An epiphany!

(Before I begin this post - I found my lens cap! Thank you to everyone who sent happy thoughts my way or prayed to St. Anthony! Thank you St. Anthony!)

Have I mentioned how excited I am about my living room getting "done"? We have been in this house over a year and besides the playroom (which took us 6 months to renovate on our own) only the dining room is painted.

Once the hardwood floors are in I really feel like I can start getting things prettied up. I haven't even loaded my "good plates" into my teeny china cabinet because I didn't want to have to unload them all again when we DID get the floors done. We technically could have hung things on the wall in the dining room already, but have I mentioned how after the girls go to bed we collapse on the couch at night?

My cabinet now, filled with pictures ...

(Notice the dead plant, the sewing maching in the corner, and the girls' toys on the top. Those are the toys I confiscate when the girls fight over them. Bye-bye.)

Our front door opens right into our living room - no entryway or anything.
Blah. Ugly peach walls (sorry if you have peach walls and love them!). I have a beautiful mirror that I will hang on the wall to the left of the stairs. When we lived in the townhouse, this is what it looked like ... (decorated at Christmas).

This dresser now holds the TV and media paraphenalia in the girls' playroom. It's nice and sturdy and won't fall over. Of course I had Andy bolt it into a stud in the wall, too. Of course!

I am one of those (nutso?) people who don't like shoes in the house. I know ... I never liked those people either. But after I married Andy and he described to me in detail what he walked through when he worked in Manhattan, and then we had the girls, I quickly became a believer. So right now we have a chair that we keep near the front door so people have a place to sit while they are taking off their shoes. Last night when I couldn't fall back to sleep at 3:00 in the morning, I had an epiphany.

A bench would be perfect on that wall!

I can still hang the mirror over it, and then get those boot trays to go underneath so that there is a place for people to put their shoes after they take them off. I'm diggin' the style above, especially those drawers, but not really the stain color of the wood. I like a more natural, bare look. I'll have to dig around a little more to find exactly what I am looking for. There is an unfinished wood store by me - so that will be my first stop.


On another note, four families that I know are going through some hard times right now. I don't want to get into specifics, but if you could keep them in your thoughts and prayers I would appreciate it.


Impulsive Addict said...

Wonderful idea my blogging friend! I loved looking at the pics of your house too! I'm sure you are so excited to get it fixed up EXACTLY how you want it!!! =)

P.S. Glad you found the lens cap too!

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Plural for skiing!

Anonymous said...

I am sure you are dying to get those hardwood floors... :o). I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one with the shoes in the house thing. I always take my shoes off when I come into my own house or someone elses.

Songbirdtiff said...

I love that bench!

Katy said...

Good idea with the bench. I cannot wait to see the hardwood floors, they'll be so pretty and you'll love them. I bet you are ready to get things going, then finished. I REALLY REALLY am ready for our new floors in our house, still not sure on what we're going with. We have over 800 square feet to cover with new flooring...ughh! Hello money fairy, bring us some! good post my friend, I love looking at other people's homes.

Katy said...

Come to my blog and scroll down, there's somthing for ya.

Anniebanannie said...

I love what you're doing to your place.

No, you're not one of those nutso's that like peeps to take shoes off, unless I'm a nutso as well (and that could be the case!). It's amazing the gunk that shoes can track in. YUCK!!!!