Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mini Makeovers

I wanted to share a few updated spaces in our home. 
Nothing quite like a satisfying before and after shot. 

And just in case you haven't seen the real before,
here are the same rooms for your viewing pleasure...

 I always imagined the bay window area as a sitting/reading nook.
I found the Ikea chairs in the classifieds, moved the table from the nursery, 
and bought the curtains from Ikea for less than $20/pair. 

The living room was just too "warm" for my liking,
and didn't flow well into the kitchen color scheme, 
so I moved the sitting chair to our room and replaced it with the black rocker. 
I replaced most of my homemade pillow covers with new covers from Ikea for $5/pop. 
I moved the gold mirror to the basement and replaced it with an 
iron art piece from Hobby Lobby that I found for 50% off. 

In our bedroom my hubby hung 2 Ikea wall shelves that I painted white,
I replaced a broken floor lamp with one I found at the local thrift store,
I swapped chairs with the living room
(and it is so much nicer to have a good chair for chatting and reading), 
and I brought a rug up from the entryway to fill the vast area of gray carpet. 

The basement is still a huge work in progress.
We still need to paint all the walls and ceilings from a nasty taupe to white. 
There are no windows down there so it seems very dark with the current paint color.
But our vision for the room is coming together (workout/guest room/play room).
We found the futon for $60 in the classifieds, 
and Mike's work gives us a yearly stipend to use towards "health" 
(aka the exercise equipment). 

Slowly making progress! 

Friday, January 10, 2014

A New Year, A New You

Welcome 2014!

It's a new year and one of my resolutions is to be a more regular blogger.

I'll be posting on this blog again as a way for me to stay up on things that I love. I've found that I'm starting to lose myself in motherhood, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I'm missing me. 

I'm hoping to fill this blog with thing that excite my desire to learn and grow; things that will help me simplify and enrich my life. Dance, books, writing, music, choreography, interior design, DIY projects, healthy living, real food, and all things motherhood.

Happy new year!