Introducing the … Living Room!

The walls have been painted, the curtains have been hung, the extra boxes have been dragged into the basement, & we’ve even managed to get some art on the walls!  Which means I’m finally ready to show off the living room.  The color on the walls is tent green & I love how it gets greener and warmer at night and lighter during the day when we have natural light from the windows.

Here’s the view towards the T.V. from behind the couch.

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If you turn to your right, you see the window wall (and me!)

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The room is really long and skinny, so we set up a bar area behind the couch, so keep looking to your right and you see the retro-stereo-turned-wine bar.

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Here’s a better view of the wine bar.

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We haven’t made any big purchase for the new house. We’re trying to live with things as they are before we spend real money. But that doesn’t mean we’re not trying to make this place feel like home!  We grabbed some gorgeous Indian cotton throws for the living room for snuggly winter nights (on sale, from West Elm) since a certain someone whose name starts with a P and ends with an Enelope claimed the gray ones as her own.  I love how the soft muted colors go with the rice sack pillow we used to have in the bedroom. As you can see, Penelope is also advocating for some more red in the room. As you can see, she’s started the process by adding both her red monkey and red rope.  I really want to bring the vibe of the throws and that pillow into the room.

Living Room - November Updates Collage - ThisSarahLoves

We have lots of plans for the space! I want to add some floating shelves over the buffet (I’m thinking long LACK ones in glossy white from Ikea).  I’m contemplating throwing the rattan chairs into another dye bath to see if I can get them more navy BUT I also really want one of the grey Ikea Strandmon Wingback Chairs to place next to the TV.  Eventually we’d like to switch out the couch for something new too – perhaps a sectional or 2 love seats (we can’t agree on what would be best) but we do like the Ikea Karlstad’s price & look.  Our room also lacks light once the sun goes down, which is before I even contemplate leaving work these days, so I want to add a standing lamp next to the TV near the window & perhaps one back by the wine bar too.  I’d also like 2 matching table lamps – one for the (not yet in existence) sideboard in the dining room & one for the side table next to the couch.  Oh and new scatter cushions – I’ve been very disappointed with how the premier prints fabric I ordered last year has held up & we’ve kind of outgrown the bright green, so it’s time for another pillow update (once I find some fabrics I like and time to sew them of course).

What have you been up to recently?

Introducing the …. Living Room!

The walls have been painted, the curtains have been hung, the extra boxes have been dragged into the basement, & we’ve even managed to get some art on the walls!  Which means I’m finally ready to show off the living room.  The color on the walls is tent green & I love how it gets greener and warmer at night and lighter during the day when we have natural light from the windows.

Here’s the view towards the T.V. from behind the couch.

Living Room - November Updates - ThisSarahLoves  

If you turn to your right, you see the window wall (and me!)

Living Room - November Updates 2 - ThisSarahLoves

The room is really long and skinny, so we set up a bar area behind the couch, so keep looking to your right and you see the retro-stereo-turned-wine bar.

Living Room - November Updates 3 - ThisSarahLoves

Here’s a better view of the wine bar.

 Living Room - November Updates 4 - ThisSarahLoves

We haven’t made any big purchase for the new house. We’re trying to live with things as they are before we spend real money. But that doesn’t mean we’re not trying to make this place feel like home!  We grabbed some gorgeous Indian cotton throws for the living room for snuggly winter nights (on sale, from West Elm) since a certain someone whose name starts with a P and ends with an Enelope claimed the gray ones as her own.  I love how the soft muted colors go with the rice sack pillow we used to have in the bedroom. As you can see, Penelope is also advocating for some more red in the room. As you can see, she’s started the process by adding both her red monkey and red rope.  I really want to bring the vibe of the throws and that pillow into the room.

