Mondays…they always seem to come back around, don’t they? Hopefully you all had a great weekend though! Ours was packed with lots of family, friends and fun…and a few late bedtimes that I’m sure will catch up to us this week!
My house was sparkling clean for approximately 23 minutes the other day, so I took advantage of the rare occasion and snapped some pictures of our living room and dining room. I love the openness of our first floor, but it’s definitely been a challenge to find things we love that will flow well from room to room. In other words, decorating these spaces is a work in progress…but such is life, right??
Okay, let’s get to it! Welcome to our living room…
The first time we walked into the model home, I fell in love with the living room and foyer areas that are open to the second floor. I could just imagine the balcony wrapped with garland, and the kids trying to sneak peeks downstairs on Christmas morning. My only complaint about the open design is that our TV can be hard to hear because the sound travels right up to the second floor. It’s kind of weird that I can hear a show better from my bedroom than I can from the couch! Time for a sound bar, I suppose.
I’m still itching for a new coffee table like this one, but for now our tufted ottoman will do the trick. Besides, I’m pretty sure its soft edges have saved us from more than one trip to urgent care!!
We added these built-ins during the building process and I’m so glad we did. They’re pretty AND practical.
See what I mean?! This is our main play area and I love that we have the ability to stuff everything behind closed cabinet doors at the end of the day.
Upon my request, my dad made us a little stump end table similar to this one from West Elm. It might not be as level as the real deal…and it did have a creepy worm coming out of it at one point…but I still think it’s pretty awesome!
I think she believes that if she lays there enough we’ll change the name…
Now on to the dining room! We’ve eaten in here a whopping ONE time in almost two years…but that’s better than nothing, I guess??
I bought this dining room set at a garage sale 8 years ago for $75! My dad painted and distressed it and totally gave it new life. The chairs are not my favorite, but I guess we’ll live with them a little bit longer. Until I save enough money for some head wingback chairs like these (so pretty, right?!?) and some simple benches for side seating. Someday…
I’m proud of this little thrift store plate collection considering it cost me less that $30 to put together! The plates are all from antique stores or HomeGoods (all $3 or less) and the hangers were all $1 each at Wal-Mart. Now if only there were a way to move that vent… 😉
Next is our little foyer that desperately needs some decorating attention. I like everything that’s there–but it still seems a little bare and cold. Let me tell you, decorating a curved wall is no easy task!
I’d like to add a rug to warm the space up a bit, but I’ve yet to find a shape that feels just right. If you have any suggestions for this little nook, I am ALL ears!!
And that’s all, folks! Next up I’ll show you around the upstairs…you know, just as soon as I clean it 😉