I thought that I should show you a section of our house that may be changing soon! Our living room is the first thing you see when you enter our 1800 sq.ft. home. We do a lot of living in here, so we try to keep it warm and casual, but it has been largely ignored while we’ve been doing renos in other parts of the house. See the artwork in the picture above? That was done by my amazingly talented aunt. I love how her large paintings fill our home with warmth.
Our armoire stores our second tv, stereo for the kids, and Wii console. Large baskets in the bottom hold the accessories that come with it all! It’s invaluable to have a second area for the kids that I can close the door on at the end of the day. And the large basket to the right of the armoire makes for easy clean up of all the trains and tracks.
Vintage suitcases are so much fun to store toys in. I want to find at least one more of these, so let me know if you’ve seen one somewhere!!
PROBLEM WALL CURRENTLY:
The two images above show the wall that has bugged me since we moved in. The rather ugly stone, super teeny tiny mantle, and large expanse of empty wall, etc. This is one of those projects that I had planned to tackle the moment the keys were in our hands… but other renovations keep being prioritized above it. I think this is going to be the year!
I threw this together in Photoshop so you can see what’s in my head for this side of the room. I’m thinking of adding some visual texture with wood trim, painting the whole space white, and a floor to ceiling stone fireplace. And a CHANDELIER!!! I’m very excited about the whole thing! What do you think? I’m imagining 1″ wood strips from floor to ceiling to give the look of board and batten siding without the expense of cladding the whole wall in wide wooden planks. Save some money for built in bookshelves or either side down the road! LOL. Any suggestions? Tips? Have you ever mimicked exterior siding inside your home?
Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson Design
Better Homes & Gardens
Welcome to all of those visiting via The Lettered Cottage Room Redo link up! Our powder room renovation is there along with so many great room redo’s! Thanks for the opportunity Layla! I thought I’d share some of my favorite bathroom inspiration pics that I came across while I was trying to decide what direction to go with our renovation… enjoy!
This is what our powder room looked like on move in day. I know! Not pretty. It looked more like an industrial scrub down room than the powder room for visitors to our home. It’s probably best that the pictures are blurry! haha! Not to mention that it also had a suspended panel ceiling – ugh. I sold the old vanity in the above pictures on Craigslist – it was just too large for such a small space. Then I put that money towards buying a freestanding antique console table (with a nod to Sarah Richardson) to make the space feel larger. And for those wood freaks out there, I apologize in advance if this offends, but gray paint won over wood grain this time around.
And this is how it looks now:
All she needs is the perfect pull or knob for the front and the bathroom will be done! At last! And thanks to the hard working hubby for installing the trim, which I’ve wanted since seeing this post. Makes me smile!
Linking up at: Domestically Speaking
When we first moved into our little house on the hill we knew that there would be lots to do, and we were excited to put our own stamp on a barely touched home. Two years later we are still slowly plugging away at it room by room. Flipping through design magazines has now become an addiction. The first thing we did before we even moved in was scrape all that popcorn off the ceilings. It took ten years off the place! A well deserved facelift. The second, a year later, was the kitchen. This one brings a smile to my face every day. As you can see from the before pictures, the layout was fine, but all the cabinetry and appliances were 30 years old… and don’t even get me going on that “sunshine ceiling”!
The After! As you can see in this picture, there are little things that haven’t been done yet… and some still aren’t. Painting for example. We didn’t want to paint until all the renos on the main floor were done, so we could paint everything at the same time. That will happen very soon since our main floor bathroom is almost done. Can’t wait!