Tuesday, January 21, 2014

decorating our home: phase 1

"Begin phase 1 of decorating our home" is one of my goals for January.
I drew a layout of our home with furniture as it is currently. For now I am focusing on the main living areas of our home and then moving to the bedrooms later.
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Our house was built in the 80's, so it has an interesting layout. When you first walk in, there is a space that was designed to be a dining area to the right.
Untitled We didn't like that layout concept, so we made it a sitting area instead. These are the the pieces that are currently in there:sitting area
I really love this space because some of my favorite furniture pieces are in there like my expedit bookshelf and my armless chairs. Plus, I have a crazy amount of plants in there, which I love. (The area rug is from Target.  The baskets are from Ikea.  I picked up the ampersand bookend at Michael's a few years ago).
I've shared a few pictures of this space before:
bookshelf sitting area510 things making me happy
To the left of the entry is the hallway leading to the bedrooms, which I will be sharing later.
hallway
Behind the sitting area is an unusually long space. We're not sure what the idea was for this long space, but we made 2 spaces from this area: the living room (more often referred to as the TV area) and a dining area.
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Directly behind the sitting area is a "TV area/ living room."
TV area
These are the current pieces in there:
tv area
We have a big sectional couch, which really defines this space.  We have a big family with 4 daughters. We also both have big, extended families. Jesse and I both have 4 siblings each. Some with families of their own. It's nice to have a place for everybody to sit to talk or watch a movie together. Our entertainment center was put together with a TV unit, 2 bookcases, and a wall bridging shelf. We like it, and it was inexpensive compared to other units we had considered. I have several pictures in frames (mostly the inexpensive, white frames from Target) in the bookcases. Behind the couch, we have 2 expedit bookcases that make a long sofa table. I use the table to store my craft supplies.  (I have also included a few plants in this space, but not enough!  I have two white lamps, but I don't know where they're from.  I should have kept the tags!  I found this one from Crate&Barrel, which I like).
I've shared a few pictures of this space before:
spider plant
June 2013 005
everyday workspace wednesday On the other side of the TV area is the dining area.
dining area
We have long table, which sits 8 comfortably. We got the table and chairs on Craigslist, which was sold as a set for a good price. I like the length of the table, but not the color or the formal chairs. They work for now. I eventually want to replace the chairs and paint the table... but I'm getting ahead of myself. I will be doing another post discussing what I want to do in each of these spaces.  This is a peek of our dining area, which I've shared before (obviously during the fall):
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And this one during my parents' anniversary celebration:30th anniversary party
Finally, next to the dining area and to the right of the sitting area is our kitchen.
kitchen
I love that my kitchen is so spacious.
May 2013 008
It has great counter space, plenty of cabinets, a kitchenette area with a small secondhand table, and a large pantry.  Behind the kitchenette is a laundry room. I will share pictures of it another day. I've talked your ear off enough for one day. ;)

I am excited to share our plans for our spaces and more pictures soon. Thanks for stopping by!

See other glimpses of my home here.

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