December 21, 2010

1 Year: The Living Room

Filed under: Home — Catherine @ 12:03 pm
Time flies!! This past Sunday was our 1 year move in date. I can hardly believe we are getting ready to celebrate our 2nd xmas in our house. Crazy!I really wanted to document all the house changes that have occurred in the past year. It’s safe to say we have definitely put our mark on things. While I had visions of having the entire house done in a year, it still surprises me how much we managed to do between the wedding planning and Eric’s traveling. I have good hopes for the year to come.
I wanted to start on the outside of the house but with the cold, bleak winter, it was looking really dismal. However starting yesterday we have had a steady dusting of snow so perhaps I will have a nice winter picture for you later.

I am starting things off easy with a room you have already seen. Here is our living room circa December 2009.

This room has already had some improvement as we had all the floors redone before we moved in. In some of the other rooms to come, you will see how scratched they are!

We painted the room top to bottom and replaced the sconces. You can see all the pictures and recap in this previous post. Here’s a brief 2-pic summary:

The room was really empty so we took all our random pieces of furniture and put them in! We even hung some pictures! Whether things will stay as they are is yet to be seen.

(Oh PS, I took this next set of pictures with my Nikon D40… I think they are a step up from the Canon point-and-shoot I normally use.)

This is the room as viewed from the hallway entry. The plant was birthday party tiki decor and lives on. I’ve moved it since this pic to the dining room where I think it’s less in the way. The table and chairs were all we could fit in our condo (!!) but now is a good spot for plants to get some sun!

Here is our fireplace all decked out. I didn’t realize we had so many orange decor items and frankly, I just left the Thanksgiving stuff up and added pinecones and stockings for xmas. I had hoped to knit us xmas stockings but that will have to be next year. Not sure if the framed picture will stay, I always envision a mirror over the fireplace. Is that just me? The fireplace does work but I think it would be neat to get an electric insert. Less stress, no mess!

Here’s the room looking from the sun room (back of the house) to the front of the house. Taking pictures during the day makes a huge difference! The bar will eventually move to the dining room and perhaps someday we will have a nice sofa and coffee table in its place. The cherry blossoms are from our wedding. They will probably live in the sun room but for now that is where we have the xmas tree so in to this room they go.

I somehow didn’t get a decent shot looking the opposite direction (front to back) but I did get this hutch in the corner. That wreath is the sister to the red one in our sun room. The picture is artwork done by a school teacher that we got at an auction – it is a famous scene in Rockport which is near where we got married. Most of the stuff on the hutch is leftover wedding items. I think I want the sun room to be the more beach-y room but this is what it is for now!

Even though our house is a colonial, I don’t want this room to end up in that direction. I still want it to be modern and hip! (Is “hip” even a cool word anymore?) We are hoping to hang some curtains soon and then maybe adding some more white and silver accents will make it less colonial-ish. Oh, and this room is just DYING for crown moulding… don’t you think???

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  1. Looks great!!

    Comment by The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife — December 21, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

  2. What a transformation! So much brighter and cheerier. I can definitely tell the difference in the pictures with your new camera, too. One of these days I hope we will upgrade our little point and shoot. It’s so hard to get goo pictures with it!

    Comment by Jena @ Involving Color — January 4, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

  3. That color is amazing! So cheerful!

    Comment by Ann — January 4, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

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