Thursday, July 31, 2014

Project Living Room: The Furniture

We are making slow but steady progress on the living room.  We painted the walls a beautiful blue/green color called Night Mist by Benjamin Moore and we're about half way done painting the trim Benjamin Moore white.  

I had a Jacob Chair from Boston Interiors that I moved from my old house and I purchased another one so we'll have two flanking the fireplace.  I ordered a new sofa, coffee table, woven shades, and a media unit.  Things are starting to arrive, but we won't have our new sofa until September.  I chose the Paidge Sofa from West Elm in Hazy Taupe Performance Velvet.  With two dogs, a lighter colored sofa will not hold up.  The Cameron Coffee Table from World Market was a great steal and I'm super happy with the quality, but the surface stains easily.  I read suggestions to put a protective coat on the surface.  I painted on one coat of a water-based polyurethane in satin finish and it worked great. 

Living Room Design - The Furniture

1. Ikea Hemnes TV/Storage * 2. Select Blinds Express Woven Wood Shades (Buckeye) * 3. Boston Interiors Jacob Chair (Natural) * 4. World Market Cameron Coffee Table * 5. Benjamin Moore Night Mist Paint * 6. West Elm Paidge Sofa (Hazy Taupe)

I also ordered a custom radiator cover from Fichman Furniture which should arrive in a few weeks:

My plan is to create a casual, comfortable, beachy space and to accessorize with pops of yellow to brighten things up.  

The Ikea media unit arrived yesterday so next step is getting that assembled which should be a real treat.  Oh Ikea, you are so necessary, but so evil. :)

Monday, July 28, 2014

New House, New Blog

Hi! Welcome to Project House to Home.  It feels so good to be blogging again!

Where to begin? Well, a lot has changed this year. I left off over at Home with Baxter letting you know that I sold my house last December.  I moved to an apartment with the dogs for 7 months, and to be honest, lacked any motivation to decorate or work on any projects.  I did do a slew of custom mood board projects, but with my new financial planning job it was hard to keep up.  I made the decision to stop my design services and am no longer accepting clients. This was a difficult decision for me because I really enjoy the work, but I really believe in finding work/life balance and at the end of the day, there's only so much time.

But on to the exciting news!  I bought a new house in Maine with my boyfriend, Matt, and we have plenty of projects to tackle. The house is a 1940s Cape Cod style home with lots of charm, but it needs some work.  I am SUPER excited to have projects again!

We've had such a beautiful summer that we've been spending a lot of time outdoors trying to enjoy it while it lasts, so progress on the house has been slow.  I've taken away some lessons from remodeling my first house, one being that I will finish projects before starting new ones.  The first project we're working on is our living room.  The changes are cosmetic (paint, window treatments, and new furniture).  Here's a look at the room before we started any work.

The ceiling and fireplace have great detail.  The plan is to paint the fireplace surround and all trim bright white (almost done!) and paint the brick a gray color.  We may tile the hearth.

The floor plan is pretty challenging considering this is our only true "tv watching" room.  Originally we wanted to mount the television above the fireplace but we found out we can't do that.  Our fireplace has a heatilator which means it blows out and circulates air.  You may notice that there are two vents above the fireplace and we're told we can't cover them. Since we want to use our fireplace in the winters, we had to come up with another solution.  I really like the two windows that flank the fireplace so the current tv location I really dislike.  The plan is to move the tv to the wall opposite the fireplace (the wall that our sectional is currently residing on in the photo below).  This will mean we have two focal points, which most designers would tell you is a no-no, but hey, sometimes you have to break the rules!

My sister is taking the sectional and I ordered a smaller sofa instead.  I plan to use Ikea shelving to create a media wall for the TV. The first floor of our home has the old radiators.  I found a company that makes custom radiator covers that really look like beautiful furniture, but are still functional.  I'm hanging simple bamboo shades in place of the curtains.

I also orderd a new coffee table to replace the ottoman and new area rug.

Here's a rough idea of the floor plan I'm working towards:

I'll post next time with some more information on furniture sources and which paint color I chose for the walls.  

It's so good to be back! :)

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