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The Great Room

Well, it’s not perfect yet, but here’s an update on one of our favorite features of our home … the great room!

BeforeHere’s a nice before photo of when we just moved in. Oh how far we’ve come.

And here’s the same view after a little bit of cleaning. Oh, and new furniture.

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Here’s the dining room portion of the great room.

Dining RoomAnd the kitchen!

Kitchen(I just realized Tucker was being a creeper in the corner over there.) (The dining room is behind me to the right in this shot.)

And finally the office corner!

The OfficeDon’t mind the big pile of Goodwill donations next to the bookshelf.

So, of course there’s still a to do list. Here it is!

  • Hang our large clock above the bookshelf behind the desk.
  • Find some sort of piece of furniture that can adequately hide the mess of cords hanging off the front of the desk. Ugh. Some thoughts. This (two side by side in yellow with rice paper or wrapping paper or fabric or something attached to the backside of the glass) or maybe this. One piece of furniture would be ideal. I know for sure I would prefer something with doors or drawers. I would have some room to display things on top of it, and room to hide ugly office stuff behind said doors or drawers.
  • As you can see on the floor, I’m working on a little project for the wall between the picture window and the basement door. (The one the cherry poster is propped on in the first photo.)
  • I also really want a wicker chair to put in the corner behind the desk. The papasan chair is filling that space nicely for now, but I’ll keep my eyes open when I hit up the thrift stores this summer.
  • I want to find some bins to go on the square bookshelf behind the desk, so we can hide ugly office stuff in it.
  • I need to find some sort of art to go between the tv and the sliding doors.
  • Oh, and that stuff needs to find a new home via Goodwill.
  • Switch out the yellow stripey curtain for a gray set that matches the rest of curtains in the room. (My dear friend Amanda picked a pair up last time she was at Ikea, and I should be seeing her Sunday! So that should be happening soon.)
  • I’m not in love with the light fixture above the couch.
  • Find some solution to hiding the cords hanging down from the TV to the outlet. The bookshelf there helps, and I plan to put some sort of curtain/fabric backdrop between the shelf and the cords, but as some of the cords come out of the back of the shelf, I am going to have to get a bit creative.
  • Find stools to go at the breakfast bar that don’t break the budget. We’re leaning toward the stools they used in this blog. Not sure if we’d paint them or leave them in their grey metallic state.
  • Hang tiebacks for the curtains on the patio doors and the picture window. The curtains now tend to get a) sucked out the door or to the screen or b) blown into the doggie bowls. We’re adding them to the picture window for symmetry.
  • Find a new rug to go under the coffee table that matches the color scheme. Possibly DIY this from a remnant of carpet I own?

So that’s it, as it is now!

Want to see my inspiration for this room? Check out my Great Room Inspiration on Pinterest!

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Home Sweet Home

As many of you know, Paul and I recently purchased our first home and moved!

Here is just a quick photo tour of the house, pre-move in. Our House

Sorry that picture is so tiny. I yoinked it from the realtor’s website and, well, right now it’s snowy and cold and I don’t want to go take a new one! The house is essentially one big circle. The tour will be given clockwise. So, imagine you came in the front door and then went to your left.

DSCN1504This is the front room of the house (See the front door in the upper left corner?) This room got a biiiig makeover. More on that later.

DSCN1505The hallway (on the right) leads to the three bedrooms and one of the bathrooms.

This bathroom is down the hallway to the right, affectionately called the “blue bathroom.”

Blue Bathroom

Across from the blue bathroom is the blue room/craft room /Spider Man room.

The blue roomDon’t anyone dare for a second think this is a Cubs room! Just don’t do it! This is my new craft room. I ditched the red curtain, but the Spidey lightswitch plate is still there. Maybe it will grow on me?

At the end of the hallway is the pink room.

Guest Room

What? You don’t looooove the mauve carpet? New carpet or refinishing the hardwoods (we hope are) underneath is a project for the “someday” list. This is our new guest room.

Down the hall to the right you will find the master.

Master from hallwayThe forest green wall would be a lovely bluish grey now, except, when I was taping off to paint I realized that there is evil wallpaper underneath the paint. Damn. So, being who we are, we have to “do it right,” if you will. So the wallpaper needs to come down before the paint can go up. That will happen sometime soon, but for now we are focusing on unpacking and a few other projects.

Master from bathroomThis view is of the master bathroom from the master bedroom.

DSCN1515This is the view of the master bathroom from the bedroom. As you can see, it has two doors, which is what makes the house a big ole’ circle. (The walls are less lime than they look here.)

DSCN1516View from the hallway looking through the master bath to the master bedroom. Someday that floor tile will probably go away and become lovely white penny tile with grey grout (same for the blue bath). Another thing for the “someday” list. And the tile baseboard (yes, that’s painted tile) will become unpainted (if we’re lucky) or painted a different color (if we’re reasonable.)

If you look at the photo two above this (bathroom picture minus toilet) you will see that hallway leads into the kitchen/great room. On the right in that hallway you will find the laundry closet. (I don’t know if it qualifies as a “room” persay.)

