Getting cozy

Warning: this post contains A LOT of pictures. Two new additions to the house are making a world of difference. I’m so pleased with how our whole downstairs is looking. Everyday it’s feeling more and more like our home and less and less like this strange other family’s house that we’ve taken over.

The first round of pictures today is presented to you by The Sunroom, now open for small talk and mixed drinks!

The bench is located right next to the side door, which is the door we use most often, so it’s perfectly placed for sitting down and taking off shoes. The camp chair will eventually be replaced by a small upholstered chair (I’m thinking Pier One or Homegoods). The end table will most likely be painted, but I’m going to wait until we have curtains to decide. I’m also wondering whether or not this room should have a rug- I’m leaning towards leaving the floor bare because with people entering the house through the side door and trekking to the yard through the sliding doors I think a rug would get beat up pretty quickly. Also, the granite on the top of the bar goes really well with our floor, so I don’t want to take away from that.

And speaking of the bar, let’s go in for a closer look…

Hello, Handsome! The stools swivel, the bottom shelf holds everything the built in wine rack doesn’t, the open frame keeps the room from feeling to heavy and full, and there’s a footrest just begging you to sit down and have a drink. I love it! And it was so nice to get a piece of furniture that I did not have to assemble. The Bob’s Furniture delivery men came right when they said they would, got it set up in no time, and even left behind a sheet with information on the product and phone numbers we could call if we have any problems. Perfect!

I think we need to take just one more look at him before we move on to the next room….

Yup, he's a keeper.

Next up today is the living room, which is now fully curtain-ed and looking fine! The curtains are really helping to pull the room together, now all that’s left is a rug and two oversized chairs. In the meantime though, the couch is perfectly set up for lounging around spying on the neighbors.

The painters tape on the floor is due to my still trying to figure out with size rug will be best, but I am leaning towards an 8×11. The 5×8 just looks to skimpy to me. I think the few pieces of furniture and accessories we own right now are really working well together in this room, and I’m really glad we went with a more bold wall color.

 This picture is the view from the kitchen, which is painted the same yellow as the accent wall so the two are working really well together. I’m also pretty positive that the trim of the bay window needs to be painted white, and I have plans to repaint our doors on Sunday so hopefully I’ll have time to do that then as well. The wood is in poor shape anyway, so I don’t mind painting over it, and it really does stick out the way it is right now.

The next (and final) picture is the view from the second level stairs into the living room. You can see how the white trim on the smaller window really pops, and how much the bay window really should match it:

I’m not quite sure what the strange reflection on the mirror is, or why the picture came out so grainy- but I am sure that I love this room.


Up close and personal

Today we went on a little adventure for Matt’s birthday and it just so happened there was a Bob’s Furniture store on the way! And that yesterday was payday for us both! We went in with every intention of buying something from the discount section of the store, but we didn’t know that anything bought in that section had to be picked up within 24 hours and there’s no delivery option.

Once we realized we didn’t have transportation to accommodate anything in the discount section we meandered on over to the regular priced part of the store, which was still all very reasonable.

We’ve been looking for a buffet with lots of storage to put in the sunroom, and I’ve been browsing Bob’s online for a few months narrowing down choices. Once we got there though, nothing seemed quite right. It was all too big and heavy and bulky for what I want to be a nice, open space. We ended up buying exactly what I’ve passed over online a hundred times- a bar with very little storage. But we love it! It has the spacious airy look I wanted and it has the swivel stools and footrest Matt was hoping for. It arrives on Thursday and we can’t wait!


Matt had a bar-bar in his mind the whole time, and I had a buffet in my mind the whole time- but this seemed to somehow incorporate things we both like. I love that top has a nice tile pattern that will pull from our green floor and sage walls, it that doesn’t look super modern. Matt likes that there will be more seating with the stools and that there’s still a bottom shelf to store anything that won’t fit on the wine rack. Here it is up close in all it’s wire frame goodness: Maybe I’ll store one of the stools on the counter too….