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Settlement

7 Mar

We’ve been living in our new house for 8 weeks.  At this point in all of my previous residences, I have had things mostly set up the way I wanted.  With this house- SO not the case.  There’s not a single decorative item hanging on a wall.  As far as window treatments are concerned, I’ve gotten as far as washing what I have in preparation for reuse or storage.  It’s driving me bonkers!!!  I know its unrealistic to expect the house to be all settled, but well, I expect it!  As a creature of habit and routine, having the house unresolved is very unsettling.

This weekend I took one baby step toward settlement.  We purchased our first item of furniture for the house: a new TV stand!  This is also our first TV stand together– all others were his or hers prior to cohabitation.

Since I haven’t shown you any pictures of the house since we moved our stuff into it, here is what the living room looked like Saturday (and mostly still looks like).

Sorry, I couldn’t resist using the pictures that included the furry models.

And for the OLD TV stand.  Its quite out of proportion with the TV.  In fact, its technically a coffee table- the equivalent actual TV stand is buried in the basement (both remnants of my ‘bachelorette’ pad).

Now for the NEW TV stand!  (Have I mentioned my love for HomeGoods lately?)

No, I didn’t repaint the walls between pictures- the color just changes drastically with the changing light outside.  A bit more proportionate, right?  The TV and sound bar may get mounted on the wall… once I figure out a plan for the wall.  I am very pleased with the piece and I adore being able to hide the Xbox, cable box, and dvd player!

Bringing in the new TV stand just highlighted (to me at least) the other changes that need to be made in the room.

1st and foremost: the coffee table.  It takes up half the living room!  Ideally, I’d love to have 2 small upholstered, tufted benches, but Hubby doesn’t like that idea.  Potentially 2 un-upholstered benches that would serve as extra seating when we need it…  Either way, we need something smaller than that monster in this space (although I still love that monster, its not in the right house 😦  ).

2nd: CURTAINS!  I think for now I’ll put up the brown grommet-top ones that we had in the apartment living room, but eventually this room needs something visually lighter.

3rd: end table.  The one between the couch and chair is fine- its the other that is an issue.  With the size of the chair and couch, the end table gets pushed past the doorway moulding (as you can see in the 1st image).  Something smaller and more stylized is in store.

Everything (except the new TV stand of course) in this space is subject to replacement if we find the perfect items.

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New life for old stuff. pt 2

29 Nov

Ok, so to talk about what I planned to talk about yesterday before I got distracted and went on a separate rant…

We don’t plan on buying much furniture right when we move to the new house, but a new TV stand is a necessity.  After scouring the furniture store website I found a fantastic, vintage-inspired stand at Pottery Barn picture below).

Pottery Barn TV StandNow for a back-story before I can continue:

Our current apartment is the first floor of a house built around 1900.  It’s been totally and completely gutted and updated with the exception of the basement.  When we moved in, we were given half the basement (divided from the other tenant’s half by a wall).  In our half the basement was a pile of old furniture which our landlord told us came with the house when he purchased it.  Knowing I was an interior designer, he told us we could take whatever of it we wanted.  I gave the pile a quick once-over and saw only a few bland chairs from the 70s and headboard.

Flash to 2 years later:

My parents were up the other weekend for the home inspection and my mom, remembering my landlords offer of furniture, dragged me down to peruse the pile.  Lo and behold, tucked in the corner was a buffet covered in cobwebs and enough dust to write a novel in.  Giving it a quick wipe-down, we brought it upstairs.

found furniture

It bears a surprising resemblance to the Pottery Barn TV stand I was drooling over.  It needs a bit of love and refinishing, but has potential to be our new TV stand.  I’ll make the final determination once we get it to the new house, but its definitely coming with us!  If it is chosen to be our new TV stand, in addition to a gleaming new finish, it will receive shelves inside to house the X-Box, DVR, and audio receiver.  Fantastic vintage find that’s been literally right under my nose for the past 2 years!

I have far too much swirling in my head right now!   A new house provides me too many opportunities for creativity.  In order to first organize my thoughts before organizing all my  worldly possessions, I created a list of all the projects I’m planning for the house.  I will cross-off items as I complete them and post all the fun pictures on here!

I also planned to include more in this post, but I’m sure I’m losing your attention by now, so stay tuned for Part 3 tomorrow!

*image from Potterybarn.com

Dearest TV, I think we need to see less of each other.

21 Sep

It’s not you, TV, its me.  I need to focus more on myself right now.

I long ago came to terms with my TV addiction.  I can stop at any time I want! *twitch twitch*  Well, I think it’s time to reevaluate my time spent in front of the tube.  It has been a dear friend, default entertainment, and an excuse not to use my brain to its fullest.  No more!  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going cold-turkey here, but I vow to myself- I will only watch TV when there is a specific show I want to watch.  No more channel surfing to find something decent to watch or settling on an OK show On Demand simply because I want to be one with my couch and look at pretty pictures flash in front of me.

I came to this decision yesterday when I got home from work.  Hubby was working late so it was just me and the kitten.  My natural inclination was to walk in the house, play with Daisy for a few, grab a snack, and sit down on the couch.  Who cares if the house is a mess, my library book is due, there’s laundry to be done, and other projects are calling to me.  Luckily, yesterday I was clear-headed enough to realize the TV had brainwashed me.  I was slowly turning into a zombie, and unless I want Hubby chopping my head off like a character in Left4 Dead (which he has promised to do if I ever get ‘infected,’ quote “because I love you”), something needed to change.

I began my TV-limited evening by returning my book to the library so I wouldn’t owe them money.  Sidenote: I was surprised and impressed at the number of people at the library on a Monday night.  As a librarian’s daughter, it makes me happy.  Ok, so back to my other tangent.  Once I got home, I once again resisted the urge to turn on the tv as background and opted for my ipod instead.  After throwing in a load of laundry, it was time to tackle a project.  I am somewhat of a DIY diva and have become the go-to person for craftiness among my friends.  The current project I am commissioned is a gift card box/holder made of Scrabble boards for my friend’s wedding Sunday.  Those little buggers are a b*tch to cut with an X-acto!  I’ll put up pictures when I finish it in the next few days.   I sufficiently figured out how I was making the box/holder, created all the pieces and had done a few loads of laundry by the time Hubby got home and we collectively melted into the couch to watch our DVRed Monday night premiers (yay, HIMYM is back!).  Apparently I have the ability to actually get things done in the evening!

I guess the moral of today’s post:  turning off the TV can increase brain function and productivity…. who knew?!