Well hello! Long time no talk! I had the flu this weekend — thankfully not as bad as most. I was over it pretty quick but took it easy for the remaining long weekend. Then our boy had some minor sickness as well, so needless to say…I got very little accomplished.
I have SO many big projects planned…I was going to start one over the weekend, but I hope to get going in a day or two instead. Since we’ve now been in our home for four months, I thought it would be fun to look back and see what I’ve accomplished in that time. So far I haven’t tackled any major projects, but the little ones have really made a difference! I think it’s encouraging to see that even minor DIY projects can change the whole look and feel of a room. You know I love big transformations but my focus has been on getting things organized and functional.
If you you’re been around here for awhile you know once I figure out the way I like accessories, they stay that way for a long time. I’ve already moved stuff around quite a bit though, and I expect that to continue as I get a better feel for how I want rooms to look.
Here’s a before of our dining area, the room I’m now calling our “morning room” because it just sounds lovely (and that’s the best time in this room anyway):
I found a long, pretty wood tray at At Home and layered items on it. The table centerpiece is something I’m ALWAYS messing with — but I really like this! I have a big candle, herb plant, some votives and salt and pepper on the tray.
I found that mirror for the master bedroom but brought it in here and just fell in love! Now I want another one for the master. 😉 I’m on the lookout for art or something to fill the wall space on either side too.
I remember being so thrilled I was able to find the box with our sheets! 🙂
As I said in that tour post, I’m still looking for something over the bed. Nothing has hit me just yet.
I will forever love chalkboards. I LOVE the placement of this one! I use it more than any board we’ve ever had. I love the size and that I can jot down stuff as I come in the door or leave.
I’ve mentioned that I’ve been asked many times what I’ll do with myself in a brand new house. Projects like that chalkboard are what make a house a home — little details that add fun and character! Just like our old house, I’ll be adding and layering to give this house that same feel.
I added a light on this kitchen wall instead of the cabinet that was supposed to go here:
I love this view! I still plan to move that drape over a bit so it’s not crowding the table.
I feel like all I’ve done is hang things. Drapes, art, mirrors. Lights. But again — that’s the stuff that makes a BIG difference! Here’s the great room before we moved in:
Here it is with the drapes, mirrors and furniture from the upstairs:
I hope to share more of our master bathroom in a week or two — I still don’t have the mirrors hung. I went back and forth on what I wanted to do, but now I think I’ve got it figured out. 🙂
Here’s a before picture of the little hallway off our kitchen:
We have BIG plans for his room. That wall around his bed is going to be a really cool focal point when I’m done with it, and we’ll have a tad more storage as well.
I’ve hung a TON of art too. I found this at HomeGoods a few weeks ago and like that it’s plenty big. I also like that it’s a circle — with all those straight lines this wall needed it:
I’d like a little more contrast though, so I’m thinking about giving it a wash of darker color. We’ll see! I envision prom pictures on these stairs someday!
I didn’t have mirrors installed in our bathrooms to save a little cash, so I hung these in our son’s bath:
And I’ve started our new Disney art wall in this house…we’ve got room for a lot more! I have plenty of art and photos to add, we just need to get more frames at IKEA:
Sometimes I feel like I’m not doing a whole lot, but it’s because I’ve been busy with a ton of little things. It’s different for me and honestly kind of nice. Starting from scratch is no joke! There are SO many tasks that pull you in different directions after moving and I’m often flitting from one to another. I’m feeling really good about where we’re at though, so the bigger stuff will start soon!
I’m going to share a source list for everything in the near future, but you should be able to find links to the products in the posts I reference for each space. If not, let me know in the comments. 🙂
Do you have a favorite “little thing” that you do as far as decor or DIY goes? I think mine would be lighting — I HATE hanging lights but I always love the outcome! And even just adding a dimmer always makes me so happy — it makes the house so pretty at night.
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