My house feels left out.
I tried to explain to it that we haven’t stopped loving it. That it’s okay sometimes to share the limelight. I even attempted to make it understand the magnitude of being on The Nate Berkus Show… but no, no, no. It feels ditched. desserted. dumped.
I don’t want it to feel like that little Spears sister so I decided to focus a little harder on making it feel special. Do you mind? Do you think that maybe we could bring the excitement over the new house and the new photography business venture down a few notches and give our current home the thunder it wants and needs? Do you think that it would be weird to really savor the last few weeks in this house by just givin’ it our all?
Is that so hard a request? to milk this thing? to show you every nook & cranny? to dive into it like a wrongly accused convict who escaped from prison and had to plunge off a cliff into the raging ocean below narrowly escaping dogs, police and a shower of gunfire? (man I gotta stop watching so many movies…)
I am going to assume your silence means yes…you would love that. So here we go – let’s do a little photo tour of our first floor. Maybe I’ll just ramble about whatever comes to mind with that particular room. That’ll be fun. Funner than a Tina Fey movie. again Katie…put the remote away. and try to remember that nothing is funner than Tina Fey. geesh.
Here’s the dining room…
It’s been so long since I showed you some of these rooms that it kinda makes me teary eyed!
This one is especially fun to show you because this room is really only used for special occasions and parties. It’s not everyday that we go into this space…so the memories I have in here are sooo positive. The fun showers, the gatherings, the times we told friends that we were pregnant, the time that we have romantic dinners…this is where all that happened.
Currently we have a bunch of clean blue and woven stuff going on for the table and buffet. I thought it was nice for the fresh new year. You may also notice that we kept the lemon branches out. I don’t know why I love them…but I am still diggin’ the color yellow…I know it’s kinda been on the design-radar for a while but I don’t care if it’s old-news, I love it.
Moving onto our first floor bathroom. Not much to say in here. I still love the striped towels and the crisp palette of neutralness.
Here’s an angle you haven’t seen before. Yes – I had to cram myself into the corner to get this shot. It probably would have been easier to just change my lens but I like a challenge that involves small spaces and my large youknowwhat.
On the other side of the room is our little bathroom cabinet. This is one of my favorite transformations. It’s amazing what white paint can do!
Okay…keep going in the house and you will probably find yourself in the kitchen. Do you realize that we laid those hardwood floors? Did I ever tell you that? Sometimes I am so impressed with myself.
And the curtains are new. Originally I bought the fabric to make a nursing cover. Then the dangpeople (that’s one word) over at Udder Covers sent me a discount code. So the fabric was turned into curtains.
I love how open the window is now.
Did you also realize that we did EVERY thing in this kitchen except for lay the countertops? And the only reason we didn’t do that was because the installation was included…
man, I feel so impressive that I should probably wear a badge that says WATCH OUT – I THINK I CAN DO IT!
I would like to see the reaction to such a badge. Especially in public restrooms.
Here’s a little seen view of our house…kitchen to den. yup. this is where I live 90% of my life. right here.
And the angle from the other direction. Amazing to think that when we bought this house, there was a wall of cabinets that separated these two rooms, huh? It’s true. I tore into them on day 8 or something like that. Right after throwing a bridal shower for a friend. It was luau themed.
The den had to say goodbye to the Christmas tree. I probably would have cried if I wasn’t running around like a rabid dog screaming Nate Berkus!
I redid the mantle. I love it. I was going for a modern-esque-meets-old-world look. eclectic. but classy.
And our coffee table got a makeunder – I just placed the antler on there. Will is mobile thus Will grabs whatever is on said coffee table thus one item is easier to move thus one item is on said coffee table.
You see that hole in the wall? The hole that most would call a doorway? Yup…that is the reason that I said that they keep free books at the library. in front of an audience. and Oprah’s designer. and a million people.
It leads to the living room.
Did you realize that this room right here shows my biggest design delimma? You see that couch? yeah. And you see that next room through the hole? The one where I put two chairs? yeah. Do you realize we used to have two couches? side by side. with a small wall separating them. And I didn’t know what to do. So I got rid of the one in the den and started over. But yeah – when two people (each with a couch) gets married, this is what could happen. Consider yourself warned.
This is Jeremy’s favorite view.
Also, I switched out the ottoman covers for ones that had green piping.
I get lots of questions about our couch. We love it. We would definitely recommend white couches with slipcovers that are washable. To date we have removed chocolate, blood, Kool-Aid, Gatoraide, soda, barbeque sauce, chili, mexican, and poop from it. yes. I said poop.
We also put our spring time pillows back on there. I love that each one is different. it makes me happy. And yes, we love having lots of pillows on our couch…usually we end up fighting over at least one.
We also have found the easiest way to keep our coffee table decorated but baby-proofed is with this tray. Since it is easily removable, we take it and put it higher up for when Will is practicing his cruising.
Our green chairs. I love them. They are like the Kate Spade of our living room. I also think I should sew some easy slipcovers for them…don’t know why but that just inspired me…hmm….maybe in a white linen with a pleated edge….
So that is our first floor photo tour (and some random information). What do you think? Anyone miss Christmas decor? I do. Maybe I am just getting nostalgic for it because it will probably be the last one we ever see in this house. (weepweep!) But it’s nice to have a house that is seasonally neutral enough to show to potential renters or buyers (psst…we had one come through today!).
okay – so let’s chat….about anything…ready set go….