You know when you find an amazing piece of furniture and you do a happy dance and you can imagine all the wonderful things you could do with it? And then you get it home and you are at a complete loss as to which way to go with your little furniture makeover?
That is my current predicament.
On Monday I shared an update on our living room and I showed you my most recent thrifty find… an amazingly beautiful bentwood rocking chair. I’m seriously in love with it. But not as it currently is.
Isn’t she beautiful?? Those curvy legs? That exposed wood. Yowza! If I didn’t take her home that first night I would have asked for her phone number. She is in fantastic condition and I got her for a steal at $15. Buuuttt I’m not the biggest fan of the fabric. Sure, vintage fabric can be wonderful but this fabric just wasn’t my style.
After seeing this, I was dreaming of painting my beauty. But there are so many options! Do I go bold and bright? Just change out the fabric? Embrace the wood? AHHHH! SO MANY OPTIONS! So I’m turning to my trusty sidekick photoshop and to all of you! I’ve whipped up some possible makeover options for you to peruse and tell me which one you like best! So let’s get this party started!
Apparently it is home update week. Last week I updated you on our front yard tree removal and today I’m going to update you on our living room. I haven’t really kept you up to date on these little changes because it was all so little and I never felt like it warranted a post. But now, there have been enough updates I can smoosh them all together and give you a grand update! So check out the picture below to see those updates!
Note the 4 burnt orange arrows. Those arrows help indicate the four changes to this space… in case you didn’t already figure that out. The rug, basket, stool, and lamp are all new.
I’ve been promising you an update on our yard. There wasn’t much to report up until last week. Up until Thursday last week, this is how our home looked. It looks all nice and nestled in among those trees, doesn’t it? Really it was a disaster waiting to happen. I’ve told you all before that we wanted to remove trees. Well, we finally bit the bullet! Yippee! You may have seen a little preview I shared of them cutting them down on Instagram.
This is how our house looks now. It is a huge difference! We had 17 trees and 4 shrubs removed. I know it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but we had reasons to remove the trees we did. I’ll share a little more about that in a minute. Part of the reason is that most houses in our neighborhood have 2-5 trees in their entire yard (“front and back!!” Gold star to whoever knows that TV show quote). Us? 34 trees. Yeah.
We did keep 3 of our gorgeous trees though! The ginnala maple tree right in front of the house dropped almost all of its leaves immediately after the trees were removed, but it is staying. We also kept the cherry tree on the right of the house and the cottonwood on the left that was 75% on our neighbor’s property.
How many people does it take to hang a gallery wall? Well, you could get away with one, but 2 is optimal. I guess the real question here is how many months does it take until Talitha goes crazy not having a gallery wall. The answer? Six. I have hated living the past 6 months without a single picture hung anywhere in my house. No, not because I’m a die-hard Pinterest addict who must have the coolest things in my house. Because, let’s be honest, I’m not cool. I’m a nerd who loves weird things. But because we have been so focused on painting and furniture that I haven’t put up a single “sentimental” item in our house. Sure, we bought new couches. But that isn’t sentimental. Neither is a dresser turned media stand.
I’m a big believer that a home should be a place that reflects who you are and what you love. And who do I love more than my family?? Plus, being more than 1,000 miles from all of them makes me miss their faces. But don’t tell them that. We don’t have a great single location for a gallery wall, I decided to spread it down our entire hallway. And as anyone who has ever attempted to configure a gallery wall can tell you, it can be annoying and tricky. So I’m here to share my little tips and tricks of How-to Hang a Gallery Wall!
Just wanted to drop in and let you all know that I’m sharing my monthly post over on I Heart Naptime today! I’m sharing this great tutorial for these fantastic Spider Suckers just in time for Halloween! So go check them out!