple plugs into an outlet  and and has a cool white glow accenting the fireplace, setting a great mood for chilling.  It looks great next to the concrete walls I did in this basement too.

Adding Strip Lighting around a wall feature
Strip Lighting Around Wall Feature
fireplace wood wall feature with strip lighting
Adding that strip lighting for a modern vibe


That rounds up some easy ways to add modern and fun lighting to any room.  I will be adding some more LED lighting in my Lounge Room upstairs in the future.  Can’t wait to share that with you soon.  To see more of this room, check out my post about How I Created a Faux Concrete Wall.

Until next time my friends,


Tips For Buying The Right Throw Pillow Covers

It hasn’t been the greatest Spring weather here in Ontario, and I’m dreading the wait. Plus, we’ve been social distancing,  so I’m just looking for something to do. Spring is my favourite season,  so I am updating my current pillow situation to get that spring feel.

I don’t know about you,  but my home is being invaded with throw pillows. It’s a bit of a problem.🙈 They’re currently being stored in all my closets,  laundry room, linen closet,  master closet,  and…. even my kids’ bedroom closets.

One of the things I like to consider is using pillow covers. If you’re like me, there’s the right pillow for every season. Throw pillows with texture,  colour and pattern add to the look and feel of a room.  But, there isn’t any room to keep them all. 

Well, I’ve got you “covered” (no pun intended)  I’ve got a solution to the pillow madness.  BUY PILLOW COVERS! Yes, I know,  clever solution right? Imagine having only a number of pillows,  and plenty of pillow covers to change them up?  That is a total space saving win!

I’ve bought pillow covers and made some mistakes.  Nothing is that easy. So, I’m sharing tips for purchasing the right pillow covers and why you should make that change.

Pillow Covers Save Space 

Instead of having many pillows (that take up space), consider pillow covers instead.  You will save space and they tend to be cheaper in price. It’s much easier to store pillow covers than actual pillows.  Having pillow covers allows me to keep the pillows I have and to change them up for the seasons. I’m currently in the market and I found some really nice pillow covers on Amazon.


Make sure to measure the pillows you already have.  If you have an arrangement of pillow,  make sure to purchase pillow covers that match your varying sizes. Take good inventory of what you already have, and what size pillow covers you need.

Product Care

Make sure to read the washing instructions,  and consider purchasing pillow covers that are easy to wash.  

Just like curtains,  bed linens or clothing,  every fabric has different care instructions.  There are pillow covers that are machine washable,  hand wash or dry clean only. Also consider that certain materials may bleed colour when washing,  so test out a small corner to make sure.  Or, if you’re worried about this,  wash by hand. 


I suggest buying them a couple of inches bigger than the size you need.   I’ve bought pillow covers that were the same size of my pillow,  and it was a wrestling match trying to get them on.  If you have an 18×18 pillow, go for a 20×20, and save your pride winning the wrestling match with your pillow.

Here are some of my faves:

From Etsy

From Article

And my personal fave from Instagram @xasmin_interiors

Hand woven, hand made from Xasmin Interiors


Hope you enjoyed those few simple tips for choosing the right throw pillow cover.  Have a great week, stay safe.

Take care everyone,

Sindy @tanglewood_homes