Monday, January 27, 2014

New Rug

Our living room is coming along!! We got a new rug and new sofa pillows. I love the colors in the rug and how it tones done the brightness of the room.

The rug is actually from World Market, it's actually an indoor/outdoor rug, which is so much nicer with Jakey and Foxy. The darker colors will help hide any spots or dirt and the fact that it's indoor/outdoor makes it much more durable and easier to clean. Seriously, the directions say just to hose off and let dry, how easy is that?

I love the blue tones of the different pillows and how they tie into the rug! The three more neutral colored pillows are Homegoods finds and the dark blue one is from Bed Bath and Beyond, I scored it on sale a little while ago for $5. So excited our living room is looking more and more chic everyday!

Monday, January 20, 2014

I Finally Have Some Art Above my Couch

There is this huge wall in our living room, 21 feet tall and 11 feet wide. The back of our couch is on this wall, but other than that this wall has sat empty. And let me tell you a wall of this size can be very overwhelming. It's really big and no matter what you put on it, it always seems too small. So we went big, I mean really big. Our painting is approximately, 5 feet wide and 4 feet tall (frame included in this measurement.) But, we are now the proud owners of an original Nan Rae painting.

Who is Nan Rae some of you may ask? Nan Rae is a "internationally exhibited chinese brush artist." She has a wonderful website in which you can purchase greeting cards, prints, etc. And she recently collaborated with Crate and Barrel for a "Study in Ink Print."
You can view Nan's website here.
You can view Nan's "Study in Ink Print" here.

I got to know Nan a little bit through this process and she is such a lovely lady and just a genuine human being. I meet lovely people all the time, but I find I meet genuine people less and less. I am thrilled to own such a beautiful piece of art and to have gotten to know such a wonderful lady in the process.

Anyways, enough jibber jabber, let's admire this beauty one more time before ending this post.

The living room is definitely coming together! Stay tuned for more updates!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I Finally Found a Scorpion

Jakey's room has six bug shadow boxes on his wall. You can see the original post here.

This is a small update. We finally found a scorpion! So we switched out the blue butterfly for a black scorpion.

Everything else is exactly the same.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Foxy's New Dog Bed

Well, Eleanor wasn't a total loss, aside from the experience, I kept one of the sofa cushions.  Foxy, our dog, became accustomed to sleeping on the cushion as if it was her bed. She had a dog bed once, but unfortunately, our cats took it over so I decided to keep the cushion and make a new cover for her.

I actually forgot to take any during photos, so I'll just give you a basic run down of what I did, interspersed with cute Foxy pics.

I picked up two yards of fabric. I cut out the top and bottom of the cushion, with an extra two inches on every side. Then I cut out the four sides. I sewed three sides to the top (the two long sides and one of the shorter sides). Then I sewed the same three sides to the bottom.

Next, I shoved, yes shoved, the cushion into the cover and pinned the fourth side. I used the machine to sew one of the longer seams, and again shoved the cushion inside the cover.

I hand sewed the rest of the three seams. I think it turned out pretty good. And Foxy still loves to cuddle up on the cushion.

All in all I consider this a great success!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Living Room Makeover Plans

Warning, this post is long.
Since we moved in we have slowly but surely been working on every room except for our living room, we haven't done a single thing to our living room. Well, that's all about to change. And actually that's a slight exaggeration because I have done a couple of things such as the tree trunk table, which you can view here. And I added some family pics in these frames that I love, love, love.

But you get the point, for a room we spend so much time in, we have done so little to. Here is what we've done so far:
The first thing that needed our attention was our ginormous couch. Over the summer we were going to get the new couch, Eleanor and then that didn't end up happening; which you can read about here. But what we did do was get rid of the chaise section of our current couch, which opened up the room so much more. Immediately, with just this simple change everyone who visited thought the room felt so much bigger and that the flow was infinitly better.

These are the only couch pictures I could find.
Here is a pic or two when I tried to rearrange to make the sofa fit better. (Ignore the mess of cushions and pillows on the floor.)

Still doesn't work, does it? Here's the room now:

Secondly, Foxy's lounging situation needed to be addressed. Foxy always slept on the chaise section of the couch so a new dog bed is in the works.  I'll follow up with that tutorial later this month.

The next thing to be addressed is toys! When you have a toddler your house pretty consistently looks as if you've just been robbed, completely ransacked. Toys are everywhere, in the bathroom, bedrooms, and of course strewn accross the living room. Look I have a whole parking lot of toys in my living room.

So Nick made a toybox, which I painted the base turqoise and the top with chalk paint. And this makes a huge difference in making the room feel uncluttered and clean.

And I got this garden stool that I am absolutely in love with. Seriously, I think I may bring it on our next dinner date instead of the hubby.

And here is what still needs to be checked off our list:
Next, we will be getting a new rug. I like the pattern of our current rug, but the neutral color was a terrible decision with a toddler, dog, and cats. Live and learn. The new rug will be an outdoor rug, which will hopefully be more durable and full of bright colors, so you can't see the dirt.

We are also addressing the big blank wall behind our couch. This wall is 21 feet tall and about 11 feet wide. It's the biggest wall in our home and quite overwhelming when trying to decide what to put on it.

Luckily, that problem was solved for me. My dad and step mom bought us a beautiful painting for our wedding, which when it's up I will definitely post about. Although, the painting did take some effort, Nick and I had to mutually decide on a painting which was no easy task.

We are currently building a new coffee table. The old coffee table was a pleather trunk that was well loved. It's actually still well loved as extra storage in our spare bedroom. The trunk holds all of our video game paraphernalia.

Next, I will be making a new mirror for above the fire place. The current mirror cost me $5. The mirror was free off craigslist and I spent the money on paint and thumb tacs to make it more presentable. I just couldn't stand the blank wall any longer, so for the past year and a half it's served it's purpose.

Now I'm thinking some sort of sunburst mirror to fill this spot.

We will also be replacing the media console. This one functions well, but it's not the prettiest.

And yes that is a bungee cord holding the cupboards shut. Also, yes we still have a functioning VCR with lots of disney classic video tapes.

Some of the problems we are facing is that we don't want to block the fireplace and the tv is pretty stationary where it is. Also, making the room durable and functional enough for a 2 year old boy while still being stylish and adult. I think we're getting there one step at a time. Hopefully, I'll have some updates soon! Let me know what you think?