Hi friends! Man, it has been a summer of growth, stretching, learning, and fun. But being back in a routine is huge, isn’t it? With the two older kids now in school full time and a life where nap time is primetime again oh, how I’ve missed you nap time! I have been busy Makerista-ing and planning for some exciting projects this fall.
It’s time for me to get really honest with you about this whole blogging thing. I started a blog because I love to create and share in the hopes of inspiring others to get making too…but once you get very far into this blog gig, most of your time is spent staring at a screen. Not editing photos, not writing posts but emailing. Oh, email. I love you and I hate you. You bring this somewhat introverted, stay-at-home, suburban mom in touch with like-minded people and businesses all over the world in the flash of a pan. You are accessible from my desk or my phone which allows me to check you in bed, at my kid’s sports practice, or while I’m hiding in the bathroom from that other job I have.
But as the saying goes, the biggest strength is also the biggest weakness and email, your accessibility can be downright draining and overwhelming. I get emails from people wanting to send me things every day. From furniture to food I literally just got an email as I’m typing this asking if I’d like a sample of buffalo chicken sauce, art to auto parts – I say no thanks to 99.97% of it. But here and there I get an email from a brand that is a total fit with my style, and I get excited to share their products with you all.
Article is a brand that is making amazing furniture at reasonable prices, so when that email popped up I was certainly intrigued. I started browsing and trying to picture where anything could fit. The wood room is a space that hasn’t felt right since we finished the kitchen last year. How do I know this? Because I haven’t been spending any time in it. It’s basically a big pass through from the kitchen to most of the other rooms on the main level, and not only do I not like hanging out in it, I started using it as a catch all for the things that didn’t work in other spaces. Decorative items started collecting on the buffet and chairs started filling the corners. Hm, I thought, “maybe this is a good time to refresh this space.” I had told myself this room was fine until the rest of the house was done, but it’s a space I have to walk through many times a day, maybe a new sofa would help? This one is so pretty! So I ordered some fabric samples. My initial thought with the room was to go super modern with the furnishings to juxtapose the traditional paneling, but when the English roll arm I ordered for the library a few years ago came in a lot bigger than I envisioned, it came to live in here.
I went down the rabbit hole of “I can sell the English roll arm, use that money to buy a new rug…” and after a few days it all hit me. I love that sofa. It’s me. I love the chairs. I was skirting the real issue here. What isn’t working for me? The wood. I had been firm from the beginning that I hated the idea of painting all that wood. I had romanticized the idea of re-staining it because if you think that 80’s oak looks orange now, you should see it at sunset, but when you look at the cost of that you might as well rip it all down and start over. Then my dad who is super traditional and loves wood was swiveling in one of the pink chairs one day his favorite seat ever and said “whoever did this did a really sloppy job, I mean the grain on the bottom panels is running horizontal and the grain on the uppers is going vertical. Guess they were just trying to save money, huh?”
That was all this girl needed to feel good about moving forward with paint. Yes, this wood is going good bye and what will be left, I think, will be beautiful and tie in so much better with the rest of the main level.
The burgundy bookshelves in the library will pop…
and the olive, black, and white in the kitchen will shine.
So, the couch is staying but my Craigslisted coffee table went, and this black, buttery leather beauty stands in it’s place. Not only does it look great, Domino loves it, and I’m not worried about her cracking her forehead on it. Yes, all of those little things really live there and the magnifying glass is her favorite. The room already feels more me, and I think with a few more changes it will be a space I love to hang out in instead of just passing through.
Not to open up the floodgates, but what do you think? Painting wood is a very touchy subject on the internet. Some of you might be screaming at your screens while others are saying “I wanted to tell you to do this a long time ago…” I have a few other updates in the works while we’re at it and some pieces I’ve been wanting to add to the space regardless of the wall situation. Wouldn’t a little writing desk in that corner by the sofa be adorable?
Thank you to Article for providing the ottoman and causing me to look head on at my living room situation, ha. All thoughts, ideas, and choices are always my own.