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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..