Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Last living room post for a while, I promise!

I'm in the middle of working on some random house stuff and creating last minute decorations for a baby shower but I wanted to post these shots of the living room put back together. I mean, you're not tired of seeing the same room over and over, right? It's just the one thing that has taken over our lives and refused to let us go. So, without further ado here is where things stand now and how it will look until after C's birthday.
BEFORE. Way before. Circa 2009.

This couch is going to go as soon as we can afford it. It's so dingy and the black has faded a ton so it always looks dusty or something.

Next in this area I need to hang some letters I bought (they will spell out "hello"...or "holel". I haven't decided.) Plus we're going to paint the front door black. Or charcoal grey? Anything other than that nasty peachy-beige that's going on now.

This side still needs tweaking but I'm okay with it for now...that stack of books on the floor has to go though.

We re-hung our curtains higher and now they need to be hemmed and ironed. But let's be honest, that's not going to happen anytime soon. I love my midcentury chairs though. Me love them long time.

This whole grouping is coming down and getting rehashed. See how my cool book cover art is falling down inside the frame? C likes to kick her wall (just on the other side) and it knocks stuff off of the walls. Not cool babycakes. Not cool. 
Oh, and I just noticed that the baseboard isn't finished in this corner, so that will have to be done before the party. Blerg.

***note: the two bookshelves on either side of the tv console dresser thingy were made using free plans from Ana White found HERE. Thank you Ana for doing what you do so we can do it too!***

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

It's this or the laundry.

I don't like doing chores. Like cleaning? Cleaning is just the worst. Not that I like to live in filth but given the choice I will always always pick watching the worst tv show (Real Housewives of New Jersey?) rather than do laundry and dishes.

Plus, if my house was always clean then I would never procrastinate and blog, and I wouldn't want to deprive you of these super meaningful glimpses into our fascinating lives. I'm just not that mean.

I went on a little weekend trip to visit my sister-in-law and her family in California (but I'll maybe blog about that some other time) and while I was gone Gary gathered his troops (his parents and my brother) and attacked the living room flooring. It. Looks. Awesome. I think maybe I will marry it...although I imagine things are going to get super awkward since Gary does live here and all.

Here is our living room before: 

Don't be jealous of our gross old carpet with stains (and smells) that were mostly here when we moved in. I know it is nice and all, but lookey what Gary put in instead!

Ooh la-la! See the baseboard going in?!
Okay, not the greatest picture, but you can see the floors...and the missing curtains (we rehung them higher)...and the book art above the couch that is falling down. We so classy.

I love my floor. I love that I will never have to vacuum it. I love how dramatic it looks against the white trim. I love that my Mister worked so hard to install it (and did such an awesome job!) before I got home. I love, LOVE that it isn't carpet. L-O-V-E.

And see those white shelves on either side of the tv dresser? Yeah, Mister built those too. And two others just like them. And two other shelves that are tall and narrow. He's been a busy dude this summer. I'm super excited to show you where the other bookshelves ended up once that room has been polished and tweaked (I'm oh-so close!)

The last of the flooring is *supposed* to be done tomorrow and then we just have to finish the baseboard, paint our bedroom, paint the hall bathroom, clean the office, install some board and batten in the hall bathroom, gut the backyard (again!) and give the house a goof scrub from top to bottom before C's birthday in a couple weekends. Oh, AND I have to plan that party as well as help throw a baby shower this weekend (crazy excited to share those pictures!!)

The cherry on the top is that school starts in ten days. Cross your fingers that I get through August alive and in one piece!