our living room

Welcome to our living room {beware … I went a little crazy with the photos}

from stairs 2

You may have noticed that the link to this room on the our house page is inactive. That’s because I’ve never done a post about it.

tall from stairs

While it is the main room in our house and the one we hang out in the most, it is not yet ‘finished’. And so I’ve been waiting and waiting until it is done before taking photos and sharing it with you all. But truth be told, I’m not sure if the room will ever be completely done, so I might as well show you how it looks in its mid-finished state.

from corner

When we first moved in, the walls were all the same relaxed khaki color – which is a nice color, but we wanted a bit of definition. And because the room is one of those with walls that never end, we weren’t sure how to paint just the living room without having to continue the color up the second story, into the hallway and around the corners. Plus we are a teensy bit lazy and painting two stories sounded like way too much work.

from bar

So Ryan installed trim at about ceiling height and we painted the bottom half Slate by Restoration Hardware. He also trimmed out the doorways so that we didn’t have to deal with rounded corners and how to paint a straight line on those terrible things.

from kitchen 2

When I say the room is unfinished, I’m mostly referring to the fireplace.  It is a perfectly fine fireplace {I like the white mantle and love that I just have to turn on a light switch to start a fire} but I’ve never been a fan of niches and we have a large irregular one on that massive chimney.

from sofa

On Christmas Eve this past year we decided Santa should buy us a ginormous tv. What a nice Santa to oblige. So we installed it overtop the cut-out with a plan to cover it somehow, but as you can see, we haven’t covered it yet. Or hid the cord.

chimney

So our thought is to clad the fireplace chimney {is that what it’s called?} with old barnwood, or maybe horizontal siding painted white. We’re not sure. And we’re not very good at making decisions like this, so we’ve left it alone. I need Layla to do one of her fancy presto-chango things for me so that I can visualize what it would look like.  But I’m pretty sure either would be better than the hole-behind-the-tv look.

from stairs

This is the view of the room from the front of the house. Ryan’s great idea is to install a roll up garage door where the windows are which would open to our back yard. I LOVE roll up garage doors and would totally go for it if not for our itsy bitsy backyard that backs up to another house directly behind us. We’ll save that one for our someday house where we have an expansive yard with a pool to look at.

from stairs 3

The hanging thing is from Potterybarn and used to hold hanging star votive holders. I am waiting for inspiration to strike to figure out what to hang next – something sort of Anthropologie-ish, I’m thinking.  I wrapped the wrought iron with jute rope to add texture a few months back and I like the change.

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dresser

When we moved in, there were cabinets on either side of the fireplace that were terrible, horrible, no good, very bad ones. So my dear husband built me some new ones which I love.

left bookshelf right bookshelf

I am not sure how to style these shelves, so we currently have a random assortment of things I like: books, photos, plants, silver things.

bird

candles

books

See that computer tower hidden back there? That is hooked up to the tv so that it can also be used as a big computer screen. My husband is cool like that.

On the shelves live a few baskets to hide the everyday essentials that I prefer to keep out of sight.

dvds

Like dvds, diapers and wipes, toys

toys in bins

and more toys.

toy baskets

As you well know, I am a neutral girl. I try to add some color with throw pillows, most of which I sew myself. There are currently blue and yellow ones on the couch, but just a few weeks ago I had a funky print with some green in it and the month before that I went with simple white. I don’t think I’ll ever live in a house that remains untouched for years and years. I just can’t commit.

sofa

We have splurged on a few basic pieces for the room. A linen sofa has forever been on my wishlist and when we found this one, I was sold. It is Lee Industries {I think} purchased at Crate & Barrel.  For us it was a splurge {but worth every penny} but then when I see that some sofas sell for thousands and thousands of dollars, I don’t feel so bad about ours.

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Our tufted chairs are from #1 Allen upholstered in a durable mohair-like fabric. I’m a bit protective of the furniture in here and I fully realize that it is silly to have a linen sofa and fancy chairs when this is the living room and you have four kids.  Not practical, but oh so pretty!

curtains

The curtains are from IKEA {what a shock}. I recently visited a new friend while in Texas and she had her curtains done with gathers at the top and I fell in love. I came home, sewed on strips of gathering tape {who knew there was such a thing!} and gathered them until I liked their ruffliness.

airplane

When taking photos I noticed a paper airplane that has probably been stuck up there for weeks.

So there it is … our living room.

Curious about sources? Here they are:

paint: Slate by Restoration Hardware

sofa: Crate & Barrel

chairs: #1 Allen

rug and curtains: IKEA

ottoman: a hand-me-down from my mom

pillow with yellow flowers: Dwell Studio for Target

pillows on sofa: made by me. Assorted fabrics I’ve been collecting.

pillows on tufted chair: made by me. Chipper fabric in back, flower tutorial coming soon

Anything else?

oh, the silver lamps. They are great and are from Restoration Hardware.

I’ll keep you update when changes are made to that fireplace. It may be months from now, but it sure will look nice!

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house of fifty

Have you seen miss Janell’s new e-zine? It is full of gorgeous photos, great ideas and inspiration.

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You can read the magazine {here}.

And be sure to check out page 124-125 for a pretty cute summer download

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{I know, I am totally biased, but I sure love it!}

You can take a peek at House of Fifty {HERE}.

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what I learned while laying at the pool

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Ryan and I snuck away for a few days last week to Palm Springs, California. We’ve been having some dreary weather in the northwest, so we jumped at the chance for sun, sun and more sun.

We did little other than sleep in, lounge at the pool and eat … which was just fine for the both of us.

While sitting at that gorgeous pool, here are some things I thought about:

:: this was the first trip we’ve taken without our kids since our honeymoon. I know, that’s crazy. But I’ve been either pregnant or nursing for the past eight years and it just never happened.  We really should do it more often. It was good to connect without having kids to distract us from just enjoying one another.  If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend it.

:: Who on earth watched our four small children while we were out gallivanting around town? My little sister. Bless her. And my brother-in-law too. It is no small fete to care for your own two children, but then to take four more? Amazing. If you have a friend or sister who will watch your kids so that you can get away, ask them. And then do it for them in return. I highly recommend it.

:: I forgot how much I love reading real, paper books.  Blogs are delightful, but sometimes loosing myself to a novel is the best form of entertainment.

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I read The Help from start to finish and loved every second of it.

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It’s been on my to-read list and I’m so glad I finally got to it. What an amazingly compelling story {I sort of miss the characters now that I’m done!} about a time in history that seems like forever ago, but is sadly not that far gone.  If you haven’t read it yet and need a good read … this is it. I highly recommend it.

:: If you get an email from ‘paypal’ saying that your account has been accessed by someone else and it tells you to click on the link and give them all kinds of personal information … don’t fall for it.  Take it from me, doing so is a big pain. I do NOT highly recommend it.

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