Ahhhhh. Built ins. I’ve been looking forward to doing a project like this. It’s the perfect way to make your home look more customized and also increase the value. I’ve been dreaming of built ins in our living room since we moved in. I knew it would be the perfect thing to add to the long, empty wall in the family room once the wall came down.
In our first two homes, the master bedroom was always close to the last room done on the list. It was always because no one sees our room when they came to the house, so it always just fell on the back burner. (This is also my reason for never making the bed! I really don’t care how they say that your day starts off so much better if you make your bed. Ain’t nobody got time for that.) Unfortunately, it was the room that we spend the most time in, other than the kitchen, so we really should have made it a priority.
So when we moved into our Delaware home, I didn’t want to ignore it. We have always wanted a king size bed, and decided to finally take the leap. We started off with the queen sized bed that we’ve been moving around with us everywhere since it was David’s first big purchase for his apartment in New Jersey after he graduated college. We moved it to the Maryland house after we bought it, and then I made a DIY headboard for it (maybe I’ll do a post about that one day) to make it look less like a floating mattress pushed up against the wall. With some hand me down dressers from my parents, and some IKEA night stands, we made it work in both the Maryland house and the South Carolina house.
… 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.
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! 🙂
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.