The Living Room, Almost Done

July 15, 2009

Well, we’ve been in this house almost seven months now and we finally have a few rooms that are shaping up to look like I want them to. The kitchen is done, and now the living room and breakfast room are almost there. Everything got painted, new light fixtures were installed, and furniture was bought. It’s such a great feeling to come home to this! (Please excuse my sad photography skills.)



A vertical shot to show off the fan:


I love the fireplace now that Lauren and I painted it! On the mantle is the woven mirror from Target that I love.


Our new media stand from, which makes me so happy:


And its matching side table:


The coffee table from IKEA:


David is adorable, by the way. He was so excited to have a coffee table that he went out that day and bought four coffee table books to display: one on dogs, Houston, the ocean, and a Christmas book.


A close-up of the buffet area:


Eventually I want to decorate this better, but right now it just has some random stuff on it. Two pitchers from Crate & Barrel that I think are pretty, a marriage prayer plate that we bought on our Honeymoon to Kauai, one of our engagement pictures, and a little DIY art that I made in about five minutes one day. Oh, and a candy bowl. Can’t forget the candy bowl!


And here’s our cute little table and chairs!


David bought me the rose for no reason at all. :)


It’s not quite finished, though. The next thing we need are some window shades or blinds. I keep vacillating between Roman shades (white or tan), bamboo shades, and white faux-wood blinds. You can’t really see it in these pictures, but we do have some sheer white curtains from Wal-mart in the living room that add interest. What’s your vote on the windows?

Once we get the windows taken care of, I’d like to get a rug for the living room. Again, I’m not sure of the color/pattern that would look best with what we have going on. I’m thinking something soft and easy on the eyes, and if there is a pattern it should be something with curves because we have a lot of corners and angles in the room. Suggestions?

Lastly, something needs to go on the wall in the breakfast room. I bought three bamboo dishes from IKEA that I think would look cute hanging in a row. I hope to try it out soon, but first I need to get some plate hangers.

After I get those things out of the way, it’s time to save our pennies for a little while before we tackle another room. Which one should it be? The bright red dining room? The tiny half bathroom that gets frequent use but needs a big overhaul? The extra room that we’d love to turn into an office? Or how about our own room? So many choices!

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Comments on The Living Room, Almost Done

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    From Julienne:

    Kathleen! It looks INCREDIBLE. You should be so proud of yourself, you’ve done such a great job! I’m all for either bamboo blinds in your eating area or what about louvered white shutters that just go half way up the window? Whatever you choose will look great!

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    From kapachino:

    Ooh, shutters would be great! I wonder if too expensive though, that’s the thing…

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    From Krista:

    Everything looks great!! I love the living room design! And your table is adorable!

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    From Mom:

    Kat, it looks fabulous!! I can’t imagine the fireplace NOT being painted–that so totally finishes off the walls. And I really like your coffee table with the white color and glass; it’s so airy. The side table goes so well with it, too, even though one might think it would compete. It’s a nice balance between light and dark. I’m partial to the breakfast room; the white chairs you chose go nicely with the table. Good solution! The reason for the rose: he loves you, which is not no reason at all! I agree with Julienne: Whatever you choose for any of it will look great! You appear to have a flair for this sort of thing.

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    From Christine:

    Beautiful work! Your living room/dining room look great! I wish I had your decorating skills.

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    From kapachino:

    That’s very sweet of you to say, but I really don’t feel like I have skills at all! It takes me so long to make up my mind, and I have to do a ton of research beforehand. I’m not very creative, I just look at other people’s ideas and take from them what I like!

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    From Nikki:

    I love that coffee table! I can’t wait to be doing what you’re doing, fixing up your house just the way you want it. It looks so great, so bright and clean. Good job!

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    From Misti:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it all! My vote is for the bamboo shades!!! I think with all the white it would add that perfect touch of something different! I agree with all the others though that whatever you decide will go perfectly!!! Great job! I know you are so proud of it!

    P.S. I agree with your mom about the rose!

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    From Carrie:

    I have been drooling over that coffee table for a few months now, I was just never sure if it would work in my room. It looks fantastic in your living room and I love the painted fireplace, really brings the two things together.

    I’ve been having the same trouble with my dining room windows – not quite sure what would work to cover up some ugly apartment blinds I have atm. I look forward to seeing what you end up doing!

    Good Luck with your designs and the upcoming triathlon!

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    From kaitlyn:

    I am blown away, that is just gorgeous. Love that color green!

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    From Emily Andrews:

    It seems as if the general concensus is bamboo shades and I would have to say I agree. It looks great!

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    From CJ:

    Looks so good. I *love* that color green you chose.

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