Some Furniture Rearranging

I don’t know why, but our family room has become such an ordeal for us. We are used to having built-in shelving in all of our homes, and there just isn’t the space for that in this house. I brought in a interior designer and she was highly against putting in built-ins since they will make the room look extremely small.  What stressed me out about her vetoing the built-ins, was that I had no idea where we would put any of our pictures, decor, vases, etc.  I was banking on this room to display our pretty things.  She recommended some shelving above the couch, and at the time I loved the idea, but this was months ago. Now, I am over it.  I found a pretty shelving unit that would go over the couch, but it was really expensive, and if we can’t use it in our next house, it seems like a waste to me because it definitely won’t help with resale. David had some more ideas that I wasn’t a huge fan of.  I really was just losing hope and getting impatient with this room.

I decided to try out Modsy to see if they could give me a fresh idea. This site is super cool, you fill out a type profile, take photos and dimensions of your room, and they send you a design including items you could actually purchase!

This was the (unfinished)room before we used Modsy:They suggested moving the piano to the wall that separates the kitchen from the family room, also the wall the piano is perpendicular to. That seemed perfect when looking at it, but once we moved it there, it just made the room even more cluttered than it already was, and the piano was a little too big for the wall. This got our wheels turning, and David suggested moving the piano to the wall pictured below.  We thought we would eliminate one of our giant chairs, and we could replace it with greenery or a pretty lamp to go next to the piano.I sent Modsy a new picture of our layout, and they came back with the perfect design.  They suggested moving the chair we eliminated to where the piano used to be, but David thought that maybe we could do a built in corner unit there instead, that way we have a place to display our pretty things and it won’t take up too much space.

I still have no idea if we will go with Modsy’s idea or David’s, but it’s amazing how one change can give us a plethora of new ideas.  I think that we are on to something with this room, and I am finally getting excited about it.

Now, if only the laundry room, mudroom, and garage were finished…

Brightening Things Up

Don’t get me wrong, I love a bright white house.  If we didn’t have kids, everything in my house would be white with some navy, black, and gold accents.  Obviously, that didn’t work out for me since we have two messy monsters to raise.  We still have our white kitchen and bathroom, but we didn’t want things looking too sterile, so we thought it was time to purchase some art for our giant blank wall.

We wanted either two giant pieces, or three large ones.  I like odd numbers when it comes to home details, so we went with three large pieces.  We actually had one piece of art that I was in love with from our Compass Pointe house, and it was one of my favorite things in the house.  I told David to unbox it (yes, it was still in a box) to see if I still loved it, and sure enough, I did. We purchased it from Joss and Main, so I thought it was a good idea to search the site for similar pieces by the same artist. With my luck, I couldn’t find any, so I did some stalking and was able to at least find out who the artist was.  I e-mailed her (she is actually in Chicago), and she emailed me two pieces that would go great with what we already owned.  I was so excited because I loved what she sent, and this meant we only had to purchase two more instead of three.  Talk about saving money- art is not cheap people!

When our two new pieces arrived, I instantly fell in love.  They were gorgeous and looked so amazing with our current piece.  We headed over to Hobby Lobby to get them framed and made it very clear that we wanted the frame and matting space to be identical to the current one.  We didn’t want it to look like we just bought two new pieces and called it a day.  We left confident and excited for the artwork to be framed so we could bring it home to hang.

Fast forward to over a month later, we go to pick up our art, lay it up against our wall and I was shocked to see that not only were the two new pieces different from our current piece, but they were not even identical to each other.  It looked so ridiculous, I can’t even explain it. We noticed that one of the employees literally crossed out the measurements they originally took on the receipt, and wrote over it with new measurements.  We were super confused, so we had to go bring them back and get this annoying problem solved.

Sure enough, the employee who originally helped us, took it upon herself to tweak the measurements as she saw fit without asking.  Her reasoning made sense- if she put on the same amount of matting as the original piece, it would go over some of the painting. She was trying to compromise as little of the painting as possible.  Totally get her logic, but it looked absolutely ridiculous when all three were up on the wall.  So, she agreed to change it so that all three were identical and they look so much better. However, they still aren’t identical. The matting on our original piece is a lot whiter and brighter than the two new ones. The frame is also slightly larger.  We finally made the discovery that the Joss and Main piece is actually a blown up photo,where our new ones are real art. I am not sure if you could tell by these photos, but it is pretty obvious which two are our new pieces and which is our older piece.  I think once the entire house is done and we replenish some of our money from this remodel, we will buy a third piece from the artist to replace our Joss and Main copy.

Wow, that was a long post for just three art pieces.  Anyway, we now have a little color to brighten up the kitchen and I think it looks great.

Eli’s Big Boy Room Reveal

A couple of weeks ago, we finally tied up most of the loose ends and Eli’s room is 99.99% complete! Even though his room is tiny, it is so adorable and we are all so proud of it. Eli loves it so much that whenever he has a friend come over for a playdate, the first thing he wants to do is show it off.

