Let’s start with an addendum to my previous post :)

I forgot to add pictures of the real BEFORE pictures of the living room. doi!

Here is what the living room looked like during our home inspection:
It had me at: helllooooo wall of windows!!!!

The window wall, fave thing about the house :)

What is that you say?

It looked pretty good before? Well, this picture doesn’t do it justice, but the color of the trim was this beige that looked pinkish, mauvey in the light..and it was a dingy mauve…

the jury(me) voted and it had to go

and this is what his royal cuteness looked like that day :)

What I have done to the living room since we moved in:

Painted ceiling (Glidden standard white ceiling paint)
Painted walls (Behr Premium in Silver Sateen)
Painted trim (most daunting job ever! but with a lot of prayer, advice from a professional painter, and hubby watching baby(guess I had the easier job), it only took 1 week ;-)
(Behr Premium in Snowfall)
Painted fireplace brick (Behr Premium in charcoal)

Had floors professionally stripped to their natural red oak color, and clear coated. What a difference!


So, where to start?
Let’s do some inventory of what I already have.

1 creamish sofa bed – Ikea
1 brownish beige couch – bought from friends who bought it from World Market.
1 white (worst paint job ever!) regency cane back chairs – Craigslist
1 mid century modern dresser/credenza – FREE from someone’s curbside trash!!!
1 small tan/brown natural fiber rug – Hobby Lobby
1 ginourmous dark brown TV cabinet – The Dump
1 Bamboo/wicker/iron rocking chair – FREE list on Craigslist!!
5 random throw pillows
2 white lamps sans shades – Goodwill
1 brown leather trunk – Free from friends that were moving
1 oval coffee table – Craigslist
Some random do-dads and thing-a-majigas that I’ve accumulated..
+ whatever stuff I find in other rooms of the house… everything is up for grabs!

As you can see, I love second-hand stuff!
What about you? Do you have any favorite craigslist or trash treasures?
p.s. Got any junk you want to get rid of?! I’m currently open to donations! ;-)


A third of our new house has parquet wood floors. I’m guessing they are the original floors. I’ve never really liked the look of parquet – I think it’s too busy, hurts the eyes a little.

I wish we didn’t have to touch the floors, but they are very worn out! On the other hand, I wish the budget allowed for the brand-new, wide-planked, blond, maple hardwood floors of my dreams, but it doesn’t.

And so we meet in the middle. Well, less than the middle – even better!
Do nothing: $0
Replace floors: $9,000
Refinish floors: $3,200

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go darker to a brown-black stain, or if I wanted to take all the stain out and stay with the natural color of the wood… I finally went with the one that I thought would give the house a more modern feel.

Here is what I decided! And I think I kinda like parquet floors now!

What do you think?!



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