Compared to many other living rooms around town, mine would most likely be considered rather small. But don’t tell it I said that. I can tell that it has a little bit of a complex about it and I wouldn’t want to hurt its feelings. The style of my house is actually called “Cottage” if that tells you anything. In the wintertime when I have my fire crackling I am happy for the coziness of the little space. But lately I have been feeling a little closed in. Part of the problem is that when I first started buying things for my house almost 4 years ago when I bought it, I for some reason and without realizing it bought lots of brown items. Brown sofa, brown rug, and dark wood media console. The fact that my wood floors are also dark brown didn’t help the problem. But then I also had a hand me down wooden coffee table. I have known that I wanted to replace it but never really found anything that rung my bell. At least nothing that was within my budget. Then, in the winter, West Elm had a sale and I found a table that I thought just might be the ticket. Unfortunately it was backordered and backordered and backordered until I finally received it about 2 days before I left for Europe.
Sorry for how dark some of these pictures are. Had to take them early in the morning and that is not a good time of day for my living room.
Here is the before…
The old hand me down (but in great condition because I refinished it before I moved in my house) coffee table.
Here is the after…
My shiny, light and airy coffee table from West Elm. It is smaller which gives me more room to walk around in here. This combined with the fact that it takes up much less visual space in the room and bounces light around makes it just what I was looking for. The mirror top is “flocked” (whatever that means). That makes it look a little antiqued which I like to think hides spots somewhat. But I could also just be telling myself that.
This is my unstyled and jumbled media console so that you can have a better idea of all of the dark brown I have been working with. I would paint this but it is such a nice piece I have some guilt when I consider it.
Kitties’ reaction when I was trying to open up the box that it came in to get out the glass. ”You didn’t need this, right mom?”
That’s all. Just a quick little update. I am still working on Ireland pictures. Fingers crossed I finish editing them this century.
P.S. When I bought this coffee table, it was $15o cheaper than it is now. Maybe if you are gonna buy it wait till it goes on sale again cause that is just silly.
Remember my living room? Well in one corner of the room, I am trying to sort out my office situation. I already have a white parsons desk and delightful little white lacquered console from Ikea, so I am pretty set on good looking furniture. Now I just want to accessorize it so I will actually want to work. Is that possible? Making things pretty enough that work becomes more productive? I am really hoping so, as normally when I have office work to do, I am lounging on the couch and stuffing my face with chips or something. Since there is a fun color and a striped rug, I should probably be heading in neutral territory. But for some reason I am really liking the idea of a girly pink rug instead.
I have found myself oohing and ahing over architectural detailing and particularly elaborate molding treatments for as long as I can remember. As fate would have it, my house has absolutely none. In fact, there wasn’t even molding around my windows when I moved in. My dad and I have already installed a simple crown molding in the main area downstairs along with window casing, however, I often find myself itching to add more more. I have been thinking about my bedroom in particular because, to me, it still feels kind of sad and unfinished. The problem is that the molding treatment options I am thinking about might seem like too much. So I wanted to ask y’alls opinion.
Here is my bedroom again for those who haven’t seen it and to remind those that have…
As you can see in the first picture, there are some weirdo angles in the ceiling because of the way my house is shaped. Would that make a molding treatment cooler or not so good lookin?
I think doing either of these would be a huge job because I would also need to find a way to beef up my tiny baseboards for sure. I most likely won’t be doing it any time soon. Also keep in mind that I have no crown molding in my bedroom and because of the weird ceiling angles, will never be having crown molding in my bedroom.
What do y’all think? Would a molding treatment be too much for a bedroom. Would there be anyway future (dumb) homebuyers would hate it? Should I just put it down in my family room like regular people? Thoughts?
Also, don’t tell my dad I am thinking about doing this because he will want to kill me.
Last weekend, I decided it was finally time to plant some of the herbs that I had been thinking about. I decided that planting them in a pot seemed way easier than planting them in the ground. So I picked up a few pots from Homegoods and went to work. I decided to plant basil, parsley, and rosemary in one bigger pot together as well as lavender (cause it smells dreamy) and mint in their own separate little pots. Mint is apparently not something you should plant in the ground or in the pot with other things because it is so invasive that it takes over. Mean old mint.
I found these herb markers after I had already planted my herbs in the sale section at Anthropologie. They only had three different ones and they happened to be the same three herbs that I had chosen to put in the same pot. I felt super lucky. Go scoop some up before they are gone gone gone.
See how menacing he looks?
I put the lavender and mint up on my outdoor table. Can you believe how good lookin all these pots were that I found at Homegoods? These metallic puppies were $7.
Here are some other things happening in my backyard…
The pink petals have almost all fallen off my tree after the stormy storm last weekend. But there are a few stragglers.
The ones that jumped ship banded together to make me some pink snow.
Baby birds, I hope you are okay.
My yellow jasmine is in full bloom and she is pretty as a picture.
With tiny pops of purple from neighboring bushes that seem to be bowing down to her beauty.