Friday, January 17, 2020

Home Interior Update

Love this piece SO much. 

I need a piece like this for under our TV except longer (the longer length is tough to come by, especially in vintage furniture!)

I love this image. Our bathroom is very white and I love the idea of adding in darker wood to warm up the space. 

Source: One// Two// Three// Four// Five

I thought it would be fun to chat interiors today! We have been in our home since April 2019 so we will be hitting a year in no time. I feel like we just moved in and now we have basically lived in it for all 4 seasons! 

I'll be honest, before I moved in, I envisioned myself having every inch of this place 'finished' by the year mark. The reality is that it is nowhere near that. There are so many 'projects' left on my to-do list. I'm not really disappointed, though, as I am more than OK with taking my time to assure I do things correctly and don't 'cheapen' out on something. 

I also find myself decorating in spurts. When we first moved in, I was gung-ho, then I started to travel a bit late spring and summer so I slowed a bit, then kicked it back up this fall and then basically didn't do anything during the holidays. Now I'm more focused on our upcoming wedding so decorating is still taking a back seat.

We did, however, just have our wallpaper installed (finally!!!) in our powder room which makes a huge difference!!

So here are the things we need to do... 

My two biggest priorities are to get two more pieces of furniture. One, we need a console of some sort for under our living room TV. I had a dresser under my TV in my apartment that worked out perfectly. I was tight on space and it was nice to have that extra dresser for my sweaters. Plus, it was perfect for the size of my apartment TV as well as the wall it was on. Said dresser is currently sitting under our living room TV in our home. For one, it's far too small for the wall it is on and our new TV. Second, it's very much a dresser and I'd like something more interesting (preferably an antique). Third, it truly still houses my sweaters!! I seriously have not found ONE single item that works for this space and I have been scouring antique places, online, etc. When I do find something perfect, it's usually not long enough for the space! So we'll s ee because I would really love a piece ASAP for storage purposes AND because we bought a beautiful frame TV and we haven't hung it yet because we are waiting for the piece before we hang it. 

- The second piece of furniture that I would really like to get is a china cabinet of some sort. I say 'of some sort' because I don't love the look of most traditional china cabinets. A lot are too farmhouse and then there are a lot of versions that just truly look cheap. Some traditional ones are in the wrong stain- I have been finding some beautiful antique ones but a lot of them are in the wrong stain. I mostly find them in cherry and that just doesn't work with anything in my home. I then found the Resplendent Crow and she has the look I am going for... she takes vintage, high-quality pieces and lacquers them! Normally, I'm not into painted wood, but I just love her work. I might snag one of her pieces, but I haven't committed to anything yet... the under-the-TV piece is just definitely more of a priority! 

- I need to order 2 upholstered parsons chairs (or something along those lines) as our head chairs at our dining room table. Right now we only have 4 chairs- I found my dream chairs on Facebook Marketplace and will likely never be able to find 2 more (although I keep an eye out!), so I'm mixing. This is just laziness on my part- these kinds of chairs are pretty inexpensive and easy to find. 

- I need to get the 4 dining chairs cushions redone. They are too low and I have fabric that is perfect for them! This is another lazy thing because I have the fabric, I just need to find somewhere to have this done! 

- We need to re-hang our basement TV. This is driving me INSANE. We hung it way too high and it's just been like that since we hung it. If it gets hung properly, our basement will really be shaping up. I haven't done this because I need my dad or fiancé to help with this and I just haven't been able to make it a priority! It's a cozy space but we never go down there because (see below)...

- I need to get rid of the junk that is down there in that room. We have a spacious garage with tons of storage space but instead, I've just been using the finished basement room as a catch-all for random stuff. I need to pack that all up (get rid of some stuff) and move it into the garage onto storage shelves. 

- We need to hide the cords from our bedroom TV. We are almost completely finished with the bedroom (although I'll forever be tweaking, let's be honest) but the cords drive me insane... again I need my dad or fiancĂ© for help with this one so I just haven't gotten around to bugging them about it haha! 

