Are there pieces of furniture in your home you’ve happened to own for a while, but just can’t seem to get rid of?
I happen to be at the point where I’m at my wit’s end with a few of these items and it has been well past time to PURGE! When I moved into my very first apartment post-college, I remember picking up a bright red couch, chaise, and matching coffee table and end tables. Along with those pieces, I accumulated a big black TV stand, a headboard for my bed, and dressers for the bedroom. It was great for a girl in her early 20s, but piece by piece I’ve been trying to upgrade. The red couch and chaise/matching tables were the first pieces to go. Next up: the TV stand!
The TV unit was a bit of a difficult piece to replace for a bit. It was large, sturdy, and solid wood, so that was a big plus. But, the black color does not match the color scheme for our living room (I’m changing over to white pieces instead of dark/black). So Mr. TV Stand had to go! But – finding a unit of similar size and storage capability was a bit of a challenge. I liked how our old unit fit the wall almost perfectly across. Oh – don’t worry about those Christmas stockings you see hanging on the old unit; I happened to take those photos back in December when we knew we wanted to replace the unit. The Christmas decor has been put away for almost two months now!
I really have been on a roll with home decor lately. It’s funny how I spent almost the entire first year of living in our house without deciding on how to decorate the space. Then, in the past few months I’ve all of a sudden gained momentum. I’ve been discovering and deciding on pieces of furniture, art, and other decor left and right. I did mention that my mission this year is to get our house to an almost fully decorated state (aside from renovations). I just might do it, folks! My little home office space is starting to come together lately. I have plans to make the main wall in the room into a gallery wall, so I have begun accumulating framed art, canvases, and the like. It might take me a little while to piece everything together to cover the wall as I hope to, but I’m part of the way there!
But today isn’t about the gallery wall. Today is about two new additions I picked up at Home Goods. Do you remember the bit of dead space I have just inside the office door? It looked like this:
My original plan was to purchase a small unit of Expedit shelves from IKEA for the space. However, when it came down to measuring the wall space, the wall was too short by less than an inch. LESS THAN AN INCH! Needless to say, I wasn’t pleased. Thankfully, one of my favorite stores came through for me when I was perusing recently.
This sweet little white cabinet was just too cute to not take notice. It is definitely smaller than the Expedit so it doesn’t offer as much storage-wise, but I love the bit of whimsy it adds with the scalloped detailing.
So it may not be a resolution for 2014, per se…but I do have a goal to accomplish: finishing up the decor in our home. Maybe it won’t be to 100% completion, but I am hoping to get things to a state where guests can feel the style/personality of our home when they walk through the rooms. Things have been going well in the past few months: we replaced our boring light fixture with my beloved orb chandelier, we put a fresh coat of paint on the guest bathroom (maybe 2014 will bring a remodel? Maybe not…), we got a new couch to replace our pilling sofa (which I still haven’t showed yet!), I cleaned and started to put together my home office, we replaced our entertainment stand, I repainted our coffee table, and I FINALLY decided on some wall hangings for our living room and (eventually) our bedroom. By eventually, I mean that I’ve purchased the pieces and they are leaning against our bedroom wall at the moment. I’m hoping that having to constantly look at them sitting there will get me in gear to wrap up my projects intended for the bedroom.
But for today: I focused on the awkward corner of our room by the bathroom. We have a small hallway area in front of our bathroom, connected to the bedroom. I was lucky enough to snag a fun mirror from Home Goods a few months back – it was a great size for the space…knowing that I had a plan for a small table to go below it later on. The previous owners also had a very strangely placed pendant light fixture there. I am STILL trying to figure out the purpose of the placement, as it is to the side in such a random location. It isn’t centered over the hallway space (which to me, would make more sense), not to mention it is not my personal preference for light fixture in general.
There are a few rooms in our house that I have not previously given a preview of. You’ve seen our living/dining room, parts of my office (which is now even more put together: I’ll have to share some updates on that soon), our bedroom (or at least the paint we chose to use) and master bath, a glimpse of our kitchen, and a TINY peek into our second bedroom. However, I purposely left out one other room in our home: our second bathroom.
I never posted photos of the bathroom in the past because of my relative distaste for it. The size itself is nice; it features a shower/tub combo and a large sink/vanity area. However, the specifics within the room are an eyesore. The shower has a glass sliding door, and the previous owners must not have washed them regularly, as the glass is now etched with residue. I’ve tried scrubbing, I’ve tried some chemicals…it hasn’t really made anything budge. I don’t even want to look at it, and I certainly don’t like guests to look at it either.