So last night Michael had to go out with some of the guys from the Prague office that are in town for the week. He was the designated driver for three Czechs so, needless to say, it was a long night. So I put the kids to bed and finished up ironing and hanging my curtains.
What's more fun than hanging 12 foot curtains, you ask? Anything...anything at all. Nail in the eye? Yes. IBS? Probably. Screaming children? Absolutely.
I was up until 1AM and am a moody mess this morning, but it was worth it.
So just to refresh your memory, here are my BEFORE pictures. Oh the potential.This was after I unpacked the living room. The rest of the house was in boxes, but I was just happy to have one room semi set up. I was uncertain about it, but I was testing the water.
Painting it made a huge difference.
So I showed that “unpacked” picture to a designer, and he told me that I needed for the TV to be the main focal point since the furniture would face it. So I started shopping.
I had a vision in my head of the feel I wanted. I like pretty floraly and paisley patterns, and I’m in love with nail head finished furniture.
This is a leather front cabinet on my Hooker TV stand. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one. Love at first sight. I definitely think you should feel that way about big purchases. It shouldn’t just work; you should swoon over it.
This is the Lilianna chair from Pier 1. I had a 20% off coupon for my entire purchase. Holla! That pattern is so perfect to me.
And hello, this one is called the Annie Chair. How could I not get that? Yes, please, I’ll add that to my 20% off savings.
Pier 1 also had this gorgeous couch with nail head trim that was exactly perfect. 20% off…yes, please.
Hi Mr. Craig’s List guy that has an awesome house and whose wife wants all new furniture but already has really cool stuff. Why yes, I’ll take this chair that’s exactly what I’m looking for for dirt cheap.
Do I want to buy $1 fabric samples from JoAnn’s to make awesome pillows out of? Uh, yeah, kids! Yeah, I do. But will they take me more than 15 minutes to make? No? Hot damn!
So before I show you the big reveal, let me give you a small disclaimer. The TV is not wall-mounted, but we do plan on doing that once we buy a larger TV. And then after we do that we’ll put some art on the wall around it to finish out the room. AND I’m getting a fireplace screen – I just forgot about that until this very moment, and I totally wouldn’t have written this blog post if I would have remembered. Crap. So here it goes…
I normally don’t like when the curtains puddle onto the floor just because it makes vacuuming harder, but I didn’t put the rods high enough, so it ended up puddling, and I love it! Plus, I don’t want to climb onto an extension ladder again for a long, long time.
I’m also going to make this round thing into a proper ottoman by putting a cushion on top. And you know it’s impossible to keep anything on a coffee table when you have kids around. I could have staged something just for the picture, but I didn’t think of it.
I had to decide between this table on the wall or a sofa table behind the sofa, and this worked better. The couch was too close to wall to have a sofa table.
See what I mean about the TV. I definitely needs a larger TV, art, and wall mounting. I’ll do another reveal after I do that, but it will be a while.
That little corner table was going to have a lamp on it, but until Isaac gets to be a little older that will stay barren.
I love my crazy staircase. I keep picturing it with garland all over it for Christmas.
Okay, one last time….
Honest opinions…go! (Just be nice.)