- I need new light fixtures for our powder room and a new dining room chandelier (currently both are boring and unattractive builder-grade fixtures). I have not found anything that I love, and if I have, it's a lot more than what I want to spend. 

- A new lamp for the living room. I'd love a new lamp for our living room! The current one is fine, it's a nice chinoiserie style blue and white lamp. I actually love it but I think I could do better for the space! I haven't found one that I love more. 

- I want to find an indoor plant... I am not a huge greenery person. I love flowers but I do not have a green thumb!! I am honestly considering finding something like a fake fiddle leaf fig tree or something like that because I'm also concerned about a 'real' plant attracting bugs. We'll see- if anyone has any good faux plant recommendations, let me know!

- I want to layer the rug in our living room with a sisal rug and then get a matching rug for the dining area so the space flows. I don't mind the rug in our dining area so I just haven't gotten around to sorting out the rug situation. Also, the thought of moving all of the furniture to put the new rugs down is enough to keep this pushed down towards the bottom of the list, ha!

- I want to change out all of the interior doorknobs. They are boring builder grade. 

- Eventually- I want to grasscloth my office. I say eventually because this is truly the last thing on my list and it will be a bit before it moves up. But eventually!

A lot of you always ask me for decor pieces I am loving so I thought this post would be a great time to round up some items! 


Evie said...

I also don't have a green thumb and have largely resigned myself to faux plants. I've found that IKEA has a surprisingly decent selection. Even some of their real plants are pretty sturdy, from what some of my colleagues have told me (they survive in low-light office conditions, if that's any indication). As for real plants, I've successfully managed to keep a couple of indoor rosemary bushes alive. It helps to have some rosemary on hand for roasting veggies - or garnishing a cocktail, ha!

MC said...

Check out construction junction for light fixtures! It can be hit or miss but we were able to find a cool bronze chandelier that fit our 1920's home. We just added mini lampshades. And wayyy less than others we had seen.

TLA said...

I don’t know the measurements of your room or the width of your television, but have you considered instead of one large/wide piece underneath, using a matched pair of smaller/narrower in width pieces? I ended up doing this in my bedroom in my old condo because rooms were a lot smaller in the 1950s (when that condo was built!) I moved my dresser and mirror to the shorter wall to the right of my bed, and got a pair of taller/narrower chests and put them side by side on the wall (with television centered above) opposite my bed. The total width of the two chests was greater than the width of my dresser, and together they were plenty wide to anchor a television above.

Summer Wind said...

TLA, Thank you so much for sharing this idea! I love it... so for the two pieces that you put together, did they come together perfectly to look like one piece? In my mind I'm picturing two large end tables, but usually, they have the top portion that sticks out over the sides or the bottom portion (like the base or legs stick out), so if you put two right up next to each other, there would be a few inches of space in between the two... does that make sense? It's so hard to explain haha!!

Laura said...

I follow on Instagram Steins Furniture in Raleigh, North Carolina They have gorgeous furniture that has been lacquered. Check it out.

TLA said...

Hey, Sydney, sorry I am just now seeing your response. I wish I had a photo, but I moved from that condo to a larger one in 2015 and actually sold that furniture. As far as the two dressers coming together to look like one piece with no space in between, it depends on the style of furniture you choose. Stuff with cleaner lines (think mid-century modern or Scandinavian—which I realize are not your style) can quite possibly fit flush and appear as one large piece. For more traditional styles like British Colonial or antique reproductions, there will probably be a gap, but centering a tv above will anchor them, then you can accessorize asymmetrically and it gives a great look that’s not 100% “matchy” despite having identical dressers next to each other on the same wall, if that makes sense. I’m going to email you a Pinterest link with furniture that looks more your style, only they have a mirror above the two dressers instead of a tv. When you look at the photo, just imagine a tv where they have a mirror!


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