As soon as I saw that our new house had a library (or, one wall of built-ins and a fireplace but I'll take it), I pictured a cozy, dark olive green room with plenty of leather and brass. Edward was on board with the color, but he needed a bit of convincing when I said that I wanted to paint the trim as well. Fortunately, all it took was a couple photos that had inspired me to inspire him, and we went forward with the plan.
We moved into a house with two pretty sorry looking bathrooms that will both require some major TLC in the future. Vinyl flooring, ugly shower doors, cheap looking tubs, atrocious fixtures, you name it. Eventually they'll get the renovations they need, but in the meantime I wanted to make them a little less sad without going overboard on cost or effort.
Continue for the before and after:
And, yes, you can and should be mixing metals. If you're scared, try grouping a few pieces together to show that you're being deliberate. (This approach works for jewelry as well, which reminds me I've been wanting a rose gold earring. And probably ring.)
Who's ready to shop?
Shopping credits: West Elm copper coffee collection / Copper lantern / Ethan wall sconce / Hammered Moscow mule mug / Metal tray / Glass and metal vase / Kate Spade flatware / Colander
DIY projects: Copper vanity bowls from Freutcake / Copper edged mirror from Makers Society
And if you need a shiny project for a rainy day, here are a couple of adorable DIY's. I'm definitely going to try these out( as soon as I'm home for more than two minutes at a time).
Brass is having a (well-deserved) moment right now, but a true magpie has room in her heart for all things metallic. I'm loving the copper and rose gold accents that have been popping up everywhere. The Southern Living Idea House was full of copper lanterns and a divine copper sink (not over it), and that sent me on a mission to find more ways to use copper around the house.
1. Our guest room has a bed, a desk, and a stack of paintings we still haven't hung.
2. We've picked out paint for the first floor bathroom, but we haven't actually painted.
3. The ugly bathroom sink fixtures that I swore I would replace first thing are still there.
4. After spending all spring weeding the yard, the weeds reclaimed their territory the second I turned my back.
5. The dogs scratched the paint on the windowsill in the library while protecting us from anyone who dares walk by our house. Have we touched it up? What do you think?
6. Our bright blue door remains bright blue. (Why is it bright blue when the trim is gray-blue? Your guess is as good as mine.)
7. I have not stepped foot in the crawl space and I hope I never will. I'm not entirely convinced there isn't a monster living down there.
8. I don't know how to use the thermostat that Edward installed.
9. The laminate flooring that we removed first thing after closing on the house is still stacked up in the patio.
10. Is that a leak under the kitchen sink?
Am I alone here, or do we all have those to do lists that are embarrassingly simple and yet still not complete?
We took advantage of the rainy holiday weekend to do some much needed housework. Most of this was the less than fascinating work of fixing electrical outlets and weeding the sidewalk, but we did make some major progress in the dining room. We now have a rug! And paintings! And narrowly avoided disaster when hanging said paintings!
We desperately needed a painting over the mantle in our living room, and I thought it would be fun to do one myself. And it was pretty fun. But it's also not very good.
I wanted to share it with you because this shit happens all the time. Not every decor choice is a good one, but the process is (should be?) fun and there's usually something to learn from your mistakes. I learned that I should buy more than one canvas when I go to the supply store.
We can't escape it. We have a television. And that television lives in the library. Above the mantel, which is, to put it mildly, not my favorite place for a television. It is, however, the most practical location for us, and I think for many people. It hurts my soul every time I look at it sitting there (and even though Edward was very obliging and bought the smallest speakers he could find, they don't yet make invisible speakers and that hurts my soul too). So we have this heinous piece of equipment, in a pet peeve of a location, and I hate hate hate it until we start watching Brooklyn 99 and I'm like, "Oh right, that's why we have this. Terry Crews is a treasure."
We currently have the television on a blank wall, hoping to just pretend no one can see it. Surprise! It doesn't work.
Funny how looking at a photograph of your home can make you see it in a different way. I knew this wall wasn't working beforehand, but just taking this photo settles it for me.
So, now I'm thinking gallery wall. I've been kind of wanting to work on a really serious gallery wall in the library anyway, but I'm not sure how I feel about a gallery wall around a television.
What do we think? Does it solve the problem? Or does it just point several giant painted canvas arrows at the problem? And do we mount the television on the wall? Isn't it a bit reminiscent of the early days of the flat screen TV, when people would mount them above their mantels and put some Monet reproduction screen saver on it and just be as tacky as humanly possible? Do I need to get over this television snobbery and face facts?
So many questions.
Image Credits: Home Oh My / Remodelista / West Elm
I honestly didn't notice the floors at the time. I assumed (mistakenly) that they were hardwood like the rest of the house. What could be more insane than putting laminate over hardwood? You're about to find out.
In case you look at the photo above and think it doesn't look terrible, just check out how this stuff really looked:
Ooooooh the humanity.
I mean. What? Checkered linoleum in the dining room and entry? Is this the prequel to The Shining? Someone help me understand.
At this point we accepted that we were out of our league and called in our contractor. And got to painting.
Shiny, flimsy laminate. The good news is that the laminate was super easy to pull up. The bad news?
Put me on a ladder with a paintbrush and I'm a happy woman.
I sadly did not get to spend the weekend outside working on my (farmer's) tan and garden, thanks to the rain. Instead, I decided to finish a project I had started a few weeks ago, then forgot about and left in the shed for a while (sorry Edward).
These x benches are so good for a bit of color and occasional seating. Perfect for our little house. They also looked like a fairly straightforward project, which is just my speed. So why not give it a try?
To start, I ordered myself a pair of these benches from Target (and hey look! On sale now!):
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