Our living room is slowly coming together. Most of the pieces pictured have already been purchased. I waited almost 7 weeks for that sofa, but it was so worth it! I've never owned anything so beautiful and pleasant smelling. That gold task lamp deserves a whole blog post (coming soon). I just checked, and it is not sold out! People, buy this lamp!
Anyway, when we moved from California, we opted to start completely over. We weren't too upset by letting our furniture items ago because they were not worth the money that it would cost to move them. So we were starting fresh. I couldn't decide on how we should use our budget. Do we furnish our whole house using IKEA pieces? Or do we furnish only our living room/purchase necessary appliances with pieces that we would want to own for 20+ years? Well, we bought the stuff we loved. If Forever 21 has taught me anything, it is to value quality over quantity. We are making do in the master bedroom (my mom gave me furniture that had been collecting dust in the garage), and our guest space/office are unfurnished, but air mattresses are awesome, right?
Let's take a gander at what our home looked like when we made our offer.
The ceilings were high! 57 windows! Open concept! Lots of exclaiming.
It was very, very beige. I debated whether or not to live with the beige and give myself a couple months to make a paint decision, but with my summers off, it felt like such a waste not to tackle the painting. I took the painting plunge when Lowe's offered a Pre-July 4th deal: Two for One Sherwin Williams Paint.
Side note: "Painting is the cheapest AND easiest* way to update a room." A statement I have read on blogs or heard from HGTV. After checking out at Lowe's (even with our discount), I REALLY did not feel this way. They should say, "A gallon of paint is around $30." That is actually accurate and not relative. *Easiest only if ceilings are not involved. Ask my husband (and his neck).
Enough about money, roll that beautiful painting footage!
We are almost done. We have our hallway spaces to complete and about 1/3 of the ceiling. I am afraid that "1/3 of the ceiling" translates to "maybe next year" or "maybe when the kids graduate." I am hopeful, but until then, I will divert my eyes. Oh yeah, I went with white. (Sherwin Williams Extra White) How exciting of me. However, my decision was totally affirmed today when the air conditioning repair man noticed our painting equipment and remarked that "the white really brightens up the space." Precisely, air conditioning man. You have been hired for life.