Sunday, February 2, 2014

Living Room- February 2014

One of the best things happening right now is that my mom (AKA CQ) has been here on baby watch for the last two weeks. Yep, she's already been here two weeks since a certain little lady has been given the go-ahead to come whenever she is ready. (She is however protesting the ridiculous winter and has yet to make an appearance- though would you leave a hot tub to come hang out in the coldest winter Michigan has had in like 100 years?)

One of the hardest things about the pregnancy has been my fatigue and stiffness. Even though I tried to keep up with things, my energy was pretty well drained by the time I got home from work. And while Nate tried to help me he was working 60+ hours most of the pregnancy all while taking 13 hours at school. Needless to say, the house has suffered.

And by suffered, I mean, put me on hoarders.

Usually my house is not tidy, but it is always clean.

Folks, my house is FILTHY. Real life. I just couldn't keep up, I couldn't do it and having three dogs certainly didn't help the matter. My mom has been here and has spent 10 days cleaning and it's just starting to look like my house again.

Yes, you read that right, TEN DAYS OF CLEANING.

We've finally killed all the old issues and are able to do maintenance in some rooms. I was so stressed about how messy the house was that I didn't feel right bringing a baby into the house, let alone the jillion people that will be coming to look at said baby. So between the 3.5 of us (Wookie counts as half because she's been quite the obstacle for me) we have found the majority of the house.

This means I can now show you a few changes that have happened that I never blogged about. Partly out of laziness, and partly out of that it didn't feel like it warranted a whole post.

And, since this will be the cleanest my house will have been in about a year- I'll be updating the Home Tour as we go through these rooms too.

So, yesterday, we finally conquered the fireplace/living room that we made over with all of your suggestions. This room never got that bad since Nate and I spend most of our time in here we made sure to keep it generally tidy, but it does look substantially better.

Now, if you remember, this room has a 6 foot tall corner fireplace on one wall between two giant doorways as well as two large windows.

The wall of the fireplace is painted "Seal" by Martha Stewart and houses our ombre vine we made.

To the left of the fireplace is the front hallway, which we will do more in depth later this week. You can, however sneak a peek that we took the dining room chandelier and moved it into the hallway.

We still have the same recliner from Home Goods and the Ottoman is from T.J. Maxx. The coats are hanging on a coatrack I made in 8th grade (There were three girls in shop sounded more fun to me than the other options! Should have been a "You-Love-DIY" sign) The tray is the same one we painted last year.

If you swing around, the rest of the room is painted "Snowfall" by Behr. There, you will see our Karlstad, which we love. My only complaint with it is the cover we got. We thought the brown fabric would hold up well to dog claws, which it has, but I hate that it isn't machine washable. It is actually on our to-do list to go purchase a washable cover. I just wish they'd make a brown one! (I think the only options right now are green and a gray/denim) However we still love that it's low enough to not block all of our windows and that the clean lines speak to our very square house. Plus, if 4 adults and 5 dogs can fit on it, it was totally a good investment, right? (Game night at our house is ridiculous...)

The pillows are a mix of purchased at Home Goods and three-seam pillows that I made (some of which are new).

This is where you can see the most change. For one, we replaced our curtain rods and hung them a little higher. I actually found these at Burlington Coat Factory (who knew?) for cheaper than they would have been at Home Goods, I think I paid $13 a piece for the rods and you just can't do better than that. We got them in black to mimic the hands on the clock and the iron fireplace. We still have our shower curtains up, though I'm starting to get bored of them...because I apparently have curtain problems.

We also replaced our jute rug. Don't get me wrong, I freaking LOVE jute rugs (especially for the price at World Market) but the dogs had gotten sick on the one in the living room numerous times (I know, so gross) and it was stained and just dirty from wear and nothing I could do could save it. This is just a $50 rug from Wal-Mart, but the house instantly smelled better, and it is proving to vacuum cleaner than the jute. I'm fully aware they won't last forever, but for $50- they're dander free, barf residue free, and I feel much better about tummy time.

On the wall, we are still rocking our DIY Giant Clock, which while we did have to replace the motor, Coastal Tide Clocks was awesome enough to let us know our motor came with a one year warranty and they sent us a new mechanism for free. They are wonderful.

If we swing around again, you can see the full couch the flanks the two walls and the Heywood table (which we still love). The lamp was one of our first projects in the house- I'm thinking of painting it a little more gold than yellow this summer, we'll see if that actually happens. The owl is from Home Goods. We also have a basket under it from Target that houses the dogs toys (when they're nice enough to put them away). The end table on this side is a little storage ottoman we picked up from a thrift store in Traverse City.

There are only a few more things I would like to do to this room before I can call it "done", including building a sofa table for behind under the clock, as well as replacing the fan which swings like a guillotine when on high. I'd also love to hang up Nate's Dad's acoustic guitars.

And there we have it, a CLEAN, ORGANIZED, and CLUTTER FREE living room to bring the baby home too! Woo! GO TEAM.


  1. It looks great! How lucky are you to have your mom there to help!!! I bet it feels good to have so much done and ready for baby!

  2. I know what ya mean.I'm nearly 38 weeks and my house is a flipping wreck. Between all the crap on the floor(that I can't reach anymore), laundry in its various stages of completion and dishes. I am too embarrassed to call maintenance for a leaky tap much less welcome family. I just keep telling myself it won't last forever. And also that anyone that has a problem with my housekeeping should try carrying around this 9lbs of awesome I'm cookin in my belly.

  3. I love your livingroom, so fresh and inviting. My fav thing? That delicious arm chair. Yum!

    I send mountains of best wishes to you both and to your new little addition. My 2 kids are grown but I sure remember the countdown. :)

  4. i LOVE LOVE LOVE your living room!! good luck to you in the coming week!! <3

  5. It would almost be worth having another baby if my mom would come clean for 10 days! Your house is looking great--funny (and wonderful) how making just a few small changes can really change how it feels. And I hear you on the Karlstad cover. We also got the brown (for the same reasons), and we hated it. It showed every single crumb. We swapped it out for the gray one, and we really like it.

  6. Looks so clean and nice! When are you due? I'm at 31 weeks and I'm just starting to become overwhelmed by all of the cleaning and projects I want to do before my little guy comes along! Best of luck to you!

  7. It is always nice and refreshing to have a clean house. My best friend kami had been secretly conspiring with Aaron so that when I went to the hospital for induction she would come over and clean the bathrooms. I was so grateful because bending over to clean toilets and tubs was not a possibility for me! Go cq!

  8. Do you think you can send her my way next? :)


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