Sunday, January 25, 2015

Our Living Room

I've made quite a bit of progress in our living room since we moved into the farmhouse.  It's still pretty much furnished with things we already had from our previous home, but it's working out fine for now.  Ultimately this room could use a larger couch and maybe a larger chair somewhere, but for now I'm going to make what we already have work.  Either way the recliner will stay.  It's the one piece of furniture that I really really dislike, but my husband loves it of course, so I'll just keep working around it.

The walls are painted a soft beige/tan color.  I love this paint color because even though it's soft, it adds warmth to this large room.  Our living room is 30 feet long, so arranging furniture in here is still a challenge, but this layout seems to be working for us.  In the beginning I placed the couch in the middle of the room in an attempt to create two separate areas, but it felt closed in and choppy, so I decided to put the couch against a wall instead.  Now we have a nice open flow to this space, which I like much better.

The giant gallery wall was one of the first decorating projects I completed here at our farmhouse.  It instantly pepped up this room.  I love the mix of frames and having my favorite photos on display where they can always be seen.

I've added a little more to the TV area since I shared my dresser makeover.  The sunburst mirror is something I've had for a long time, it's an old Target find.  I recently found the vintage crate at a local antique shop, and I hung new thermal curtains to keep out the cold.  Our windows are old and very drafty! Charming windows, but not so great during these cold months!

And since I'm chatting about our living room, I thought I'd share my DIY chalkboard again.  It's the same chalkboard I made for our Christmas card display.

The side of the room where our fireplace wall is still needs some work.  I'm still trying to figure out a good furniture set up.  Right now I'm leaning towards two matching comfy chairs and a big ottoman in the middle, so we will see.

This room has definitely come a long way, but I still have big plans for it!  A few things on my list include ripping up all the carpet to reveal the original hardwoods underneath, and adding something to the ceiling, maybe bead board or possibly beams.  I also hope to add two big sliding barn doors to the two doorways, as well as furnish the space near our fireplace.  Exciting projects to look forward to!

And now a look back at the before photos, that's always my favorite part!

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Have a BLESSED day!

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Beginning of a Home Office

Happy Monday! I can't believe the weekend went by so fast!  I spent my weekend antique shopping with my mom and cleaning out and re-organizing all our kitchen cabinets, which was fun.  Little by little things are getting more organized and put together.  Anyways, today I want to share my progress in our home office.  It has a long way to go, but I promised I would share more in progress posts, so that's what I'm going to do.

We have never had the need for a home office until now, so I've never designed one.  It will definitely be trial and error until I find a set-up that works for us, and this is the beginning stages of that.  We have so much to keep up with now with our farm, rental properties, etc. so it was time for an office.  So far I've painted the walls (Valspar Academy Gray) and played around with furniture layouts.

Before I move on let's take a look back at what this space looked like when we first closed on the property.

It's amazing what a little paint can do!

I can't wait to organize and style these bookcases.  I have several inexpensive ideas to share soon on that. I wallpapered the backs of the bookcases with bead board wall paper and painted them a soft gray.  I'm still not sure what to do above the dresser, I'm still waiting on inspiration to strike.

The dresser was passed down to us from my husband's great grandmother and it's one of my favorite pieces of furniture in our entire house.

We use the roll top desk as a bill paying station.

I hung shelves on the wall to hold some of my husband's racing trophies.

I found this milking stool out in our barn and gave it a quick coat of stain to bring it back to life.  I love finding treasures like this on our property.

That's about it for now.  I'm looking forward to organizing and styling this space, adding wall decor, and maybe a rug.  I'm also looking forward to ripping up all that carpet to reveal the original hardwoods that are hiding underneath!

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Have a BLESSED day,