We went over a month without blogging, which was definitely not the plan. Life got in the way, we were having so much holiday fun, visiting friends and family, and even taking a trip back down to Charleston, SC (I even stopped by our old house!… yes, the door was still yellow!) Here’s a beautiful shot from before we moved out because the one I sneaked and posted on Instagram of it when we were there was total CRAP. BUT, it did spark an interesting little conversation about whether or not you would go inside one of your old houses, whether asking to go in yourself, or being invited. What would you do? I was too scared!
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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.
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:
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. 😉
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
I’d like to interrupt the “regularly” scheduled wall removal posts for a fun little DIY project. Don’t forget, there’s a special discount code for you readers at the bottom of this post!
We’re pretty close to being done the living room, but we need about 2 Connor-free days of work to finish the flooring. I’d so much prefer to use a vacation day to get this done while Connor is at school so that we can enjoy our weekends together as a family. Like this past weekend, we had 3 busy but fun filled days together going to the local coffee shop, hanging out at University of Delaware Alumni weekend, going to the farmer’s market and library, seeing good friends at a going away party (we’re going to miss you, Adam, Janet, Keira, and Cameron!), and a local town’s fun day out (Yorklyn Day). We were thoroughly exhausted but wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂
So before we can finish up the living room, I decided to try and finish up this small project over the weekend during one of Connor’s naps. It’s been something that I’ve been trying to finish ever since Connor turned 1 year old back in February. We were pretty religious about taking weekly (ugh!) and monthly progress pictures for him for his first year, but then decided to give ourselves a break after year one to just check in once in awhile. Man, was that a commitment. But the output was priceless! Here’s a glimpse: