Friday, October 3, 2008

A Game Day Condo

It's Fall and football in Alabama is serious business. Just ask anyone in this state who they are pulling for and you will quickly hear which side they are on. It's either Alabama or Auburn and there is not a lot of in-between. Alabamians love their football and I quickly found out how much when we moved over here almost 3 years ago. My hubby....he is a Tide fan through and through. There are many mixed marriages in Alabama, I've found out.

Meet my friend, Lynn, and her son, Barrett. Lynn is my friend who has the monogram business (and who did all my fabulous monograms!) and I helped her put together all the fabrics for their game-day condo at Auburn University. Their youngest son, Barrett, signed with Auburn as a quarterback and is a freshman this year. Needless to say, they will be spending lots of time at Auburn this football season, even though Barrett is red-shirted this year (which means he won't be playing in the games), but will be doing plenty of practicing. They're excited about their new space.
I had no idea what a game-day condo was until Lynn told me. I've been out of the loop on college football, so this was all new to me. Here are a few before pics so you can see how bland the space was.
This condo is really a studio and the first thing they did was take out this little wall which separated the space. Since it's not going to be lived in full-time, they put in a daybed and opened the room up more. Lynn and I went fabric shopping and I helped her pull it all together. She had already picked out a cream sofa and a contemporary chair with a geometric pattern, so that was our starting point.
This is the BEFORE on the cabinets. They painted them all white. Lynn wanted to bring in orange (of course!) to the condo, but do it tastefully. I think she succeeded in doing just that.
AFTER: The condo got new flooring, paint on the walls, and all new furniture brought in. All the fabrics really pulled it together and I was so happy to see the pics of how it turned out. We found the rug at Homegoods and both lamps were on clearance from there too. Lynn made the drapes and pillows. We found a really neat contemporary oil painting at Homegoods that was mainly orange tones & it hangs over the sofa. Wish we had a photo of that.
The kitchen cabinets were painted white. See the cute little Aubie lamp she picked up? Their mascot is the tiger.
Just painting the cabinets made a big difference.
They put in recessed lighting too to really bring it up to date. This is the contemporary chair we worked the colors off of and that's the daybed in the back under the windows.
A tiny space, but wow, does it look 100 times better.
Lynn even put some monogrammed towels in the bathroom, along with the shower curtain she made. I think it turned out fabulous. Hope you enjoyed going along to the game-day condo too!

You may see Barrett Trotter on TV one day throwing the winning touchdown for Auburn.

ATTN: Birmingham girls...I'm having a yardsale at my house on Saturday, October 11th, so if anyone wants to come, email me for directions. I'll have some lamps, artwork, possibly bed linens, and misc. accessories, but no furniture. You're welcome to stop by to see if I have any treasures you might want! It will start at 8 a.m.

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Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Rhoda,
I really love before and after pictures...and these are great. You and Lynn really did warm up the space! It is much more inviting! It really looks great.

Good luck with your sale. Wish I was going to be over that way!

Suzann said...

The before and after pictures of this condo are great! You all really did a great job on this place - it looks amazing.

Brown-Eyes said...

Oh how I wish I lived close enough to come to your there will be some for the doesn't look like the same place and that's a good thing... ;-) Bo

coco said...

What a great transformation. So smart to have a place like that for game weekends!

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Great condo transformation!! Isn't it amazing what a little paint and fabric can do to a space?



Layla said...

I really enjoyed this post (as I have become a hardcore Auburn fan) and the little condo looks AMAZING! The rug is perfect.
I will actually be staying over night in Birmingham Sunday night (I need to email Judy) so I can either meet you at Homegoods Monday morning, or your house...whichever works the best for you! :-)


The Hinesley House said...

Wow....that is amazing how good the redo turned out. I love the colors in the living room. The "before" cabinets look just like my cabinets.....very boring. It is amazing what a little white paint will do. I would love to paint my cabinets white but I am a little nervous about doing it myself.

Kristi said...

Wow! I love the space - especially because it's Auburn! And, to know a blogger who has a friend whose son signed... does that make me special? HA!

Joanna said...

The condo turned out great! I love the Tiger lamp in the kitchen. My family are huge Tide fans. You should have seen them dressed up for the game, and they were only watching it from home! I am talking black under the eyes, knees wrapped up, jersey's on, houndstooth jewelry...sparkly crimson and white hair bows. It's wild during football season. We on the other hand here are Gator fans! : )

I will have to find out where this yard sale is going to be! We are planning on being up there for Kayla's fall break. We go to the Baker Farm pumpkin patch every year. Stopping by your yard sale, that would be the icing on the cake!

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Your friend did a great job on that little studio condo! It looks beautiful & homey now! Great post!

Lori said...


Adrienne said...

Hi Rhoda -
What a wonderful little condo. The transformation was fantastic! It turned out to be such a great little place. Thanks for sharing it with us. Wish I could stop by your sale this weekend but it's much too far to drive from Oregon to your neighborhood. Hope you'll share it with us soon.

ROXY said...

What a great transformation!! Looks great!

Anonymous said...

What a fun place to have! I really love the way she brought the tasteful shades of orange in. It is a really simple but lovely space.
We have had several friends with family at Auburn over the last several years and game day spaces are quite popular. I guess since my Kenzie-Grace wants to go there to play basketball (this Georgia fan is quite disappointed) we'll have one someday as well.
Have a great weekend!

Mom on the Run said...

How fun and it looks awesome!

Half of the Style Sisters said...

