Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort. ― Jane Austen
A few weeks ago I posted over on Instagram that I was dreaming of a living room shakeup. I still love our tiny house; however, I miss being able to rearrange my furniture like a 13 year old girl changes her posters. (Wait, did I just date myself?!)
So it was serendipitous timing when a lovely team member from Arhaus contacted me about putting together a living room mood board. And although such a task can easily send me down an existential rabbit hole (I mean, who really even needs furniture…..or things?! #INTJproblems), I reigned it in and actually discovered something: I already own most of what I want for my “dream” living room, albeit I wouldn’t mind a sofa upgrade 😉
Since our house is only 760 sq ft the living room is the hub of our home, unlike the kitchen in most other modern homes. It is also the literal center of our footprint; thus I obsess about it the most. As Heston continues to develop and change, so does our current space. And it will again and again to continue meeting the needs of our little family. From the early colic days when I wanted nothing on the walls or floor or really anything visible that might remotely stimulate our little scream-machine to the current gallery wall and layered rug concoction that has kept us warm this winter, our living room is the heart of our home. And fortunately for me it is filled with things I love. (Maybe I should do a proper show and tell one day soon?) Until then, here is what is currently inspiring me:
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Once we decided to start looking, things happened very fast. And one of the reasons we landed on this little house was that it was “move-in ready.” Well. We can’t do anything without putting our own stamp on it; and now we’ve found ourselves knee deep into a remodel. We’ve got about another 3-4 weeks of construction because the hubs is of course doing all the work himself, after hours and on the weekends. He’s pretty much Superman.
I can’t say that I was excited for this next little adventure, but I’m coming around. I really just felt like we didn’t have many good options (she says snarky-like from her cushy, middle-class life). And clearly I have some baggage from the last housing crisis. I was (and still am) nervous about owning again…especially since Houston is on quite the housing high. And I’m VERY SAD about leaving our current abode. We LOVE living in this little flat so much: the neighborhood, our amazing landlords, the actual space.
But life must move forward. And the next chapter is here. And with each wall that comes down(!), I get more and more excited about this becoming our home.
The hubs and I recently had ourselves a little staycation. And as I’ve said a million times before, spring is the only season I’ll openly advocate for everyone to move here. We thought we might head to Austin or even catch a last minute travel deal to Vegas, but why go somewhere else when it is the perfect time to hang out in the 4th largest city in the country. Believe me, come August, I’ll be begging for strangers to take me in!
During this week of heavenly respite, we made a pact to treat our town as if we were seeing it with fresh eyes and go to places we wouldn’t normally go (i.e. Try New Restaurants Lazy!) And eat we did! We also visited the zoo, went shopping, drove down streets we don’t normally take, grilled outside, watched foreign films… treated it like it was all new… from the comfort of our own home. And there will be updates coming of our fun Houston adventures. But we also took advantage of the free time to clean and organize our home. (Don’t worry it’s a disaster again already.) The hubs worked on a new (and amazing!) furniture project and I assessed our art situation and tried to remedy it myself (not happening any time soon!). So although we are about to install a new major piece of furniture, I figured I’m always going to “soon get another piece of furniture”… thus, just take the picture already! So here’s a little snapshot of the new arrangement. But to see the full story, go here or click on Apartment Living up top there.
Over on that other page, I’ve included links to my DIY hanging pendant, our handmade coffee table, an ikea hack, and a few other things!
Well despite the photos, the hubs is not the only one working in the studio. And perseverance seems to be the only thing on our minds these days. Long days indeed despite the early sunsets. But if we can tackle this, then we can do anything!
Life is definitely a series of setting priorities, and mine have kept me a bit scatterbrained lately. I hate making last minute decisions, but the weather dictated our actions this weekend. We purchased a new armoire several weeks ago but have not been able to make the 180 mile (round) trip to collect it. This weekend was our window of opportunity: my parents were free (this = a big ‘ol truck to use + free labor) and there was maybe going to be a break in the weather on Saturday. We spent the better part of the night on Friday working in my studio and although one would think that scraping walls and spackling would not be that messy, it can quickly get out of control…especially when you discover black (seemingly) toxic material on the floor that needs to be chipped away.
My plan was to have my crazy box painted (well, really just primed) before we head out of town for Turkey Day, but that is NOT happening. Mostly because the best part of the weekend was spent hanging out with friends for a LONG afternoon/evening visit on Sunday. There was delicious food, great conversation, cold air, a hot tub and there may or may not have been some pre-Thanksgiving holiday music! I can’t believe that I never took my phone out of my bag (to snap a photo). I’m so glad we lingered as it was totally worth not going back to the dirty box that is the studio. It’ll still be there next weekend! And I’m excited to make a little more progress.
It was a weekend full of ideas for my studio space. We’ve gotten started on a little remodel (sanding walls and prepping for paint), but the real work is going to come into trying to get my installation ideas to come to fruition. We’ll see. I’ve got 6 weeks to get it in gear and get things ship shape. And it’ll be here before I know it.
I am continually amazed at my own extremes. I know that I can be a bit of an all or nothing personality and that often carries over into my aesthetic choices as well. A recent trip into Ten Thousand Villages reminded me just how much I love the look of bohemian, worldly items. They feel inviting, playful, and adventurous. (Hell, I walked out with a singing bowl!) However, a quick peek into Design Within Reach and I’m shunning anything with trim and superfluous details. Clean, minimal, and modern mean intelligent and intentional.
I know it’s all about balance. And the two items above would actually complement one another beautifully (in my mind). But often, for whatever reason, I feel like I can’t have both. I have to have one OR the other. I wonder where that comes from? But this is clearly not a new concept as I keep writing about it time and time again (maybe I should make it a regular thing?!) See more of my crazy with geography, shoes, hair, & vacations. And I’ll continue to strive for that perfect balance…
Because Rome is being rebuilt day by day around here, I have been looking for inspiration new gallery walls. Our art/photography collection is not extensive, but we own a few things with sentimental value more than anything, and I’d like to hang them. And because it’s all such a hodge-podge, I’ve been looking for a tasteful way to display it. I really like the four walls below, each for different reasons. But maybe we need to invest (or I just need to create!) a singular large piece? We’ll see…