Archive for February, 2009

A Few New Views

Say that three times fast.

We added some new after pictures from a few different angles to our house tour page… along with some never before seen befores! We often get email requests to see the other side of our living room and our den, so we waited for a sunny day and snapped some pics from unseen angles. And since we love a good before and after, of course we’ll show you what each room looked like before.

Take our living room for instance. Here it is on the night that we moved in:

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And here it is from almost the same angle now (I took that hideous divider out myself while John was at work and tore back the weird linoleum square to reveal hardwood floors beneath!):

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And we musn’t forget our dark and dated den. Here it is from another angle during our first walk-through (that’s our cute realtor in the doorway):

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And here it is now (after widening the doorway to the sunroom and the kitchen, replacing the  faux-parquet linoleum with hardwood floors, removing that crazy archaic wall sconce, and adding about six gallons of paint):

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So feel free to check out our updated and expanded house tour whenever the mood strikes. Of course we also updated our room by room source list (so if you have any where’d-you-get-that questions, we hopefully have an answer for you there). Come on in and make yourself at home!

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Bedroom Botanical

Thanks to the fact that our master bedroom has a huge floor length mirror (a surprise wedding gift from John so I could see myself before walking out the back door to get hitched)…

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… the second mirror to the right of the bedroom door seemed a bit superfluous.

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So we seized the opportunity to replace it with one of our homemade botanical prints in an inexpensive Ikea frame. I like it so much that I want another frame to hang right under it with a different botanical on display. But I’ll have to wait for our next Ikea trip…

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We intentionally sized our homemade botanicals to fit into these great square Ikea frames for a luxe look on the cheap. There’s nothing like a leaf on the wall to remind you to leaf all your worries behind. Ok, so that’s a stretch, but it really is super serene. A bit of nature does a bedroom good, and it’s especially convenient when you don’t even have to water it.

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Maybe it’s the bulbs poking through our flowerbeds or the forsythia starting their annual show, but I also decided to swap out the art over my desk for something a little less glacial. We took the existing photo on our Alaskan honeymoon (snapped from the window of a tiny sea plane as we flew over a glacier covered in volcanic ash). Needless to say it’s one of our favorite images from the trip, but spring fever has me chasing something a bit more tropical…

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So I pulled a two minute art swap using another botanical we made. And I’m loving the lighter leafy vibe…

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What about you guys? Does spring fever have you switching out accessories or art in your home? What sort of seasonal things do you do to usher in the warmer weather? Dish the spring-is-on-the-way dirt.

We added our den’s corner office area to the room-by-room source guide (found in a link on the top of our House Tour page) so you can now see where we snagged everything from those boxes and tins to our desk and our lamp.

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