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Nice Stems

It’s been a while since I shared any living room updates. I think the last update was when I took away the jute rug and removed the skirt from the green sofa. The end result was this:

There was a smaller detail that I was overlooking. When I removed the skirt from the green sofa it was clear the wooden legs needed some attention.

They were covered in tape, gouges and scratches. The gouges make sense. And I’m guessing the masking tape was there to protect them. Anyways, it was not pretty.

I tried to insert a splinter analogy here, but it’s late and my brain is fuzzy from the weekend. I’m sure you catch my drift—these legs are so little in the grand scheme of things but they caused a lot of visual discomfort.

So yea, I fixed them. I flipped the couch over and used a razor blade to remove all the tape and sticky residue.

And then I sanded everything down. It was getting late at this point and I just wanted it done, so I grabbed the first thing I could find to stain. The kitchen sponge! The stain was leftover from the office desk project. It’s Minwax Wood Finish in English Chestnut.

And I don’t know if any of you are like this, but it’s gotten to the point where I am no longer precious about the tools I’m using for house projects. Kitchen sponge to stain? Great! Plastic bag as a paint tray? Sure! Cardboard box edge instead of painters tape? Why not! I’ve become much more relaxed about all of it and I like to think it hasn’t affected the end result at all. Maybe. :)

Anyways, here’s the end result. The good camera pics got deleted (*ahem*) so an iPhone pic will have to do for now.

The living room has been our constant over the last few months and the lack of activity from a project standpoint has been so nice. We did get a dimmer installed awhile back to help dial down the mega wattage of the Edison chandelier. We no longer are getting a sunburn while watching TV.

Anyways, this week will be a crazy one for me. I’ve got a couple of big meetings, Tuesday is new appliance day, Wednesday is old appliance donation day and my birthday is Friday, with lots of other stuff in between.

But for now, I’m going to try to savor the last few hours of the weekend, sip my glass of cheap white wine and watch Pramface.

xo,

emily

Office / Second Bedroom: The final layer

Oh, the office. I’ll be honest with you. For awhile the changes I was making didn’t feel right to me. I’m not sure what was bothering me about it. Are the walls too dark? Did I make a mistake painting the trim dark? Is there enough color? The other thing that was grating on me was the fact that we weren’t using the room as an actual office. It was a gift wrapping station. It was a dumping ground. It was a giant laundry basket. It was really everything but an office! We didn’t spend time in there, which was so discouraging. So I walked away for a bit.

And while I wasn’t physically working on the office, the room was always on my mind. How can I make it better? What’s missing? And then *DING* I got hit with the obvious stick. It was missing its final layer! That’s why it wasn’t looking right! Sure, there was paint on the walls and furniture in each corner… but it hadn’t been “dressed” in any sort of way. And I’m not talking styling here. I’m talking functional stuff to make it a real office. So of course we didn’t use it as an office… it’s not even equipped to handle any sort of office activity.

I know this all sounds very obvious and derp but it’s a perfect example of being a little too close to a problem to effectively problem solve…

Here is the office as of a few hours ago.

Look! There’s task lighting, a printer, under-desk storage with a drawer full of PENS! It’s an actual functioning office! *bangs head against wall*

Here’s where we were pre-final layer. Yep, it looked OK, but unless “working in the office” equals “napping on the daybed” it really wasn’t functional. Ok, napping does equal work some of the time, but you know what I mean…

During our two week break around Christmas, things really started to fall into place with this room. Everything I tried seemed to work well. We were spending time in there. I remember a certain weekend we spent both days in there. I was working on invitations and Aaron was working on his website. It was glorious.

The biggest difference was the addition of storage. We had a place to hide our tools, paper and supplies, thanks to the ALEX from IKEA. I added these adhesive bookplates to make it look a little more unique. I will add writing to the labels when I have a better sense of what works best where.

The inside of the drawers are organized too, thanks to the cut-to-size SUMMERA. Suddenly everything on the desk had a place to live.

On top of the desk we added two task lamps (IKEA again… RANARP) and a printer (a Canon PIXMA). This is the first time I’ve had a printer at home in awhile and it makes crafting so much easier. 

The focused light the two desk lamps provide have also turned out to be a huge help. Dark walls = dark room, despite the loads of light the overhead pendant gives out. The lamps provide a “comfy glow” (can that be a thing?) in the evening, making working (especially work work) somewhat bearable.

So yea, we’re thrilled with how this room turned out. I wouldn’t go as far as calling it a “final reveal”… there are a few things we’d still love to do (like getting those chairs upholstered) but that won’t happen for awhile I am sure. We’re lucky the existing upholstery tends to blend in…

Before I sign off, here is the official “before” picture from this post.

And here is where we are today… oh you know, only 1.5 years later.

And for the record… it doesn’t normally take me 1.5 years to complete a project. A year? Probably!

To recap this project, here are all of the related posts in chronological (start to finish) order.

The official before picture and why I’m switching the room from my bedroom to an office.

The design plan (which I didn’t follow).

My thought process for picking the dark paint color.

The walls, painted.

The carpet, replaced.

A BIG update! The new desk and ceiling light.

The closet trim, painted (small space eye trick!)

The raw pine desktop, stained to match the other wood tones in the house.

Caulking and re-painting the window sills and installing fancy closet door pulls.

Posters hung on the walls.

New daybed.

$50 rug found!

Phew! It feels good to have this space in a good place. It also feels good to have this post done… ’twas a doozy!

What’s next? Well… I’ve got a living room with a few changes underway and a kitchen that’s barely been touched. Should be fun!

xo,

emily

Lighting for the front porch.

While the doors for the office are drying, I’ve been gaining some real momentum on the outside of the house, mostly the front porch. I’m getting a little ahead of myself, and I need to do a design plan to organize my thoughts a bit, but I can’t help but window shop. In the interior design world, shopping is “research.” Heh.

Anyways, this is an older photo from October ’12, but it’s pretty much how the porch exists today, with the exception of hanging baskets.

Emily May

All of the junk on the porch is easy to remove, but to be honest, I’m dying to change that ceiling light! I like BIG and interesting lighting, so what’s there needs to go!

Lamps.com invited me to look around and check things out on their website and I was so pleased to find great AFFORDABLE options. I did a round-up of some of my favorite outdoor lights (I’ve got a sconce on the back porch that needs replacing as well) over on their blog. I would love for you to go check it out. Number #3 is a real contender. I like its size and that it’s black, which will help make more sense of my black front door.

Emily May

All the details on the light sources are here, as well as a little more from me.

Readers here get a little discount code: GOHAUSGO10 for 10% off. And what’s awesome? Free shipping and free light bulbs on nearly every purchase. Sweet!

And nope, not a sponsored post. I didn’t get any free product and I didn’t get paid. Just so you know. :)

xo,

emily