Living Room - November Updates Collage - ThisSarahLoves

We have lots of plans for the space! I want to add some floating shelves over the buffet (I’m thinking long LACK ones in glossy white from Ikea).  I’m contemplating throwing the rattan chairs into another dye bath to see if I can get them more navy BUT I also really want one of the grey Ikea Strandmon Wingback Chairs to place next to the TV.  Eventually we’d like to switch out the couch for something new too – perhaps a sectional or 2 love seats (we can’t agree on what would be best) but we do like the Ikea Karlstad’s price & look.  Our room also lacks light once the sun goes down, which is before I even contemplate leaving work these days, so I want to add a standing lamp next to the TV near the window & perhaps one back by the wine bar too.  I’d also like 2 matching table lamps – one for the (not yet in existence) sideboard in the dining room & one for the side table next to the couch.  Oh and new scatter cushions – I’ve been very disappointed with how the premier prints fabric I ordered last year has held up & we’ve kind of outgrown the bright green, so it’s time for another pillow update (once I find some fabrics I like and time to sew them of course).

What have you been up to recently?

Paint on the brain (and in Andy’s hair)

Oh what drama we had with the paint colors. We started with the gorgeous gray-blue (Behr’s Limelight) which turned baby blue on our living room walls.
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Don’t mind the patchwork of patching. The previous owner had a thing for drywall anchors & nails…

When we woke up Sat morning, I vetoed the blue and tried out the khaki (Behr’s Riviera Beach) which we got for the bedroom, but neither Andy nor I liked it for the living room. So back to the paint store we went & picked two more samples with more green in them. (The bottom two colors.)
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Everyone say it with me; “Seafoam.” Whoops! This wasn’t going to work either.

Next I had the guys at the paint counter mix up a gallon of an old Better Homes and Gardens color called “tent” which my mother in law uses in her house & that I love. What they gave me was a bit more khaki than I had envisioned, but I was done fighting it, until I got home and realized they gave me the non VOC-free Behr paint! So another visit to the big orange store, lots of begging and pleading and explaining later, we convinced them to take back the stinky paint.

We had them mix tent again, and when we got back to the counter it was greener than the previous mix. Turns out they mixed a color named “tent green” and it was gorgeous! Exactly what I had in mind. Although I have no idea whose color it is.

We finished painting well after dark on Sunday & I won’t see my living room in more than early morning light again until Saturday, but Andy (who got Veterans’ Day off) says it looks great in the daytime too. I’ll share official daytime “after” pictures next week – until then here’a what I see when I come home.
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Oh and don’t worry, Andy got a haircut yesterday, so he won’t be going to work with paint in his hair!

From paint chips to swatches

We’ve been living with paint chips taped to our walls for long enough! Since I have early Friday today, I plan on stopping by home depot & picking up two paint samples after work. At first I wanted to just grab a few gallons – but that’s a lot of $$$ if I end up not liking the color! So I’m playing it safe and starting with samples.
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The winner in our bedroom is Behr’s Riviera Beach. I think it will be nice and calm without being cold.
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I dragged the same paint chips down to the living room, but realized, after a day of staring at them that none of them was working for me. So I dug through our box of paint chips & pulled out a fee blue and green toned neutrals.

After many more days of staring at paint chips & moving my favorites from wall to wall to see the colors in every possible light, I think I found a winner. The middle one there – Behr’s Lime Light.20131108-090459.jpg
But before I can paint, i have to spackle all 50 bazillion (thats a technical term, fyi) holes in the walls. Every time I think I’ve filled them all, and just as I put away the spackle, I spot another hole.

What do you have planned for this weekend?

Banishing the Blue from the Basement

We could not wait to get the blue carpet out of the basement. On our third day of home ownership, we grabbed a carpet knife, some work gloves, and a box of trash bags. We knew we should have been finishing the last of the packing (the movers were coming the next day) but we couldn’t live with the blue one more day!

Just look at it! This is where we started.
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We knew there was linoleum underneath so we were willing to take the risk and just rip the carpet out. It’s not exactly pretty linoleum, but it feels like a big improvement over the dingy and worn blue carpet.
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Ripping up the carpet was easy. Andy folded over a strip, then I cut the strip loose, and he rolled and bagged the piece. Teamwork for the win!
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Unfortunately we didn’t find perfect vintage linoleum under our blue carpet. There are some scratches, some really bad seams, a mysteriously missing rectangle, oh and damage from where we had to pry up the tack strips and approximately a million staples.
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Despite the imperfections it is SO much better than the blue! Of course we plan to replace it eventually. Although I haven’t done any research on wht to replace it with – we have to deal with the wallpaper situation first (more on that next time) – but I’m considering vinyl peel and stick planks. Anyone have any experience with those?