It all started with a new couch

Saturday, September 17, 2016

After being in our house for 6 years or so with it pretty much looking the same way it is time for some changes and updates. And it is true, once you change one thing and one room you suddenly grow increasingly unsatisfied with other things in your house and it creates this vicious domino effect. In fact there was a concrete truck here this past week pouring a new patio in the backyard (more on that to come).

It all started with a new couch, necessitated by getting a rip in a cushion of our original couch which was a second hand buy off of Craigs List. It was time. We found a great deal on a Pottery Barn sectional and a rug from We love how bright and fresh it all looks compared to a chocolate brown leather sofa. And see that corner part of the couch? That is the money spot that will immediately make you want to fall asleep. So comfy.

The picture at the top of the page is our new and improved dining room. The table and hutch are the same but everything else got a total overhaul. We had a guy come in and put in wainscotting around the whole room which was such a welcome addition. Having white on bottom let us go a little darker grey with the paint on top to give it a dramatic and sophisticated look without looking like a cave.

We got some second hand chairs with a nice back shape and re-painted and changed the seat fabric out to match the look. Don't look too close, it is not the best spray painting job I have ever done on a chair...but did I mention how hot it is in the summer. So not the time to be outside spray painting. We finished off the room with some new curtains and a (real) cowhide rug. I love how it all came together and how at the center of the room surrounded by more modern touches is my grandmother's grandmother's dining room table.

The last big thing we have gotten done around here is we finally got around to putting up a gallery wall along the stairs. Ever since we moved in I have dreamed and talked about having a gallery wall going up the staircase someday. While we were in Atlanta recently we went to Ikea to buy a bunch of frames (love that place) to make it a reality. Here is the finished product: 

At least for now. We have plenty of room to continue expanding up and down the stairs as we have more pictures and memories to add. Kudos to Andrew for his hammering skills and for helping me eyeball even spacing between the frames. We have learned that sometimes it is far better to just eyeball it rather than meticulously measure (and have it end up looking awry).

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