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Monday, April 18, 2016

Back at it...& an Entry Update

It's been such a long time, friends! I haven't blogged in about a year and I can honestly say it was just one of those things that had to give.  We had just moved into our home in February of 2015 and I'd just begun putting the house together.  At the time I had thought of putting some blog posts together, but threw that idea out the window and decided to give myself a little break, you know...do my thing, live life, and focus on family and school.  

But in the last few months or so, I've felt rejuvenated and excited about writing again.  I really do enjoy it and hope that I can remind myself of just how important and valuable this is to me as a designer.  So as a starting off point to getting back at it, we'll start with my entry way, which certainly is anything but.  My front door opens right into the living area, which presents a challenge.  So to give the appearance of an entry, I floated our sofa in the middle of the room to divide the space up.



When we first moved we had a single entry table. I played around with a single large piece of artwork and even thought I'd give it a go with a gallery wall.  All of which just never seemed right.  It always felt off and just wasn't speaking to me at all.  Then around Christmas last year, I came across a used piano for a steal--and the rest is history.  The piano had only one place to go, which meant our entry table got booted to the garage. *Sad face*  All of the other walls are either occupied by windows or furniture.  So, yet again I played around with variations of picture frames, trying to find the right piece to hang above my new (old) piano.  


Finally, at last...only five short months later it feels complete.  I went with my gut and decided to keep it simple. Once I knew what I wanted, it didn't take me long to find exactly what I was looking for. And you wouldn't be surprised to find out just how ecstatic I was when I found this simple and inexpensive mirror from Target. I ran home like a giddy little school girl and put her up right away.  






Even while this area has gone through so many variations, this look feels complete and finished.  Having a completed area of the house is so important.  It can boost your spirits to finish other projects and really make your home feel more like you, which of course it the goal, right?

Do you have any rooms or areas in your home that need to be completed?  If you're asking, which you aren't, don't over think it.  That's my Monday mantra...don't over think it.


Happy Monday, friends!

-Sara

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dining Room Update & Lantern Chandeliers



After what has seemed like an eternity, I've been tackling a few projects around the house.  While we don't own this home, it is still our home now, in the present day.  And both the hubby and I agree that while we won't be pouring tons of money into this house, we do think we can and will make some adjustments to make minor additions, especially when they are inexpensive and really simple to do.  When we first moved in, I noticed this sad little light in the dining room right away.  I mean, c'mon...we couldn't spend a little money on a simple hanging light?  I get it.  It doesn't need to be grand or extravagant...but anything besides this light would have been better.  

As I thought about what light would work in here, I knew that I wanted something simple and casual to go along with our dining room table and chairs.  The room has a lot of wood and so I immediately thought of this lantern light from World Market.  I love the simplicity of it and the scale of it is not large at all, which is perfect or our small dining room. I even managed to snag it on sale for only $80! That's music to anyone's ears, I'd say.

Here's a little before to remind you where we started....



And twenty minutes later.






The change is small but significant, but a nice change of scenery from that sad hall light lost a midst our vaulted ceilings.  A few more things are still in the works for this room including: curtains, artwork, and new slipcovers for the end chairs. So we're still a ways from finishing to say the least. While I feel this room would benefit from a few canned lights, given the fancy light I got from Home Depot really doesn't give off much light. I'm looking for a bulb that is specific for exposed lights but packs a much stronger light output.    





And to share, I've rounded up some really awesome hanging lights that start at just $99.  There really is something for everyone and for every budget, so don't be scared about the price tag.  Lighting really is important to a home and doesn't have to be completely utilitarian.  They help to set the tone of the room and can be an incredible focal point.  






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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

House Pics

The past few months have been busy, to say the least.  What with school, packing, moving, and then being sick...it's definitely not been slow.  To bring you up to speed a bit, we moved out of our apartment in February.  It was a much needed move for our family and we are so happy with the decision.  We are still in the same city, since we absolutely love it here and the school's are wonderful, especially their Autism program for Benjamin.  

What made our move even more eventful was the fact that Benjamin actually got sick the Saturday before we moved, so packing was extra difficult.  And to top it all off, I got sick on the day we were moving.  Super awesome, right?  Chills, aches, and being lightheaded are not a winning combination when moving your family.  But I did what I had to do, and we got it done.  The rest of the week I spent laid out on the couch, hacking and coughing, thinking my chest was going to break.  The only silver lining I can take away from it all was the fact that Benjamin and I were sick together which made it easier for me to be sick (I know..you think I'm crazy).  But he has ADHD and Autism, which keeps him going like the energizer bunny--which means mommy can not be sick.  But with us both being knocked out together and not feeling well, we spent the rest of our first week here sleeping on the couch and watching endless amounts of Netflix.  Good times.  

So here we are now...a month into being in our new (to us) home.  It's a great little home, with nothing extravagant about it.  It's three bedroom, two baths, living, dining room, and kitchen.  But the biggest take away is the backyard. We even have grass!  While I'm still in school full time, I've had little time to really get things decorated.  I've barely begun getting our things really organized in the house and doing some much needed purging.  Moving is great for that!  So to get down to business, I thought I'd show you where we are.  A few 'before' shots of the house first and hopefully in time I can show you the progress and changes we're making.  

The first shot is the front door which opens right into the living room.  I love the vaulted ceiling, it really makes the space seem so much larger.  And the light...oh, the light!  We get so much light in here and most windows are South facing.  We get lots of light but don't have the blaring sun beating in on us, which will be a big plus when summer hits. 






The front window in the living room is lovely.  I'd always imagined having a bay window when I was younger and I'm tickled that I get to enjoy one now.  I'm already thinking about Christmas.  Ha!

While I'm not much for cooking or being in the kitchen, I really love our kitchen.  Again...it's nothing spectacular.  But when you're coming from an itty-bitty kitchen with say--no cupboard space and no pantry.  You jump for joy when you get those things back.  And the light?!  Yes, that again.  It's a beautiful thing.







There are things I'm not too fond of, but I'm not one to focus on the negative...so I take it as a challenge to myself creatively.  How can I make this work?? The house has a lot of potential, even as a rental.  I've got a few projects in the works and things to add, pulling things out that I've had stored away that will finally have a home.  I'm super excited to get started and add a few new things that will make it more personal and homey for us all.





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xo...Sara