see remodel reveal : dining room for a little more history.
my living room, last summer:
again, going for the craftsman bungalow/library feel. i was really beginning to hate it.
i wanted color, and more light. i replaced the front door with a glass door, and all windows are bigger. it’s much better now:
this room wasn’t as cheap furniture-wise as the dining room. i eventually got over my fear of investing in furntiture (seriously, i always felt it was silly to spend more than a fresh-college-graduate’s budget on furniture, for fear that i’d hate my choice a year later and still be paying for it.). the original idea was to go with ikea, but what would a sofa from ikea feel like 2 years from now? so the furniture budget changed quite a bit. the couch, chair, and ottoman are from room & board. the console is from bludot: i agonized over the price, but in the end i couldn’t find anything i liked more. i still was frugal, though, and purchased the coffee table, cabinet, shelf unit, light, rug, and throw from ikea. grid cushions by my friend alex, ikea fabric cushions by jenn.
the green wall was inspired by pantone 612 u, which i matched to behr 380d-6 leapfrog. i don’t have anything on that wall yet. i imagine 1 giant something, or 2 big somethings will reside on the wall, but i am not in a hurry. they will come. the rest of the walls/ceiling are the same off-white in the dining room.
after i took these pictures, the wall above really does seem busy. but i love my segments made by cynthia, and they are staying where they are. the frames above the sofa contain an etching from patricia, a photo of my mom, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother from 1967, and another etching from an german artist monika meiser, whom my sister lived with as an exchange student in berlin. i still adore the ceramic houses by vicki hartman, and the red/blue etching by dutch artist marjan smit i brought home from amsterdam a few years ago.
even with my savings drained, i am happy that i took on this project. i look forward to the time i can spend in my living room to relax, and i do most of my work on my dining room table. having more natural light is so wonderful, and i see myself staying in my little house for a few more years to fully enjoy the new rooms.