Author: Carolyn (Page 1 of 4)

Our First Piece of Art

You know, since we have an art gallery now, it’s only fitting that we continue our hobby of art collecting. 😉

But, really, when it comes to real art, we never have cared too much about it.  We’re engineers.  We don’t really have the eye to appreciate it like others do.  We went on a few cruises after we graduated college and would go to the art auctions on the ship just for the free glass of champagne. 😀

As life moved on, and redoing our homes became more important to us, I always considered buying something for one of our rooms to give it a personal, unique touch, that’s not a family photo.  I just never could justify the price for a decorative object. So, while I wasn’t really looking, I found it, and under charitable circumstances… our first piece of art.

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Pimpin’ Connor’s Ride

Check out this hunk.

Now, that picture right there, is going straight into his senior yearbook 😉 Sorry bud, just paying it forward.

I got this Step2 Buggy from our local Facebook Resale page for $5 last year.  This boy LOVES it. We take the dogs for a walk after dinner every night and he loves driving his car around the neighborhood.  In fact, “a car!” has become one of his favorite phrases, as he insists on pointing out ALL of the cars on the road, and making all of the car sounds.  Best $5 I’ve ever spent.

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Our Office/Playroom Combo… Revealed!

Well, we finally feel like we’re at a point where we don’t think we’ll be changing much more in the office/playroom.  Dare I say this room is “done”?  Well, it’s done… for now.

Here is what we were looking at when we moved in:

And here’s what we have now:

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Fine Art Gallery

David and I have become avid art collectors, if you didn’t know.  Fine art in particular:

And we feel the need to put it on display for the world to see, just so we can brag about it. 😉

Back when we were planning the office/playroom, after we came up with our travel map idea, I came across this project on Pinterest that I absolutely loved!

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How cute is that?  The room that we chose for the office/playroom has a ton of wall space, so I thought it would be the perfect place to put it.

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So, you probably think we’re gross…

… and we may or may not agree with you!  Because, currently, we have a free sectional from a complete stranger sitting in our family room. These furniture shopping adventures have definitely kept us on our toes lately, and sometimes you can find help in the most random places.

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Fixing Leaks and Rebuilding a Chimney

So I just realized that David and I pretty much forgot about this pretty sizable project.  While there was little effort involved on our side (this was not a DIY job!), there was a considerable dent in our wallet afterwards.  We’ve had so much craziness going on with the wall lately, that there wasn’t enough space in our minds to think about this.

Earlier in the year, we wrote THIS POST about discovering some wet drywall in the ceiling of one of our guest bedrooms, and how we identified where the moisture came from.

Long story short, the roofer we had come out to look at the roof and identified that the chimney was the culprit, not the roof:

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The Wall is Down!

Since the load bearing wall removal is finally complete and now we’re just working on the furnishing and room design, I figured I’d do a post summarizing all of the posts and work we’ve done over the past few months. Plus, I like being organized and having things in one place, much to the annoyance of my husband, but who still reaps the benefits of this trait anyway.

We started with this mess of a never used room:

And are now here, to a beautiful, open, family room:

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This Wall is Coming Down! – Recessed Lighting, Molding, & Paint

For the last few details of the wall removal posts, we just wanted to go through some of the finishing touches on the room.  Starting with the electrical and recessed lighting:

The room is pretty large, and we knew it would be our main gathering area in the evenings after dinner.  It’s so large though, that for it to be properly lighted, we would have had to have way too many lamps, and I knew that just one ceiling light on each side wasn’t going to cut it.  We wanted some lighting that was soft (cue a dimmer!) but lit the area evenly and well, so we (I, haha) decided on recessed lighting. The rest is David’s department, so I’ll let him do the talking:

We didn’t realize how many decisions we had to make on the recessed lighting in the room. How many? What size? How far from each other? How far from the walls? How far from the beam? Should we treat the room as one huge room and space evenly, ignoring the beam? Or is it two separate rooms? It was a lot more difficult than we expected. There is so much conflicting advice online. One thing became pretty clear though, since the beam is not exactly in the center of the room, ignoring it to space the lights would have looked very strange. One row of lights would have been very close to the beam.

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This Wall is Coming Down! – Flooring

This would have been an easier job if I weren’t particular about our flooring.  There I go, making things difficult again. 🙂  The existing wood flooring in the formal living room area was still in pretty good condition, but my need for consistency won over the opportunity of reusing or refinishing.  The carpeted area in the family room was trash from the day we moved in.  It had a huge stain on it in the main walkway from the previous owners, and it was always embarrassing to have someone over and see them look at it.

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Family Room Design Ideas

I almost titled it “Living Room Design Ideas” but really, it’s a family room.  It’s going to be a place where David, Connor, the dogs, and I will spend a majority of our day while we’re at home (either that or the kitchen), but also where we welcome and have our friends and family congregate and enjoy each other’s company. It’s going to be ALL centered on the family in our home.

Last week we revealed the (almost) finished room HERE.

So before I get back into the not so exciting details about flooring and electrical, I figured I’d do a fun post of what I’m probably going to spend the next 2 months doing: designing and shopping! 🙂

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