Laundry ClosetThis room has taken great strides since we moved in. More on that later.

When you leave the short hallway from the master bath to the great room, the kitchen is in the corner of the room directly to your right.

KitchenSquare footage wise, I think this is a bit smaller than our old kitchen, but the storage is much greater. Also, brand new no-one-has-grossed-up fridge! Yes! Gas stove and mounted microwave/hood are also on the “someday” list.

And now for what is probably our favorite part of this home. The greatroom!

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This view is actually from the doorway that goes between the the front room and great room. The breakfast bar/kitchen are to the left. This room. is. huge. So what did we do the first weekend we owned the house? We bought a sectional couch. An L-shaped sectional that is approximately 8′ in one direction and 10 in the other. Want to come over? We will have a place for you to sit (couch tentatively expected to be delivered between April 9 and 11)! You can see some of the deck and the .33 acre yard through the patio doors on the left.

Also, another of the great features (I’m definitely not biased) of this home is out that door. The Monon Trail is an Indianapolis park that extends about 10.4 miles from downtown all the way up to Carmel (northern suburb) but it joins with a couple of other paths as well. What used to be a rail corridor is now a trail used by approximately 4,000 people each day (according to Wikipedia.) And we have a gate in our back fence that opens onto a small stair that leads right to it. We can hope on our bikes and take a 15-minute bike trip to our favorite Broad Ripple restaurants. We can walk up to the ice cream shop just a few blocks north. We can people watch (oh yes, the Monon attracts all types.)

If you want an idea of how important the Monon is to this city, take this example. Today we (like many other regions) are supposed to get 6 to 10 inches of snow (to quote my dear friend Amanda, go home March, you’re drunk.). A salt truck drove by this afternoon. On the Monon. Later in the day when it was raining ice pellets? Runners, joggers, bicyclists and one odd man in a trench coat went by. And we are so excited to have it at our back door. Now we just need summer (or, at the very least, spring) to show up so we can enjoy it in all it’s glory …

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Anyway, Monon gush over. Back to the great room. Our office space is in the upper right corner of this photo. The garage door is also immediately to the right. That door in the middle of the photo leads to stairs which lead to the basement. Most of this room and a small, finished basement were added on in 2001.

I forgot to take a picture of the basement. It’s pretty much a finished room with a storage closet and a small sump pump/radon system closet. It also has theater-style lighting. Ooo. Ahh.

Since I have taken these photos we have moved all of our stuff in and jumped into some projects. I’ll try to be a bit better about keeping up the blog. 🙂 Cause I know you’re all dying to know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sooo… that bed definitely isn’t going up those stairs

That is something to the effect of what our movers told us about my platform bed, a project Mom and I made when I moved out of the dorms and into an apartment.

But Paul and I were undeterred, and decided that we could not only get that bed up those stairs, but make it so it would be easy to get it back down and move it in the future.

Before:

Before, the bed frame out on the back deck

Step 1: Saw the bed in half.

This was the point of no return. We knew that there was a chance it would not go smoothly, and that if it did not, the bed may be toast forever. Undeterred, we borrowed Keith’s (Paul’s brother) circular saw. The saw wasn’t quite long enough, so after we had cut what we could with that, we had to go to Lowe’s and get a good old-fashioned hand saw to finish the job. The frame was a tiny bit shorter after the sawing, but not enough to keep the box spring from fitting inside.

Sawing it in half, with Keith's circular saw. It didn't saw quite all the way, so we had to go buy a handsaw to finish the job.

Step 2: Put it back together.

We went to the hardware store and got some buckles. Paul installed one on each side of the bed, and it snaps right back together. It doesn’t always stay that way, but as a guest bed I don’t think it will get enough use to be a problem.

All chipped up from the saw. Sad day.

Shiny new buckles, chipped paint, and the solution.

The finished product:

The end.

 

 

Several people have requested more photos of the house, so I’ll be adding them as I show specific rooms.

The guest room (which is upstairs) Sometimes we like to call it the orphanage:

The guest room, aka "the orphanage"

Luckily the bedding I used both at home in high school and in college matched each other, and we got the taller twin bed from my parents house. We added a couple bookshelves, a night stand and a chair. We’re still working on decorations to make it feel more lived in, but we’re going to wait and hopefully repurpose decorations we already had.

The upstairs landing:

The upstairs landing. It's a very sunny and pleasant place, and my airplane plant seems very happy there!

The open door to the right is the home’s second bathroom.

There isn't any storage, so we were lucky we had saved this over-the-toilet rack from my apartment in Champaign. We had repurposed it to be laundry supply storage at 605 N. State.

The knobs on the sink are kind of wonky, but they work. The showerhead is in pretty bad shape, but Paul, being the excellent handyman he is, replaced the showerhead in the main level bathroom. We're hoping to maybe put that old one (which is in bad shape but not quite as bad) into the upstairs bathroom. It's just a stall shower though so we aren't sure if it'll fit. We shall find out!

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