Because we were anticipating our Easter weekend house guests, we were slightly more motivated to make several small steps in the progress of lovely home.
Small Step #1: Table and Rug
Previously we had a rather large table that just didn’t fit the space of our new kitchen area. The space is a pretty good size, but the shape of the table was really what made our old table a little bit less than ideal. Due to where the garage door is situated, and where the overhead table light is hanging, we needed to find a table that worked better in the space. In addition to a table that fit well (and comfortably)
we I was pretty set on getting a rug. Every time we moved the chairs or the table, I was cringing, thinking about the beautiful floor being ruined. Yes, I know that covers for chair legs exist, but beyond protecting the floor, I just felt that a rug would warm up the space a bit, and our toes!
Super excited to have found these two great deals at IKEA (the rug was only $20!!!!) Oh, and if you are wondering if our table is brown and our chairs are black, wonder no more….our table is brown and our chairs are black. But only temporarily. Because there are many purchases to be made, we decided that getting a new table was really important (so we could actually use the space) but having matching chairs was not so important for the time being. We snatched the chairs from the old table (which is now in the basement, used in a game area) and put them around the new table. It’s not ideal, but it works for now!
Small Step #2: Guest Room Revamp
For the last several years, my bedroom decor has been red and black. I really loved the way it looked and how it all went together, but when we moved into the new house, I knew it was time for a change. So, in order to change things up a bit, we found a new duvet cover, and I attempted my first set of DIY curtains. The duvet was another great deal at IKEA and I love the pattern….fun, simple, colorful. The yellow curtains were made from some JoAnn Fabric material and no sew (iron) hem. Again, it’s just a start….I have lots of dreams to paint the room a soft to medium gray, and then to bring out some more of the black, purple, and pale yellow. It sounds kind of like an odd combo, but the more I put it together in my head, it really seems to work.
Keep in mind that the yellow curtains in the picture look a lot darker than they are in real life. And, keep in mind that I have yet to iron them to make them lay correctly. Either way, I was able to get this done so that our house guests had a bit more privacy (not necessarily darkness…blinds will eventually be installed behind the curtain) than before….and this look is much better than nailed up sheets to the wall!
Small Step #3: Upstairs Couches
One of the big reasons I love the house is because of the split space….there is a large family room on the lower level, and then a pretty great sized living space on the upper level. It really allows for a variety of activities and comfort. Our previous couches are kept downstairs in sort of the TV, game, and entertainment space. They are comfy, do the job. But we didn’t have couches for upstairs…well, I did, but I sold them because I didn’t care for them anymore and I knew we needed something more substantial for the space we had.
We shopped and shopped for couches and stumbled across a great find of a store…Furniture Mart….who knew this place existed?!!? I mean with a name like Furniture Mart, you gotta expect great things, and great things we got! We sat on many couches, went back and forth, weighed out the pros and cons (via our mental Excel Spreadsheet comparison chart), and decided that big, comfy couches were the way to go. We wanted to create the upstairs space to be more for conversation, curling up with a good book, taking an afternoon Sunday nap, or gazing out the window at the park. The couches we found are perfect for all of the above. They just got delivered a few days ago and I am already obsessed.
As you can see, we went with a dark chocolate brown….they are huge and fit the space super well. Of course we need to be on the look out for some cool side tables and perhaps a storage ottoman as a coffee table of sorts….and maybe some new lamps, and definitely some more DIY curtains….but I’m so pleased with the comfort of this room. It’s already been used so much and I just love it!
Now that we have several staple pieces of furniture in place, my next goal is to start thinking about some paint options and to get some color movin’ in the house! Can’t wait for that to start happening!
For now, I am so excited about the several small steps that we’ve taken!