I got my inspiration from Pinterest,  but there were a few things that I wanted for this big boy room.  First and foremost, I wanted the room to be a room that could grow with Eli.  As much as I love decorating, I don’t want to redo his room every 3 years as his interests change.  So we went with more of a color scheme rather than a “theme”.  It was really important to me to use a lot of the furniture and accessories from Eli’s nursery without it looking too babyish.  We worked really hard on both of his nurseries on Owl Lane and Compass Pointe, and we were really fortunate to get some of his furniture made and gifted by family members, so it is extra special.  Lastly,  I knew that I wanted him to have a bed that he could grow in to, unlike a toddler bed, so we went with a full-sized bed and a more mature headboard that he (hopefully) won’t get tired of.

David did some great modern looking moldings, similar to Dax’s room (almost complete BTW) and our stairway.  I wanted to give the room something special, so we went with this amazing wallpaper.  From the moment I came across it on Pinterest, I was instantly obsessed.  I think it looks amazing on this wall, even though it took us a while to figure out which wall we wanted it to go on!  His bed looks fabulous against it in my opinion.  I am super into mixing patterns, and we found his comforter at IKEA of all places.  I am loving the blue and green combo. We purchased a cute decorative pillow, but with the amount of stuffed animals Eli loves having in his bed, it just looked to cluttered, so we returned it.  I am still on the hunt for a blanket or quilt, but I think for now the bed looks fine without one.We weren’t going to use this bookshelf that was in Eli’s nursery, and we purchased a new one, but as we were setting the room up and noticing how many books our book-worm has, we decided to use the bookshelf from his nursery.  It actually looks great in the room, and holds the tons and tons of books he has. We decorated it with my favorite bookends, the invitation from his baby shower , and some other cute accessories from Target (duh).Besides the wallpaper, one of my favorite parts of this room is the dresser.  My uncle built it for us and my grandparents bought it for us.  It is gorgeous, the best size, and we will never get tired of it.  When Eli was a baby, my uncle had built a changing table topper for the dresser, so the room officially felt like a “big boy” room when we took the topper off. Sad!  We replaced the topper with some photos, some special books that were my mom and dad’s from when they were children, and a boat that my Zayde (that’s yiddish for grandfather) made Eli before he passed away in January.   Eli is in a monster phase right now, so we obviously have a nightlight on there too to keep the monster’s away- except for Dax, he’s here to stay.I spent hours looking for artwork for this room, hours.  After wasting way too much time, we actually opted out of artwork because the room is so freaking small.  Having a ton of stuff on the wall just would make it look way too cluttered.  Instead, we put these amazing signs that were made for him from my Bubbie (yiddish from grandmother), and my dad.  I think it looks great.One of my least favorite parts of the room is the roman shades.  I love the look of the navy, but I hate that they are cordless.  We chose this for obvious safety reasons, but they are the most annoying shades to deal with, in fact I leave them down 100% of the time because of the hassle.  You can see in these photos that they are both up and uneven.  Yes, this is because I was struggling for 30 minutes on how to get them both up all of the way. So embarrassing! We didn’t want to do custom shades in this home, but we won’t be purchasing these ever again that’s for sure.  Oh, and sidenote, ignore the awful screens on our windows, they all need to be replaced hah!The only things left to do in this room is get some hardware for the closet doors, and David needs to scrape off some of the paint on the floors.  I also need to unpack and find the photo of me and my mom that was up in Eli’s nursery to put up in his new room. Eli is named after her and I love that her picture is overlooking him when he sleeps.

I can’t believe what a transformation this has been, and how long it took, but it was all totally worth it! You can see the before photos here.

Clearing out the Mudroom

While there are still so many big things to do in this house, there are also a lot of small things.  To start, there are zero pictures up anywhere.  I know that sounds like such a dumb thing, but to me, pictures make a house a home.  We also have spent thousands in photographers, so you bet your bottom I will have those pictures displayed!!

The next thing that bothers me, and it is so petty, but there is no place to put our shoes.  We have a pretty small foyer and entry way, so when we put 4 pairs of shoes at the door, it becomes messy and cluttered. Not to mention, one of us is always tripping over them.  In normal homes, people would put their shoes in their mud rooms or whatever room is off of their garage.

We can’t use our garage at the moment, so we decided to clear the mud room by going through this hot mess, and re boxing and organizing everything.  This really kills two birds with one stone because it gave us the opportunity to find all of our decor and pictures to put up around the house, and it also gives us a pretty empty mud room to place our shoes in so nobody gets hurt.

Now that the mud room is cleaned out, I think I know what I want our next major project to be…

Not sure how much we will get done with Father’s Day this weekend, but knowing David, he will want to work on something. Have a great Father’s Day weekend!