Monday, December 14, 2015

House Updates: Living Room(s)

This house came with two living rooms. This still baffles me. It is certainly a design challenge. Right now we have it set up so there is one more "formal" sitting area, and another by the TV. Eventually I'm thinking 1 living room and 1 dining room. We'll see. Either way, it is working for us now.

We made a trip to IKEA soon after we moved in and bought this new couch with a chaise and navy rug. We also bought the chair below, which I highly recommend:

The midcentury pieces were thrifted either in Michigan before we moved or here in Utah. The record holder above was $5 and the side table was $8. The record player two photos above was $40.

We painted all the wood paneling in the living room with a fireplace, but left the built in shelving as is. It adds some nice warmth to the room.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

House Updates: Master Bedroom

House updates in our new Utah house are long overdue. We've been hard at work on things here... just haven't been sharing. We stayed home for Thanksgiving break so I decided we should work on a room that we hadn't touched yet... our master bedroom. We didn't even have a headboard. It felt like a college apartment. Much better now!

We got the lights at Lowes and TJ made the headboard out of a 10 foot board cut in half (to make 2 pieces the same length). We then stained, sealed, and attached it to the wall with some mounting hardware meant for picture frames. He also made the nightstands before we left Indiana. Luckily they survived the move.

Here's the before... we had some interesting off-white textured wallpaper to deal with. We took it down on one wall but decided to make the other our accent wall. The blue is Glidden "Rich Navy" and it took just 2 coats. Now it looks like navy blue textured wallpaper.

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