Archive | August, 2011

Things are a Changin’ and a Rearrangin’ (Part 1)

31 Aug

Without getting too personal, I will quickly preface this post by sharing the big change that we’ve been going through during the month of August.  Simply put, although matters such as these are rarely simple, Rob has moved out of the house.



This is definitely a positive thing though.  I would rather not get into all the ins-and-outs of what’s going on, but I feel like I should at least address that fact up front, rather than not mention it at all and then have some of you raising your brows in question as to how and why some of the projects that I have lined up will be taking place.  I mean think about it, if all of a sudden you went from living with a partner to living single, there would most likely be some pretty major household revamping going on, and such is the case with us.  So yes, there’s pretty much a whole-house overhaul that’ll be taking place, and yeah, I’m pretty excited about all the new room design ideas churning up in my head – hello new closet, hello office space, and HELLO she-cave!  (Just to name a few).

So without further elucidation, I’d like to share with you all the big “rearranges” that have been brewing up in my head.  Listing all of these to-do’s in this post is really my way of writing out a room-by-room master plan of sorts and most definitely a way for me to keep track of all the thoughts and ideas I have for each of the rooms/spaces in the house.  So this might get pretty wordy and not make a whole lot of sense if you don’t know/can’t visualize every piece of furniture I have in the house to which I will be referring, but this is my vision and I am looking forward to tackling all these projects in the coming weeks and months… and probably year (this is a pretty extensive list of goals):

The Den:

Formerly known as “Rob’s man cave,” which incidentally enough hasn’t had much attention on this blog since this room was Rob’s designated space that he kept pretty much to his liking.  So now that most everything from that room is gone, with the exception of a sofa, coffee table, guest bed (which until just recently was just a spare mattress on the floor – yuck), along with a desk and filing cabinet, I can now turn that space into my designated she-cave/den/guest quarters!  (This room is a converted garage, so it’s a big space.)

Here is what I have on the to-do list:

  • Arrange furniture to create separate “zones.”  One for tv viewing, one for guest space, and one for toys/a play area.
  • Paint the ginormous space – walls and ceiling (see inspiration photo below).
  • Bring in the long dresser from my bedroom to be used as a tv and media console.
  • Bring in the curio cabinet from the green room.
  • Switch out the yellow sofa with the green one (and put the yellow sofa in the blue room).
  • Find a new home within the house for the filing cabinet.  I’m thinking either in the laundry room or entry closet.  Not sure yet.
  • Finally get around to hemming and properly hanging the curtains in there!
  • Install a curtain divider to define guest area (see inspiration photo below).
  • DIY an ottoman.
  • DIY decorative sofa pillows.
  • Decorate and accessorize.

Of course there is probably an endless amount of to-doing to be done that is not listed above, but these are just the big ones.  Here are a few of my inspiration photos for the space (more can be seen on my Den and Mid-Mod and Eclectic virtual pin-boards via Pinterest):

Curtains as dividers to define and separate the spaces.

This wall color! Sort of a blueish-grayish-green.

This is the overall vibe I'd like the room to have.

The Green Room:

Shamefully so, this room rarely gets any use.  It’s more of a formal sitting area than anything else.  My original intent for the function of this room was to use it as a study.  But nobody ever really ventures over to that side of the house very much (nor do we study much for that matter).  So I have an ingenious idea to move the computer (currently housed in the kitchen) in there, which will definitely bring more foot action in that direction, and to have this room be both the designated homework-doing area and the arts-and-crafts space.

Here’s the plan:

  • Move the green couch into the den.
  • Move the buffet table into the blue room.
  • Paint the walls a more vibrant hue of green (see inspiration photo below).
  • Stencil a pattern on the far wall (see inspiration photo below).
  • Push the rectangular Expedit shelf against the stenciled wall.
  • Possibly add another Expedit shelf or other form of storage for art and craft supplies.
  • Move the desks (currently in the blue room) under the window with the square Expedit in between making a wall-to-wall desk area – one side for me and the other for Olive.
  • Get a big comfy lounger for the corner by the kitchen doorway.
  • Decorate and accessorize!

Inspiration photos for this room (view more on my Pinterest board here):

The vibrant green on these walls was my original vision for the room, but I met Rob in the middle with a more subdued shade of green.

I will tackle stenciling!

Office space with lots of insperado all over the walls.

 The Blue Room:

We call this room “the art room,” but it mainly just stores all the arts-and-crafts “stuff” and keeps it organized.  We typically don’t do projects in there (those usually get done on the kitchen table).  So the plan is to store all the art stuff in the newly redefined green room, and use the blue room as more of a formal sitting and dining room.  The formal dining set (oval table and matching buffet) that my mom handed down to me will be brought into this room along with the yellow/gold sofa that is currently in the den.

The plan:

  •  Bring buffet table in and place under front window.
  • Bring in the yellow/gold sofa (see inspiration photo below).
  • Do some repairs to the oval table that is currently in storage (wood filling, sanding, staining…) and place in the middle of the room.
  • Thrift around/ troll Craigslist for some dining room chairs (see inspiration photo below).
  • DIY some yellow/gold curtain panels (see inspiration photo below).
  • Paint the backs of the built-ins.
  • Paint the interior (and exterior) of the front door.
  • With the help of a licensed electrician, add a junction box above the dining table for lighting.

Inspiration photos (more via Pinterest):

I'd like for the sofa to be flanked by the built-ins and for the room to have an overall formal vibe like in this pic.

Needing to get some chairs for the dining table.

OK, I think this is a good leaving off point.  I still have bulleted lists for my bedroom, the kitchen, bathrooms, and entryway, but those will have to be addressed in Part 2 of this big ol’ whole-house-revamp-2011-2012-apalooza (you get the picture) before this post gets entirely too lengthy.  And just to note, I by no means have any deadlines or expected completion dates for any of these projects.  These are just some of the things that I know I’d like to get done over the next year or so.  I don’t plan on going manic and attempt to finish all this in a weekend or anything.  I’m just writing typing everything down in order to refer back to my lists and keep track of all the progress along the way.

Note: All photos are credited via Pinterest by clicking on each picture.

P.S. Isn’t Pinterest the answer to all your organizational prayers!!! What did we ever do without it!?!

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