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Wall Help!

We have a rather long wall that connects the front entrance to the kitchen and I’m not liking what we’ve done with it. We didn’t really think about it all that much and just threw up a couple multi-photo picture frames on one end (near the front entrance) and then hung our giant fork and spoon on the other (I do LOVE these those).

 Fig. 1: Looking into the kitchen from the front entrance. The door at the very other end is our pantry and the kitchen opens up to the right. 

Fig. 2: Looking toward the front entrance from the kitchen. The doorway on the very righthand side leads to the dinning room. 

Any ideas out there on what we could do with this space (links to photo examples would be much appreciated!)?


Jelly Bean’s Room

Last weekend, we finally put the finishing touches on Jelly Bean’s room.
We decided to make the guest room into JB’s room (and we combined the office and guest room). It took me much longer this time to decide on colours and such – mostly because I didn’t want it to be too similar to Evan’s room. There’s no theme, really, but I think it came together nicely.

Fig. 1: Guest room before.
Fig. 2: JB’s room after. I decided on a very neutral beige colour for the walls, with dark espresso wood furniture and then pops of navy and bright blue as accents.

Fig. 3: The tree decal that I bought off eBay – I’m a big fan 🙂 Also pictured, the photo that made me feel like a real artist – now coloured with crayon and plaque-mounted.

Fig. 4: One last view – sorry about the blurring-out, but that’s his name and we don’t want to reveal it until he’s born!

Mantel Decor Update

A few weeks ago, I posted about how I wasn’t super happy with our mantel decor, especially given how our wonderful new fireplace is now the focal point of the room. I received a lot of good ideas on the blog and Facebook, and took the advice to put something much larger above the fireplace.
So, after spending a couple weeks searching around with no luck, I went to a local art shop (The Art Bank Gallery) and they were amazingly helpful. They first got me to pull any art that called to me, regardless of the size, price, etc.. They really just wanted to see what I was going for. From there, they made some recommendations and I took a piece home to test and a few other ideas.
DH and I both fell in love with the local photography of Andrew Collett, and ended up going that route:

Though DH tends toward a de-cluttered (I like to call it “minimalist”) decor, it just didn’t look right to not have anything on the mantel. So, I put back some of the stuff we had there before, and flushed it out with some of our nicer looking books. 

I’m not sure about it right now – I’m wondering if I should reduce the amount of “things”, or if I should try to find larger/taller pieces to put on either sides of the windows. 
Any thoughts or suggestions?

Fireplace Mantel – WWYD?

Our living room is really coming along, especially with the installation of the new fireplace and surrounding tile. One difficulty I’m having, though, is with the mantel.

As you can see, it’s enormous – spanning the length of the whole room – and has two windows above it.

For the past couple of years, we’ve had a number of small decorative things along it, but this method doesn’t do the mantel justice.

So, I’m looking for ideas – what would you do? Pictures or links would be doubly helpful!

My Eyes! My Eyes!

A couple weeks ago, DH and I went to a local antique mall searching for a bookshelf or something for our front entrance. We didn’t find anything that would work, but we did find this (those of you on FB have seen this already):

Fig. 1: Quite possibly the ugliest couch ever.

Have you ever seen anything like it in your life? The shape, the fabric, the random wood circles – it all just comes together, doesn’t it? The best feature is that part in the center of the couch rotates, so you can store stuff in there! How convenient! Oh, and those round cushions? They’re reversible, so you can choose to have the patterned fabric, or be a bit more conservative and keep the yellow going.

It can be yours for just $800!!!

Small Changes

Well, we’ve been in our house for just about a month and things are slowly coming along.

The kitchen was initially going very quickly – the electrical, plumbing, mud & tape, and flooring all got done within a couple of weeks. Then we had the cabinets installed and things are kind of at a stand still now that we are waiting for our granite counter top to come in. The projected install date isn’t until June 2nd! So, we will have a temporary counter so the appliances can be installed and we can actually use the kitchen. I will post before & after photos once it’s done.

We’ve also managed to paint a couple rooms. We started with the guest room. Mostly because we wanted to “test” our skills on a not-so-important room, but also because it was the ugliest room in the house. Case in point:

Fig. 1: Bubblegum ice cream, anyone (which actually is one
of my favorite flavors – just not on a wall)?

But, I think we’ve rectified the situation rather nicely:

Fig. 2: A nice way to do orange (not like what our
kitchen looked like – oh, stay tuned for that!).

Next up was the master bedroom. Again, the previous owners didn’t have such great taste in colors. This one was a dark brown with greenish undertones. To top it all off, they painted the ceiling the same color, so the room felt very enclosed.

Fig. 3: Like living in a cardboard box (ignore that green
square –
that was me testing out some wild colors).

Again, we went for a more pleasing color. This one is called “grasslands”, and it’s very calming and serene.

Fig. 3: ahhhhhhh….don’t you just feel more calm?

Next up will probably be the living room and dining room. But, I think we’re going to hire someone to do that (as well as the foyer/stairwell). It’s just way too much of a pain in the ass for us to deal with, especially if someone can come in and do it faster and better.

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