Corner Sneak Peak

One of our HUGE goals this year was to really start getting our home into shape.  We have some major construction planned very soon for some upstairs bedrooms and downstairs we are just doing a little tweaking.  We swapped out our old sofa and love seat for some fabulous IKEA finds and I’m working on getting the room put together now.  I am slowly but surly finding our style, putting it together, and making this home, US!

I thought I would share a little corner that’s really starting to make me happy!

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At first, I wasn’t sure what to do with this space.  I had imagined something else here, like a bookcase, but in the overall scheme of things it wasn’t going to work.  So eventually, this came together, and when I stepped back to look at it, I really liked it.  

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I love to walk by and see one of the kids ‘chillin’ in the chair.  They look so comfy and cozy and it’s definitely become one of there favorite places.

Don’t you just love it when parts of your home really start to come together? I see it, and it just puts a smile on my face!

I look forward to sharing more with you soon!

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Painting The Kitchen

Our kitchen last night before the first coat of primer!

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Mini kitchen makeover part one has commenced!

The weekend before last, Mike and I drove down to IKEA, sans children, to purchase our new sofa and also to get the shelves and accessories I would need to move on with our kitchen plans. I still need to go back for a kitchen cart that was sold out and  make another trip to home depot to finish gathering supplies for our open pantry shelves.  This past weekend, we purchased the pine boards for these shelves and had them cut to size.

So with some supplies finally on hand and some paint purchased a few weeks ago, I decided to start painting last night.  Our weekends are always so busy so I can not rely on them for the time I need for projects around the house. So, I have marked off in my mind the kitchen into three different sections.  Last night I primed the first section and I will be painting it tonight as well as applying a coat of primer to the second section.  If my plan goes as it should, then the kitchen should be getting it’s last coat of paint Friday night and be ready for some floating shelves Saturday morning!

What to do with the french doors??

The french doors that live in the doorway between the living room and entrance way have become a topic of  discussion lately.   There a great accent to the home and one of the first things that we thought was pretty cool about the house.  Lately though I’m not exactly sure what I think of them.  We keep them open simply because it makes maneuvering around the house a lot easier than opening and shutting the doors all the time.  However, with them open they take up space on the living room walls.  Space that I could use better if the doors were not there.  To be able to use this space, I’ve been toying with a couple of ideas;

Idea A.) Close the doors and see if we can function with opening and closing them all day long.

Idea B.) Remove the doors completely.

I’ve decided to take idea A for a test drive and so for the last couple of days I have tried to keep the doors closed.   For a little while we can deal with opening and shutting them but as soon as the kids are home from school and moving about the house, it seems we want them open all the time. If  we decide this is something we will be able to figure out how to live with, the second half to idea A will be what to do with the doors if we decide to keep them there.  We could sand and clear coat them just like the trim in the living room or we could paint them a crisp white just like we plan to do with the trim in the entrance way.

Idea B is appealing to me because I could have the wall space that I want and not have to mess with the function of the house.  Removing them may also feel like we are opening things up a bit and of course if I ever change my mind we could just put them back on.

To give you an idea of what we’ve got going on here’s the living room in its currant condition.

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Whatever idea we choose to go with, it will allow us to center the TV/media wall and to remove some clutter from my work space area.  What do you think we should do?  What would you do if it was your house?