Saturday, July 13, 2013

Treasure Hunting - April thru June

As mentioned in the previous post, things have been changing around the house these past few months in more ways than just curtains.

Accessories have been multiplying and giving some much-needed character to the rooms, colors for the dining room have been (and still are) being debated, and we've been resisting buying everything at Restoration Hardware (tell me we're not the only ones).

We've been buying things with the strategy of not getting an item just because it's on sale, or will "do the trick for now", but buying only when it's something we both love and is within our budgeted means.  This way we are investing our money in items we know will last for more than just a season.  So far we're well under-budget, and really happy with how the rooms are beginning to reflect our styles.

Shall we tour?

Living Room

1. Ikea Pillow - $13.  2. Home Goods Globe - $25.  3. Home Goods Vintage Suitcase - $20 (great for storing items you want to hide).  4. Home Goods Mirror - $30.

Bonus: I went to a "fill a bag for $5" book sale, where I found a lot of neat antique books to use for decorating the living room's built-in shelves.



Here's a pic of the living room now:


To Do:

- get art on the walls
- replace media/tv console
- make doors for the lower bookcases
- get an area rug that fits the space and has the colors we want
- get pillows that accent the rug's colors
- get at least one extra sitting chair
- redo coffee table
- get side table/s

Laundry Room 

I don't believe I've shown the laundry room since the day we moved in.  Let's correct that.

Here's the move-in pic:



...I just have to highlight the little guy below.  Isn't he so cute?!


I can't help but smirk whenever I see the lil fella.  We found him at Ikea for $5.00.  He's been handy on the clothesline, especially for hanging things that normally take up a lot of space on a straight line, such as socks.

To Do:

- get art on the walls
- have shelving or cabinets above washer/dryer

Kitchen

Kicking off the 'street cafe' theme that a canvas painting I'd gotten at the Christmas Tree Store inspired me with awhile ago, I found these two letter signs from Home Goods to go over the pantry and microwave for a total of $25.




To Do:

- build island cart

Bedroom

Karl and I always had bedspreads growing up, and when married.  Our original bedspread is now 5+ years old and looks it too, so we decided it was time to refresh our bedding.

We looked into duvets, which we grew to like during our trip to Ireland, where they seemed to be used for the bedding in every place we stayed.  They were very comfortable and plush, but didn't make you feel overheated.

(Anyone interested, this article gives some examples of the benefits of duvets)

For us, the deciding factor for going with a duvet was the ease of washing one compared to a bedspread: just remove the cover from the duvet and wash it.  When you need to wash the duvet, it fits into the washer much easier than our bedspread ever did.  I don't know why, but it does.

We got the duvet and this summer-y cover (see the cover here) from Target:


In this post from May, I made a few organizational improvements to our bedroom closet that has made a huge difference.


That organizational bug that I caught carried over for the duration of the month of May, with me cleaning out our garage (we'd just stashed a bunch of stuff there when we moved and not sorted it since), and my sewing room in the attic is now a functional space.  I think Karl caught the bug as well, as he voluntarily organized his work-space in the attic.

While Karl was away for a business trip, I also took the liberty to organize his side of the office (and he has since kept it very clean - go Karl!).



I didn't touch his desk because after nearly 6 years of marriage, I know better than to meddle with stuff on his desk.  ;-P  But it still looks much better, huh?

Lastly we had a yardsale in June.  We made some extra bucks, and with that cash we treated ourselves to a showing of the new Star Trek movie (it was awesome btw).

Busy busy busy!  Now to sew those bedroom curtains....

...Nah.

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