House Updates

Since we hosted a baby shower this weekend, it was a great reason to get the house in order and take some pictures now that all our junk has been put away (mostly) in our main living spaces.

First up, the living room. This room has been fairly presentable since we moved in. We needed it to be since it's our main living space. I think the rug was the first thing in the whole house and we brought it in to make sure the sofas we planned to buy would fit. Our living room isn't the largest space in the world so space planning was key before we drove 2 hours to buy and haul back new sofas.

Room Details: Paint color (all walls but fireplace and small window walls: Valspar's Cincinnatian Hotel Carl Tan (the dark brown was done by the builder and I don't know the color name, only that it's Ralph Lauren paint); Sofas, Kivik from IKEA in Ingebo Light Beige; brown throw pillows, Target; Rug; Pottery Barn (No longer available from PB, but you can find them on eBay.) This one I bought from my brother and sister-in-law); coffee table, Restoration Hardware (The Larkspur line of furniture was discontinued...and I cry); Westie looking out the window, courtesy of Dreams 'N Tails Kennel in Missouri. HA.

When I painted, I took down the old curtains left by the seller. They were just pieces of fabric hung with clip rings and I really detested having to close them all the time since there were no blinds on our windows. I had 4 matchstick blinds left from my single days living in a charming old duplex so I pulled them from the back of the coat closet, dusted them off and hung them! They worked great as a temporary fix. Providing a little bit of privacy, but not blocking our view like the curtains did. Oddly enough, only one of them was too short. The strings that hold up the rolled shade didn't extend down far enough to reach the window sill, so I have it rigged right now. No worries, though - they are a temporary fix until we can buy all new bamboo shades from Overstock (thanks to BrynAlexandra for the idea! I'd been looking all over!). Plus, I'm going to add these curtains (far left) from Ballard Design. I just love them. They add some fun, whimsy, neutrality, and a tiny pop of color to bring that green in the rug, up on the wall. I am loving the layered look with bamboo shades and curtains and plan to do the same in the dining room. Other than that, this room is good to go for a while. Other rooms are calling my name!

I finally finished recovering all 6 of my chairs and I'm pleased with the results. Can't say I'm not looking forward to the day when I can upgrade my chairs to "big girl chairs" but these work swimmingly for now.
The dining room has seen the biggest change since we moved in and I'm only half done. Here's a before picture: and here it is now:
I repainted (obvi), and also took down the curtains and replaced them with matchstick blinds. We switched out the chandelier as well. The one that came with the house was great and matched the kitchen fixtures, but I'm not a fan of "down lights" in dining rooms. We have had the chandelier we put up in its place for several years - we're talking maybe 5 or so and we've never hung it. We found it on the cheap on clearance at Target and snatched it up. Finally, it's hung and I love it. Need some brighter bulbs and some cute little shades and I'll call it a day on my light fixture.

Room details: paint; Cuban Plaza by Valspar; table: Bjursta in brown-black from IKEA (we bought this when we moved into our previous home; chairs: Target (I don't think they carry these exact chairs anymore); buffet: Crate & Barrel (no longer carried).

Most of the other things are inherited pieces. The china cabinet is in ROUGH shape. It was my grandmothers and she didn't take care of it. Then a tiny Westie I raised, chewed the MAHOGANY feet to smithereens and I haven't a clue how to repair it. I want to paint it out, though...another project for another day. The buffet lamps used to be candlesticks and my mom had them made into these fun lamps. I love them.
That's all I've got for now. I should've taken bedroom shots, but I'm waiting for the new Fall West Elm stuff to come out because I've got my eye on one of their duvets. Yeah, yeah, I know I said I was sticking with what I have on the bed now, but I just can't help myself. MUST. HAVE.

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