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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pillow Talk

Get your mind out of the gutter. Real pillows, on our couch. The pillows from ETSY finally arrived.
It's amazing what some pillows and curtains will do for a boring gray room with beige sofa.
We started to hang a few things on the walls.
My first attempt at a Pinterest tutorial.
It's block painting. You just wrap a string around a block and turn it into a stamp. I am going to make it again and put the stamps closer together so there are no gaps between the lines.

While I waited for the ETSY pillows to arrive, I found some striped pillows I had to have on Joss & Main for downstairs.
When Dave moved the TV upstairs he rearranged the sectional. There is no TV down there anymore so it's now more of a sitting space instead of a TV watching area. We no longer have a sectional, it's sectioned now.
Before:

After:
We moved the rug from William's play area in front of the sofa. We still need a bigger rug, we should really have a 8X10 rug in that space. Also working on a mirror project for above the mantel. For another day.





Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Adding some color

Our blank slate of a second floor really needed a pop of color and what better way to do that than with pillows and curtains?

I used the no-sew method again, since I have no sewing skills or a sewing machine. I simply cut two yards of fabric in half and ironed-on a hem on all sides. I used ring clips instead of adding a pocket on the top. I like the look of the ring clips and also, it was easier. I'm all about taking the easy way out.

And here's the finished product. Please ignore the cruddy iphone photos. I was too lazy to pull out the real camera.
I just got some pillow cases in the mail from ETSY but need to buy some pillow forms. Once the pillows are done, the room will really start to look complete. I know, you're on the edge of your seat aren't you? You'll just have to wait to see.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Movin' On Up

We're upstairs now people. Actually as I speak type, I am in our new office area.
We found a pendant lamp on West Elm, on clearance for $7, the shipping actually cost more than the light itself. I'm thinking of spray painting it navy blue, but am waiting to see how the rest of the area comes out before committing to a color.

The chair is a Herman Miller circa 1970. And no it did not cost $898, it's Dave's old desk chair. Maybe with the day off tomorrow me and my new chair will take a trip to the beach.
The desk is ICRAPA, er I mean IKEA. I wanted Dave to make a parson's desk but after finishing the entire upstairs making him build a piece of furniture seemed cruel.

The entertainment side of the room is a work in progress, but it's coming along. We got a couch and chair from Dave's parents. They got a new sectional, so we had no problem helping them de-clutter their basement.
Playing around with the built-ins
I got the skeleton keys from this sketchy garage sale thing in Cambridge. Some guy sells stuff out of a garage and I think he may live in the attic above it. I also got a mirror for $5 for above the fireplace but it needs a new mirror and it's been a fiasco trying to fit one in. That's a post for another day.

Here's a preview of the curtain fabric.


I ordered pillows on Etsy and can't wait until they arrive. Until then..


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

roll out the white carpet...

because it's finished! (insert happy dance here) Carpet guys came today and put down the carpet. It was supposed to be a white/gray color but it really just looks white in person and has swirls throughout.

Living room side





office space (Excuse me, I think you have my stapler. anyone?)
Bedroom



Next up? Furniture. Anyone have any? We don't, and oh, the budget was spent on finishing the room. William will have a ball in his empty play space.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Attic Reno Continued

Dave has been working tirelessly on the second floor reno. It's all coming together now. He finished the stairs, hanging the doors and trim and the electrician came and now we finally have electricity up there.

Let's go back a ways back here... when we moved in it looked like this:
Beautiful huh?
During the reno:



And now:
The stairs looked like this: (this photo is looking UP the stairs. Why the treads are not on the steps are beyond me)
And now: (painting wall after moving furniture!)
Let me remind you that Dave did 95% of this work by himself. He's amazing.
Some participation by our little helper:
He kept saying "oooh" and "wow" at the pile of cabinet screws and nuts. He quickly figured out how to put them together. He's clearly Dave's child.
And now it's time to pick out carpet. We went to the carpet store last night and thought we'd grab a few samples and be out quickly. The selection was overwhelming and ended up coming home with 5 samples and don't know what to choose. We can't do burber because of the dog's claws and she'll pull the loops on it. Picking the color is hard because the walls are gray and trim is white.
I loved the one below in the store, but not sure about it now. It is in style, but probably won't be in 5 years, and not sure how easy it will be to decorate around it.
I like the idea of a design on the carpet since we won't be able to have an area rug. We'll probably end up with some boring cream colored rug in the end... to be continued.





Monday, September 3, 2012

Faux-No-Sew Roman Blind

I interrupt our regularly scheduled attic reno with a little DIY action.
Our kitchen window was lacking in the curtain department. I decided to head over to Pinterest to see what I could find. I found this tutorial. It was simple, easy and would only cost me 6 beans. The spring-rod curtain rods were $3 a piece, I already had a scrap of fabric left over from making a throw pillow a while back and some no-sew iron tape. All I needed to do was fold the fabric and seal the seams with the tape.

So as I expected I didn't do a great job of making sure the seams were exactly straight, but it will do for now. It only cost me a few dollars and the time of one nap session, so if I want to scrap this one and make something else, no big loss.
I would have liked to make three tiers like in the tutorial, but it would block out too much light as it's our only window in the kitchen.
Like the hands running into the picture?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Plaster is done, that means painting time. Well let's not get ahead of ourselves. It first needs two coats of primer and ceiling paint. Then the color can go up.




After we paint the electrician will to come back and finish up. Then on to flooring. Then we'll have to furnish it. Oh, we need furniture for that don't we? It may just be a big open play area for William. Bowling anyone?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

William's First Year

It is my goal to make William a video every year. It took me until 15 months to complete William's first year video. I should probably get started on his second year now.

William's First Year from Amanda Roache on Vimeo.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Office Space Mood Board



We'll have a small office nook upstairs, and here's my vision for it.

Would love to diy a parson's desk, not sure about the color yet but maybe something bright.

We'll be painting the area the same color as the entertainment room, but love the blue feather wallpaper. Could use wallpaper or fabric to cover a canvas to make a pinboard.

I have always loved the filing cabinet covered in wallpaper. Seems easy enough to do.

Lastly, some kind of industrial seating and lighting.

Throw in some pencil cups for a pop of color and there you have it. We won't need much in this tiny space.