Office Update

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When Bradley’s grandparents moved to their assisted-living apartment, their home’s contents had to be cleared out to prepare for renters.  Bradley and I asked for a neat little velvet loveseat they had with lots of tufting across the back and arms.  The color is a dusty blue, which is not ideal, but reupholstering it doesn’t fit our household financial goals at the moment.  We rearranged his desk so that the loveseat could sit beneath the window in his office.  It is a perfect fit.

Office 0715dAfter finally pulling the trigger on curtain panels for the master bedroom, I decided it was time to get something up on his office windows as well.  I wasn’t sure what color to pair with the dusty blue loveseat and Roaring Mountain paint color, so I stayed safe with a dark indigo blue and cream pattern.

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I found more square rice paper floor lamps like the one Bradley already had and loved (but had gone through a couple of accidents as a result of relocations and curious cat events).  We also placed a couple of toy train engines that came out of his grandparents’ home on the shelf with the vintage camera collection.  He has fond memories of playing with the train sets at their house when he was young.

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Guest Bedroom Update

Early this year, after some health issues arose, Bradley’s grandparents moved to an assisted living apartment.  In preparation of renting their home, it had to be completely cleaned out.  I asked if we could use the spare queen-size mattress set they had in order to upgrade the size of our guest bed.  We had to purchase a new frame for it, but all of the bedding I already had was queen and full/queen, so there wasn’t much more expense than that to do the switch.

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The layout of the room had irritated me since we originally set it up.  I had the bed on the left wall because that is where the switched outlet is, but I finally decided to put the bed centered under the small window and run an extension cord along the baseboard to plug in the bedside lamps.  The symmetry is so much better now.  I placed a mirror above each side table to reflect more light, though I didn’t measure well so they aren’t balanced very well.

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I added some interest to the large blank wall by framing eight vintage sewing pattern envelopes.  The frames don’t necessarily match the look of the room, but they were stashed in the basement, so I pulled them out to try.

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Master Bedroom Curtains

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This weekend I took some time to finally hang curtain panels in our master bedroom.  We have had white roman shades up since right after we moved in, but I’ve been stalled on getting curtains for a while.  Ideally, I would love to have custom panels made from this Malta fabric by Iman Home in Peacock:

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The cost is prohibitive currently, because for just the fabric for three windows, we would be looking at spending $700-$800.  So I’ve had my eye out for some less expensive alternatives that we could be happy with for the time being.  I was at Tuesday Morning and came across these light-weight teal panels that have a faux linen look, but are just cotton.

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I’m not a huge fan of grommet-top panels and the fabric is quite thin and not lined, but they are extra-wide at 54″ and long at 96″ and I have the lined roman shades for blocking light.  They are not the same color/shade as my accent fabrics, but complementary, which I like so that it isn’t so matchy-matchy.  Bradley likes them a lot and had mentioned a few times lately that he would really like to have curtains to make the room feel more finished.

The total cost with these curtain rods from Amazon came in at around $155, so I can’t complain about that.

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Front Porch Chairs

Porch Chairs1 Our house has a nice covered front porch.  We did not have a porch at our first home, so I had no furniture or decor to use when we moved last year.  I started looking for inspiration pictures last year.  Our house is very symmetrical, so I am sticking with that overall theme on the porch as well.  After deciding to paint the front door red, I came across this photo on Hometalk that gave me the feel I was looking for.Front Porch Inspiration Until seeing this picture, I had not considered wicker.  It always seemed like standard 80’s sunroom decor to me.  But seeing this fun red take on wicker chairs made me rethink my previous judgment.

I began scouring Craigslist for four chairs.  Wicker chairs in a set of four are not terribly common, but I eventually came across a dining set with chairs that looked just right for my vision.  I liked the high fan-shaped backs, the loose weave of the wicker so that the red color isn’t overwhelming, and the fact that the chairs have arms.

Porch Chair BeforeI used Rustoleum automotive spray primer and Paprika spray paint in a satin finish.  I considered going back over the chairs with the front door paint using a brush, but the Paprika color was so close to the door color that I felt it unnecessary.  The door color is Burning Bush by Olympic, which I had color-matched at Sherwin Williams.  Now I just need to get around to painting the shutters navy.Porch Chairs3Porch Chairs2

For comparison, here is what the house looked like right before we closed last February and the current picture again:

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Kitchen Lighting

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We spent the weekend putting up a new light in the kitchen.  I say weekend, not limited to a simple switch-out one morning like I expected, because like so many house-related projects, things are rarely ever that simple.  The fluorescent light that came with the house, which is never the kind of light you want, was not top on my priority list to change out, because you know, money.  But after changing the bulbs about two months ago, it still would not turn on half the time.  I had searched high and low for something that would work in our narrow kitchen – ideally I would put in recessed lighting and call it a day, but again, money.

Here is a before shot of the kitchen with the original light:

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I settled on two different options and let Bradley pick from those two.  He likes the functionality of track lighting, but I cringe at the aesthetic of them.  The light we bought is basically a track light, but the look of it is a little more to my liking.  I wouldn’t use it in a total remodel, but it does the job for now.  The Kichler Lighting 4-light fixed rail directional light in polished nickel:



When Bradley took down the old light fixture, we discovered a significant amount of drywall damage beneath it that the new fixture would not cover.  After discussions, we decided that rather than incurring the further expense of drywall repair, we would opt for the less expensive option of using a ceiling medallion.  Not ideal, but we aren’t looking to remodel the kitchen until after we create a laundry room and remodel our bathroom.

Of course even with a medallion, there were rough spots and discoloration on the ceiling that would still be visible, so that led to sanding, puttying, sanding some more, and then painting the entire ceiling.  Basically, a giant rabbit hole.

The only other modification we made was based on reviews of the light fixture online.  Many people complained that the halogen bulbs get very hot, which is a complaint I have had about the ones in our vent hood.  I was able to buy a six-pack of LED bulbs to use in the light fixture and the vent hood to cut down on the heat that is produced.

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