When skies are gray

I’ve been whining about my living room a whole lot lately, so I thought I’d post pictures to show the current state that it’s in. It’s really not  terrible, it’s just that every other room in the house is much closer to looking how I want it to so in comparison this one stinks.

Here is a sort of dark picture of the room, angled from the bottom of the stairs in one of the kitchen doorways.

  • One day I’d really like that bench to be replaced with two over sized armchairs, but as I’ve said a million times chairs are wildly expensive
  • I’d like to get an 8×10 carpet in this room to separate the “sitting space” from the “walking space.” This room is a strange shape and with three entrances (2 from the kitchen, one from the stairs) it really needs to have some lines drawn. However, I’ve found there is an absolute hole in the market for affordable rugs that aren’t plain looking.
  • I can’t decide if my window feels too naked- I want to pain the trim (not the inside, just the outer) white for sure, but I wonder if I want to add an extra drapery across the top. What do you think?

This angle is from the stairs that lead to the second level.


Taking a step back, you can really see the size and shape of the room. Out of view all the way to the left is the front door, and we’re pretty sure that coat closet actually used to be a fireplace. You can see here how an 8×10 rug that starts at the base of the coach would outline the living room area from the walkway area.


This is the view from the back corner.

I don’t think I’ve ever posted a picture from this angle, which is really what you need to understand the open floor concept of the downstairs. Here you can see the two entrances from the kitchen and the entrance from the stairs, as well as the wall art I made myself after getting some Pinterest inspiration. The room looks awfully bare and sad from this direction, but you can see how the yellow kitchen works with the yellow and gray living room. The kitchen is the same paint color as the living room accent wall directly across from it.

If you look, the far wall of the room is still the original white truffle paint color I immediately repainted in the rest of the room. The white truffle travels from the front door, up the stairs, and into the hallway. This is another way I made a “path” from space to space.

The gallery wall!


The gallery wall is getting cluttered and magnificent! I need to add some other shapes to it, I think I’m going to get an “M” and an “F” up there to represent Matt’s and my last names as well as a few more circular shaped things.

One day I hope to  have a couch without a slipcover on it, because the droopy mush  mess of a couch we have right now drives me absolutely insane. However, I paid $60 for it sooooo I probably should complain.


And here’s a close up of our current display, I don’t have any Easter decorations so this has been out for a bit. The tray is from Target (so cute!), the white bowl is from a consignment shop, the glasses fillers are from a wedding centerpiece I got last summer, and the candles are from Ikea. Love love love the old look of this.





So there you go, my living room from as many angles as I could get! I wish the floor was nicer, and the radiators were nicer, and the couch was less slumpy, and we had chairs instead of a bench, and a rug down on the floor. I wish, I wish, I wish. All in due time!







Much Ado about Nothing

Things have been a bit intense now that I’m working 13 hour days… just 5 more weeks left until I have a normal schedule again! I’m hoping when I get my check on Friday it’ll make this all feel more worthwhile…

Because of my insane amount of working, things are definitely a little laxi daisy on the home front. I will say there’s a crime-scene-esque rug outline currently taped down onto my living room floor and I’m pretty sure I’ve settled on a rug that I need to have in my life. I’m waiting (not very patiently, if I may add) for my curtains to arrive so I can make sure it’ll all look nice together and I won’t over-grayify my living room.

Also, dun dun DA (please read that triumphantly), today I picked up the prints I’m going to use in my shutter project! I ended up hating everything I designed myself, which is no real surprise because I tend to be very critical of my work. So, Etsy.com to the rescue! I ordered digital prints for $3 and they were emailed to me within an hour, then I picked 5 of the 10 prints I received and placed a Walgreens.com photo order. Here’s a little preview of what’s to come:  Isn’t that the cutest little pattern ever? I’m swooning a bit over it…

So, with any luck, the shutter project will be officially completed on Friday! I am going to hold off on actually hanging up the shutters, though, until we’ve got furniture finalized in the room. No need to make holes in the wall if things may need to get shuffled around when I find and can afford two more chairs for the room.

And on that note, back to my supervisor duties for the next hour and a half… whine whine whine. More tomorrow!

Changes to the living room

While my parents were here on Saturday mom got very excited that my living room had “options.” In their house, the space is small and there’s no real way to play around with furniture. However, in my funny shaped living room you have no choice but to play around with it. My living room has 3 entrances because of the open floor concept on the first level, and things are exactly symmetrical. Instead of trying to put furniture up against walls, the new idea is to create a sitting space and a walking space- very HGTV of us.

We’ve moved the couch under the bay window (it used to be on the wall across from it) and now plan to get two chairs and a rug to create a square living room space. Then, behind the chairs will be a little walkway so you can easily enter from all three entrances without having to navigate around furniture. I think it looks pretty cute!

I’m hoping this will give the illusion of symmetry where it doesn’t really exist. Oh, and in the above picture, can you spot the next project? I’ll give you a second…….

There’s curtain rods in the right corner! Our awesome gray/silver living room curtains should be here by Friday and I’m so excited to see what they look like! I think it’ll really start to tie the room together. For now, I’m just going to let the curtains hang straight down, but I think eventually I’m going to get some of those fancy tassel ropes to tie them back with.

My favorite part about this new set up is that we’re putting that little entranceway wall to use. The painted black mirror and the black wooden end table look great by each other, and I can decorate that end table based on the season. Gosh it makes me feel old to be excited about that. 


Also accomplished this weekend: raking the yard! Picking out art for the shutters! Moving our tools from the office to the basement! Bringing a bookshelf up from the basement into the office! Pictures on most of these things will be posted throughout the week… isn’t homeownership riveting?

I would like to wrap up with this one thought, though: I am genuinely enjoying this whole crazy process. I have been a part of everything that’s happened to this house in the past two months, and it looks completely different from when we first toured it. I love it here, and I’m so glad we moved.

Living Room Art

House projects are about to go on a bit of a hiatus because I picked up a seasonal 4 night/week job that runs until November. So now, during the week is for brainstorming! This long weekend I’d like to FINALLY tackle and/or finish my long past due living room shutter project.

Currently I have three shutters spray painted black leaned up against my living room wall (noted in a previous post). By Monday evening I’d like for all three to be hanging up behind my couch and for each one to have two original pieces of art in them (designed by me!). Matt & I have decided on three quotes that we’d like to have up, so each frame will get a quote and two pieces of graphic design.

 The first quote piece is done and printed, so I’m already a little ahead of the game! All of the art will be white, gray, and yellow and printed 5×7. I also have dollar store frames that I will be sanding and painting the same yellow as the accent wall and kitchen.

This quote is a little sappy/mushy so we wanted the other two to be a little lighter. We chose:

1. Home is where the fastest internet is.

2. I really ought to do something but I am already in my pajamas.


My plan is to put this home quote in the middle shutter, and have the two others flagging it. The two others will also be a simpler design, probably a large font with a scaled back picture on each.


As for the other 6 pieces I need to create, I’m thinking zig zags and paisleys. Maybe circles? We’ll see where my heart takes me!