Hello … Anybody there??
Its been 2 weeks since my last post, but in my defense, I have only been home for more than 24 hours twice during that 2 week period. Between Thanksgiving, a work trip to Nova Scotia and some much needed family time, things are beginning to settle down right before the Christmas craziness starts.
Lets start with some Living Room updates. We purchased this IKEA couch for the living room and this rug and this light fixture from Overstock. I am obsessed with all of them. The only thing we changed was on the light fixture. It comes in 2 pieces, the metal and a glass insert. When we hung the metal frame only, the glass made it seem too formal.
Please ignore the dog hair all over the couch. Apparently, this was just a really expensive dog bed. Also, the rug looks really pink in this picture. It is much more muted red in real life.
We did have time to get started on some Christmas decorations. These are all leftover from our previous house, so next Christmas we will probably need to invest in some new decor. For now, it’s not too shabby:
After the holidays we are going to come back to this room to finish buying furniture and decor. We still need 2 sitting chairs and a mirror above the fireplace, as well as a bench near the door. Before Christmas I am planning on ordering the Fireplace insert and will write a post on how we made that decision.
Besides the living room, Collin has been working super hard on the 2nd Guest Bedroom/Office. The drywall was done in that room when we hired the drywall guy a few weeks ago and then it kind of sat dormant as we worked on the living room. There was one wall in there that we needed to decide what to do with.
It was a plaster wall with wallpaper on it that was refusing to come off. We discussed maybe paneling over it (similar to the fireplace) or trying to plaster over it, but we couldn’t decide. Then I left for Nova Scotia for 3 days and came home to this:
The picture is blurry because the room is filled with that much dust!
Collin decided to remove the plaster and refinish the brick. We are on the “there is never enough exposed brick” team. Also, it is basically free to do and makes such an impact in a room. It makes the mess totally worth it.
The plan is for Collin to continue to work to clean and seal the brick. I am going to try to prime and paint the room and ceiling this weekend. The last few pieces would be floors, crown moulding and door mouldings. I am hoping for this room to be done before Christmas, or at the latest, New Years.
I promise to keep you better updated!