Oh I wish I lived in Birmingham..I would love to come to your garage sale! The condo turned out beautiful. Love the colors!


Anonymous said...

What a great little condo, very cute.

Can you do a virtual yardsale for all us out of staters ??

Hope you have nice weather !!! Have Peter take lots of pics :) you know those of us that can't come want to see them.

Kathy :)

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

War Eagle! The game day condo looks great.
I can't believe Peter let you even post those pictures~ LOL
We have one of those mixed marriages. Although after all these years Bill is easing up a bit. You still won't catch him wearing orange!

my thrifty victorian home said...

Just love what they did with the space. I didn't know what a game day condo was either:) Looks great. Tastefully done!

Anonymous said...

It does look better-so warm! What fun!! Would you mind sharing the paint and trim (cabinet) colors?

Carol said...

Good morning Rhoda! Gosh, wish I lived in your area so I could check out your sale on the 11th! Love what you did with the condo redo.
Carol * in Oklahoma

Amber Kay said...

Love it! It looks fab!
However...what is a game day condo? I'm not sure I've ever heard the phrase!

Ms. Tee said...

I've never heard of a game day condo, either. But you and your friend did an amazing job with it! It's so cozy now!
I wish I lived in your area - I definitely be coming to your sale. :)

Nancy said...

Hi Rhoda, That is a big difference! It looks fantastic. Now,I have an idea about that yard sale...What about having an on line yard sale of a few a your treasures and host it on your blog, for all us gals that can't make it to AL...LOL. Hope you have a great weekend. Nancy

salmagundi said...

I've never heard of a game day condo, but this one is as charming as can be!! Painting the cupboards was a great choice. Forget the game, I would just enjoy holing up there for the weekend. Sally

Anonymous said...

Ware Eagle! What a great place!

Tracy said...

Condo looks great but I've still gotta say "Rolllll Tide!"

Tracy :-)

Anonymous said...

What a fun space! I love the way it looks. So, is it just a space to hang out before and after the game? It's so cute. We are among the few, though, that are not team specific. Just not sports people at our house.

And I wish I could come to the yard sale, but I'm going to have one on the same day. I've got so many decorating cast offs, that I really need to clean out my space. Hope we have good weather!!

-- Brandi

Carolina Mama said...

You continue to amaze! This will be awesome! Hey, I mentioned you in my post today. Couldn't help but think of you! :)

Reynie said...

That is a perfect place for football game weekends! And how wonderful her son gets to play! I have to tell you though that my husband was in a funk for a few days after Bama came to town last weekend. He's a UGA alumni. He was sad... very sad.

Valarie said...

I would love to have a Game Day Condo! You can never find a good hotel unless you get one further away from the stadium or you book one way in advance. We just don't get to go down to The Plains as much as we want.

War Eagle!!!!

Kristi said...

So people buy condos just to stay the night in after a game? Or am I way off? Is that expensive??!!

Please don't laugh at me and call me Yankee!!

Pikes Pickles said...

Ahhh man. I Love it. No really I do.
About the garage sale - I wish I lived near there.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Kelli, Lynn passed on the paint colors for you. They are both Ben. Moore colors. The cabinets are Sugar Cookie and the wall color is Oklahome Wheat.

For those of you who don't know what a game-day condo is...don't feel bad. I didn't either. And yes, it is a place to hang out for the games before and after. They go down & spend the weekend at Auburn on all the home games. And now that their son is on the team, they will have 4 years of this, so I guess it is worth it!

Glad you all enjoyed looking. I wish you could all come to my yardsale too. I don't have a ton of stuff, but enough that I think I need to have one. Time to clean out the extra stash.


Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Wow, what fun to fix that small space up the way you did, but more fun to come to your yard sale....such a bummer I am states away. :)

Me said...

I've never heard of a game-day condo but sure makes sense if you're going to all the home games!! AND have a son you'll be seeing a lot of :) turned out to be a smashing room!
I live in Prattville but would love driving to B'ham to see what you have and just to drive north and enjoy the day :) I'll email for directions~

windycorner said...

War Eagle! The condo looks so cozy and comfortable.....perfect for relaxing on a football weekend. Isn't Homegoods the best?

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Rhoda,
The condo turned out great! I love the neutral sofa....perfect for that size space.
p.s. scrolled thru some past posts and saw the amazing free fountain you got!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

How great for them to have their own place near their son. A great place to crash after an exciting game!

Anonymous said...

What a transformation, thanks for sharing the pictures. Colors look great, fabrics are perfect together. My favorites are the kitchen & sitting area. May their nice Home-Sweet-Condo be a restful refuge.

Roll Tide,

Chris said...

Am I that dumb? You didn't really say, so I'm going to assume a game-day condo is just that--a condo just for the game?? Regardless, it's a fabulous before and after!! Amazing what a good decorating eye can do for such a place. It's beautiful!

Holly said...

Well, it sure is cute, but buying a condo for football? Those are some dedicated fans!

sarah @ a beach cottage said...

Hi Rhoda

this is a great one, best of all, for me, is the makeover of the cupboards

the whole thing looks pretty amazing, it never ceases to amaze me what a makeover does, I think I could spend all day long looking at before and afters, I am addicted lol!

if only I could come to your yard sale, wouldn't that be fun


Screaming Meme said...

Great job! I love it! :)

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Great use of the space (and painting the cabinets white was DEFINITELY her design touchdown ;-)!

Oh my...*I* want to go to your yard sale! Think NJ is too far? ;-)

Tricia said...

good job and 'war Eagle to my other "AU" friends.