… 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.
Category: Decor (Page 2 of 3)
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:
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! 🙂
Well, after about 3 months, we have a habitable room again… sans furniture! Many months of planning and preparation allowed us to get here, and David and I trucking through the final touches after the contractors were finished have finally given us the big, beautiful room that we had always hoped and planned for when we bought this house.
Here’s a reminder of what we were looking at before. From standing in the kitchen we used to see this:
And now, we see this:
If you’re in the Delaware area, how about this snow today?? I stupidly posted about the snow last week on Instagram, hoping it was the last snow of the season. ‘Tis not. Hope everyone stays safe today! And follow us on Instagram if you aren’t already 🙂
Did you catch part I of our Dueling Desks discussion?? We talked about our history with home offices and what we were looking for in our forever home with our current job situations.
So after some searching for some good executive desks, I came across an email from Home Decorators Collection. I still get emails from them, from that time when we bought this hamper and turned it into a trash/recycling system in our kitchen.
So, what did you think of first when you read that title? Harry Potter or Howl at the Moon? I think your answer would probably tell me a lot about you. 🙂
How do you feel about home offices? I have a love/hate relationship with them. They’re useful in being able to wrangle up a bunch of adulting things like bills and taxes, and give you a work space to take care of it all. But, really, when it comes to actually working, I just like to leave work at work and not have to worry about the lines ever crossing.
In Maryland, we had an office with two desks that rarely got used.
David and I both worked jobs that allowed us to pretty easily leave work at work, so we didn’t really have much use for it.
That’s a thing, right?
In trying to find the “style” of our home, I took a look around our neighborhood. It’s a pretty established neighborhood with hills, large(ish) lots, big trees, and a park. It fit all of our check boxes (with the exception of the one big grocery store in town that I hate) and it’s close to work, schools, and restaurants. The homes in our neighborhood were built between the 1960’s to the 1990’s, depending on the location. Ours is in the newer section and was built in 1993, and is considered a “large, expanded colonial.”
I thought maybe if I researched colonial homes, it may give me a bit more inspiration of what our style for this house was going to be. It doesn’t really make sense to have a house on the beach that’s decorated in mid-century modern style, or a cabin in the mountains that’s decorated with coastal decor, right?
What is my home style? This is a question I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, as I’m brainstorming more design ideas for our current home. We plan to be in the house for a long time, and I’d love for it to be timeless. I want something that is going to last through the ages without having to do a major design overhaul in 10-15 years when times and tastes have changed.
I’ve always loved coastal decor, since I spent a good part of my childhood at my parents’ beach house in southern Delaware. When David and I moved to Maryland, we were just down the street from the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay.
When we moved to South Carolina, we weren’t too far from the beach where we lived in Charleston. It just made sense… being near the water, and I loved coastal decor. Done!
I grew up as a total cheapo. My family made fun of me for everywhere we went I always claimed that I “forgot my wallet.” I’m sure this has some crumb of truth in it, but I won’t give them that satisfaction to fully admit to it right now haha. Now that we bring in steady paychecks and can live comfortably, and aren’t struggling, broke college kids, we’ve definitely loosened up on our spending habits. At heart though, I’m still a cheapo. I had a lot of ideas for the nursery, that big box stores don’t typically sell. They’re more the types of decor that you find on Etsy. As much as I appreciate supporting someone to do that type of work, some of the prices are crazy. So I researched and pretty much decided that I would do them all myself.
That’s what David said to me as I finished cutting in the paint around the window in the first floor bathroom over Christmas break and told him “well that’s not what I was expecting.”
A few years ago when we lived in our SC house, I picked out this beautiful navy blue for the fireplace wall and a wall in our dining room.
I wanted a color that would complement it pretty well, so I chose a pretty grey that looked great next to that navy blue on the paint cards. I should have realized my mistake there, but I didn’t. I went ahead and bought that 5 gallon pail of that grey paint, because that was going on the rest of the walls in that main room. That was a BIG room.