Touch of Spring

June 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Here’s a quick peek at the bit of spring I brought in today…

And just a little sneak peek into the kitchen and living room. Hope that helps brighten the day!

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More Curtains!

April 7, 2009 at 7:35 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Last night we finished hanging curtains in the living room.  I am so excited to not have these flowery old lady curtains any more:

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blog-pics-3-0081I really wish I would have remembered to take specific before shots of these.  They even had poufy, paper-stuffed valences! 

I’m not too sure about the new curtains we chose, so I need your opinions and suggestions.  They are, no doubt, better than the before, but not exactly what we had in mind.  We wanted to stay inexpensive for right now, so we got these at WalMart (no Ikea near us!).  We originally picked a charcoal color, but when we got home we realized that the packages we grabbed were all black!  They do need some steaming, but here they are:

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I think it is a huge improvement, but it still feels a little off.  Tony likes the blinds on one window (this is the previous family’s doing- not mine!) but, I think the small window should have sheers as well so the two match.  What do you think? 

Either way, these are much more our taste, style, and colors, and best of all- no foofy grandma curtains! 🙂

Oh, and I realize that we really need a rod that is meant to be showing, but we aren’t going to spend the money on a custom length one right now.  So, the white bar has to stay and we just have to deal with it for a little while!

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Little Coaster Project

January 23, 2009 at 10:18 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Tony has Dallas Cowboys coasters. I have Chicago Bears coasters. Neither were going to be displayed in our nice living room. I love football as much as anybody, but the football paraphernalia is reserved for the basement game room/bar. So, we needed some nice coasters to protect our living room tables. I change my mind frequently, so I wanted something inexpensive or changeable. That’s when I found these. The Dollar Store had a pack of four glass coaster for a couple bucks! Not only are they cheap, but they are changeable. They are the kind of coasters meant for inserting a picture under the glass. I decided to put a piece of black and silver damask wrapping paper in the picture slot. Here was my process:

My supplies.  All I used was a scissors and the material (wrapping paper).

My supplies. All I used was a scissors and the material (wrapping paper).

I used the blank piece of paper that came in the frame as a guide to cut a rectangle out of the wrapping paper.  It then slides into a clear picket in the coaster frame.  It was really THAT simple.

I used the blank piece of paper that came in the frame as a guide to cut a rectangle out of the wrapping paper. It then slides into a clear picket in the coaster frame. It was really THAT simple.

This is what it looked like slid into the coaster frame.

This is what it looked like slid into the coaster frame.

Here they all are with the wrapping paper inserted.

Here they all are with the wrapping paper inserted.

They even have their own little wooden holder.

They even have their own little wooden holder.

It was so simple and I can change what is in the frames any time I want to. The glass is also very easy to clean off. I wish they were all black, as I am not so fond of the different colors, but it does make it easier to keep track of your drink. And, for a few dollars, who can complain?

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End Of House Tour- The Living Room

December 16, 2008 at 3:53 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So, I have given a quick tour through our new home at its current state. The only room left to show you is the living room. We are in this room most, and love the feel of it. The black console table was made just for me by Tony (aw). The pictures do look a little dark even though I did turn on the overhead lights, which we never use. Let me know what you think!

This is the close up of the table that Tony made.  The lamp is an antique from my Grandparents.  The red painting is another original by Ryan Foster.  Some other random fun odds and ends up there too.   
Console table with the shelves above it.  The black chair was a project I redid.

Console table with the shelves above it. The black chair was a project I redid.

 

The TV area.  The TV didn't fit into the cubbie that was preexisting, so we just decorated the cubbie and put the TV below.

The TV area. The TV didn't fit into the cubbie that was preexisting, so we just decorated the cubbie and put the TV below.

 

The close up of the TV cubbie.  I love the little antique picture.  In the small jar is also small little glass candies.  I need to find a better place for them.

The close up of the TV cubbie. I love the little antique picture. In the small jar is also small little glass candies. I need to find a better place for them.

 

These old movie theater seats were a salvaged find.  They sit next to the TV on the right.  The vintage ad above matches them so well.

These old movie theater seats were a salvaged find. They sit next to the TV on the right. The vintage ad above matches them so well.

 

The other side of the TV.  We love our movie display.  Again, I love anything with cubbies, so this was perfect for me!

The other side of the TV. We love our movie display. Again, I love anything with cubbies, so this was perfect for me!

 

The couch is directly facing the TV.  We still want to replace those flowery curtains, but the couch is comfy and cute- we got lucky for a hand-me-down!

The couch is directly facing the TV. We still want to replace those flowery curtains, but the couch is comfy and cute- we got lucky for a hand-me-down!

 

Next to the couch is my pride and joy!  My Eames era lounge chair!

Next to the couch is my pride and joy! My Eames era lounge chair!

My Baby!

My Baby!

 

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