Heading to the ground floor, we have the living room. Here's a reminder of the "before" shot from the upstairs hallway-
Here's the progress-
I think this room definitely wins "Most Improved" overall. We tiled the whole downstairs with a travertine-esque ceramic tile I got a crazy good deal on. I bought a giant 14 x 10 area rug from a remnant warehouse to make the space more comfy. This is where things started to go wrong. We already had tan walls, now tan tile and a tan rug. I had to buy couches too, and looked everywhere for something in a beautiful dark brown color. But alas. I did find these beauties which, aside from the color, I love, for $450 for the pair. Cort Furniture sells model home and movie set furniture at reeely nice discounts. The selection is a bit small, but worth the trip for sure: ). So that's how I landed a tan on tan on tan living room *shakes head.
The DIY wall art helps add some color. I'm cooking up a rug painting project to add some dark browns there. The coffee table is a "for now" item, graciously given to us by a friend, along with the side tables. Maybe something dark wood with chrome legs?
Cooper, our shepherd mix, chomping down on his bone.
View from the front door. I think everyone must have had this living room set back in the day, because the entry table was given to us by a completely different person, but perfectly matches the rest of the set! You can see our tile better in this shot. Above is the carpet in the upstairs hall. Still needs some trim.
Our front door. The bit of board and tape on the left was from a fun "surprise" we discovered this spring. After observing the paint slowly peel itself from the baseboards I discovered the whole wall under the front window was squishy, like wet, like spongy. Thankfully a surgical inspection found no mold in the window box, but the rotted footers still need replacing. Gotta love being a home owner! :)
Beside the front door- a thrift store find with 99 Cent Store moss rocks inside. I'm not sure how I feel about this, I think there's something more creative I can muster up for it. Suggestions?
We managed to find a fan shade at Home Depot for about $5 that we could cut and fit to our steeple of a window. You can see it better in the next picture. Moss balls on the coffee table are from The Alley. If you've never been, that place is a-mazing. Go there. All sorts of home goodies at good prices.
Not sure what they were thinking architecturally, "let's make it look like a small chapel in here?" Can't do anything about that though. Also- bed sheets are the new DIY curtain! :) (kidding). I'm working on a project for this right now, to be highlighted in my next installment.
Our useful little bookcase. We'd really like to move it out, put this couch against the front window, and buy this piece for $229 from Ikea. It'll give some separation between the living room and dining room, and give us another wall to utilize.
Recap collage for the living room:
To the left, the stairs-
The picture arrangement helps draw the eye upward. I think I need to add 5 or 10 more frames for a more substantial arrangement. Like this:
There's also baby-proofing plans in the works. We're thinking ex the railing (its rusty and only comes waist high) and put in half walls. And carpet those slippery wood steps!
<insert pitiful mock up done in Paint by yours truly>
Haha :) anyways. Recap!
Behind the living room is the dining room.
A work in progress. I still need to refinish the buffet, paint the accent wall a deeper green (my paint sample taped to the wall), and hang the plate collection (stacked on the buffet) on the right wall.
Just added the set of black and white photos on the side wall. All places me and/or Jason have been. I like! Not sure if its final, I think I need some more color in the frames.
But for about 5 hours on Sundays, we cart all our gear to church and it looks like this:
A charming fireplace, and side "desk" (aka random piece of furniture we don't know where else to put :) Gotta love the wool rug, on sale for $230 from Home Goods.
I'd love to put in couches and make it a comfy space. Someday... :) I really like our yellow wall, although some had doubts while it was going on. Something about mac and cheese, lol. This gets runner up for most improved space. Check out our grody fireplace in the before shot!
Last stop on our tour is our down stairs bathroom.
Greens and orange kind of "happened" when I stuck the orchid plant in here. I dig it : ) Again, cabinets need major refinishing.
I think it needs something on the wall above the "throne"...
$3 "Spa Moment": rolled white hand towels in a tin flowerpot, all from Dollar Tree. Speaking of 99 Cent stores, this gave me a laugh.
"The Entrance of Hope" by Dantini. I randomly found this print online and LOVED the bright colors. I hit print screen, printed it out, and stuck it in a frame I had. $1 wall art!
There's the grand tour! Whew. I wish I had started this thing sooner :) Next post I'll get into some of my experiments in design, on the cheap.